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Old 12-06-2012, 06:32 PM   #11
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Move - No snow in Florida!
Ha ! wouldnt that be nice...until that happens...actually change my address (become a Florida resident) could be a option..in the not too distant future
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:40 PM   #12
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Three Hail Mary's and three Our Father's will help get you through the snow.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:36 PM   #13
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I've only hauled equipment in the snow. But I turn the trailer brakes down, drive slooow and watch out for idiots in your mirrors. You have to really watch changing lanes and side road exits because of wind-row jerking.
And of corse have the truck in 4x4 high- makes breaking much easier as the rear wheels turning doesn't fight the front braking(or pop tranny into neutral on 2wd if not using the engine to slow down)
A quick prayer helps too!
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:10 PM   #14
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Move - No snow in FL!
No snow but hurricanes
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:26 PM   #15
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It really isn't a big deal. 18 Wheelers do it all the time & you can use them as a guide for speed. If they slow down it probably is icing up. Go practice in a big parking lot without the TT 1st & then decide if you can control your vehicle. If you are not comfortable, don't bother hooking up your TT until Spring.
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If you have oversize tires on your TV, don't drive it on snow. They are better for off road and/or dry pavement. You need narrow tires & some weight to help them get a good grip through the snow.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:14 AM   #16
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I do run studded tires on my 4wd SUV in the winter (legal during approved time frame) The roads take a beating but the tires sure do work..road repairs are on going in the spring and summer months where traffic is heaviest. Winter driving and negotiating the moutain passes of eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana - studded tires definitely help me stick to the road. For years I had all season tires that were siped and worked fine but a few years ago I decided I wanted to try studded ones...and I havent looked back...I still run all seasons on the truck, as I prefer the smaller SUV for daily winter driving. If I drove the Titan in the winter, Id invest in studs...
The best advice to pass along is to drive slow, allow plenty of distance for braking, use your signal and watch for the idiots who roll thru their stop signs on the side streets...it never fails, they can be seen if you look for them - they are a danger if you miss 'em...making you brake to avoid collision and on icy surface will be a moment one is not likely to forget.
Haha - I have pulled out of my driveway too fast (less than 5 mph) only to slide into the ditch in front of my house...DH was not happy as I proceeded to get firther stuck in snow bank and walk back in house to admit I couldnt get out...argh. Same winter he slid into the neighbors ditch a few houses up and got stuck...ROFL...I got to pull him out...redemption for my driving skills.
Winter driving (where it tends to ice up) is just plain scary...snow not so bad - its the ice that challenges me...go slow and allow plenty of time to arrive to your destination. The goal in winter is to arrive alive.
The photos show typical winter snow overnight on the vehicles...the poor Mustang got left outside that year...and the photos show the only road I travel everyday to get to work......its a 2 lane highway that curves around a lake and up to a small town 'mountain' community...beautifu area, great community, peaceful
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:28 AM   #17
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It really depends on what is out there - attached are the roads when we went out for thanks giving weekend here - the drive out was primarily a tail wind so I kept stopping distance triple what I thought I needed acceleration was slow and steady to a speed that I felt safe at - with just me and the kid in the truck we took our time with a safety first attitude. 100km (~60 mile) trip approx 90min
Note had the truck is 4x4 I had the front hubs locked and 4wd switched on at any indication of slippage (needed a couple of times)
Moral of the story - slow and steady will win the day - if you are comfortable driving in snow having the trailer should not change that - if you are not comfortable in snow without the trailer IMHO the added stress of a trailer is not worth the effort
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:12 AM   #18
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One day i hope we can leave in mid November.. or ..right after Thanksgiving
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:11 PM   #20
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After living in Eastern Washington State for my entire life, I can say I'm used to snow and towing in it. But consider the following:

The 3-second rule for a car on normal, dry roads, DOES NOT APPLY. Your stopping distances increase by more than a factor of 2, which means a 6-second rule for a standard car doesn't apply either. Remember that you are hauling something behind you which probably weighs at least as much as your tractor, probably more.

Mass in motion tends to stay in motion, and that mass moves in a straight line.

So, your vehicle and stuff continues to move even though you apply the breaks or turn the tractor and it want does not want to turn or follow.

Review distances established by the State Patrol. They have specifics on just what the proper distances should be, where your chains should be placed, and how many you should place.

You also must be aware of the opposing drivers-- or those within your space. You know, the guy behind and to the side of you as well as oncoming traffic? Just because you are attempting to drive safely doesn't mean the other guy is. He's got bald tires,is driving too fast or too close, and he's even drunk or on drugs-- illegal or otherwise. He also fell asleep because his exhaust entered his cabin which purged the O2.

This question begs an answer-- why drive if you don't have too?
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