Couldn't decide how to vote. I don't change out for snow tires in the winter, though we certainly get snow and cold here. Need an option for "run the same tires year round -- don't feel a need to buy a dedicated set of snow tires" (maybe that was what option 1 wanted to be?).
Don't use the Burb much in the winter..it's primarily a tow vehicle for my 7500# travel trailer...but I get PLENTY of snow and and have to climb two unpaved 8% dugways to get to my house. I buy used snowies (Blizzaks at the moment) for $30-40 each, slap them on some old steel wheels and run them all winter. They are load range E so I can run down south, hook up the trailer, and take my 4-5 day golf trips without having to change tires/wheels. This is my 3rd winter on the current tires. Makes a BIG difference when I need the Burb in a winter emergency (like 2' of snow in an hour or so.) My wife and I drive little front wheel drive cars otherwise and, with studded snow tires, they go anywhere, but have trouble when clearance an issue.
I live in Indiana, and you get all kinds of weather here and we just had a nasty blizzard this week, usually a good set of all season tires will work fine, but i plan on getting a second set of rims with taller more aggressive tires for winter and for getting off the pavement when i go on vacation.... Its probly not totally necessary but i would rather have them and not need them, than the other way around.... by the way, anyone know what the tallest tire you can put on a stock set of rims on a 1999 LS suburban 4x4 without having any rubbing on wheel wells or frame?
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