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Old 02-28-2006, 03:24 PM   #15
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After all, semi trucks don't use chains of their trailer tires.
Most semi truck drivers will chain the trailer, they will chain one trailer wheel on the high side of the road, meaning that most mountain roads have slight grade to dropoff edge for water drainage, if you chain to the high side of the road, and your trailer should start to jack knife you can apply trailer brakes only, this will straighten out trailer and keep it from slideing down on grade slope. also use short bungie cords to to secure your loose chain ends to the side wall chain, this will help to prevent loose chain from slapping your trailer wheellwell.
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Old 02-28-2006, 04:26 PM   #16
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The more I read about towing in the snow / ice. The more I remember why I moved to Phoenix. It seams to me that if I hit the brakes on snow the trailer would most likely lock up unless I dialed down my brake controller. My TV has antilocks and would slow down much quicker then the trailer. Chains might help, but they might shake the **** out of the trailer. I say, avoid snow / ice if you can. Wait for the road to be plowed / sanded and be safe.
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Exclamation Chains

I drove tractor trailer for many years in my youth here in Minnesoota. Chains have a tendancy to break. When either the main chain on either side of the tire breaks, or just one of the cross chains, they flail around and would cause a lot of damage to your trailer. We never ran chains on the trailer. Only on the drivers.

One thing you must do when driving in icy conditions is plan ahead. don't get into a situation where you must brake suddenly. Slow gradually and use the trailer brakes to slow down when you can. If you start to jack knife, use the trailer brakes to straighten the rig out but don't lock them up. Just apply enough to get control and then slow down gradually.

If you don't have to drive on icy roads, don't!!
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Old 02-28-2006, 06:57 PM   #18
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Cooperhawk,, I take it you never drove tractor trailer out west through the passes like donner, lookout, or the forth of july pass, not all truck drivers chain there trailers. When your on your way down the back side, and when you see the side of the trailer starting to pass you up, its a good feeling knowing that you have a drag chain on the trailer. As for chains breaking you are right it would make a awfull mess to the wheelwell..
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yep. I did drive out there. Never used chains on my trailer though.
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