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mockturtle

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Posted: 11/01/12 08:30am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The WSDOT has issued the following requirement for vehicles over 10K lbs. GVW. Be aware that, according to transportation officials, this law applies regardless of weather conditions.
WSDOT Chain Requirement


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Posted: 11/01/12 08:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The only time you would have a problem is if you got stuck or the conditions were so bad that you really needed chains and couldn't produce them. They don't just randomly pull folks over and check to make sure your carrying them.


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Posted: 11/01/12 09:48am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don't forget the toad has to have tire chains for the last braking axle.
Heard that the troopers are planning on doing some traffic metering on some passes. Plan is to do it similar to Oregon, by checking for chains.


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ScottG wrote:

The only time you would have a problem is if you got stuck or the conditions were so bad that you really needed chains and couldn't produce them. They don't just randomly pull folks over and check to make sure your carrying them.


Per a WS-DOT spokesman on KOMO yesterday, they plan to do an emphasis patrol on the passes sometime this month and do exactly that, pull over random large (10K lbs) vehicles and check for chains, ticketing every one that doesn't have them.


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Posted: 11/01/12 10:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ScottG wrote:

The only time you would have a problem is if you got stuck or the conditions were so bad that you really needed chains and couldn't produce them. They don't just randomly pull folks over and check to make sure your carrying them.


So I carry one set each for the truck and trailer, looks like I may need to step up to two sets for the truck. You should still be legal with one set for the trailer.

Looks like time to by a set of cables for the truck and trailer, already have real chain chains for the truck.


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I would get them from Les Schwab so you can retunrn them in the spring or when ever.
Might check at some of the second hand stores. I got a set for daughters' car for $10 a set. Both have four wheel drive. You must carry chains in four wheel drive
Like most, I will probably never install them.

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Posted: 11/01/12 11:10am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does this apply in the summer too? If so, I can scratch Washington state off the list of places I will take my motorhome.

I'm not going to spend hundreds of dollars on a set of chains I will never use. I have never, ever seen any vehicles with chains on in Minnesota where I live. I also don't drive my motorhome in the winter.

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belfert wrote:

Does this apply in the summer too?
"all vehicles and combinations of vehicles over 10,000 pounds shall carry sufficient tire chains to meet the requirements from November 1 to April 1 of each year or at other times when chains are required for such vehicles"

No, unless snow is imminent in July.

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"On the following routes all vehicles and combinations of vehicles over 10,000 pounds shall carry sufficient tire chains to meet the requirements from November 1 to April 1 of each year or at other times when chains are required for such vehicles:

I-90 between North Bend (MP 32) and Ellensburg (MP 101)
I-82 between Ellensburg Exit 3 (MP 3.00) and Selah Exit 26 (MP 26.00)
SR-97 between (MP 145) and Junction
SR-2 SR-2 between Dryden (MP 108) and Index (MP 36)
SR-12 between Packwood (MP 135) and Naches (MP 187)
SR-97 between junction SR-14 (MP 4) Columbia River and Toppenish (MP 59)
SR-410 from Enumclaw to Naches
SR-20 between Tonasket (MP 262) and Kettle Falls (MP 342)
SR-155 between Omak (MP 79) and Nespelem (MP 45)
SR-970 between (MP 0) and (MP 10)
SR-14 (MP 18) to Junction 97 (MP 102)
SR-542 Mt Baker Highway between (MP 22.91) and (MP 57.26)

So, not only is it time limited, it is ROUTE limited. It applies ONLY to the routes annotated.
Worthy of note also is that the regulation is contained in the COMMERCIAL statutes, and thus may not apply to Recreational Vehicles.
Then again, why anybody would want to take a motorhome over one of those passes when the CHAINS REQUIRED signs are posted is beyond my comprehension!
But, that's just my opinion...


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