Yea, I don't run anything but the tires on my truck. I only said studs because on hard glare ice chains will slide and probably cables, but studs will bite. The Weather Channel did a show a couple years ago where the tested all the options on an old truck (they where sliding into stuff) on glare ice in a cone test. Only the studded tires passed and had any material traction at all.
Having said that, my first thought for you was actually a rear diff locker. There when you need it, don't have to install in bad conditions in difficult places. That's more $$$ than throwing some chains in the back, but you also get out in summer and would probably be really happy with the investment, plus nothing to take back off as the road clears. Things are night and day when you can lock the diffs, and if you invest in selectable, it's just a switch.
That's just for for thought, doesn't sound like you need it. Dumping some chains in the back is cheap and easy.
So true. Locking diffs are night and day. That and turning off your traction control. Chains/cables are good too but the only time I have ever needed them was when we were driving my friends 1970s chevy flight line van and that was mostly because the tires were bald.
We had a big snow in Albuquerque and had a hill were a bunch of people were getting stuck. I helped a few cars up and as long as I had my diffs locked starting and stopping even pulling a car was never issue and I just have all seasons on my truck.