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RE: [RC] Snow chains on trailers? - heidi

Only under really extreme conditions do you put chains on the trailer--long before that, you would chain up both front and rear of your 4x4 towing vehicle.  The chains are mostly for traction on wheels that have power to them, which of course the trailer wheels do not.
When conditions are REALLY REALLY nasty, sometimes even with a chained-up tow vehicle you will want "drag chains" on the trailer for braking--but they are only needed going downhill.  Most times, you are going slow enough with the chained-up tow rig that you don't need drag chains on the trailer as well.
I have carried a set of chains for the trailer sometimes when towing in nasty conditions (which I do a lot) but so far have never had to use them.  Chaining up the truck, on the other hand, is something that one commonly has to do under bad conditions.

It looks like we are due for some "snow flurries" this Friday

to get over Donner Summit to go to the High Desert Ride in

NV.  :(

My truck's 4x4 and I've got snow-n-mud tyres on it, but I'm

wondering if snow chains for the trailer would be a good idea.

I've got dual-axels - would I put them on the front wheels of

the trailer or the back? 

(I really don't want to be in a position where chains are needed

at all and am planning on watching the radar loop and hopefully 

dodging the snow - but may not be so lucky on the way home...)

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