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Having formerly lived 55 years in the North East Kingdom of Vermont where we had 9 months that it could snow and three months of [email protected] poor sledding I like real chains. See:
Check out the reviews!
There are woozy chains too and I have watched folks use them. All the more reason to buy the real thing. Have someone from the North teach you to put them on. Piece of cake or watch their video. Notice the cleats on the cross chains. Warms my heart to think how well you will go on snow and ice! Limit your speed to 40-45 mph for safety and because these are gonna jar your teeth at those speeds. LOL
 

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These are the chains I purchased for my Cooper ATW 245/75/16 tires. The reason Amazon states that they will not fit is due to I'am running 245's. They come highly recomended from snowboard friends of mine in Oregon. Cheers
 

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All chain manufacturers will have chains that fit but almost no one will do a fitment by vehicle. They do fitment recommendations by tire size.
 

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To Start: Clearances are pretty tight as far as chain fit on a PM goes. You need to be careful which you purchase. Many of the reinforced (bars) style, that are like RD referenced above, may possibly cause problems. Quite sure some of them will fit but be careful. They certainly are tough and will last near-forever. Pretty difficult to put on too.

I think you need to look for something that meets this standard:

SAE traction device class - Class S Minimum tread-face clearance (A) - 1.46 in Minimum side-wall clearance (B) - .59 in

Lots of the chains in this class are lighter duty and won't last forever if used often but will work very well for the occasional use you intend for them. Some are designed to be very easy to install also. Not the cheapest chains around but I'm very happy with them.

I purchased these last year and used them several times. I'm quite happy with them. I don't plan to use them continuously or regularly but like your thoughts, have them for when your'e out and need to get home. I used them several times last year. Easy on (relatively), good fit, great traction.

http://www.thule.com/en-us/us/products/snow-chains/snow-chains/van-and-rv/thule-xg-12-pro-225-_-04705225

Shop around...

http://www.etrailer.com/Tire-Chains/Ram/ProMaster+1500/2014/TH01594245.html?vehicleid=20141364406
 

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I just bought these:
https://www.pepboys.com/product/details/8537197/00241
Use the promocode PEPHOLIDAY for 30% off.
I did a test install, but haven't used them.

Like you, I don't expect to use these very often.
This PepBoys link is for Model ZT-729.

The PM owners manual lists chains for Tire Size 225/75R/16

The Vanco Tires on my 2014 are 225/75R/16C

Not sure what the "C" designates and what difference it makes. One place indicated it meant Commercial, another said it was light truck or Van. Although I thought "LT" was the designation for Light Truck

If I go to the Peerless Chain Fit Guide and enter 225/75R/16, it lists the ZT-729 model as shown in the above link.

But if I use 225/75R/16C in the chain finder it lists model ZT-735

So the "C" designation seems to make a difference in the recommended Chain model by Peerless.

So what does the "C" mean and does it indicate a different size for the tire.

If the tire sizes are the same with or without the "C", then why different chain model recommendations?

Which one is right for the PM tires ZT-729 or ZT-735?
 

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Peerless ought to know which of their chains fit the 225/75R/16C. Buy their recommendation and if it doesn't fit its on them.
 

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Our Vanco 225/75R/16C equals European 'Commercial' rating that is more robust than the 'E' load rate used in North America.

http://www.peerlesschain.com/tire-chain-finder/traction/tirechains/725 note the true traction part is identical between the 729 & 735, it is the rubber tensioner that differs?

Remember with our front wheel drive the wheel center hub is not recessed so any cabling or tensioner 'webbing' can mar/scratch the center hub, especially with the steel factory wheels.

http://www.peerlesschain.com/tire-chain-finder/traction/tirechains/700 <-- If I were to buy chains, and I almost did last fall but decided my van would avoid snow period this winter, I think I'd go with a quickie chain style like this. Might not be up to repeated twenty mile trips getting up above 9,000ft in the Colorado front range gravel roads but could get me out of trouble when needed...
 

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Our Vanco 225/75R/16C equals European 'Commercial' rating that is more robust than the 'E' load rate used in North America.

http://www.peerlesschain.com/tire-chain-finder/traction/tirechains/725 note the true traction part is identical between the 729 & 735, it is the rubber tensioner that differs?

Remember with our front wheel drive the wheel center hub is not recessed so any cabling or tensioner 'webbing' can mar/scratch the center hub, especially with the steel factory wheels.

http://www.peerlesschain.com/tire-chain-finder/traction/tirechains/700 <-- If I were to buy chains, and I almost did last fall but decided my van would avoid snow period this winter, I think I'd go with a quickie chain style like this. Might not be up to repeated twenty mile trips getting up above 9,000ft in the Colorado front range gravel roads but could get me out of trouble when needed...
Thanks for that info. It looks like you are probably right that the only difference between the 2 models is the tensioner.

I don't really plan to use them unless I really have to, but I will be driving through Oregon next month and they require you have chains in the vehicle if you are driving through the snow zone.

I knew I had some chains in the garage for other vehicles so I decided to go see if any would be the right size. Turns out I had an unopened box of the ZT-729 model. So I guess I'll just take those.
 

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I figure the C size is pretty close the the LT size. Either model will work.
I got to test these last month on Monarch pass. I used chains many years ago on pickup trucks, but managed to avoid them for quite a few years with FWD & AWD cars. Not so with the big beast. First time with cables like this. I think if I had it to do over I'd just get the old fashioned chains. I don't think these are any easier to install, probably won't last as long, and take up more storage space.
 

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I bought the 245s from Amazon
. A little pricer than the other items people are suggesting but I've been very pleased with the product. They work great on the Vancos and go on in minutes. I've used them 3 times this year already. I'm in and out of the chain install area before most people as they don't require you to move the wheels halfway through. They occasionally make a knocking sound but I've determined it's not rubbing anywhere it's the outer bungie cord hitting the outside of the hub cap. I put some duct tape on the plastic part and the knocking went away.
 

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I purchased these last year and used them several times. I'm quite happy with them. I don't plan to use them continuously or regularly but like your thoughts, have them for when your'e out and need to get home. I used them several times last year. Easy on (relatively), good fit, great traction.

http://www.thule.com/en-us/us/products/snow-chains/snow-chains/van-and-rv/thule-xg-12-pro-225-_-04705225

Shop around...

http://www.etrailer.com/Tire-Chains/Ram/ProMaster+1500/2014/TH01594245.html?vehicleid=20141364406
Anyone know where I can buy these? Neither etrailer nor Amazon have them. Also I believe 245 is the correct size for the PM, not 225.

Thanks
 

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Chains?

Google
Spider chains
Used them in Europe, easy and quick.
Do not exceed 30 mph.
Pricey, yes, but when you need them, they are worth it!
 
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