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dan-fox 12-05-2018 10:50 PM


Originally Posted by gclarkv (Post 300037)
I can not speak highly enough about the Nokian Hakkapeliitta winter tire. After running all-seasons for several decades I put a set on my Honda Pilot last year and was absolutely blown away. When they say that the Nokians on snow are like all-seasons on rain, they aren't kidding.

I'm not finding them in school bus sizes.

jazty 12-06-2018 10:31 AM


Originally Posted by HotDonnaTheBus (Post 299185) avoid the constant hassle of snow tires/summer tires/snow tires/summer tires on and off dance.

...along with chains and a couple of sand bags. But is there anything that I'm missing or that I should know?

How's the search going?

I thought of one other point that might be of interest when deciding on all-seasons or winter tires. If you do live in an area where tire chaining isn't mandatory you'll be ever more thankful for good winter tires because you can probably skip the chaining altogether.

Have you ever put winter chains on a tire? It's no fun. Picture this:
Temperature is below freezing. Tires and wheel wells are dripping with sub-zero, salty water. You kneel in the slushy muck and start putting the chains on. It looks like you can put the chains on with your gloves, but to get those final adjustments you inevitably have to take them off which results in numb hands.

Do that once or twice and the hassle of changing over tires will sound like a treat :)

Since your bus is an E350 winter tires are easy to get. It'd be a different story if you were looking for 11r22.5 winter tires.

TJones 12-06-2018 11:49 AM


Originally Posted by dan-fox (Post 300506)
I'm not finding them in school bus sizes.

The Nokians are great tire but I think they only go up to SUV sizing.

On a related but different topic does anyone have auto sanders? Do they work? I have auto chains on the drives I was wondering if mounting sanders is front of the steers could help with braking on both axles when going straight and prevent the front axle from sliding sideways on ice. I don't plan on driving when its really icy but sometimes it can sneak up on you unexpectedly.


gclarkv 12-06-2018 12:44 PM

Nokian makes the full range of tires, including truck, bus and heavy equipment.

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