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Old 01-01-2014, 05:22 PM   #1
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Towing in snow

Any advice on towing a trailer on a snow packed surface or during a snowfall?
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:50 PM   #2
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Make sure your tow vehicle tires are snow rated with the little snowflake, and don't make any sudden moves. From the time I was 16, I towed trailers behind my car summer and winter with 4 bandmates packed in the vehicle and in sometimes harsh winter conditions on the Canadian praries and in the B.C. mountains. I would advise giving yourself lots of stopping distance and no quick steering or braking corrections. I know it's just common sense. I personally don't think towing is a big deal in the winter, just relax with it.
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:16 PM   #3
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If you're on road with commercial trucks, pay attention to what they do. Are they chained up? Are they going slow? Are they parked and waiting it out?
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:53 PM   #4
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Thanks. I've driven in snow for a long time, but I'm leery about risking the trailer. It's time to head south.
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:28 PM   #5
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While I'm comfortable driving my tow car in snow ( live in an area that gets 150"-200" of snow during a bad winter), my one experience towing the Escape on ice has convinced me that I will wait out ice & snow. Trailer brakes are pretty squirrely on snow!
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:48 AM   #6
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Trailer brakes are pretty squirrely on snow!
If you have summer tires - which would include every ST (Special Trailer) tire available - on the trailer, then the trailer certainly will be squirrely under braking. This is like a front-wheel drive car: if you put winter tires on only the front, the rear will slide around and your life can become unintentionally exciting.
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