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fkarim



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Recent trip (picture heavy)

About 10 days ago I returned from a ski/snow trip (Austria/Italy/Switzerland). Tons of snow and obviously bitterly cold given the time of the year. We were out and about in temperatures as low as -18 WITHOUT factoring in the wind chill. I'm so glad I put on winter tyres despite the all seasons I had on it complying with legal requirements. Had I left the Pirelli Scorpion Verde tyres on, I would have undoubtedly needed to use the snow chains that just stayed in the boot throughout the trip, thanks to these Vredestein Wintrac Extreme S tyres. Even with those tyres, going downhill on ice and snow over long distances wasn't easy. In fact HDC also struggled a bit on some occasions and there were some scary moments. It is a heavy beast after all!

Other than the adaptive cruise/forward alert radar getting blocked twice during motorway driving under heavy snowfall (understandable) and passenger airbag light randomly staying on once, until the next restart (not so understandable), the car was a pleasure to drive as usual. I covered close to 900km the first day and nearly 1,000km on the last day but it didn't tire me at all - it never does. On the last day driving back home when we stopped for lunch, I realised we had covered the equivalent of London to Edinburgh distance non-stop. It honestly didn't feel like that to me!

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 Current: VW Golf banger until my delayed XC90 arrives
Gone: MY16 RRS2 3.0 SDV6 Autobiography Dynamic, Carpathian Grey & Santorini Black Sliding Pano/Ebony & Ivory 2 Tone
Gone: MY13 RRS 3.0 SDV6 HSE Black Edition, Orkney Grey/Ivory
Gone: MY09 RRS 2.7 TDV6 HSE, Santorini Black/Almond

Post #550086 Wed Feb 28 2018 11:44pm
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IRBails



Member Since: 22 Nov 2013
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You mentioned snow chains I was wondering how the would go as I have very little clearance between tyre and chassis. M16 SVD 4,4 HSE with a few extras, Sold R50 , Wife SQ5 , BMW R1200GSW.

Post #550096 Thu Mar 01 2018 8:16am
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Buckster



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England 2013 Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSE Orkney Grey

Looks fab mate Thumbs Up 2003 BMW M5 - 5 Litres of V8 Optimax Slurping Goodness in Carbon Black

2013 SDV6 HSE Black Edition- Orkney Grey with Ebony & Ivory. LR Facelift RAI, Genuine G4 Expedition Rack, 4x Warn SBD-160 Spotlights, Warn 9.5XPS Winch, Mantec Underbody Protection and Sump Guard, Full Easy Lift Suspension Module, LR Light Guards, 19"s on Goodyear Duratracs, ARB fridge, TuffTrek awning 😎

Post #550099 Thu Mar 01 2018 8:35am
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fkarim



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IRBails wrote:
You mentioned snow chains I was wondering how the would go as I have very little clearance between tyre and chassis.


Correct. Conventional snow chains aren’t suitable. I bought the type that are especially designed for vehicles with limited or zero clearance. LR also sell them (at a huge mark-up), made by companies like Thule (I think model is called Konig) and Spikes Spider so you can buy direct from them or retailers other than LR. For this car I bought an unknown (to me) brand as they are not all metal but polyurethane and can be used on the road as well over a little distance. The idea is that you don’t need to take them off as soon as you are out of deep snow. Didn’t need to use them though. Here’s the link to what I bought: https://www.roofbox.co.uk/scripts/rbvehsel...p;TID=1609 Current: VW Golf banger until my delayed XC90 arrives
Gone: MY16 RRS2 3.0 SDV6 Autobiography Dynamic, Carpathian Grey & Santorini Black Sliding Pano/Ebony & Ivory 2 Tone
Gone: MY13 RRS 3.0 SDV6 HSE Black Edition, Orkney Grey/Ivory
Gone: MY09 RRS 2.7 TDV6 HSE, Santorini Black/Almond

Post #550101 Thu Mar 01 2018 9:14am
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PEACHY



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Got to be honest I only ever wanted a white L494 but that colour combo makes you look twice - very nice Thumbs Up 14MY Autobiography Dynamic - SDV6 - Fuji White Smile
12MY Autobiography - SDV6 - Santorini Black - Dual View - Rear Entertainment - Sunroof.
12MY Autobiography - SDV6 - Orkney Grey - awesome ;(
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dobbo9



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Wow. Great write up. Great pics. Sounds like a great experience. I’d love to do that.

Post #550144 Thu Mar 01 2018 6:29pm
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udash



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2013 Range Rover Sport SDV6 Autobiography Firenze Red

Great photos and trip. Thumbs Up

Post #550150 Thu Mar 01 2018 7:18pm
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IRBails



Member Since: 22 Nov 2013
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Australia 

fkarim wrote:
IRBails wrote:
You mentioned snow chains I was wondering how the would go as I have very little clearance between tyre and chassis.


Correct. Conventional snow chains aren’t suitable. I bought the type that are especially designed for vehicles with limited or zero clearance. LR also sell them (at a huge mark-up), made by companies like Thule (I think model is called Konig) and Spikes Spider so you can buy direct from them or retailers other than LR. For this car I bought an unknown (to me) brand as they are not all metal but polyurethane and can be used on the road as well over a little distance. The idea is that you don’t need to take them off as soon as you are out of deep snow. Didn’t need to use them though. Here’s the link to what I bought: https://www.roofbox.co.uk/scripts/rbvehsel...p;TID=1609


Thanks for the info, thinking of a snow trip in the Australian winter and current chains would not fit. Love the pics by the way, great seeing someone use the car for what it is designed for. M16 SVD 4,4 HSE with a few extras, Sold R50 , Wife SQ5 , BMW R1200GSW.

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