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Posted: 11/23/20 11:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

To the OP have you considered the Alaskan Marine Hwy? I have no clue on cost, but you would not have fuel or hotel cost.


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SideHillSoup wrote:

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jsummers72 wrote:

In 2019 BC did req chains. (After Oct as I recall) Not on the vehicle but in possession. It wasn’t over advertised but
It was true. Better check real good. I’ve never used mine, but have for winter Alcan travel.


you required chains in your posession if you didn't have winter or good M+S tires.

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Incorrect Steve, you are required to have the correct tires on you passenger vehicle ( including RV’s) in BC between the dates I posted. It does not matter if you have chains or not, you must have the correct winter tires requirement first.
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the sign in the link you posted is missleading and not the sign on the highways. the actualy sign has the works "OR" between the tripeak snowflak and the M+S and that is the actual wording of the regulation. I live on the Coq and travel it every day to go to work. you need winter tripeak snowflake rated tires OR M+S tires (which is most all season tires on the market). the one requirment for the M+S tires is they must be at least 5/16th tread depth. Personaly on my truck I run the Sailune terramax as they are all weather with the tripeak winter snowflake rating so I maintain my towing capacity , on my comuting car I run pure winters but I usaly dont put them on till mid Nov as it is to hot to run them here before then. I put 45000km traveling on that high way a year going to work and back so i need to make the tires last and running winters over 10 degrees constantly isnt going to help. but my summers are M+S tires and I have a set of chains in the car just in case. for the truck I take my chains if I am towing the 5th so I can have one set of trailer tires with chanes if there needed. for the most part if there is a snowstorm and your not pressed for time just pull over and wait, the mandate is that the highway contractor has to have the highway cleared within 4 hours of the end of a snowfall, does it allways happen no but generaly it will be deicent enough. the last 3 years the contractors have been dropping the ball but it is what it is with privatization .

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Do the Provinces and AK allow studded snow tires?


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- The signs I posted are from before the rule changed, and after the rule changed.
- The last link I posted dictates the rules in words that must be followed.
- Yes, Canada does allow studded tires on our Hwys, however they have to be mounted and removed from the vehicle by specific dates dictated by each province.
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EEWally wrote:

Do the Provinces and AK allow studded snow tires?


Yes, Alaska does allow studded tires. Winter tires are almost a requirement in AK. I buy a second set of wheels and have them mounted on their own wheel so I could seasonally swap my tires at home, otherwise you wait in long lines during tire changeover season.


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The Marine Highway is a great idea, but it costs a lot to take a truck and a TT. I have ridden it twice.

Studded snow tires are great especially on ice and transitional snow. I ran them on all four wheels in Colorado during the legal season. It helped a lot getting around in the snow and logging in the mountains.

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I'm revisiting this post because I'm considering taking my TT once again. I have co-workers who is making the trek right now as I type this and he too is traveling with his TT.

AKsilvereagle, you have a lot of good info and I greatly appreciate it. I'm currently running Goodyear Duratrac AT tires that are quite new, so plenty of tread. I just ordered a set of SZ492 Super Z8 "chains" for the rear tires. This is going to be a dumb question but should I use a set on my TT as well?

I'll be purchasing the oil pan and trans pan heaters as well. I've been communicating on a chevy forum and others recommended the same. I did ask about the battery blankets as well but I might look into the batteries you mentioned.

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Pipsfc wrote:

I just ordered a set of SZ492 Super Z8 "chains" for the rear tires. This is going to be a dumb question but should I use a set on my TT as well?
Everywhere I know if you are towing and using chains on the tow vehicle you must chain one axel of the trailer. Probably some cables would be sufficient.

Make sure everything fits before you go.


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time2roll wrote:

Pipsfc wrote:

I just ordered a set of SZ492 Super Z8 "chains" for the rear tires. This is going to be a dumb question but should I use a set on my TT as well?
Everywhere I know if you are towing and using chains on the tow vehicle you must chain one axel of the trailer. Probably some cables would be sufficient.

Make sure everything fits before you go.


Talking to my buddy, making the trip now, did the same. I'll be purchasing a set for one axle.

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Good to hear you'll be taking the TT with you, it'll get tons of use up there. Free camping all over the state, I only paid for beach spots in Seward and Homer. Safe travels!

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