I had to cave and buy a set of snow tires too. The ice and snow on the roads was getting to be too much for the all seasons, even with dead weight on the rear axle. They don't salt the roads up here (it gets so cold the salt doesn't work and the moose like to lick it), so the best they do is plow and leave the rest up to you. Unfortunately, this leaves a compacted layer of ice behind. And that doesn't make for good driving conditions.
I must've checked every single tire center in Anchorage, but none of them had tires that would "legally" fit my van. Finally I was given a back alley contact my a coworker, which required me to drive up to Wasilla. Said hi to Sarah and got Hankook studded iPikes mounted. What a difference those studs make, my god. I can actually drive without the constant fear of sliding out of control or rear-ending someone.
The only issue now is the TPS light is on. You can only inflate these tires up to 45psi, so naturally the van doesn't like that. I asked the tire guy if he could re-calibrate, but he said that wasn't possible for these vehicles, and that this was the first Transit he'd ever seen up here. So I guess I'll make do with the TPS light as long as I have the grip I need. Not going to load the van down any beyond the summer tires in the back. Hopefully nothing will go wrong!
I really am disappointed in Ford for the lug pattern and tire load rating requirements they have for this vehicle. It's been a major pain on both fronts to find rims and snow tires for this damned thing, but what relief to finally have that issue mostly resolved.
Configuration: LR XLT 150 3.5L 3.31 LS Non Sliding Door - Color: Blue Jeans - Options: Pewter Cloth Power, Engine Block Heater, Trailer Tow Package, Mirror Short Heated, AM/FM/SGL CD/HD/Sirius w/ Sync, Perimeter Alarm, RV Camera, Dual Battery, Alloy Wheels, SecureLock, Remote Start, Running Boards, Floor Mats, Power Inverter, Privacy Glass
Build Date: 05/05/15 Delivery: 06/10/15