Snow chains

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  1. Steve devon

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    Going up over the Pyrenees in a couple of weeks with motor home and I am thinking snow chains might be a good idea, I've seen Thule chains for £153, but I've also seen a make called ideal chains for £60 . What do you think, go for the cheapies or pay the price for quality .
     
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    Depends how likely you are to need them we usually buy them at French supermarkets and just get basic ones
     
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    I just bought a new set for our new van got them from Mytyres £46-70 seem to be good quality we have always carried them with us on our winter trips to Spain but never used them.
    :xThumb:Best be safe than sorry:xThumb:
     
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    Oh, the intellect of BMW drivers, picture says it all.

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    Lidl have some chains at the moment range of 4 sizes biggest size (100) look like the would fit most van tyres £14.99.
    I was a bit dubious, but found some reports on the web where people have used them without problems.
     
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    You say "over" the Pyrenees.. What road exactly do you plan to take and why go over the very top when there is a lovely tunnel (somport) or the big motorway via Irun...

    This was late March right at the top...!! No chains as the roads themselves were lovely and clear..
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  9. Steve devon

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    We were planning to go to st gaudens and then over or through the Pyrenees to vielha
     
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    Leave it until you get to France and buy some from either a super market or visit a shop like norauto or similar, they are a bit like Halfords. I'd also consider getting some snow socks as well.
    When you only need them for short distances they are ideal because they are much quicker to fit.
     
  11. Steve devon

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    Where was the photo taken ?
     
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    A136 Near Frontera del Portalets... we were on way back and usually use the somport tunnel but decided on a change.. Very narrow and many turns on the French side :( Scenic but not a nice drive really in a van.. Would be great in a car...

    HOWEVER.. Same place August 2015

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  13. Steve devon

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    That looks cool, I love a challenge, it's the n230 we are going to use
     
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    They are identical to mine bought here In Eroski's. 22€:)
     
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  15. Minxy Girl

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    If anyone has a Ford based FWD MH/camper check first if your particular model can use them as our Mk 7 version (and probably the latest model) hasn't got enough clearance under the wheel arches for you to fit chains and still turn the wheels without them catching! We got some snow socks instead but never needed them (if you do go for snow socks make sure you get the genuine & Europe wide approved Autosocks and not one of the many copy/cheaper versions.
     
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    Apparently, for FWD Transits you can fit an alternative tyre size if you wish to use chains, so the manual says.
     
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    Which model manual is that in? It wasn't in the one for our Mk 7, just said we couldn't use them! Still a bit drastic though and only worth doing if you live in a country where you're likely to need to use the snow chains fairly often.
     
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    I am sure I read it in our Mk7 manual. Will check on that!
     
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    I used more expensive pewag brenta c's on my 3 ton disco because as it explains in this video, car grade chains are not up to the job for a truck type chassis......unless of course you want them possibly wrapped around your driveshafts....

     
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    DO TAKE THEM!!!! :xshout: The weather changes within a snap of fingers over there! And if you don't have them , you'll get stuck by the police and your hols will be spoilt.
    @tonka Please Tonka , don't tell them they won't need them. At this time of year they might find snow any time. Of course there's 1 chance over 2 they won't need them.
    I'm used to the weather there, and I can tell you each day is another one. :xThumb::xwink:


    Amicalement

    Frankie:xsmile::xsmile:

    Edit: You can buy them in France of course, here is the link to this specific area to help you in your decision. Right now the weather is quite warm.

    http://www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-france/viella/32400
     
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