Chains or not?

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  1. Craig Rogers

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    We are off to Brugge on Saturday, staying at Camping Memling. I'm not sure how much they will get, but it's looking like the snow might be heavy in Belgium on Friday night.

    We've no chains (or never used them), apart from the ring road and road out to Memling, it'll be Motorway all the way? Do I rush out and get some chains (not sure where you can get them in the UK quickly) or what do you think about snow socks?

    If I'm right doesn't France have a mandatory requirement for chains when needed? Of course, I'm moving through France to get the Belgium, but again, all on Motorway.

    Just wondered what peoples thoughts are?

    EDIT: Ah well, just realised that I can't fit chains anyway as the tyres are too wide on our MK7 Transit, so it'll have to be socks or nothing.
     
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    socks will last two minutes on a wet road so be prepared to fit and remove often. !

    chains are designed to cut through/into ice to gain grip and will wear quickly on fresh/soft snow
     
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    Thanks for the help.

    Towequip have some socks to fit and they are not too far away, so I'll collect them tomorrow.
     
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    I would not be too worried heading to Brugge....

    I lived in Northern France for over 10 years. Never saw anyone use snow chains.

    Also the main routes are normally reasonably well looked after.

    Also freshly fallen snow directly onto the roads is not really what chains are meant to work on.

    I would definitely consider decent socks, but only to make sure you keep your little tootsies warm as toast....:thumb:
     
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    :Rofl1:
     
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  7. Craig Rogers

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    Ours is FWD and has the 215/75/16 tyres, so you can't fit chains due to the clearance on the struts.
     
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    A bit of an oversight on Fords part!

    I suppose they wouldn't expect buyers in colder climes to go for a FWD chassis for commercial use.
    If you need more traction, you could make everyone get into the overcab bed!!!!!:BigGrin:

    Have a good trip Craig.
     
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    :thumb:Thanks! Really looking forward to it as it's our first across the water.

    Ford states that if you have these tyres fitted, then for chains, you must change to the smaller 195 tyre.

    The fact that there isn't even any signs of snow this morning, they may have over estimated. Looks like the forecast for Belgium has changed too.

    In the meantime, I'm also trying to find out if these fit - http://www.towequipe.co.uk/products...easy-grip-4x4-snow-chain-fits-21575-x-16.html
     
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    You should be able to find a whole thread about the chains. The thread was opened by Haganap. So just ask for an "advanced search":Wink:

     
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    I have a set of chains for our MK7 never had to use them though but bought to go to Switzerland for christmas a few years ago, its twin rear wheels and they go on the outer set Gray.
     
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    If the roads are so bad that you need to chain up to travel,my suggestion is park up and put the kettle on until the snowplough has been through. I bought snow-chains when I first started motor-homing years ago so that I could transit Andora. Have never used them since. If the roads are that dangerous that you require snow-chains to move,its best not to. I can understand carrying chains in a car,but not in a motorhome. You have all the conveniences of a house on wheels.
     
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    My answer to this problem is to make sure you are so far south for the winter that chains or no chains is not a subject you need to think about.

    Doug...
     
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    I was informed it was the law to carry chains between certain dates in certain countrys i dont think i would want to chain up its a pain so agree with the above if you need chains dont move it can go wrong rapid id rather drink tea anyway :thumb:
     
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    If anyone's in France and wants to pick up a cheap set of chains, try a Troc. I was in one in Perigueux last week. About 9 sets, all in cases or original bags at €5-€15.

    I've got a set, no idea how I'd fit them alone and like others would park up & put the kettle on.
     
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    No France does not have a mandatory requirement for snow chains, except in Mountain areas
    eg. Alpine regions, and then only on certain roads, which are normally signed to advise before entry.eg. final aproach to Mont Blanc Tunnel.

    Dont think you would be looking to purchase chains for your journey to say Dover, as I presume this is your port of exit. You certainly wont encounter roads any more difficult to
    transit on your short trip to Brugge.

    Regards
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    Craig, if you think how you would approach the threat of snow in the UK it would be similar to how to behave in most of France and Belgium, it's that simple.

    As written, it's the Alpine regions that have chain requirements in certain conditions, but not all the time in all alpine regions.
    If the conditions arise you are advised that a few kms ahead chains will be required so you have the option to turn around or fit chains.
     
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