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Unread 12-28-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
MusicMaverick
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Big Bear - Chains needed?

Hey guys, I'm making a trip up to Big Bear in Feb. I've gone up to Mammoth before, never needed to use them. Just wanted to see if its ever gone to a Level 3 status (All vehicles including 4x4's require chains). I see a lot of time its at level 2, which I'd be safe with my A/T's. Just wanted to know if its worth investing in a set of chains, and if so, both axles or just front or back?

I'm running BFG 285's on my 2010 Wrangler Sport.

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Unread 12-28-2012, 06:29 PM   #2
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My uneducated guess, is that they will only require them if its really coming down. And if so, youll probably want chains regardless because you are driving on a windy mountain shelf road.
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Unread 12-29-2012, 11:00 AM   #3
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I am a Big Bear resident. I have not seen an R3 up here in the last two years. However, current law is that 4WD vehicles must carry chains even in an R2 situation.
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Unread 12-30-2012, 11:08 PM   #4
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You do have to carry chains. Whether you need to put them on or not, you still need to carry them. There is a checkpoint near snow valley where the sherrif checks to see if you have chains.
Chains only run about 80 bucks a set (for my excursions 35's) so it's not too bad. And i think you only need 1 set.
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Unread 12-31-2012, 10:18 AM   #5
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I was there yesturday, let me put it this way if you do not have a four wheel drive with the proper tires do not go with out the chains, it took me almost 3 hours to get down the back side towards lucerne becuase of all the idiots in vehicles without chains or four wheel drive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Unread 12-31-2012, 11:34 AM   #6
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Thanks guys... Maybe I'll pick up a set just to have them in that case... Can't hurt...
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Unread 01-07-2013, 06:02 PM   #7
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Good info guys...going there at the beginning of Feb for my g/f birthday and will be buying a set before then. Thanks!
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