I will be going to UMaine Orono this fall, and taking my 2wd Ranger with me. Can anyone from around there or familiar with the area tell me what the roads tend to be like in the winter? Will I need chains? Buying snow tires is not really an option at the moment. I am from MA, so I do have a little experience driving this truck in snow.
Don't know the Bangor area(mostly Portland and south) but the roads up there tend to be a dit frost heaved. As long as they keep the roads clean I don't see you havigna problem except maybe for driving in the thick of a storm. I am not positive but chains might be illegal. I know in some areas thay are illegal but it might just be a town or county thing.
There are a few guys from Maine on here who would have a better idea of what goes on up there. From my experience southern ME, NH, and northern MA all get the same stuff pretty much.
dont worry about wasting $$$ on chains make sure you have good all season M&S tires if you want to get fancy you could get a set of studded snows then go to Home Depot and get yourself a couple tubes of sand for added weight plus if you get stuck on some ice or hard pack you can sprinkle in down to get better traction.Welcome to Maine
Yea I live right in Bangor. It can get pretty nasty. I dont think you need chains tho. I see people get around all the time in 2wd's with no problem. As long as you dont have bald tires like dsl said get some rock salt and sand to throw in your truck and a shovel is nice in some situations.