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Old 02-01-2012, 11:47 AM   #1
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Long winter trip - CA to CAN

Hey guys,

I'm heading off for a road trip from Bay Area, CA to Vancouver, Canada on my '12 Wrangler. Its pure stock right now. I was wondering what would you guys recommend carrying in the Jeep; or adding to the Jeep for the trip. It would be a big change from nice and sunny to full wrath snowy.

I always carry basic emergency stuff: First aid kit, Fire extinguisher, plenty water, knife, lighter, axe, spade etc. Not sure when I'll need an axe in the middle of highway, but who knows Regarding wrenches and Jack, i only have whatever comes through factory...

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Old 02-01-2012, 12:20 PM   #2
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Can you get snow tires? I know they are required by law in some parts of Canada, but I'm not sure about Vancouver.

Have a great trip

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Old 02-01-2012, 01:26 PM   #3
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YOu will be lucky to find snow in Vancouver, BC. It is very mild in the winter and rarely sees snow, very much the same climate as Seatle, WA. Lots of rain not much snow. If you want to see snow head North to Whistler or East towards Hope. In BC they do require you have winter tires or tire chains but only when you drive through the mountain passes.
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If your heade all that way to Vancouver, keep going but head towards Jasper. Gods country up there. The most scenic part of the Rockies Ive ever seen.
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Old 02-01-2012, 02:26 PM   #5
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I have the factory default tires for Sports S:
P255/75R17 OWL On/Off-Road Tires

Would they count for snow tires?

If these don't work, and I have to buy some tires, then I might as well just go ahead and buy the mud terrain tires.. They should count for snow right?
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AT tires do not count as snow treads, but I believe as long as you have tire chains in the vehicle your in compliance. My father lives in BC and he runs AT tires with chains and has been ok for 45yrs. But google it, just in case. I miss the Rockies. Im out in Maine.
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Old 02-01-2012, 02:41 PM   #7
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Throw in a blanket in case you had to stay in the vehicle for a while. On a recent trip out west, I threw in a pair of insulated coveralls, also. They rolled up pretty well and didn't take up much precious space.
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If you plan on sleeping in the back of the jeep, check out this thread:

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/rea...er-135053.html
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:55 PM   #9
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I have the factory default tires for Sports S:
P255/75R17 OWL On/Off-Road Tires

Would they count for snow tires?

If these don't work, and I have to buy some tires, then I might as well just go ahead and buy the mud terrain tires.. They should count for snow right?
No the factory tires & even 99% of M/T's don't count as they have to have the severe winter rating which is a mountain/snowflake symbol on the sidewall.



The tire I run on my vehicles here in BC during the winter months is the G/Y Duratrac's a cross between a A/T and M/T that I have studded. They have the mountain snowflake symbol.
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No the factory tires & even 99% of M/T's don't count as they have to have the severe winter rating which is a mountain/snowflake symbol on the sidewall.

The tire I run on my vehicles here in BC during the winter months is the G/Y Duratrac's a cross between a A/T and M/T that I have studded. They have the mountain snowflake symbol.
Do you live in Revelstoke by any chance?
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Yeah, I'm planning to bring my (25F) sleeping bag, in case we have to sleep in the Jeep.

I wonder what makes more sense to get, tire chains or wheels. Which tire chains do you recommend? I have 17" (Sport S Unlimited) tires.

Wrangler DuraTrac | Goodyear Tires

These duratrac's don't have the snowflake rating.. they seem similar to what I already have in fact.
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Yeah, I'm planning to bring my (25F) sleeping bag, in case we have to sleep in the Jeep.

I wonder what makes more sense to get, tire chains or wheels. Which tire chains do you recommend? I have 17" (Sport S Unlimited) tires.

Wrangler DuraTrac | Goodyear Tires

These duratrac's don't have the snowflake rating.. they seem similar to what I already have in fact.
Duratracs are nothing like what you have, and they ARE arctic rated. I live in the snow. Lots of it. They are simply great tires. Snow, highway, slickrock, dirt... maybe not so great for mud.

Think about keeping some handwarmers, knit hats, gloves, and lots of drinking water with you. Along with your sleeping bags. Don't forget the pads. A bag alone won't suffice. In case of breakdown, you'll be comfortable. Headlamps, and wag bags are helpful too.
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Do you live in Revelstoke by any chance?
Yes I do.
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So, here's what I did:
Instead of spending a grand on new tires, and considering I just spent plenty on the new Jeep anyways, I decided to go and buy some chains; just in case we're required to put them on. The guy at Kragen gave me Alpine sport chains. Good brand??

None of us was sure about whether we need to get one pair or two pairs of chains. Do I just take one pair and put them on the front wheels if need be; or should I buy 2 pairs and put them on the back wheels as well?
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So, here's what I did:
Instead of spending a grand on new tires, and considering I just spent plenty on the new Jeep anyways, I decided to go and buy some chains; just in case we're required to put them on. The guy at Kragen gave me Alpine sport chains. Good brand??

None of us was sure about whether we need to get one pair or two pairs of chains. Do I just take one pair and put them on the front wheels if need be; or should I buy 2 pairs and put them on the back wheels as well?
Stick with the one pair...the chances you will require chains are pretty slim to none going to Vancouver. If you should require chains up a mountain pass my recommendation is just put them on your front wheels as you will be in 4WD regardless. This way the chains will bite in the direction you want to go!

Also, grab yourself some extra bungee straps. Bungee strap the hell out of the chains (sidewall) to make sure they are tight. I usually add 3 or 4 bungees/chained tire as this reduces any slack and reduces the chance of the chain(s) becoming loose and creating a disaster on your wheel wells/flares, snapping/cracking a brakeline or creating havoc on the swaybar links or other suspension components.
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The only thing you will likely need is to be sure your washer reservoir is full with fluid that is not just water. Otherwise the roads will be fine, other than maybe being wet in a few places. This is not a winter trip type of route.

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