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Old 10-16-2009, 09:39 AM
 
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I am purchasing chains for my Yukon for the trip to Alaska in February, does anyone recommend getting chains for the camper that I will be towing behind me? It is a dual axel 24ft camper.
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:47 AM
 
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i recommend driving very very very slowly.

it can be a tricky road with many steep and curvy spots. if it gets icy (which it most definitely will), you may find that your vehicle makes the curve while your camper does not.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Barrow, Alaska
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I am purchasing chains for my Yukon for the trip to Alaska in February, does anyone recommend getting chains for the camper that I will be towing behind me? It is a dual axel 24ft camper.
Chains go on the wheels that are powered.

Regardless of that, I would not recommend that you drive anywhere or anytime that requires chains. Stop and wait for a snowplow. Otherwise you are asking for trouble and putting yourself at risk.
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:07 AM
 
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Why would you put chains on the trailer?
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:28 AM
 
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Yes, add chains. It will give them something to hook to when they have to pull you back on the road.
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Chains for the vehicle yes, trailer, no.

How to Drive to Alaska in the Winter - ExploreNorth
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Chains go on the wheels that are powered.

Regardless of that, I would not recommend that you drive anywhere or anytime that requires chains. Stop and wait for a snowplow. Otherwise you are asking for trouble and putting yourself at risk.
Stick with Floyd's advice, it is pretty sound for towing in winter conditions.

You don't want to jackknife your camper. If you have good winter tires, and the road is good, go for it, if it is icey and bad, go slow...

Take your time. As I was told once, "There is always enough time to do it right the second time" so just do it right the first time and the second time isn't an issue.

You might use chains for going up a hill, but the hill has a downside too...
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Barrow, Alaska
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Chains for the vehicle yes, trailer, no.

How to Drive to Alaska in the Winter - ExploreNorth
Did you by chance note that your cited URL does not recommend chains? They even suggest all-season tires instead of studded tires.

Chains are for expert winter drivers going places that other people shouldn't even begin to think about. For anyone who has to ask (in particular if asking about chains on a trailer!), the answer is don't drive if chains are required. Wait for a snowplow, wait for the weather to warm up and melt the snow and ice, or whatever. Using chains is a very good way to continue on into a dangerous situation that is beyond control.
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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I have never brought chains with me on the six winter drives. The Canadians take great care of the road and keep them clear. They lay down a pea gravel on the roads. Keep this in mind. Whenever a semi is coming down the road, SLOW DOWN, they throw a ton of them up into your windshield.
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Moving to Alaska --- Questions - The Alaska hunting forum

This might be four years old, but it answers questions to winter driving.
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