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parfsten 10-02-2016 11:01 AM

Snow chains
My Aliner is not designed to handle snow chains - damage to wheel wells. Since I have read of many folks winter camping, am I right in thinking the 17B is designed to use snow chains?

MyronL 10-02-2016 11:19 AM

To what purpose? Snow chains on drive wheels make sense because they drive the vehicle forward. If the trailer begins to fishtail in the snow it usually means you're driving too fast.

parfsten 10-02-2016 11:25 AM

In California (don't know about other states) if you are using a braking system for your trailer you are required to install snow chains if necessary.

MyronL 10-02-2016 11:55 AM

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Wow, that's draconian. Guessing the "where posted" part is the controlling key.

parfsten 10-02-2016 12:03 PM

When I saw that my Aliner (Ranger 12' model) stated NO CHAINS I went to the local highway patrol and asked if I had to have chains for my trailer when required - told yes if you have brakes on the trailer or turn around and go home. With that in mind, I want to know if there are any restrictions for snow chains with the 17' Escape model (don't know if the model length makes any difference, but just to be clear, I am ordering a 17B).

Anyone using chains?? If so, recommendations for chain manufacturer, type, etc?

Ian and Sue 10-02-2016 01:18 PM

Trailer Tire Chains????
Take a look at tractor trailers....when required to chain up they put them on the tractor drive wheels and nowhere else. Even the Ice Road Truckers only do the drive wheels. Here in VT you will occasionally see a plow truck or grader with chains on the front to help with steering if it is particularly icy but i never see people putting them on trailers...overkill in my book.

parfsten 10-02-2016 01:35 PM

I agree... it seems like overkill to me too.... BUT California requires chains on your travel trailer if it is equipped with brakes. I would really like to know if I will encounter the same situation as I have with my Aliner - manufacturer says NO CHAINS but California law requires it. Guess I will have to avoid potential chains required areas until I find out if chains can be used on the 17B. Anyone??

MyronL 10-02-2016 01:50 PM

There are chains, and there are "chain straps." To me, chains wrap around the entire tire and cross the tread at every number on the clock whereas a chain strap is a single chain length with a belt attached so it loops somehow through a gap in the wheel and around the tire at one spot. Had this back in the 50's-60's. Wonder if they are still made. Of course, see no way our Escape wheels would allow it. Regardless, still overkill.

Greg A 10-02-2016 01:51 PM

Anywhere that requires chains won't be seventy degrees, not a problem we'll be encountering. ;)

gbaglo 10-02-2016 01:58 PM

If the situation requires chains, I'm waiting it out or staying home.

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