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Old 02-02-2016, 02:38 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Jim Bennett View Post
What parameters determine that it is wintertime? Is is dates on the calendar, or snow on the ground?
For Oregon, view tripcheck:

The white dots are snow zones (chains required on or in the vehicle for vehicle and trailer).

For California: view the Caltrans QuickMap:
Caltrans - QuickMap

check box on left: "chain controls".

The rules (basically the same as OR):

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Old 02-02-2016, 03:09 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by rbryan4 View Post
When it got really dicey, folks used to switch to studded snow tires, but nowadays those are illegal in many places because people remove the chains when they are not needed, but they don't remove their studded snow tires. The transportation departments say they "chew up the road".
Studs are still legal in CO and in every state/province between here and Chilliwack. I checked before picking up my trailer in March.

I had visions of pulling out studs with a pair of pliers at customs; but they were fine in BC, as well.

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Old 02-02-2016, 05:55 PM   #13
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It's "wintertime" when the road is no longer "bare and wet", chains are advised or required, or my wife get's nervous.

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