Mike "Wuzzy121". Rest in peace, brother

Go Back   Tacoma World Forums > Tacoma Discussion > 2nd Gen. Tacomas

Notices

Preparing for my first Taco winter

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-07-2011, 08:47 AM   #1
TacoPlate [OP] TacoPlate is offline
Junior Member
TacoPlate is on a distinguished road
Joined: May 2011, #56896
Location: Vermont
Gender: Male
Posts: 2
TacoPlate's Tacoma Gallery
Preparing for my first Taco winter

I live in Vermont and have a few winters under my belt. The last few have been with a Subaru Outback equipped with snow tires. I have a 20(x2) mile highway commute five days a week. I am going to put snow tires on my 2011 TRD Sport Double Cab. I'm skilled at driving in snow, but have never driven in snow with a truck. Here are my questions:

1. When driving at highway speeds, should I leave it in 4WD?
2. How much does driving in 4WD affect gas mileage?
3. Should I weight the back? (I have a hard tonneau cover.)
4. Any tire suggestions/warnings?

Thanks for any advice.
  Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2011, 08:50 AM   #2
Senior Member
MountainEarth is one of the sharper tools in the shedMountainEarth is one of the sharper tools in the shedMountainEarth is one of the sharper tools in the shedMountainEarth is one of the sharper tools in the shedMountainEarth is one of the sharper tools in the shedMountainEarth is one of the sharper tools in the shedMountainEarth is one of the sharper tools in the shedMountainEarth is one of the sharper tools in the shedMountainEarth is one of the sharper tools in the shedMountainEarth is one of the sharper tools in the shedMountainEarth is one of the sharper tools in the shed
Name: Bryan
Joined: Feb 2010, #30519
Location: CO
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,484
MountainEarth's Tacoma Gallery
Only drive in 4wd when there's snow/ice on the road.
  Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2011, 08:54 AM   #3
Senior Member
pudge151 is one of the sharper tools in the shedpudge151 is one of the sharper tools in the shedpudge151 is one of the sharper tools in the shedpudge151 is one of the sharper tools in the shedpudge151 is one of the sharper tools in the shedpudge151 is one of the sharper tools in the shedpudge151 is one of the sharper tools in the shedpudge151 is one of the sharper tools in the shedpudge151 is one of the sharper tools in the shedpudge151 is one of the sharper tools in the shedpudge151 is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
pudge151's Avatar
Name: Sean
Joined: Apr 2010, #34558
Location: Connecticut
Age: 32
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,004
pudge151's Tacoma Gallery

Quote:
Originally Posted by TacoPlate View Post
I live in Vermont and have a few winters under my belt. The last few have been with a Subaru Outback equipped with snow tires. I have a 20(x2) mile highway commute five days a week. I am going to put snow tires on my 2011 TRD Sport Double Cab. I'm skilled at driving in snow, but have never driven in snow with a truck. Here are my questions:

1. When driving at highway speeds, should I leave it in 4WD?
no you should not, if the roads are bad enough to need 4wd, you should go that fast, read the owners manual, it will help
2. How much does driving in 4WD affect gas mileage?
i get 17-19-mpg in the summer, and 14-15 in the winter, a mix of crappy winter gas and 4x4 and letting the truck warm up prob account for that
3. Should I weight the back? (I have a hard tonneau cover.)
i do not here in CT, im not convinced you need it with 4WD, just carry a shovel and a bag of sand, not for weight but if you get stuck
4. Any tire suggestions/warnings?
if you get a set of snow tires, get them mounted on their own rims, you can find them cheap and it wil save $$$ in the long run, plus the sand/sal wont ruin your OEM rims

Thanks for any advice.
  Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2011, 08:54 AM   #4
Member
P-Hill Tacoma is on a distinguished road
 
P-Hill Tacoma's Avatar
Joined: Oct 2009, #24413
Location: Missouri
Gender: Male
Posts: 77
P-Hill Tacoma's Tacoma Gallery
Antilock brakes on our trucks suck when used in the snow. Be prepared. It will always go - but it won't always stop.
  Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Winter ski/snowboard gear storage in Taco Brent5280 2nd Gen. Tacomas 11 03-14-2012 10:34 PM
Winter & Taco's -driving behavior, weight etc Toycan 2nd Gen. Tacomas 42 12-16-2011 07:23 PM
Preparing for cold climate pidro_el_pirata 1st Gen. Tacomas 16 12-08-2011 02:19 PM
Winter Driving w/ My 4x4 Taco eileenwilson 2nd Gen. Tacomas 37 01-16-2011 06:54 PM
preparing for winter driving (tires/weight in back) gman88 1st Gen. Tacomas 11 09-08-2010 02:53 PM


Copyright © 2014 Tacoma Forum. Tacoma World is not owned by, or affiliated with Toyota Motor Corporation.