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Hillsboro to Govt Camp in rental Car

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Hillsboro to Govt Camp in rental Car


Planning to rent a car from Enterprise for a family day trip to Goverment Camp Ski bowl, checked with enterprise, there cars are having MUD & SNOW Tires but if I put the Chains, and if there are any damage it will not be covered under insurance, so I am sort of into catch 22 situation, of whether to go to Govt camp at all or not, this is our first year in Portland area, and we were waiting to go to Mt Hood to do some snow fun.

My Question is, Do I really need to put on chains even if the car is having a M&S tires, just to go till Govt camp, at this time of the year, I am not going any up then that. If at all, it is required, Is there a possibility that the tire chain damage the car. :(

Other option is to take the Shuttle, but shuttle doesnt stop at Govt camp ski bowl, it goes to Mt hood Meadows, which doesnt have snow tubing/snow shoeing, we are not into Skiing or snow boarding, and are having some sr citizens, with us, so just wanted to go there for snowshoe.

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1. Re: Hillsboro to Govt Camp in rental Car

If the highway dept requires chains, you must have chains. Sounds like maybe you will need to change your plans. Chuck.

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2. Re: Hillsboro to Govt Camp in rental Car

if ODOT says you need chains- its best to heed their advice. It will just depend on the weather... there are many shuttle services up to Mt Hood- a few I think do stop at Govt. Camp and ski bowl... you may have found the meadows specific one...


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3. Re: Hillsboro to Govt Camp in rental Car

Try dollar Rent a car? They seem to work with the ski areas.


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4. Re: Hillsboro to Govt Camp in rental Car

>> Is there a possibility that the tire chain damage the car. <<

Yes, tire chains CAN damage a car if they are not properly installed and kept tight. Are you experienced driving in the snow? Have you put chains on before?

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5. Re: Hillsboro to Govt Camp in rental Car

Chains can also break, and if that happens then it can do a lot of damage to the underside of the vehicle.

It sounds like you are not familiar with driving in snow. If that is the case, then I highly recommend finding another way to get there. I have no personal knowledge of this, but you might check out some of the tour companies and they may do day trips up there.

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6. Re: Hillsboro to Govt Camp in rental Car

We used to take our kids to a bus somewhere here in Tigard to get to Mt Hood. would guess there are more options in Hillsboro. Curious why you need to rent a car. Do you not have any car transportation?

I would not put chains on a rental unless you really know how to put chains on then drive with them

Edited: 5:23 pm, December 13, 2013
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