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Old 11-14-2006, 09:18 PM   #1
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My only winter camping has been with my big Ford F-250 4x4 and a slide in self contained camper. Now that I have gotten smart and sold the gas guzzeler and now have an Egg with brakes I am wondering if you that live in the snow country, and are crazy enough to winter camp like me, can give me some advice on using chains on the trailer in icy or snow conditions?
I am used to driving on icy and snowy roads after living in Nevada and above Susanville Ca. in the tall timber but never with a trailer behind me.

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Old 11-14-2006, 09:45 PM   #2
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First I'd check the chain laws in your state.
In Oregon if the trailer has brakes and chains are required they're also required on the trailer. 4 Wheel drive and AWD are exempt from the chain laws except when towing.

I'm figuring on buying chains for my Scamp. I'll also watch the weather and try to go into the mountains when I know the roads will be clear and chains won't be required. The thinking is to have the chains if needed but attempt to avoid situations where they would be needed.
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Old 11-14-2006, 10:20 PM   #3
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From the California DMV website

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Always carry drive wheel and trailer wheel chains when you travel in snow country. Know how to put them on. Chains are needed for both the tow vehicle and for one axle of a trailer. If you have a motor home with dual-rear wheels, you will need chains for one tire on
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Old 11-14-2006, 10:33 PM   #4
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I was thinking about a set of chains for the Scamp but this makes it Official. The next time I go down the hill I will buy a set of chains.

Thanks Byron & Gina,
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Might I suggest these?

Diamond Tire Chains

I am not sure they have them for smaller tires, but I have been exeedingly pleased with mine and the ease of installation. They work great with low clearance areas, and really do go on in about 5 mins, both wheels.

They are real ink chains, not cable chains. So simple, even a girl can do it
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Old 11-15-2006, 08:30 AM   #6
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John,

You might want to read "Towing in the Snow" if you haven't.

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...=21543&st=0
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