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Old 02-10-2019, 10:40 PM   #11
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Here in CA I've always carried a cheap set of cable chains in my pickup for the check points with no intent on ever installing them. I've never needed to chain up with 4x4. But on my SMB I want a good set of chains if I ever actually need to chain-up in the backcountry. I have a set of Pewag's that are in my bumper box. RUD's are another good choice.

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Old 02-11-2019, 10:52 AM   #12
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I'm headed to Colorado today and have aset of cheap cable chains that I have no intention of EVER installing. I hate chains and will go out of my way to avoid them. Having said that, I do have 4wd and Duratracks, which work really well in snow. If chains are mandatory, I'll pull over and wait for the restriction to be lifted rather than laying in the salty slush as traffic whizzes by my feet while I install them. I realize that's not an option for everyone but I have nothing but time. Best of luck.

Edit: I just talked to the spring guy I'm visiting and he said it snowed six inches last night. He also said they have a "traction" law that says if you don't have chains and spin out, it's a $600 fine. It's unclearto me if they have to be installed to avoid a ticket.

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Old 02-11-2019, 11:10 AM   #13
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Coming from Michigan, where studded tires are illegal and chain use is highly restricted, it was a bit of a surprise when I moved to Seattle and there were chain requirements. Some pretty major freeways on the west coast can require them, including I-90 over Snoqualmie pass in Washington, and I-80 over Donner Pass in California.

IIRC in California four-wheel-drive vehicles are required to *carry* chains, but not required to install them, except under level 3 restrictions...but usually the highway closes before they hit level 3.

If you have Les Schwab where you live, they'll sell you chains in the fall and take them back for a refund in the spring if you haven't used them.

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