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Old 01-10-2013, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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I just plugged in the Dodge diesel. I have chains with ice biters, so no worries tomorrow!
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I know you can get regular chains for a dually, but can you get cables? What kind should I get? (brand, type, ??)

Has anyone ever run 'em on the front too??

I put four studded snow tires on my old car, back-when, and after that you could not MAKE the thing skid, even on glare ice. Cables oughta be better!

Which suddenly made me wonder.. is there such a thing as dual front wheels??

(Is there anything too weird for Rez to think of??)
WalMart is as good as any. You probably won't want to cable up both duals, just the outside. So purchase cables that fit that tire size.

Running cables on the front is no different than me putting cables on my 4x4 all the way around. They are built to give you traction, so if you need bite on the front, by all means put them on there.

Cables are very easy to put on, less than a minute per tire. You can cinch them up and go. With chains, should you hit some dry patches, you really have to slow down, and even in snow, you can't run very fast. I have run 60 with cables on and when I hit dry patches I never even slowed down. They are not thick enough to give you problems.

You might want to check the law over there. In some states, if they inact the chain law, cables aren't considered good enough. In Wyoming, if the chain law is in effect, 4 wheel drive is considered good, cables are good and of course, chains are good.

They are great on ice, packed snow, and snow up to about a foot in depth. Any deeper than that and you'll find that the cable is not thick enough and chains would do a lot better. Cables will dig and go, it's just that chains would do better in real heavy snow.

On a front wheel drive vehicle, chains are excellent because of the clearence issues.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I just plugged in the Dodge diesel. I have chains with ice biters, so no worries tomorrow!
Ice biters are nice. Plugged in???? Already???? I won't plug in my Cat until it gets to about -20 or worse. Last year, it took a shot of either, but I fired it up when it was -38 and I hadn't plugged it in.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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WalMart is as good as any. You probably won't want to cable up both duals, just the outside. So purchase cables that fit that tire size.
The problem with the rear is that there's hardly any clearance between the tires -- like maybe half an inch. Am afeared of grinding a hole in the next tire over!!

Tho if I had to settle for just in front, that'd probably be a big improvement.

Hauled a load home from Costco and ... truck is so heavy in the back already, another 500 pounds didn't make squat worth of difference.

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Ice biters are nice. Plugged in???? Already???? I won't plug in my Cat until it gets to about -20 or worse. Last year, it took a shot of either, but I fired it up when it was -38 and I hadn't plugged it in.
Heh, that's better'n lots of gas engines! The dually starts well enough in the cold (been down to zero here) tho it refuses to move any faster than it wants to til it warms up. The engine and tranny gauges never get into "warm" even in summer, towing 8000 pounds in 110 degree heat! ... thinkin' it may like some cardboard up front about now!!
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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I like my cab to get toasty quick- so yeah, plug her in!
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I like my cab to get toasty quick- so yeah, plug her in!
ahh well. See. you have a heater that works. That makes it nice.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Ok, I want to know who screwed up my calendar????? Today is Saturday, I don't care what your calendar says.

I don't know why I lost a day this week. I woke up this morning about 5:20. Went to the kitchen and threw some coffee beans in the grinder and put on a pot of coffee. As soon as I could, I poured a big mug and crawled back in bed. Normal Saturday routine. I have a hospital bed, so I grabbed the controller and set myself up, raised my legs a bit and turned on the TV to watch the Saturday morning news and sip on the coffee. Not once during the news, did it dawn on me that it wasn't Saturday. Finally I got up, got dressed and headed out to bring in my guages so I could make my weather reports. While filling out the weather report on the website, I finally realized it wasn't Saturday. WTH???? Now I have to go back through and figure out what day I skipped so I can do it today.

I know a bunch of you folks got hammered with this storm. Let's hear some reports. Down here, below the Southern Border, where it is definately warmer with the palm trees and such, it's 9 F, the wind is blowing at about 25 mph givings us a wind chill of about 12-14 degrees below zero. We did NOT get the snow you did. Yet. We got a skiff on the ground, not even a half inch. Not even enough to blade. The big drifts are about an inch deep. hahahaha

Some people buy big expensive wind guages so they can figure out what direction the wind is coming from. Me? I just look at the horses and see which corner they backed into.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:21 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Ok, I want to know who screwed up my calendar????? Today is Saturday, I don't care what your calendar says.
Pro'ly 'cause this dang thread is so long.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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Still blizzarding in RL! Winds, drifts, cold, zero visibility.

Yeeehhaa!
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:42 PM
 
Location: A Very Naughtytown In Northwestern Montanifornia U.S.A.
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Smile Our Day ~♥~

This is what our day looked like today.
I took this in our little town today here in Eastern Sanders county in the so called
banana belt/rain shadow nestled in a hollow of the Cabinet Range.
Earlier in the day it was a bit dreary but then the sun started "peeking"
It's cold but no one that I know here is wearing long-johns or heavy coats. ~♥~
We like our "microclimate"

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