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Old 11-30-2014, 10:21 PM
 
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Wife has a FWD Car (Volt) and I put studded snow tires on it and she does better than I do with non-studded, M+S tires on my 4WD pickup.

We rented a Subbie from a rental car place and without the right tires it was worse than the properly equipped Volt. Now with the right tires on it I wouldn't worry about it.

And of course, the maintenance guy coming over to fix some stuff in my rental has a 2WD pickup that he has driven forever with regular all season tires on it and never gets stuck. I would have been stuck several times if I didn't have 4WD....
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Eagle River Alaska
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Youre not alone... Im a native Floridian and moved up here to Eagle River about 2 months ago. Im slipping and sliding my way through my first winter in a 2wd pickup...winter tires but no studs... Gotta love it. I can tell you that adding weight in the back was a huge help. Once I added 600lbs the truck settled down a lot. I just have to be very careful if I have to stop on an icy hill because it can be very tricky to get going again... Otherwise so far so good......knock wood
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Old 12-05-2014, 03:34 PM
 
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The big hill in ER was interesting today, I started sipping and going towards the ditch going up... At the expense of irritating the people behind me, I went about 30 mph up the rest of the way. Down wasn't an issue... I was able to maintain speed just fine. I have 500 lbs in the bed, maybe I should put more weight?

I couldn't drive here in a 2WD pickup with the regular M+S tires I have on mine. You have my respect for that.

Ohh and I love how I can drive the truck get it warmed up and then the snow doesn't quite melt off all the way and then becomes ice. Even better is it starts to snow and that becomes a layer of ice... I don't have a heated garage big enough to totally thaw it out in...
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Old 12-05-2014, 05:20 PM
 
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Driving a P/U has to be a real treat at times. Even in a passenger car, I'm making sure to add weight to the trunk to help with traction...

...Or at least that's the excuse I'm giving my gf for why I have to put all of that stereo equipment back there.
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:34 PM
 
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LOL... Careful blasting the bass away in the avalanche zones.

Depending on what you are doing a P/U is either good or bad. And the car is the same way. Going through snow drifts I'd rather have the truck. Ice and not a lot of snow bulid up the car...

A lot of snow, snow machine...

There is a vehicle for almost every condition... And definetly a better vehicle than others for every condition.
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Old 12-06-2014, 09:26 PM
 
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What is yur temp right now, Dakster?
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Old 12-07-2014, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Homer ak.
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38 degrees in Homer at 9 pm.
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Old 12-07-2014, 12:04 AM
 
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OH, you are not that different from us. We are in low forties. I'm surprized. I expected Alaska to be 0 degrees by now.
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Old 12-07-2014, 02:30 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Alaska can have a 100*f difference from the highest town to the lowest town.
here are the temps around the state at 10:30pm AST.
Anchorage 28 F 78% 29.52 in (Rising) Mostly Cloudy Calm 10:53 PM AKST Save Barrow -8.6 F 86% 30.32 in (Steady) Clear NNE at 1.0 mph 11:27 PM AKST Save Cantwell 19.7 F 94% 29.53 in (Steady)
Calm 11:27 PM AKST Save Dutch Harbor 39 F 73% 29.00 in (Falling) Overcast NNW at 6 mph 10:56 PM AKST Save Fairbanks -1.0 F 83% 29.76 in (Falling) Mostly Cloudy SSW at 1.0 mph 10:50 PM AKST Save Fort Yukon -4 F 78% 30.00 in (Steady) Clear NE at 6 mph 11:16 PM AKST Save Haines 30 F 92% 29.95 in (Rising) Light Snow Mist WNW at 7 mph 10:54 PM AKST Save Juneau 33 F 96% 29.94 in (Rising) Overcast Calm 10:53 PM AKST Save Ketchikan 44.6 F 98% 29.97 in (Steady) Rain Mist NE at 1.0 mph 11:25 PM AKST Save Kodiak 45 F 93% 29.18 in (Falling) Light Rain Mist ENE at 22 mph 10:53 PM AKST Save Kotzebue -2 F 79% 29.86 in (Steady) Clear ENE at 4 mph 10:53 PM AKST Save McGrath 7 F 73% 29.63 in (Steady) Light Snow NNE at 6 mph 10:56 PM AKST Save Nome 16 F 54% 29.64 in (Steady) Clear NNE at 12 mph 10:53 PM AKST Save Petersburg 36 F 93% 29.94 in (Rising) Overcast WSW at 5 mph 11:16 PM AKST Save Seward 35 F 92% 29.47 in (Steady) Light Rain Mist Calm 10:53 PM AKST Save Sitka 44 F 79% 29.81 in (Steady) Overcast ESE at 14 mph 10:53 PM AKST Save Skagway 32 F 69% 29.96 in (Rising) Overcast Calm 11:05 PM AKST Save Talkeetna 32 F 69% 29.56 in (Steady) Mostly Cloudy North at 6 mph 10:53 PM AKST Save Valdez 20.1 F 93% 29.63 in (Steady)
Calm 11:25 PM AKST Save Willow 36 F 52% 29.49 in (Falling) Overcast NE at 10 mph 11:16 PM AKST Save Wrangell 39 F 87% 29.98 in (Rising) Overcast East at 10 mph 11:16 PM AKST Save Yakutat 37 F 93% 29.77 in (Rising) Overcast ENE at 6 mph 10:53 PM AKST Save

Well the formatting didn't save! Sorry

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Old 12-07-2014, 02:45 AM
 
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LOL! I guess I just think of Anchorage when I think of Alaska. Thank you for the very thorough report(still giggling)
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