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Tire chains

My "hunting vehicle" is a 1998 Ford Ranger 2wd pick up truck. I used to use our 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 and could stuff a deer in the back. But, too many things to repair, so it was traded in for a Jeep Compass. Wife says no way am I stuffing a deer in the back of it!


So........after lasts years snow, I really suffered with the 2wd truck. Heck, just trying to get in and out of the game land parking lots was a fiasco. So, I was thinking of tire chains for the back, just to make things a little easier. I'm not going way back in the boonies, just up and down some of the roads the PGC opens here in Luzerne County.



Any recommendations as far as tire chains?

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Chains are not legal in many circumstance, check on it.

Have you considered a very aggressive tire tread in a larger size? a little more ground clearance combined with increased traction may be all you need.

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Tire chains are legal during certain times;

ß 4525. Tire equipment and traction surfaces.
d) Tire chains.--Tire chains may be temporarily used on vehicles during periods of snow and ice emergency if they are in conformance with regulations promulgated by the department.

But yeah, Iím also thinking of throwing on a set of ďsnow tiresĒ instead of the all seasons on the back now.

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Dealing with 2WD in snow conditions is no fun. Have you tried some sand bags in the bed of the truck to add weight over the rear tires?

As for chains, you will be amazed what chains can do for traction in bad conditions....I have not used with a 2WD truck, but they turn a 4WD truck into a small tank.

I would recommend buying US made chains....mine were $90 for my Silverado about 5 years ago - I think the China chains were $70, so I went with the upgrade. Some of the best $90 I have ever spent...they come in handy in snow and mud. You can just crawl through stuff that you need to gun it to get through without chains.
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tirechains.com. They are right here in PA and ship right to your door.
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A buddy of mine had his Dad F150 2WD, I seen him goes places in that with weight in the back, sand bags, General Grabber aggressive sneaker's. I was impressed for sure. I will never forget that road trip dead middle of winter back in Bear Meadow's. True story, we didn't realized the road was that bad the further we went back in. Pulled over and wrote a letter to our family & put the letters in the glove box. We survived, never again we attempt that even in a 4WD. Nope never again.
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Iíve seen the difference chains can make while hunting in steep country in Utah and Colorado. Western clay is nasty when it gets wet, really easy to bog down a truck. Iíve since bought 4 for my Chevy 2500. I also have chains for my quads for when the snow gets really deep.
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Iíve seen the difference chains can make while hunting in steep country in Utah and Colorado. Western clay is nasty when it gets wet, really easy to bog down a truck. Iíve since bought 4 for my Chevy 2500. I also have chains for my quads for when the snow gets really deep.
My positive 4WD truck with aggressive tread has gotten me through pretty much anything I needed it to so far. Now that I have no choice but to rely on a quad to get into and back from my deerstand I apparently have overlooked the concept of maybe needing better traction than 4WD will give me on the quad. Glad that you brought it up Bigbrownie, thanks.

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tirechains.com. They are right here in PA and ship right to your door.
Thanks, I'll check them out.

Yeah, I'm not looking to climb Mt Rushmore, just trying to get up some hills and turn around in parking lots. I'll be adding some weight to the back this years.

Many years ago, I had a Ford F150 4wd....with an open bed. Man, fill that sucker with snow and I never had to touch the 4wd!

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Throw a bunch of weight in the bed and get some nice meats in the back. Or some studded snow tires. It will impress you where your truck will go.
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