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I use to live in Michigan, And most of the people up north buy 4X4. But if you respect the snow & ice, you shouldn't have much problems. In my experience most of the people who end up in a ditch are the ones with 4X4 because they think they are invinsible.
 

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yscty said:
You might wanna have a set of Chains with you!!!
And make sure they fit.
Before you leave.
 

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yscty said:
You might wanna have a set of Chains with you!!!
Chains are illegal in Toronto; it's a city w/over 5 Million residents. Upstate NY gets a helluva allot more snow than Toronto and you can't use chains their either.

If you get caught in a big winter storm w/that 4X2 rear wheel drive, you are screwed. Period.

Put allot of weight in the bed, that will help.
 

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:rofl: Common sense, a bit of weight in the bed, don't overrev the gas.... It's not all that bad. Snow isn't as bad as ice. Then it's a tough drive. But otherwise, just take it easy and be cautious. And dedicated winter tires on roads that are not snowy/icy won't even make the full trip..... They're not really designed to drive on standard pavement.
 

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The new generation Non studded Winter's are designed for pavement. The rubber will wear prematurely if you use them in the summer or excessively on dry pavement.
 

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4x2 here in Chicago, we just had 10" of snow last week and no problems (third winter with the Titan). You will be doing all intersate highway driving and the stock wranglers will get you there.
 

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One thing to remember when travelling to "snowy" areas.. The North gets it regularly in winter. They also are usually very good at plowing it, salting and moving it off the roads, especially the highways. So, I wouldn't spend a lot of time fretting over it. If you are driving through while a major blizzard is occurring, yeah, it's gonna be a bit white-knuckle. But otherwise, bring sunglasses cuz all that white is mighty bright on a sunny day after the storm!
 

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My only suggestion to you is not to come back and claim you got 30 MPG on your trip!

:jester: :jester: :jester: :jester: :jester:
 

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Some weight in the bed over the rear tires won't hurt (built something to hold them in, or wedge it in with the luggage etc so they dont slide around). Other than that stick to the major roads they are pretty good about getting things cleaned up around here. Should not be too bad!

Good luck!
 

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Awesome Pics! Looks like a good trip. It's funny about the Escalade. It's amazing people with AWD think two things:

1) "I can drive as fast as I want in the snow; I have AWD"
2) "I know I can stop on a dime in the snow; I have ABS"

...next thing you know, DITCH!! :upsidedow
 

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I know this is way too late but having lived in Upstate NY for 10 years and spending all 10 with a small 2wd pickup I can safely say that 4x2's will survive lots of snow. I made sure I had 300 to 500lbs of sand in the bed of the truck over the wheels for traction and good tires. (The bags I got were 70lb bags so a few bags adds up quickly)

No speeding, always assumed the a$$hole passing me was going to spin out, always assumed the upcoming light had black ice in front of it.

The only time I ever had an issue with the truck was getting into my drive because I always have to stop before turning into it. The stopping killed all my momentum and I lost the traction I needed to go up hill.
 
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