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Old 09-02-2014, 02:21 PM   #21
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Finally some clarity. "Drag Chains" are simply tire chains for the trailer wheels. They are called "drag chains" because the trailer is "dragged" down the road. My idea that they somehow dragged on the ground is, as others have pointed out, wrong.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:17 PM   #22
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That said, I am certain I read somewhere in the regulations of Calif, Oregon or Washington that chains should be affixed to the axle of the trailer, not the wheels-go figure.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:31 PM   #23
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That said, I am certain I read somewhere in the regulations of Calif, Oregon or Washington that chains should be affixed to the axle of the trailer, not the wheels-go figure.
Not attached to the axle itself, but associated with the tires on one axle -- at least in California. Some adjacent states have similar rules. I've attached their "chain chart" for your reference.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:47 PM   #24
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Take this for what it's worth, but I live in Northern Oregon, along the Columbia River gorge. Lots of traffic, lots of snow/ice in the winter and plenty of wind. I can't remember seeing any vehicle with chains hanging from an axle. The big rigs typically have big 'hooks' about midway on the trailer(s)with chains hanging there during the winter.

And what I know about torsion axles on trailers, there's NO WAY I'd hang something that would hang down from the axle and possible hook on road debris and/or bash the underneath. I'd stay home and driveway camp first. YMMV
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:20 PM   #25
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Has anyone here on the forum ever used chains on the tires of their Escape? I would hesitate to put chains on the trailer tires just because of the the possibility of the chains coming loose and coming in contact with the fiberglass wheel wells, eek, YMMV
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Has anyone here on the forum ever used chains on the tires of their Escape? I would hesitate to put chains on the trailer tires just because of the the possibility of the chains coming loose and coming in contact with the fiberglass wheel wells, eek, YMMV
There are some areas in the western US where 'chain zones' are established during at least part of the winter. Trailer chains and a max speed (usually 25 mph) are mandatory in these zones. Personally, I wouldn't pull my trailer in one. I'd turn around.
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:20 AM   #27
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And what I know about torsion axles on trailers, there's NO WAY I'd hang something that would hang down from the axle and possible hook on road debris and/or bash the underneath. I'd stay home and driveway camp first. YMMV
I can't either. We will purchase them in order to comply with the laws of the states that require them but will store them inside the Rav4. We will use them infrequently if ever.

Anyone know of a popular forum for Western snomobiling? I might see what those folks do about drag chains.
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We will purchase them in order to comply with the laws of the states that require them but will store them inside the Rav4. We will use them infrequently if ever.

Anyone know of a popular forum for Western snomobiling? I might see what those folks do about drag chains.
Although tire chains (not anything dragging on the road) are required in some conditions on the mountain highways of British Columbia, I have not noticed them in use on any of the dozens (maybe hundreds) of snowmobile trailers that I have seen in the BC Central Interior and Revelstoke/Golden areas. Maybe they are carried.

For comparison, heavy commercial trucks are also required to have chains, and they do carry them, but I can't remember the last time I saw those used, either. One season of watching Ice Road Truckers or Highway Thru Hell will probably show more use of tire chains than a decade of driving actual mountain highways in normal winter conditions.

I agree with the others that suggested that if the chains are on the truck tires, the travel trailer probably shouldn't be on the road. Legally, though, carrying chains may be required.
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I travel in bc with a 26 foot enclosed trailer to the areas that we snomobile in and have studded winter tires on the truck but standard tires on the trailer. We don't carry chains although I have seen guys with them for the truck in the stagging area parking lots. I have never seen any on the trailers. Ushually there is enough weight on the truck and in the trailer and most of the trucks are 4wd that traction isn't really a problem. The only isues I have seen is with guys using trucks with dual rear wheels, the traction with a dually is not good.
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Old 09-03-2014, 11:46 AM   #30
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the traction with a dually is not good.
I'll say. Our negative experience with a dual axle Chinook three winters ago in BC and elsewhere is what brought us to the Escape in the first place.
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