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Old 12-22-2014, 12:17 PM   #1
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Question Towing on snowy roads

Is there anyone with information regarding towing a TT over snow covered roads. We are heading South from Oregon later this winter and may be faced with plowed but snow covered roads going over mountain passes. I have chains for the tow vehicle (4WD) but am wondering about my Rockwood 2703WS TT. I could not find any info in the documentation for either TV or TT regarding the safest way to transit sanded snow covered roads.

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Old 12-22-2014, 12:53 PM   #2
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Rule #1 (Forget Posted Speed Limits) use your head (Go Slow)! The Goof Ball who passes you going (70) will be in the ditch when you go by at (40)! You are Not going to have (2) sets of tires to change for (Snow?Ice),if it is Real Bad (Pull over and STOP)! There are No tires for a RV that are safe for (ICE) and probably not enough clearance for Chains! Long ago we ran (Studded Snow Tires) most States now outlaw them? Youroo!!

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Old 12-22-2014, 02:20 PM   #3
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I have not towed through mountain passes on snowy roads, but I have towed plenty in Michigan in winter. Agree completely with Youroo, drive it so YOU are comfortable, and if you are too unsure, pull over and wait it out. A couple of tips: make sure your exhaust brake is off, if you have one. It can cause an unexpected skid or jackknife. Water spray from other vehicles' tires is a good sign of wet, rather than icy roads. Enjoy the trip!
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Old 12-23-2014, 09:05 AM   #4
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Towed quite a bit in winter conditions through the mountains of UT, CO an ID, and just drove like I would without a trailer. As mentioned earlier, drive sanely, no need to go fast and 4-wheel drive is great in snow, but not so great on slick snow or ice and it sure does NOT help in stopping. That's where tires become really important.

Biggest problem I ever had was downhill, and the trailer tires locking up when braking and causing the trailer to skid. I tow a small popup so it was easy to gain control, just by letting up on the brake; so probably a heck of a lot different with a long TT.

So drive to meet the conditions and make sure the horn works so you can honk and wave at those in the ditch, who drive like idiots, pass you like you are standing still and then end up in a ditch a mile down the road.

As for studded tires, I know that WA, OR, CA, ID, MT, WY, UT, CO all allow studded tires after certain dates in Oct or Nov. So if you can find studded for the trailer, it might be worth it; however, I'm sure you will need to go to truck tires. But if you take it easy, it should not be a problem.
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Old 12-23-2014, 10:28 AM   #5
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Sway bars must be disengaged on slippery roads. WDHs with sway control usually are ok.
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Old 12-23-2014, 10:34 AM   #6
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If chains are required you also will need chains on the TT tires. You will need the check the rules for each state that you are going to be driving through.
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Old 12-23-2014, 10:47 AM   #7
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Agree with Caper, better to have and not need than to need and not have.
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Old 12-23-2014, 11:30 AM   #8
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Just like Youroo, (Forget Posted Speed Limits) use your head (Go Slow), I drove several time in February in NY State going south, I drove slow, Keep a good distance, I mean real good distance to the front vehicle, If you have to break, and the trailer(5Th Wheels) lock, release the brake and apply them again. And if like appended twice to us. Snow storms start, so we stopped to the nearest truck stop until it clear.

Better to be safe then sorry.

Have a good trip.


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Old 12-23-2014, 01:40 PM   #9
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In our business we use our 5th wheel rv and have to travel over the Sierra several times over the course of the year. We only travel during daylight hours but have had to chain up truck and trailer many times. The Sierra mountains are relatively close to the oceans so conditions can be slushy and Icy making for some treacherous conditions. What works best for me is slow and i also turn my trailer brakes off as much as possible. I also tow with a Dodge Ram with exhaust brake which for me works very well in 4 wheel drive in these conditions. No matter I have had some white knuckle experiences even at slow speed. So slow is always good and driving ahead of yourself. And for me towing in these conditions is best done in day light hours.
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Old 12-23-2014, 01:54 PM   #10
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Take it slow and leave lots of room to brake. I have not towed our TT but have many miles of snow and ice with snowmobiles in a cargo trailer.

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