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venukus 12-20-2012 08:09 PM

Jeep Wrangler 2D 4x4 - Do I need Snow Tire Chains on I5 this weekend (12/22-12/25) ?
Hi Friends,

I am in Berkeley, CA and am planning to drive to Portland via I5. I understand some part of the freeway is snowing. Hence, I am planning to rent Jeep Wrangler 2D 4x4 from a rental company here as against driving my own Toyota Camry. Because I think I will not need to go through the hassle of putting on Snow Chains etc on my car.

So, my assumption is if I rent this car "Jeep Wrangler 2D 4x4", then I will not need snow chains. Please correct me if I am wrong and any suggestions you have?


Slater451 12-20-2012 08:12 PM

Have you ever driven a jeep or a 4wheel drive vehicle ???

venukus 12-20-2012 08:17 PM

I have not.

cocky grin 12-20-2012 08:33 PM

4wd doesn't protect you from everything. Yes it'll help in snow. But if you decide to go this route just keep in mind that a jeep may have 4wd but every car has 4wheel breaking. But with the chain thing I think it depends on what tires are on the jeep

CarolinaBound 12-20-2012 10:10 PM

4WD only helps you go, it doesn't do anything to help you stop.

Blastek 12-20-2012 10:41 PM

honestly, although driving the wrangler would give you much more capability (and fun) in the event of a large snowfall, you'd be better off taking that rental money and investing in a set of chains for your camry. you could always return them unused.

wrangler or not, there are chain laws that require you to at least carry chains.

jokerchief462 12-20-2012 11:29 PM

I had to chain at least two wheels to get across Donner Pass 2 years ago even with 4X4 engaged. Cops wouldn't let anyone go without chains. Check local conditions every state has a 1-800 number for road conditions Google is your friend.

Diver9543 12-21-2012 12:19 AM

When I lived in Alameda, CA and my wife lived in Central Point, OR I drove across the mountains on I-5 many times in a Mazda 626. I had a set of chains for the front. There were always people prior to the check points that would put them on (for a price) and after crossing the peak there were others that would take them off (again, for a price). The chains weren't that much and not having to get out of my car was worth the price to have others put them on for me. CHP had check points set up and would check the tires for chains and 4x4's for the proper tires.

coolbreeze 12-21-2012 09:58 AM

5 has been closed for awhile 10 miles north of Redding. Check here Road Conditions Good idea to have a set of chains, 4x4 or not. Have a safe trip.

KittyPrawn 12-21-2012 10:00 AM

I'm guessing rental agencies just have Wrangler Sport versions... but keep this in mind from the Owner's Manual:

Tire chains may be installed on all models except the
Sahara and Rubicon. Install chains on rear tires only.
Follow these recommendations to guard against damage
and excessive tire and chain wear:
Use chains on P225/75R16 rear tires only. P255/75R17,
P255/70R18, and LT255/75R17 tires do not provide
adequate clearance."

Shrimp 12-21-2012 10:50 AM

I would say no, Grants pass may be snowy but after that its just wet roads up to Portland. I'm not sure about CA though

coolbreeze 12-21-2012 11:03 AM

Real time highway cams for norcal Caltrans District 2 -Northeastern California

TJDave 12-21-2012 11:40 AM

If you are renting a Jeep solely for the purpose of snowy roads on this trip, I would recommend just renting any AWD SUV or car. Better gas mileage, more comfortable ride, and probably easier to drive in the snow than a short wheel base 2 door Wrangler.

But, if you want to be cooler than most vehicles out there, by all means, rent a Jeep!

As far as chains, in WA State, When the "Chains required" sign is on, Chains are required for all vehicles except 4wd. If the passes get worse, they just close them for all vehicles.

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