Snow State Drivers

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  1. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    i need some help from you folks that drive 3500's 4wd. When it does snow here in VA I work for a retirement community removing snow from the walks and drives. So I need tires reliable tires to get me there and home but they also need to work during the dry season. Can you point me in the right direction please?
     
  2. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Were I in your shoes, rather than seek advice from a bunch of boaters I'd go to my nearest Costco or other tire store and pose that question to them.

    They have the tires on hand and know what would best suit your truck.
     
  3. GATORB8

    GATORB8 Member

    44
    Jul 17, 2017
    Mountain Island Lake, NC
    2017 19 SPX
    4.3L 220 HP w/ Alpha 1
    Make sure you make your selection with load rating in mind for when your towing. I think your decision will be about a compromise between snow performance and highway driving. In my experience (Chicago winters), AT tires will perform well in the snow, but at the cost of noise and fuel efficiency. A M+S May be a good balance for you, depending on how many miles you put on a year.

    Tire Rack does a pretty good job of testing and rating tires, and includes snow and ice performance.
     
  4. yobub

    yobub Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    338
    Jul 29, 2016
    Chicago
    1998 400 Sundancer
    Cat 3116's
    Agree completely.

    You can use Tire Rack to research tires that fit your vehicle, and then filter their user reviews to see reviews from people who drive your vehicle. Great research tool.

    I have Grand Cherokees and Wranglers, so not nearly as big as your vehicle. Also Chicago winters, but plenty of Wisconsin highway driving as well. I've settled on Firestone Destination A/Ts for my vehicles. For me they give the best balance of snow traction, rain traction, and overall drivability. They may be too soft for your application, but you can research and see.

    BTW, FU for bringing up snow. It's still 37 degrees in the harbor this morning, and I am going to stay in denial for two more weeks.
     
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  5. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    Growing up in upstate NY, I plowed snow with a 1/2 ton 4wd full size blazer, with standard snow tires. I think being in Va and 4wd and any tire will get you where you need to go. If your truck is a dually, make sure you put extra weight in the bed, they are a little lite on traction because of the dual wheels
     
  6. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    Whatever is on the truck when I buy it is the tire I use. Haven't bought an actual snow tire in 40+ years.
     
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  7. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
    Costco and Tire rack get a lot of blems.
     
  8. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Hmmm, won't that be a non-event? I mean, won't they be covered in snow? Who's gonna notice?
     

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