Any Good Chain Up Videos?

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PackRat's Comment
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I've been thinking about making something similar to this

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Harvey C.'s Comment
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I posted before about the Instatraction product https://instatraction.com/product/big-gripper/ which Michael has in case he gets stuck in a parking lot again. The reviews are good except for people that complained it didn't work in mud, lol. But it looks like it would be pretty easy to make what you have posted. There are some videos of farmers chaining a log to tractor tires to get out of mud but they don't have tandems to deal with.

I've been thinking about making something similar to this

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Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Ryan B.'s Comment
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The socks are really easy to put on. The harder part is putting them away once they have been used the first time.

Drew D.'s Comment
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Wow, I was under the impression we "truckers" are constantly putting chains on and off multiple times a day in winter. I didn't realize some companies didn't even bother with providing chains.

As far as my routes, I typically run:

I15 out of Idaho Falls through Wyoming on i80. From there, I either go i25 through Colorado or continue on the 80 through Nebraska depending on the state.

My company tends to run south into Texas quite a bit more than running north. I did just finish a run from Idaho Falls, to Geneva, IL, to Steve's Point, WI back to Idaho Falls before going home. That included a run through North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana etc.

Places I would need chains would likely be Wyoming, Raton Mountains in CO (assuming I go that route).

PackRat's Comment
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I would not do Raton Pass, the border between CO and NM, if chains were required.

Drew D.'s Comment
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Yeah I wouldn't either. Probably just take the Limon bypass in Denver to get to Amarillo instead.

I would not do Raton Pass, the border between CO and NM, if chains were required.

PackRat's Comment
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About a year ago, I was over the peak into New Mexico and had a catastrophic radiator failure, causing the engine to shut down when all the coolant was lost. At the time it was a single lane construction zone, with Jersey barriers on both sides. I coasted 70,000 lbs all the way down with no power steering and limited air brakes (no air compressor) at speeds over 80 mph. I was thankful there were no tight turns, nor any vehicles in front of me. That was the biggest scare I've had so far while driving, but I survived without a scratch.

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Stevo Reno's Comment
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You do HAVE to have chains ON your truck, just don't have to use em ! lol Get pulled in for an inspection and have no chains on board= ticket.

Chained twice, 1st time, only because my dumb co driver got us jack knifed on the side of the road when I parked (he was impatient) Ended up needing a tow on (Bishop Calif) 2nd time because road ahead the CHP shut down, and made us turn around to go chain up. Sure wished we had 2 4x4' or 2x4 blocks of wood on the truck to roll over with the inner tire to chain easier.

Mostly, we did as mentioned, parked until conditions got better to drive

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Drew D.'s Comment
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This is all great to know.

When I worked for AAA I had to chain up my Hino multiple times a day sometimes.

Good to know we can just wait it out.

I thought the expectation was to drive no matter what.

You do HAVE to have chains ON your truck, just don't have to use em ! lol Get pulled in for an inspection and have no chains on board= ticket.

Chained twice, 1st time, only because my dumb co driver got us jack knifed on the side of the road when I parked (he was impatient) Ended up needing a tow on (Bishop Calif) 2nd time because road ahead the CHP shut down, and made us turn around to go chain up. Sure wished we had 2 4x4' or 2x4 blocks of wood on the truck to roll over with the inner tire to chain easier.

Mostly, we did as mentioned, parked until conditions got better to drive

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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