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Old 01-05-2013, 02:05 PM   #57
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I've posted this before, however I don't believe it was on this forum - I was towing my 3 day old Escape 17B on 101 in Washington in the rain. Came over a hill & ran into a wall of hail as well as an inch or so on the road. It was like driving on sheet ice - with careful use of the manual lever on the brake controller and gentle braking on the tow vehicle & managed to get things back in control, but I sure wouldn't want to do that too often!

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Old 01-05-2013, 02:13 PM   #58
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I had exactly the same experience as you did, Jon- only in my case it was over in Eastern Washington. I won't say the hailstones were as big as golfballs, but for the first time ever I honestly thought I might lose the windshield!

Fortunately I was able to control the vehicle by much the same methods as those you describe...


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Old 01-05-2013, 02:21 PM   #59
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That's a bummer, especially since you didn't really need them.

Glad you made it safely. Will you be coming back up here next summer?
Well they may come in handy again should the vehicle ever be taken out on a highway pass in winter again. I know that a couple of years ago in many places the rules changed regarding the type of tire needed in winter. These days in BC the requirements when traveling in areas were the highway signs are flashing Winter Condition Warnings you must have winter tires with the snow flake symbol on them (all seasons dont fit that bill) or you must be carrying chains.

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