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Old 09-25-2017, 08:10 PM   #14
Forest Grump
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Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: ACE 27.1
State: California
Posts: 228
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This is a life threatening issue and the humor shocked me. We live in a four season mountainous resort community in Southern California. The are several on line stores that offer high quality chains sets for RV tire sizes and weights. You can read about each type and the different benefits. Get them!

In the western mountains of our country chains are required by law for all vehicles, chain control. Signs will be posted if chain control is in effect and at what level, R1 through R3. You must have chains that fit your tires with you. So be prepared and have them and know how to install them. If not turn around.

Every winter we get major storms, chain controls go up and there are those who believe they are a good enough driver etc. and proceed or straight out ignore cal trans check points etc. You are not going to make an off camber hairpin and will wreck. This usually involve other vehicles near you and up to 100 or vehicles can quickly be stranded with their passengers. This causes road closures and tracked rescue vehicles and a huge expense to you and the community. There is no humor present here. We call you flatlanders and we wonder what were you thinking.

The biggest culprits in order busses, trucks, RV and cars. Cal Trans is quicker now to close the roads into our community and restrict them to residents. We usually run out of fuel and food so the first ones up are tankers and food truck escorted by CHP. We enjoy the quiet and solitude a big storm brings. If your stuck then your rescue tow truck must have chains. Last year in our 5 storm we had three big wreckers all stuck with the the vehicles they were trying to get unstuck. Highway 38 took 3 days to open to the public. People ignore Cal Trans check points, no guns, then the CHP gets in the act enforcing the law. If you wreck without chains its your fault.

If you wreck and are stick blocking the road a LEO can and will have your vehicle towed and impounded.
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