Re: Tire Chain Possible Problem 2003 Explorer
In my opinion it isn't hunting unless you have to chain up on all 4 to get around. That kind of weather keeps people home and the animals are out feeding in the daylight. It also make them easier to drag with that much snow.
Back to the O.P.'s problem...
Test fit on dry dirt before you have to do it in snow. Check clearance in the front and in the back at full droop and compression while the rig is loaded with the same weight as it would be when hunting. The snow makes the ground look flat but your suspension will still be doing a work out. Also turn your front wheels from lock to lock at full compression to check for clearance. I know you want a general yes or no but your suspension may be different than someone else along with different size tires (as much as 2"+ between brands on the same aspect ratio tire) and loads. I have seen an unstoppable truck with chains on it eat itself once a couple of elk and half a load of fire wood were put in the bed. Brake lines and fenders all took a beating with tight chains.
Be safe and carry recovery gear!
Winchester Model 70 Black Shadow in 300 Win Mag, all factory, shooting Remington Core-Lokt 180 PSP factory rounds. Shoots too good to try and "fix" it. Multiple one shot kills to 400+/- yards and one kill at 815 yards.
Winchester Model 70 XTR in 264 Win Mag with Nikon 4.5x14SF BDC running HSM ammo loaded with 140 Grain Bergers. Antelope killer!
Soon, a APS Raptor LRSS Turn Key System in 338 AX. Time to step up my game. Should be finished by hunting season 2014!