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we are leaving Washington state next week for our first time going south during the winter months in our 40' motorhome. We plan on watching the weather very closely for our trip over the Siskiyous but I am wondering if we should be carrying tire chains. If posted signs say "carry tire chains" is there really anyway the state patrol is going to stop you and check to see if you really have them? The only time we would need chains would be in the Siskiyous so I'm not real excited about buying chains to carry in a locker all year long. If we do need to purchase some do we need a certain type and singles or doubles. The coach doesn't have alot of clearence in the wheel well.

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I'm not sure about tire chain requirements in a MH but I also would like to know.

We are leaving on Wednesday from Auburn, WA heading south to California. I haven't been in snow in this RV but our old 20' class C did just fine. We traveled from Klamath Falls, OR to Auburn, WA back in the 80's in an ice/snow storm. It took us 24 hours to make what normally would take about 9 hours but our class C was solid in the snow and ice.

I guess we will see how it goes. I too will check the weather and road reports before attempting the pass. Weather for this Friday is partly sunny and 32 degrees. I'll look at the cameras to see how the road looks before we decide to go.

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If you are over 10,000 pounds you will need to carry tire chains over mountain passes in the winter.

Oregon Chain Laws

Edit: Actually that may only be true if the signs are lighted? WA laws are a bit different in that you are required to carry tire chains over mountain passes in the winter.

* This post was edited 12/27/10 10:18pm by Pangaea Ron *


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I just checked Caltrans, the official website for California road advisories. Currently there are no restrictions on travel in Northern California on I-5.

If I understand what I read if there are no restrictions to travel then you don't need tire chains. If conditions change you can stop in the chain up area and turn around and wait for road conditions to clear.

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I understand that I would be taking a chance if the signs are lighted for carrying chains and I don't do so. What type of chains are working best for you? I've read some post that said they only put them on the outside duel but these were from RV-ers that were only getting up a steep driveway or out of a camp site on the east coast.

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Buy some chains! You may or may not need them getting over the summit on this trip but if you travel in the winter there will come a time when you will be glad you have them! We got snowed into a campground in Van Horn Tx one year where the highway was clear but the park wasn't plowed. With out chains we may still be stuck there!
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Posted: 12/28/10 07:46am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

get some chains from Les Scwab. if you don't use them return for full refund.
WSP uses chain check points in some locations to "meter" traffic. Oregon use to do the same down by Ashland. It is an automatic ticket in WA for vehicles over 10,000 not to carry chains.
WA chain requirements over 10,000.
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/commercialvehicle/chain_req.htmhttp://search.leg.wa.gov/wslwac/WAC%20204%20%20TITLE/WAC%20204%20-%2024%20%20CHAPTER/WAC%20204%20-%2024%20-050.htm

Don't forget if you have a toad, equipped with braking system you must have chains for it.


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Take you chances. Best thing to do is leave in good weather.


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We travel the NW and carry chains but will never use them...if the signs are lit to have chains on we'll pull over somewhere and wait it out. EVen with the lightweght cable chains that we have if they ever came loose the damage to the rig would be awful.


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Chains are a insurance policy. You don't want to have to use them but if you need them and don't have them you are in trouble. Get a set of single cable chains and you are covered.Get yourself a chunk of 4"X 12" wood about 18" long and taper one end like a ramp. If you have to put the chains on drive the inner tire up on the wood and the outside tire will be off the ground making it much easier to install the chains.

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