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Old 09-11-2019, 08:18 AM   #1
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New Colorado Chain Law

The chain law in Colorado changed effective Sept 1st this year.

It used to be that only commercial vehicles were required to have chains on board Sept 1 through May 1, even if it was a warm, sunny day. The law has now changed to include any 2WD vehicle, commercial or private, must have either traction assist devices (chains or socks) on board or snow tires (not all weather M&S). This applies to I-70 basically from Denver West to Dotsero (where you are out of the mountains).

State Patrol claims they will be setting up check points to verify compliance. I doubt your odds of hitting a check point are very good but be advised. I went ahead and bought a set of low clearance cable chains for the DX3 just to be safe, they were only $125 including spider bungees.

For those of you coming to the Moab rally in a few weeks, if you are coming from the East and going West on I-70, you may want to consider picking something up. Though it is not frequent, it is possible to hit snow going over Vail Pass in September. Safe travels!

I really wish there was a way to open up the rear wheel wells on the DX3 just a bit, to be sure a loose chain wasn't going to tear the wheel well trim off.
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:51 AM   #2
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Glad I threw mine in the trailer when I was back in wisc! Only prob is I'd have to unload the jeep to get to them at a checkpoint lol.
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:02 AM   #3
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I have a set of chains I keep in my DX3. If I have to use them I am going to air up the rear bags that will give me extra clearance for the chains.
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A check point to confirm you have chains stored in a 2wd vehicle?
Long lines could develop as drivers unpack contents all over the side of the road.
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:14 AM   #5
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The chain law in Colorado changed effective Sept 1st this year.

It used to be that only commercial vehicles were required to have chains on board Sept 1 through May 1, even if it was a warm, sunny day. The law has now changed to include any 2WD vehicle, commercial or private, must have either traction assist devices (chains or socks) on board or snow tires (not all weather M&S). This applies to I-70 basically from Denver West to Dotsero (where you are out of the mountains).

State Patrol claims they will be setting up check points to verify compliance. I doubt your odds of hitting a check point are very good but be advised. I went ahead and bought a set of low clearance cable chains for the DX3 just to be safe, they were only $125 including spider bungees.

For those of you coming to the Moab rally in a few weeks, if you are coming from the East and going West on I-70, you may want to consider picking something up. Though it is not frequent, it is possible to hit snow going over Vail Pass in September. Safe travels!

I really wish there was a way to open up the rear wheel wells on the DX3 just a bit, to be sure a loose chain wasn't going to tear the wheel well trim off.
Do you mind sharing the specific pair you ordered?
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:20 AM   #6
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A check point to confirm you have chains stored in a 2wd vehicle?
Long lines could develop as drivers unpack contents all over the side of the road.
NOTHING compared to the line forming while FOURWHL unpacks his rig...I don't think there is enough roadway to set the paper towels and toilet paper while they get to the "inner workings".
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:42 AM   #7
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A check point to confirm you have chains stored in a 2wd vehicle?
Long lines could develop as drivers unpack contents all over the side of the road.
Well, that is what CSP is saying. When I was a LEO, if we did checks like this, you didn't stop all traffic. You just randomly flagged people out of traffic into an inspection lane. Will they really do it and how often remains to be seen. But, the fines are significant enough that 1 ticket would be more than what the set of chains cost you. And, you don't have to have chains if you have real snow tires. Plus, if it does snow and you can't get up a steep grade, the fines are quite large.

Problem is I'm not going to put a set of winter only snow tire duals on the rear of the DX3, so chains seem to be the only real option. And if a rig is going to get randomly flagged into an inspection lane, I know it will be me. Big truck, towing a car trailer, etc. And, if it does snow and get slick, putting the cable chains on are probably a good idea anyway.

All of this is primarily focused on the skiers who drive I-70 every weekend in ski season. Lots of them are totally unprepared to drive in the weather conditions you frequently experience. There are tons of accidents and it can take hours to cover a distance that should only take 30 minutes even in inclement weather.

Oh, and if you have 4WD or AWD you don't have to have chains but you do have to have tires that are at least "all season" rated and must have a minimum of 3/16 inch tread depth.
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Glad my Isata 5 is 4-Wheel Drive!
Ooooh. Now THERE is a good sales pitch for a 4x4 RV.
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Do you mind sharing the specific pair you ordered?
I went to Tirechains.com and ordered the 2316 cable chains with cams for $94.59 and a pair of spider bungees for $15. I could probably find these locally in the Denver area but as usual I am out of town for work.

These cable chains are a compromise i.e. they aren't real good if you are in snow deeper than 2", cant exceed 30 mph, they will wear out sooner than regular chains, etc. But they would definitely help on snow packed or icy surfaces for very occasional use, which is what you experience on I-70. Plus they seem like the lowest profile option that would have the best chance of not damaging the wheel wells on the rig. The cable chains without the adjusting cams may provide even more clearance, but in my experience loose chains are what cause the damage most of the time.

The cloth traction socks are legal in Colorado and they for sure are the safest choice for avoiding vehicle damage. They meet the legal requirement if you get checked but the review on their performance is mixed. They are basically use them one time then throw them away devices and the traction enhancement is minimal.
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