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Old 12-29-2014, 11:41 AM   #1
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Winter tires vs all season tires vs summer tires....

Interesting test comparison, you might want to check your tires before towing this winter.....Testing the Benefits of Winter Tires | Edmunds.com
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Old 12-29-2014, 12:10 PM   #2
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But I won’t be towing with a Honda Civic.

An interesting article and the skinnier tires make sense, especially after watching the Oil Field Dodge

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Old 12-29-2014, 01:32 PM   #3
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When most people think of winter tires, they think of aggressively treaded tires with metal studs in them.
I doubt that's true - many people even here in Alberta are not even aware that studded tires are available or permitted (in fact, they are regaining popularity and their use is unrestricted in Alberta). I plan to go to studs with my next winter set (which won't be for a couple of years).

Narrower tires are better in winter. Almost all travel trailers some with tires that are narrow (in relation to the load) by automotive standards. For instance, stock tires for most Escape models are the same width as the stock base tires (optional are wider) for my Mazda3... and each trailer axles carries much more load than even the front car axle.

I think it's amusing that the speeds were limited to 40 mph (65 km/h) in winter conditions, as if people actually slow down to that - perhaps they do in places where it only snows once or twice a year. The test results should be valid anyway.

Overall, I think it's a reasonable test and good article with a valuable message.

If people take nothing else from the article, they should at least pay attention to some of the facts that many people like to ignore:
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Maybe you own an all-wheel-drive vehicle that gets going more readily than a front-drive machine like the Civic. You'll still have to slow down, and in sloppy conditions the unexpected panic stop is far more commonplace. Winter braking performance is crucially important to all vehicles, regardless of the number of wheels driving them up to speed.
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Old 12-29-2014, 02:23 PM   #4
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Sorry to say that here in Alberta a lot of people don't believe in winter tires and run all season or summer tires in the winter.
I have had people driving behind and in front of me spin out. This usually happens when it gets really cold and the all season rubber compound gets hard and looses traction. I like to run studded winter tires (coming from northern British Columbia) on my truck and notice I get a lot of strange looks when I drive by and people hear them.
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Old 12-29-2014, 03:17 PM   #5
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Tires are a hot topic right now. There are 4 tire threads going simultaneously on the Fiberglass RV Forum...so with this one you have 5 to chose from...
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Old 12-29-2014, 04:10 PM   #6
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We don't use winter tires in San Antonio because the chances of freezing precipitation are extremely low. Having said that, we did get a freak ice storm last winter that basically shut down our Highway system for a day and caused hundreds of accidents. I sometimes think it would be better if we had these kind of storms more often. Maybe people would get used to it and stop driving like idiots.
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Hi: rbryan4... When I drove Robert Q Airport service to Toronto and Detroit, I spent about 4 hrs. on the freeway each day. Early one morning in a patch of freezing rain... a passenger asked "Why are we going straight and every one else is spinning out". I answered "We're going 40 miles an hour... in neutral"!!! Alf
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Tires are a hot topic right now. There are 4 tire threads going simultaneously on the Fiberglass RV Forum...so with this one you have 5 to chose from...
I noticed that. I also noticed that two of them in FiberglassRV are old threads (one inactive for two months, the other inactive for eight years) revived by the same member, who apparently did a search in the forum for "tires" or something. Also, another one of them is the FiberglassRV version of this thread, which apparently triggered his volley of tire posts.

Having said that, tires are always a hot topic in trailer forums.
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I sometimes think it would be better if we had these kind of storms more often. Maybe people would get used to it and stop driving like idiots.
While that makes sense, in practice the first winter storm every year here sees similar stupidity, until people get back into winter mode.
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Here in Portland, Oregon we need tires for rain. The ocassional snow storm brings our city to a stand still. But, few city streets are straight and there are a number of hills sprinkled through out town. In fact the entire downtown area starts a sea level and goes up to over 1100 feet in about 70 blocks, as the crow flies.
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