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Old 02-22-2011
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I wish I had but I didn't. And I like my truck. I just need to have an answer when the weather is at its worst. It doesn't happen but every few years and if I had left the office when I first thought about it, I would have been fine but I had a project I wanted to get finished before I left and it cost be 4+ hours on the side of the road. Besides, chains are cheap if it'll solve this worst case scenario issue.
Chains will certainly help. Thats one of the reasons why I went 4wd because you never know when you'll get in a situation that calls for it. I'd much rather have it and not need it, then to need it and not have it. Good luck getting her into a winter beast.
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We just had around 20 inches in Chicago. I weighed down the bed and flattened out the tires. Its 4x4 which i use as my back up plan so i didn't have it on a lot and it handled the 6 or so inches between plows up and down hills. I get having a back up plan. I keep tow strap, first aid, tool kit, etc. in my truck at all times. In bad winter weather maybe a bag with blankets, clothes, food. Just get your chains $80 for peace of mind and a sure way home sounds worth it!

I was thinking about something like those maxtrax a couple years ago but my truck went downhill so I stopped playing offroad. I was going to cut up some old tires so i had just a long flat piece of tread to shove under the tire. Never tried it but figure it would help some situations.

Also if you're trying to be prepared get a 20 ft tow strap and keep it in your truck. You never know when you or someone might need a hand. A couple days ago, in clear weather, I pulled a big chevy back on the road with my little ranger
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Oh and driving for a while on really soft tires is probably not going to be the best for them. Just a way to get unstuck. I lower the pressure a fair amount when a bad snow is coming because I feel I get more traction but if i ever get stuck, I lower them so they flatten a bit and spread out. The idea is surface area+ a little more give = more traction
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I think it's funny our Wal-mart just started selling chains down here.

When on earth will we need them? What does the government know that we don't?!

Haha, no really though, my dad used to use chains on his old Chevy and they worked pretty nice.
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