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Posted: 10/07/21 08:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Oteven. Thanks for the offer. I really dont like my rig to be in snow.

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Posted: 10/07/21 09:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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I cannot see myself buying grips for the drives. They are expensive Nd then you have to change them when you get to the coast. Nuts.


No, requiring heavy vehicles to have appropriate tires and equipment for the weather and conditions is not nuts.

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Since I typed my note this morning, it has snowed on the mountain pass to the west of me.
Just to give you a perspective, I live in South Eastern British Columbia approximately 3 hrs north of Spokane Washington.
When you live in the mountains of BC like I do and drive all winter for snowmobiling and Hockey you don’t screw around, even if your not going over the passes as often as I do you put on your winter tires, just to drive the valley Hwys.
In my yard a couple years back the snow was 4 ft deep, and I live in the valley bottom, my daddy from Fernie just laughs at me…
Winter in the mountains start now and end in April, and there is no fudging with tires from people who live here, no body “sneaks over a mountain pass” period, only idiots do.
I’m glad your thinking of your safety and ours my changing your plans.
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Posted: 10/07/21 01:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When I stated nuts I was not trying to criticize the rules. I just meant it would be nuts to take my rig through the mountains and play around with tires and some sort of chain setup.. I have done mountain driving in a semi but a large MH pulling a PU is different. The truck does not follow the ruts created by the RV. The brake system in the truck is not like the 2 axle braking of a trailer. The semi has the advantage of a Jake brake. On icy roads I avoid the brakes and just use stage 1 of the jake. I went from Calgary to the coast in a semi this summer. The construction was terrible and the detour was not great. And that was on dry roads. Thanks for all the info.

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moisheh wrote:

We may have to travel from Calgary to Vancouver sometime around the end of October. I know there are chains laws at that time Our mh is a 42 ft. and we do not have snow tires nor are there any available in that size. Chains would be next to impossible to install. Would I be ticketed? We also are towing a truck with summer tires. What do people in BC do to comply with the law? Thanks


if you tires are "M&S" all seasons with a good amount of tread depth left you are ok. the requirments for personal vehicles is winter or M&S tires. end of october you likly wont hit much snow but you never know. on the coq if you hear the road is getting snow some times it is best just to pull over for a day and wait it out. it can be crazy at times even with snow tires, but it is a major trucking route and the road crews are mandated to have it back to bare roads within 24 hours and cleared and sanded with in 4 hours of the snowfall. it rarly happens in a heavy snow, but they try. ever sence the clearing has been sent to contract instead of provincial employs the maintence and snow clearing is sub par, but thats another issue...

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Motor homes fall under the camper symbol on the sign.
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that sign was a misprint that they originaly put up. most have been replace with the proper ones now. it should have a "Or" inbetween the mountian snowflake and the M&S.

I didn't see any snow on my way home from work this moring, unless your talking south of meritt in the snowshed?

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SideHillSoup wrote:

like.
Motor homes fall under the camper symbol on the sign.
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that sign was a misprint that they originaly put up. most have been replace with the proper ones now. it should have a "Or" inbetween the mountian snowflake and the M&S.

I didn't see any snow on my way home from work this moring, unless your talking south of meritt in the snowshed?

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I looked at every BC govt website that I could find, and they show that signs…. None of them show the sign I posted with the word “or” between the 2 symbols, however the other two signs for heavier commercial type vehicles does show the word “or”…. Go figure.
The web cams I saw this morning and this afternoon showed snow on the Coqu on a few cameras, and on Hwy 3 Paulson and Hwy 3-B. Most of it has melted now… and temps dropped so black ice is most likely Lerking.
However, 40kms away from Paulson Summit is the Kootenay pass which is the highest mountain pass open year round in Canada…. It didn’t have any snow at all….
Again….. go figure.
So…. Tomorrow it’s time to service the snowmobiles….. yippy…

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So…. Tomorrow it’s time to service the snowmobiles….. yippy…

Soup


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For the first time in many years I didn't grease the chassis' at spring layup, so that's aboot the extent of the service work I need to do. And put the engine blanket back on the snobike in anticipation of powder up to yer ballz!!


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295/80×22.5 would be hard to find. I would not leave them on as they are noisy. Expensive changeover. Could probably put the mh on a Landoll to get through the mountains for less $$.

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Just got an alert…
There is a VERY good chance that it will snow again this weekend “on” the mountain passes of southern BC.
I should note:
The weatherman ( person) is the only person in the world that can lie in the job everyday…… and still keep their job…
By the way…. I repacked the bearings on the Snowmobile trailer today!
Let it snow…let it snow…let it snow !

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