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Old 02-15-2011
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Default Snow and tire chains.

Do any of you carry tire chains? Does anyone ever use them?
I know enough to go far out my way to avoid running with them.
In Oregon if the sign says carry chains, even if is 80 and the
flowers are blooming you can technically get a ticket for not
carrying them.

We are heading cross country to pick up a bird. I have chains
for my truck. Should I take them with me?

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You still have a bit of winter left. If you never plan to put them on just buy and new set of Cables to carry. Lighter and less rust.

You bought a Wanderlodge?
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Jim- the mid-80's PT models will not accommodate tire chains. They have a leveling jack between the tag tire and drive tires. There is only about 1" of clearance between the jack enclosure and the tire.
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It's an SP. It will be a bluebird or nothing.
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It's an SP. It will be a bluebird or nothing.
I like your attitude!

A lot of people carry chains just to be legal with no intention of using them, e.g., pull over and wait out a storm rather than chain up and drive through.

More in these threads:

http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.co...ht=tire+chains

http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.co...ht=tire+chains
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Richard, thanks for the links. I should have tried search first and saved the post. Since I have chains I will take them along.
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Jim- the mid-80's PT models will not accommodate tire chains. They have a leveling jack between the tag tire and drive tires. There is only about 1" of clearance between the jack enclosure and the tire.

This depends on a number of things. It depends if your putting on singles or doubles. Chain or cables. Regular chain or the high tensile trygg link. The trygg chains are much smaller and lightweight. Much easier to handle. Probably better suited to the BB crowd. I have a set of double Trygg's for 11:00 x 24.5 tires that are fairly easy to handle.

I would get a set of single high tensile Trygg's for a bus if it were me. There is another brand that makes this smaller link but very very strong tire chain but the name escapes me right now.

Singles are tire chains and PRESTO now you are legal. I think properly sized singles will fit almost any PT since you are only encapsulating the outside dual tire. Less work too and most BB's are not pulling huge weight. The wheels haul the weight and that makes a big difference. If you can't make it with a set of singles IMO you should not be going anywhere.

One more thing, you should get your chains and practice putting them on in your shop or yard. Don't wait to be on a snow covered mountainside with water, snow and slush all over the place. If your going where you need them have a little experience with them first.

If it is real slippery on a hillside and a good grade have your co-pilot keep a brake application on the treadle with the parking brake on so all your wheels are locked up. The last thing you need is the bus sliding backwards over you. Trucks in the CDN Rockies with 5 axles loads slide sometimes only 80,000 lbs and 4 axles lock up with the parking brake. Trains usually don't with 6 or 7 axles locked up and 110 to 135,000 lbs. A BB you only have one axle, the one your chaining up that locks up holding that 45or 50,000 LBS on that slippery road surface. So in the right conditions it could slide. This is requires the proper attention to safety. Usually this is a big concern if you have spun out. In a chain up area it is probably not that big of a deal.

The second reason your going to put the chains on in the shop is your going to make sure that they FIT properly and the chain manufacturer did not screw up and that you know how to do adjust them. Don't ask me how I know this. I could give Hoagie a run for his money on that story.
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At Donner Summit, you can rent chains on one side of the hill, and return them on the other.
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I carry chains every were I go ther are for the wifes 84 camaro that she dosnt own. at least we have chains.
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