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Old 12-26-2003, 09:03 AM
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I am moving from west texas (no snow) to cortez to travel the states of CO.,northern NM,southern Utah and northern Az. I now run wrangler HT tires on a E 350 van with a V 10. which tires are best in the above areas. Thanks
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I am moving from west texas (no snow) to cortez to travel the states of CO.,northern NM,southern Utah and northern Az. I now run wrangler HT tires on a E 350 van with a V 10. which tires are best in the above areas. Thanks
Those are pretty much highway tires.

Most of the year, you'll do fine in Colorado with what you've got, especially if you're planning to knock around in the usually dry 4-corners area.
I'm assuming you won't be going off the road much in a 2WD van.

The Colorado state highway department and most of the counties usually do a darn good job of clearing and sanding our roads.

If you choose to drive through occasional snowstorms in the high country, then you'll need a legitimate snow tire, and I'd put them on all four corners. Regardless of tires, carry a set of chains and rubber adjusters for emergencies, a couple bags of sand and a shovel and you should be all set.

During inclement weather, always try to move along *with* the flow of traffic. Too slow can be as dangerous as too fast.

Vans and pickups need all the weight in the back they can carry on icy or snowy roads. It constantly amazes me how many folks drive pickups around here in the winter with almost nothing in the bed. Hit the brakes hard on ice/snow/slush and the rear axle is guaranteed to beat the front end to the scene of the accident.. I carry a good 600 pounds in the back of my pickup from November through March. Rides a lot smoother, too.
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Vans and pickups need all the weight in the back they can carry on icy or snowy roads. It constantly amazes me how many folks drive pickups around here in the winter with almost nothing in the bed. Hit the brakes hard on ice/snow/slush and the rear axle is guaranteed to beat the front end to the scene of the accident.. I carry a good 600 pounds in the back of my pickup from November through March. Rides a lot smoother, too.
I'll concur with that, but even cars should have some weight distribution. My open reared Granada had a couple of 50lb sand sacks in the trunk and seemed to be the only 2wd car to make the 13 miles to high school and back on a regular basis. I was an eyewitness to a 1 ton dually 4x4 sliding rear end first and taking out three cars along the way during one of those trips. A case of "the rear axle is guaranteed to beat the front end to the scene of the accident."

Add weight to the rear, it'll help a lot.

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so whos tire does best in snow/sand/gravel ???
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