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I'll either up the size or get some good snow tires.
It's not either, or. If you want better snow traction, get dedicated snow tires. Bigger, as in wider, tires do not make for better snow traction. There are different requirements for snow tires than for dry pavement or mud tires. It may be counterintuitive, but mostly, snow tires tend to be a tad narrower. I think this allows for better penetration into the snow, where the traction is, and less flotation, where there is minimum traction.
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It's not either, or. If you want better snow traction, get dedicated snow tires. Bigger, as in wider, tires do not make for better snow traction. There are different requirements for snow tires than for dry pavement or mud tires. It may be counterintuitive, but mostly, snow tires tend to be a tad narrower. I think this allows for better penetration into the snow, where the traction is, and less flotation, where there is minimum traction.
That has always been my observation over many winters with many vehicles.
Too wide a tire for the vehicle weight means poor traction in snow.

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Yep- that is why everyone says dualies generally suck in the snow. Haven't found out yet but I will.

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Take a close look. Yup you guessed right. I'm stuck lol....
I wish I would have looked into this nightmare situation that is the transit tire size before purchasing.
Finding ones that fit & have the same weight capacity is darn near impossible.



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I switched over too the continental Vanco four season, didn't help much. So I built some boxes around the wheel wells and added six 70lb sand bags over each wheel. Totaling 840lbs total in the back. Huge difference...not perfect...but a huge difference and I don't get stuck. And I only lost about 3/4 of an inch of floor space. Though this works, I'll be getting better tired of a different size for next winter.


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^I WISH this was the answer to the "getting stuck" problem^

I've got thousands of pounds over each tire...no help at all for me!

Good for you, though!


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Anyone find a decent tire chain?

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Question for you guys getting stuck. Limited slip differentials on your vans? Dusters photo below looks like the type of BS my open diff'd Sprinter used to give me. The ol' one tire fire.

LSD is the ticket. A set of snow or all terrain tires are key too.
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Has anyone tried the nokian winter tires with the Chrystal's mixed into the rubber which apparently helps to dig down to the pavement sorta like tire studs?
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I will never use a studded tire again, after my last set on my Acura MDX slid over, into the car next to me because it was on a slight incline! I think it's best to let the treads do what they're designed to do...
Also, I'm going to keep the snow tires on the original wheels, and get some nice aftermarket rims with an oversized tire to swap out, and not have to worry about remounting or rebalancing. Much easier, and less time consuming in the long run. Now, if someone will PLEASE come out with a 2- or 3" lift kit that would be awesome!!!


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