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Old 03-25-2014, 08:24 PM   #1
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Towing with snow tires

So I'm moving to Vancouver Island this weekend from Edmonton Alberta! Woo hoo, warmer weather. I finally got sick of the weather. It's still -10C this week and going to be at least +10C in Victoria. I'm thinking about towing my trailer out there this weekend. I have snow tires on my 2002 Chevrolet 1500 HD. They have a rating of 51 PSI max. Truck recommends 80 on the rear and I believe 60 on the fronts. Any thoughts on towing with such tires? Or am I better off putting on the all seasons?

Roads look clear, but always a possibility to see snow in the Rockies this time of year. The third option would be to come back in a month or so, but I'd like to take it with me if it isn't totally unsafe. Any help would be great. Thanks!
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The PSI recommendation is based on the OE tires, what are the weight ratings on the snows? You need to figure out that to see if you're safe towing with them and also it would be helpful to have a load/inflation table for them. That way you know exactly how much you should air them up to get down the road safely.
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The weight ratings should be on the tire sidewall.
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Truck recommends 80 rear and 60 in front...WOW you sure?

That's a lot of pressure! (almost sounds like a bicycle tire pressure)!
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Truck recommends 80 rear and 60 in front...WOW you sure?

That's a lot of pressure! (almost sounds like a bicycle tire pressure)!
My 3/4 ton recommends 60 front and 75 rear, a quick visit to the local CAT scale and a load/inflation table showed me that was too high based on my camper though.
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On a 3/4 ton maybe, but he's talking about a 1500!

My 2011 1500 is rated at 30psi. When I put the snow tires on, which are 17' instead of 20", I use the spare tire rated PSI of 35
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On a 3/4 ton maybe, but he's talking about a 1500!

My 2011 1500 is rated at 30psi. When I put the snow tires on, which are 17' instead of 20", I use the spare tire rated PSI of 35
If memory serves me correctly the 1500HD is basically a 3/4 ton with a smaller engine.
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Oh ok.... that would explain the difference (or part of it)
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Snow tires typically are temperature dependent. The rubber compound is soft so they wear faster. I do not run snow tires, but I have lots of friends that do. All of them say they have to change them once the temperature gets above 10 deg C (50 deg F), or their tire treads wears out much faster. But if the temps are cool and you are looking at driving through the Rockies, I would consider it.
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Jagiven, you are right.... snow tires are for cold temperatures and their soft compound tends to wear easily in warmer weather...

10C is usually the max you should be driving them (on an extended period or distance).

I live in Québec winter tires are mandatory between Dec 15th and March 15th. I wait at the last minute to put them on (or when it starts to snow). And I leave them until mid-April or so... depending on the conditions...but I don't keep them on when the temperatures hit 5C on a constant basis...
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