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Old 10-28-2010, 10:23 PM   #15
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Take it easy, leave plenty of space, be aware of all around you.
If you have a choice, wait it out!

Here's a pic of the end of our first day with unfamiliar trailer on the road. We were in snow when we got hooked up.
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:36 PM   #16
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In Washington state it is very simple. If chains are required on the tow vehicle they are also required on the trailer. This says it in more detail WAC 204-24-050: Use of tire chains or other traction devices.
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:59 PM   #17
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Wow! I'm completely ignorant of the "west" requirements, but I'd hate to have 16" wheels and tires with chains under my wheel wells????? Now I've done it, haven't I?
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Old 10-29-2010, 09:37 AM   #18
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Wow, thanks everyone, lots of good info. Our possible trip will be Oregon to SoCal, over the Siskyous. But maybe now we'll chicken out and beat our way down 101. The thought of putting chains on the AS does not appeal to me. I mentioned this fact to my wife, she says "oh, that's no big deal", this coming from the one who gets to stay in the warm car!

But again, thanks for all the links and facts, very good info! Our new FC 23'FB will be in next week, I think taking it on it's first trip into the snow wouldn't be a good thing!
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Old 10-29-2010, 09:44 AM   #19
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Wow, thanks everyone, lots of good info. Our possible trip will be Oregon to SoCal, over the Siskyous. But maybe now we'll chicken out and beat our way down 101. The thought of putting chains on the AS does not appeal to me. I mentioned this fact to my wife, she says "oh, that's no big deal", this coming from the one who gets to stay in the warm car!

But again, thanks for all the links and facts, very good info! Our new FC 23'FB will be in next week, I think taking it on it's first trip into the snow wouldn't be a good thing!
If you just watch the weather you can avoid chaining up. My brother travels that route every winter just around Christmas time and only once has he had to chain up his truck and trailer, and that was because of freezing rain. They keep the main roads cleared off very well. Sometimes just waiting a few hours makes all the difference.
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The links make this a great thread.
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Old 01-11-2015, 05:03 PM   #21
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The links make this a great thread.
And chain links can make for great tread….

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Old 01-11-2015, 06:51 PM   #22
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I usually try to avoid towing in the white stuff, but sometimes it sneaks up on you, like this early snowfall on Mt. Graham in SE Arizona last week. There were a few hardy campers in tents and pop-ups up there.

I worked in Safford years ago and found that Mt. Graham was a great respite from the summer heat in the Gila River Valley. Any mountain that has a place called Ladybug Saddle is ok with me

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Old 01-11-2015, 08:10 PM   #23
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Gotta love Washington state. This is what they say about GVWR over 10,000#

a) Vehicles or vehicle combinations with two to four axles including but not limited to trucks, truck-tractors, buses and school buses: For vehicles with a single drive axle, one tire on each side of the drive axle must be chained. For vehicles with dual drive axles, one tire on each side of one of the drive axles must be chained. For vehicle combinations including trailers or semi-trailers; one tire on the last axle of the last trailer or semi-trailer, must be chained. If the trailer or semi-trailer has tandem rear axles, the chained tire may be on either of the last two axles.

So reading this am I correct that you chain the drive axle on the TV but on the trailer you only put ONE chain on one of the trailer axle tires? That just sounds somewhat bizarre. Of course Washington and my state CO are really high these days
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:30 PM   #24
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That's what I read but it applies only if your GVWR is over 10,000. Sounds like it means the larger trucks and not TTs. I always thought chains were on drive axles for traction. I'm not familiar with them being used on trailers.
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Old 01-11-2015, 09:11 PM   #25
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Which should mean, as you say, that unless the tow vehicle GVWR is less than 10,000 # nothing needed for the trailer. Might have been confusion with GCWR which is the TV and TT weights combined.

Colorado requires chains on the trailer in certain conditions but only on commercial vehicles.
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FWIW, I have seen truck drivers stagger their (semitrailer) tire chains to cross Washington Passes (front axle on one side, rear on the other). I've seen this on doubles too.

I'm more afraid of freezing rain than snow, I've seen some bad things happen in freezing rain.
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Driven and towed for well over 50 years, never put chains on a towed trailer - no matter RV, boat or semi. If it's required by law, so be it, I would not drive.

We no longer tow in bad winter weather. Just cancelled trip to FL this winter due to weather in our area and down to NC. Taking the TV only and renting a house.

If you are new to trailering I would urge you to stay put. Towing is not a simple task in and of itself, add snow and ice and you've entered into a whole new realm of possibilities and potential problems.

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Old 01-12-2015, 09:07 AM   #28
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I have never used chains on a tow vehicle, although I have towed in a blizzard:
AirstreamREV_2009_Int_27FB_Snow_04.2010-3 by Fantinesvoice.com, on Flickr

Unless caught in a blizzard, as above, I think I would choose to remain in one spot until things cleared up. Actually, by noon, the Interstate was cleared and I headed out to Denver from Laramie with no problem.

I can think of no situation where I would place chains on the trailer tires, as driving at a slower speed would be the answer. Possibly the use of a studded snow tire would be useful for folks who are in snow on a frequent basis.

In a moho...chains are required on the drive wheels if in any slippery surface, IMO. I got my moho stuck in wet grass on one occasion as the drive wheels have minimal traction in relationship to the weight of the vehicle, and the tread pattern was for highway and not traction.
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