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Tire Chains in Dec for CO trip???

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hello-

Aside from dodging the occasional black ice here in TX, we don't frequently drive in "snowy" conditons. We are headed to Keystone and are driving up. Our route will bring us up I-25 to 470 to I-70. Should we bring tire chains?

Many Thanks!
post #2 of 15
Better to have em and not need em than to need em and have none!:
post #3 of 15
No, been driving that route for years and never needed chains...usually only required for big rigs.
post #4 of 15
If you need to use chains on a passenger vehicle to get around, those are the times that even us locals in the mtns tend to stay inside. Chain restrictions on passenger cars = very bad road conditions.

I would say no on the chains. But if you have room it wouldn't hurt and may give some drivers piece of mind. But YES to invest your money in fresh tread - almost paramount to staying on the road in snowstorms/snow covered roads. The best bang for your tire money is on quality all season radials (M+S printed on the side) with a good aggressive block pattern. The typical lower elevation touring tires with straight channels (for water) tend to lose grip quicker than irregular patterns that will bite in the snow.

There have been previous threads that mention which tires/snow tires perform best if you search this forum.

Colorado spends good money on CDOT; and they do a great job at keeping the Interstate relatively in good shape during storms.

If it gets nasty driving, just be cautious and adjust your speed or check into a motel and let the storm pass.
post #5 of 15
I got to agree. You probably won't need them. It doesn't hurt to have cables or chains in the car. On rare occasions you might need them. You could get them and if you don't need to use them just take them back when you get home.

If you are driving a RWD then definitely bring chains.
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks!

We are driving a chey crew cab...so I think it might pay off to buy some and throw in the back. Appreciate the feedback!
post #7 of 15
Also, I would advise cables over chains. Easier to put on and take off. Definitely get them. I can't even begin to talk about the problems we had with a guy from TX on Berthoud Pass last year. RWD no chains, icy roads=no good.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by killclimbz View Post
Also, I would advise cables over chains. Easier to put on and take off. Definitely get them. I can't even begin to talk about the problems we had with a guy from TX on Berthoud Pass last year. RWD no chains, icy roads=no good.
Absolutely correct...

I helped a couple from Kansas last year with a rear wheel truck heading east out of Vail approaching the pass. I never had experience with chains or cables as we drive a 4x4 but watched the simple operation others had with the cables over chains. Go cable! BTW, that situation really tested my good Samaritan patience.

Not to insult jkpaulson, but if you buy a pair practice in the drive before you head this way. Nothing nastier than learning in cold crap under pressure with fingers and knees frozen.
post #9 of 15
have good snow tires and you won't need chains. I still have them in my trunk, although have never used them. If you have bad tires/treads, you might be in for some trouble depending on the weather.
post #10 of 15
Deffinately use them. Put them on at the CO border, where the Highway Patrol can see them as you cross the border. They are looking out for people that don't use them. Also, don't worry about taking them off in dry conditions, as CO has special pavement that can handle them.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Powdr View Post
Deffinately use them. Put them on at the CO border, where the Highway Patrol can see them as you cross the border. They are looking out for people that don't use them. Also, don't worry about taking them off in dry conditions, as CO has special pavement that can handle them.
Powdr...:
Yes, what's special about the CO pavement is we spend more tax dollars on it. More importantly, do not run chains or cables when dry...nothing more dangerous in heavy fast I-70 ascending or descending traffic than someone with skates on between their rubber and the pavement.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by jkpaulson View Post
Hello-

Aside from dodging the occasional black ice here in TX, we don't frequently drive in "snowy" conditons.
We've noticed.

I agree with Powdr. Just put the chains on when you hit the border. Leave'em really loose though. You want to hear the chains hitting the inside of the wheel well so you know they're still on.

All joking aside, have a good vacation. And repeat after me: "4WD will not help me stop faster."
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Powdr View Post
Deffinately use them. Put them on at the CO border, where the Highway Patrol can see them as you cross the border. They are looking out for people that don't use them. Also, don't worry about taking them off in dry conditions, as CO has special pavement that can handle them.
Haaa haaa...... good one!!!

Be careful.. jkpaulson might take you seriously.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for advice AND sarcasm!

ok, don't fret, I now own tire cables and I'm not afraid to use 'em.
post #15 of 15
If your thinking you want to visit or ski the intercontentental divide (a-Basin area), then I would bring them. A lot of people want to the I-Cntl but the road conditions are usually a lot worse than I-70.
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