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Horrible traction in snow

I just got back from 3 hours in the snow. I have plenty of weight in the van. The stock tires just don't have enough surface area meeting the road. These are the hancooks Ford put on from the factory. Only 4000 miles on them. The tread seams similar to the Michelin LTX I ran on my E 350. I really need to increase the size of the tires. It's bordering on dangerous driving on these hancooks.
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I don't have a transit yet, but from what I gather from other people, it may make sense to have 2 sets of tires for the transit...winter/summer....I bet it would probably be the case if they ever come out with a AWD version too.




My E350 is ok, but I tend to drive slow on the curves if I am empty...
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If you spend time in the snow regularly, buy snow tires. Period.


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Snow tires make a huge difference. And there are some you can leave on year round. Eg BFG All Terrain KO2 (decent), Cooper Discoverer A/TW (my choice), or Nokian Rotiiva AT Plus (also good).
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If you spend time in the snow at all, buy snow tires. Period.
These Hancooks suck in the snow, period. The slightest grade with a small amount of snow/slush and you aren't moving. Not to mention the traction control is just too aggressive in this situation and renders you motionless until you turn off T/C, well as much as you can turn it off.

These Hancooks are equivalent to the two season version I had on my Charger, but I bought them for that reason and don't drive it in cold weather.
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No one tire can do everything. In Quebec, Canada, snow tires are mandatory by law over the winter months. Drivers will be ticketed if they don't comply. People take them off ASAP after winter because the softer, stickier compound wears down rapidly if used in summer. Most people in the snow belt would not even consider using all-season or summer tires in the winter.
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I'll probably suffer through the rest of this winter with the hancooks. Up until today we really haven't had much snow here in lower Michigan. I will not have these tires on next winter. I'll either up the size or get some good snow tires. Anyone have a thought about upping the size vs a good snow tire?
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The MINUTE I swapped out the Hancooks, there was a HUUUGE difference. Went with the Arctic Claw(BigO) E Rated, $475


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I'm thinking a equal load rated 235-75-16 as opposed to staying with the stock size. They just look small on the transit 250. Med roof lwb.
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My vote would be for a dedicated (Mountain Snowflake symbol) winter tire, and a larger diameter tire at the same time. I prefer a tire with a slightly narrower tread and larger diameter. Up here in the north, we call those so-called all season tires, "no season, or no reason tires.)
Get a good winter tire - there really is a difference!
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