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Unread 12-12-2009, 07:23 PM   #21
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I only use chains on the rear, and only off-road. They make an incredible difference, maybe 500% more traction. This is because where I am going the snow has become hard or icy and rubber and ice for 40km just won't work.

I used them once in the city after an ice storm, but other than that off road only. That way as long as I don't get hung up then I can move forward pretty reasonably.

I use Rud as per previous post. As chains go they are not that aggressive, but they suit what I do.

I wish I could mount a set up front as well, we have had some crazy scenarios with the front drifting away on an incline while the rears just kept pushing.


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Unread 12-12-2009, 07:30 PM   #22
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I only use chains on the rear, and only off-road. They make an incredible difference, maybe 500% more traction. This is because where I am going the snow has become hard or icy and rubber and ice for 40km just won't work.

I used them once in the city after an ice storm, but other than that off road only. That way as long as I don't get hung up then I can move forward pretty reasonably.

I use Rud as per previous post. As chains go they are not that aggressive, but they suit what I do.

I wish I could mount a set up front as well, we have had some crazy scenarios with the front drifting away on an incline while the rears just kept pushing.


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Unread 12-12-2009, 11:04 PM   #23
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British Columbia rules appear to be based on GVW and that weight might be 27,000 Kg, so nothing to do with us ...

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If you plan to travel British Columbia roadways when wintry conditions are a possibility, you should carry chains and be prepared to install them if needed. When you come to a posted sign on the highway stating “Use Winter Tires or Carry Chains Beyond this Point, October 1 - April 30”, you must be ready to install chains or have proper winter tread tires before proceeding. Should you go beyond that point without the proper equipment, you may be subject to a fine. If road conditions worsen, be sure to install your chains before you reach an uphill grade. Pay attention to whether approaching vehicles are using chains or having difficulty. If you have any doubts, chain up before proceeding.

When you encounter a sign or flashing amber lights with a message that indicates vehicles over a certain posted GVW must chain up, then carrying the chains is no longer sufficient. The tire chains MUST be installed at that point. Failure to do so may result in a fine or other enforcement action. Proceeding without the proper equipment installed could also cause you to lose control of your vehicle, endangering your own life and the lives of others.
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http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/popular-topi...y_Brochure.pdf
http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/cvse/vehicle...chains_map.pdf
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Unread 12-13-2009, 11:27 AM   #24
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Yesterday some friends were out and there was ice. "Pinball" could have used chains:
http://www.youtube.com/user/avalanchejim
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The lack of lockers didn't help him either.
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Unread 12-13-2009, 12:19 PM   #26
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The lack of lockers didn't help him either.
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Unread 12-13-2009, 05:57 PM   #27
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He's got lockers but was just having fun.
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Unread 12-15-2016, 04:56 PM   #28
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Default My interpretation of the CO Chain Law

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I did a little more research since it looked like California has some different laws. Here are Colorado's:

Noncommercial Vehicles. For noncommercial vehicles when the chain law is implemented, one of two possible levels is called for.

Chains or snow tires required: This level requires chains, or snow tires, or
all-season tires with an M+S rating (mud+snow) with at least 1/8" tread, or
four-wheel drive vehicles with all four wheels engaged (conventional tires okay).

Chains only: This level requires chains, or four-wheel drive vehicles with all four wheels engaged (conventional tires okay).

It sounds like as long as you have 4WD/AWD (which I do) and the snowflake symbol (http://www.canadiandriver.com/2007/0...-snowflake.htm), which I do, I'll be okay on I-70. I've driven up there probably 40 times but never really thought about it until I saw this thread, or I already had chains with me just in case.
I dug around the legislation and it seems like even a 4Runner with snow tires can be required to have chains if it gets bad enough. However, the law states that all 4 wheels "should" have them. I interpret should as a recommendation. I'm just going to buy a set of chains for the rear wheels. I'm driving I-70 as well, but also Berthoud Pass.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berthoud_Pass

Plus the fine is minimum $130 and chains are less than that. call it insurance.
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