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Old 11-27-2011, 05:18 PM
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Think I will need chains?

Ok please don't flame me. I am planning a trip from California to North Carolina around Christmas via the I40. Now living in California all my life I am not sure what kind of weather I may see on our trip. I have a 2002 F350 4X4 Dually. Do you think I may need chains? If so, 1 set or 2? Front or rear tires?

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I had a quick look at your route and I dont think youll need chains. Chains are really only necessary when traveling in the higher elevations. Im Canadian and Ive driven through a lot snow in my day and never needed chains. Although a dually generally has less traction than a SRW truck, I still think youll be ok. Have some weight in the bed (sand bags for example) and you should be good to go.

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i would imagine you would be okay but its never a bad idea to be over prepared for a long trip, all fluids, spare parts, etc. Is this something you have or going to buy?
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what part of NC you headed too? You will be fine without chains
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Ok please don't flame me. I am planning a trip from California to North Carolina around Christmas via the I40. Now living in California all my life I am not sure what kind of weather I may see on our trip. I have a 2002 F350 4X4 Dually. Do you think I may need chains? If so, 1 set or 2? Front or rear tires?
Flagstaff AZ can get bad and DPS will close the road

I10 to the south could be a better way

Check the weather reports be for travel
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If you need some advice on driving through snow... PM me...

Copy that. Thanks...

Is this something you have or going to buy?

I own it. She was a ex studio fuel truck. About 115,000 miles and it runs great. I am the second owner.

what part of NC you headed too? You will be fine without chains

Pineville. My wifes sister lives there and we would like to do a road trip. She does not know we are coming so please don't say anything. LOL...

I10 to the south could be a better way

I will check it out.

I have a 2011 Subaru WRX, but the truck has more room for the family.

Thanks again.

Tom
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You should be safe without them, BUT, if you did buy them, you could always return them if they are unused.. JMO
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You should be safe without them, BUT, if you did buy them, you could always return them if they are unused.. JMO
You know, not a bad idea...
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check local laws in the state you drive through. In CO you are only required chains if you have a 2wd, 4x4 with legal tires, chains are not required. With 4x4 you will be fine as long as you dont think you can stop as fast as you go, leave a good following distance between you and the car in front and dont go faster than you can safely stop. Have a good trip!
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There is no conceivable way you will need chains. 4x4 is sufficient (when unloaded anyway) for 99 percent of the conditions you will experience. If you were intending to travel on rural/dirt roads, MAYBE.
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