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post #1971 of 2009 (permalink) Old 12-05-2019, 12:21 PM
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post #1972 of 2009 (permalink) Old 12-29-2019, 07:56 AM
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Leaving the Big Bend area.



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Heading toward Wolf Creek Pass CO from the west; storm's comin'.



Chaining up for the pass. Roads were pretty squirrelly; several inches of accumulated snow on top of an ice sheet.



At the summit.





Finally on the east side. Blew the trailer right turn signal fuse at some point (probably due to salty water getting into the receptacle when I was connecting it), so I swapped it out before continuing on.


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JDWarren:. 2 questions:

1. What tires do you have on the truck in pix?

2. My OM (19 2500) cautions against using chains on the rear wheels, and says not to use on front under any circumstances. Both seem silly on a vehicle with so much clearance. Looks like you aren't even using class S tight clearance chains. So, did you experience any interference problems with the chains on all 4's???

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post #1974 of 2009 (permalink) Old 12-29-2019, 05:14 PM
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JDWarren:. 2 questions:

1. What tires do you have on the truck in pix?

2. My OM (19 2500) cautions against using chains on the rear wheels, and says not to use on front under any circumstances. Both seem silly on a vehicle with so much clearance. Looks like you aren't even using class S tight clearance chains. So, did you experience any interference problems with the chains on all 4's???
I never even thought to look at the manual for this, actually. And no, I did not experience any issues (that I know of). Truck sailed up and down that mountain with no problems. Chains came off and went back in the bag afterward. I'm sure I could have gotten away with chains only on the rear, but given how nasty the roads were and the need for braking traction I figured I may as well put on all four.

On a related note, if you don't use chains, you may wind up like this...



...and sit there like an idiot trying to rock the truck out of a ditch when it's frame-deep in snow until a friendly Duramax driver named Will comes and pulls you out.





I offered to take him and his wife out to dinner and/or drinks but they had prior obligations (or didn't want to be seen in public with an NJ moron driving on snow-covered South Dakota dirt roads with Michelin LTX Defender all-season tires in the dead of winter, to answer your other question).

Fortunately, on our way back I was presented with an opportunity to partially redeem myself when I found another traveler who had a blown out tire without the tools requisite to change it. #PayItForward


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Thanks JD. I have the same tires.

Solo on snow/ice, it probably makes more sense to chain the fronts due to the weight. But I'm not sure chains would have pulled you thru the place you were stuck.

On a 2 lane road outside Farmington, nm, we passed a truck/camper on the shoulder and just as we passed I caught a glimpse of an older gentleman struggling with a tire. I searched for a place to turn around for 10 miles. It still bothers me that I was not able to get back and assist.
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Thanks JD. I have the same tires.

Solo on snow/ice, it probably makes more sense to chain the fronts due to the weight. But I'm not sure chains would have pulled you thru the place you were stuck.
So, basically we were being tourist morons trying to see Badlands National Park. Not sure we would have been able to see anything anyway due to the blowing snow. I didn't even realize we were driving on a high-crown dirt road because it appeared to be flat with some snow on the right side. Well, it was only flat because of the snow -- and it was about 12 inches deep. Which wouldn't have been an issue if I hadn't hit it at 35 MPH thus causing the truck to pull hard right, at which point it went off the road completely into several feet of snow. Screwed.

With the chains and going a little more cautiously I'm sure I'd have been fine. But after attempting to dig the thing out in 50 MPH gusts for an hour and getting covered in snow I was soaked and freezing and just wanted to get the hell out of there. And so we did.

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On a 2 lane road outside Farmington, nm, we passed a truck/camper on the shoulder and just as we passed I caught a glimpse of an older gentleman struggling with a tire. I searched for a place to turn around for 10 miles. It still bothers me that I was not able to get back and assist.
Newsflash: you are an older gentleman. Well, older, at least. Unsure about the gentleman part.

Anyway, I understand the predicament. My policy is that if there is no life-threatening weather I only pull over to assist when the following two conditions are met:

1) The vehicle has an obvious mechanical problem that is currently being addressed; i.e., I see people trying to work on or fix things.

2) I have the ability to bring my own vehicle to a safe/controlled stop and fully clear the lane of traffic.

Today it was easy because I was only going about 50 MPH, I saw them well ahead of time, the shoulder was plenty large (and I had no trailer attached), and they were obviously trying to fix a problem. Plus, the weather was getting close to life-threatening without shelter so I was even more willing to help.
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JD , is that a step on the front that fits a hitch?

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JD , is that a step on the front that fits a hitch?
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Newsflash: you are an older gentleman. Well, older, at least. Unsure about the gentleman part.

Anyway, I understand the predicament. My policy is that if there is no life-threatening weather I only pull over to assist when the following two conditions are met:

1) The vehicle has an obvious mechanical problem that is currently being addressed; i.e., I see people trying to work on or fix things.

2) I have the ability to bring my own vehicle to a safe/controlled stop and fully clear the lane of traffic.


Accurate, but........ouch. In my mind I'm still ....much .... less.... old.

Yes I have some criteria for stopping also, mostly around our security. If they had been younger or lots of people around I would not consider stopping. I'm a conspiracy theorist at heart.

The other day I passed a guy on the side of the interstate and he was changing a flat tire while open-carrying a .45 on his hip for all to see. Message received. (and what a great idea if you are in a state where it is legal).
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