Bed weight for winter?

Discussion in 'General Tacoma Discussion' started by tlavergne, Nov 10, 2018 at 7:41 AM.

  1. tlavergne

    tlavergne Member

    How much weight do folks usually but in the bed of the truck to help in traction on snow. 200lbs? 300 lbs? Thanks.
     
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  3. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    However much a bed full of snow weighs.... haha

    I usually don't worry about it in a 4x4 but you could get a few sacks of sand and toss them by the tailgate if your worried.
     
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  4. kp.taco

    kp.taco Well-Known Member

    I never worry about it either.. Just flip the switch and roll.
     
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  5. B-Man

    B-Man Well-Known Member

    I made up some sandbags out of truck tire tubes.........each weights about 40lbs.........usually throw 2 or 3 in if its icy or alot of snow.
     
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    tlavergne

    tlavergne Member

    The rear end just seems to slip out from under it so easily. Will get some sand I suspect. Can you run on dry pavement in 4 high or do you need need to shift back and forth between 4 and 2 depending on the road? This is first modern 4x4 I've had. In my old ones you couldn't drive on dry pavement in 4 wheel drive without binding the axles. Here in Ohio with the wind the road can be snow/ice covered in spots and dry in spots. Variable as can be. Just trying to get a feel for how people handle that.
    Thanks for the reply's.
     
  7. Scott Wyman

    Scott Wyman Well-Known Member

    When I lived where it snowed, I just shoveled snow into the back of my truck until it started to squat. Of course if I needed to haul something I had to shovel the show back out. :( But if not then it would just melt come spring. :D
     
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    tlavergne

    tlavergne Member

    Used to do the same but park in a garage now where it is above freezing. Will probably get some sand bags.
     
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  9. Scott Wyman

    Scott Wyman Well-Known Member

    Cinder/cement blocks work too, and they always come in handy when not used to weigh your truck down.
     
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  10. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    Why would you want 4x4 on dry pavement?
    I know what you mean.... in a straight line in between snow patches on the road, yes. If the asphalt is still wet with snow melt and you're not comfortable going to 2wd yet, it's fine. You want to take it out if you're making tighter turns though, like a parking lot that's half melted, go back to 2wd.

    They're easier to work with than an NP205... but it gets pissed when you do over 60mph in 4H.... haha
     
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  11. kp.taco

    kp.taco Well-Known Member

    What is the speed limit in 4wd high?
     
  12. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    60mph. Lol
     
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  13. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    :eek:
     
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  14. JASN

    JASN Well-Known Member

    I have gone 40mph in 4wd when the road is packed with snow just for better pull with take off and traction with no problem. Wyoming has that problem along I-80 blowing snow across the roads not fun at all about as much fun as all the tolls in Ohio haha.
     
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  15. texasred

    texasred Well-Known Member

    Bales of hay in Idaho were like $5. One would do my 3/4 ton Ch*vy for bed weight.
     
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    tlavergne

    tlavergne Member

    Appreciate the replies...thanks.
     
  17. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    Put sandbags over the rear axle, not all the way at the tailgate.
     
  18. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    Loading the back of the bed (near tailgate) may allow for more leverage to the rear tires, but as soon as you do get a little off course, your gunna fight more centripetal force because the ass end is gunna want to continue the slide sideways.
    Keep the weight over the axle for a happy medium.
     
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  19. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    Like how a gooseneck trailer doesn't take weight off of the front axle compared to a bumper-pull... never put that much thought into it!
     
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  20. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    This is true as well, and I DIDNT think of that. Just the centripetal force aspect. ;) good thunk
     
  21. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    I had to dumb it down for myself.
     

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