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Old 08-28-2006, 11:06 AM
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Winter Driving Tips

Hey All, I'm fairly new to trucks. I've never drove one in the winter before. I was wondering how much weight (if any) should suffice in my truck bed for this winter. We can get quite a bit of snow on the ground here. Thanks!
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Old 08-28-2006, 11:13 AM
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Do you have 4 wheel drive?
If not throw 500-600 lbs in the bed.
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Old 08-28-2006, 11:32 AM
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Ok, I was thinking about 500 would be good but didn't know for sure. Yeah I've got 4 wheel drive but I still want some weight back there.
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If you have 4x4, you won't need to mess with it. You can take off fine with 4x4 alone. Remember the heavier you are the longer it takes to stop if your sliding.
I use my 4x4 when it snows here (one day a year) and i can take of fine and it stayes very stable on the highway.
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Make sure you've got proper tires for winter as well. When running in snow, even with 4wd, I've always got some weight back there.
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SNOW??? It snows down there?! I have 4wd, very good tires and I still run with at least 500 lbs if not more...my rule of thumb is add weight until the springs actually move YES, this does make more weight to stop...but it also distributes your trucks total weight much better, therefore safer. These trucks were designed to handle under a load...not empty! We have A LOT of snow around here...weight can be your friend, more importantly drive safely and in accordance to the conditions, just cause you've got 4wd doesnt mean your invincible!
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I don't seem to have any trouble at all with a light azz end in the snow. Could be because i have dual rear wheels. Put er in 4 wheel high and i can launch pretty good in the snow. 4x4 does NOT help you stop and the more weight you have in there the more distance you will slide if you have to make a fast stop. An 8k lb vehicle is heavy enough IMO. Those S-10s and mini trucks see a substantial gain in the snow from adding a few hundred lbs. to the rear end.
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I was born and raised in Montana. Every vehicle i have ever owned that was rear wheed drive was a 4x4, and every one of them got 4-800 lbs in the bed right dead center over the axle. I manually locked my hubs in at the first major snow storm and didnt unlock them till the snowey season seemed to be over, this way i was GARANTEED four wheel drive. it does hurt the fuel economy about 1mpg, but oh well.....As a general rule of thumb, double your following and stopping distances during snowy/icey weather and remember that if you get into trouble your throttle pedal can be just as much help as the brake pedal sometimes. NO sharp movements and use your head and its no big deal....
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Old 08-29-2006, 07:22 AM
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Yeah, there's no substitute for common sense, that's for sure. Only problem I have is this: If I want to add weight to the bed, what's a good thing to use that's cheap and will stay put? I don't really have 600 pounds worth of "stuff" just sitting around to throw in there. Maybe sandbags tied down on a pallet or something?? I suppose I could go get a couple blown durasnack motors from the junkyard since they are essentially useless.
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Get you an old tractor inertube and fill it with river sand. I don't know what they weigh but if the sand is wet, it will be pretty heavy. Use 2 if one isn't enough and put them in the middle of your bed over the axel. Then be okay with the fact t hat you won't be able to move them if you need to haul something in your truck - this is why I don't mess with it. I use my bed way to frequent to have to unload my weights so i can haul some hay or whatever.
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