CHAINING...are you ready?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by otherhalftw, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. otherhalftw

    otherhalftw Insignificant Otter

    Nov 18, 2008 discovery foothills
    As most of you know, I put on a chain class for DHE each year. The following links are the hand out for this years presentation.


    At the beginning of the presentation, there are sections that offer sage advice on being prepared for the winter season. There are so many little things that each of us encounter, and in retrospect, just take nonchalantly. When tasked to put these "little things" down on can't fathom how much doesn't come to mind.

    For the past 3 years, as a member of TTR, I have read and enjoyed the "hints and advice" from more seasoned drivers, and some little things that a few rookies have discovered. These were shared with us here on as I was preparing this years presentation, I went back and "borrowed" some of the tips from this Forum. However, when printing these tips for my presentation, the author of the tips was not highlighted, and therefore was not given the credit the post deserved.

    If, as you read through the links, you have the opportunity to say..."I said that before!"...well you probably did...and I along with my fellow drivers at DHE thank you for your astute observations, along with your shared knowledge and experience!

    Remember...there is always more than one way to do any task. This is the way I learned many decades works for me.

    I just read through the link....and noticed that I did not mention the fact that the diagrams of "Recommended Chain Location" is for "Maximum Level" especially for California.

    CA also has two other "Levels" of chaining...."Modified Max" and "Minimum". The "Modified Max" is chaining all four outside drive tires (not the inside), and the "Minimum" is chain on the outside tires of one drive axle (either axle is acceptable). Of course, CA also requires 2 "drag chains". These are 2 of the outside tires (one each side) of the trailer tandem set. The "Drag Chains" can be staggered.

    And for those of you who enjoy catching me in my spelling faux paus...I found one "if" that is printed as "fi". Good luck finding any others!

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  2. EZ Money

    EZ Money Road Train Member

    Good info,Thanks!
    Just got 8 new drives put on yesterday and inspected my chains.
    Good to go but i hope i won't need them much...We run the mountains in TN and KY but nothing like the western mountain states.

    I had Michelin XDN2 drive tires put on and they look like they will be a great winter tire.
    otherhalftw Thanks this.
  3. otherhalftw

    otherhalftw Insignificant Otter

    Nov 18, 2008 discovery foothills
    I will gladly run these Western mountains over those "sheets of ice" you guys play on back East!:biggrin_25514:
  4. EZ Money

    EZ Money Road Train Member

    I hear ya! Yep,the ice really is a pain.
    At least out west they either close the road or keep it plowed.

    Here in the southeast any ice or snow cripples most highways.
    I was stuck in that mess in Atlanta last winter....not fun.
    They have no idea how to clear the roads down there....:biggrin_25513:

    I grew up in Michigan so no problem for me.
  5. ironpony

    ironpony Road Train Member

    Sep 23, 2007
    Ask my GPS...
    Everyone gets their fair share of ice...

    Rich guys in the summer, and poor guys in the winter!

    Now that we have some chains to play with... where did the gals run off to? :biggrin_2559:
  6. striker

    striker Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2009
    Denver, Co
    bring on the snow and ice, I'm beyond ready for it
  7. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    What's that?

    I'll do it if I am forced to, otherwise I'll sit it out and send a Mac22.

    The time and $ gained on the front end is of no comparison to the time and $ lost on the back end if one mistake is made - either by me, or some 'other' idiot on the road.
  8. seabring

    seabring Road Train Member

    Apr 24, 2011
    Excellent information, thank you for taking the time to compose and post this! :biggrin_25514:
    texasbbqbest and otherhalftw Thank this.
  9. Sequoia

    Sequoia Road Train Member

    Dec 4, 2010
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Yikes, my bungee cord supply is low. Must restock!

    SCHULTZ Light Load Member

    Oct 21, 2011
    its not worth it to me to chain I will pull over and just sleep it out before I chain. I was on Donners trying to chain down and almost got taken out by a car after that if its that bad I have to chain the load can wait
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