Originally Posted by pop639
Is this thread for real? I do snow removal for a living and there is no doubt in my mind that a 1/2, 3/4, or 1 ton pickup will do better than any of our tacomas. Our trucks are simply too light. It doesn't matter how much weight you put over the rear wheels (1000 lbs would definitely help but that's not realistic)........sub'd for the laughs
Is this post for real? This is either a troll or you have not pushed your Tacoma.
Id love to see your big ass rigs in the snow do a hill climb VS a Tacoma.
Or lets compare braking distance on a 1 ton on a sheet of ice vs a lighter truck in an emergency situation.
Or lets just listen to people who actually know what they are talking about.
Weight is insignificant unless your running 40's on your 1 ton. The real factor is weight displacement between the tries and ground (tire surface area).
I wheel with a few "full size" locked trucks (Dodge in background) and I laugh when they have to hit shit at speed and then I crawl up with my measly LSD.
stock tires aired down to 20 psi and still pushing snow up hill with no weight in the bed
One of my few stucks - only because I high centered in a snow drift
OK so back to OP...I drove a Ford Exploder for 10 years 200,000 miles in the NE through many 3' storms. The auto 4x4 you love........I hated. Reason being you had no idea when it would come on. In an emergency situation you learn to "know" what a rear wheel drive truck should do when the rear wheels slip on a turn and then how to counteract it. With auto 4x4 you can NOT tell when it will turn on thus your reactions to fix an issue are severely curtailed. I absolutely hated it.
IMO you need to grab some Duratracs and air down in the fluffy stuff 20-30psi for the added surface area.
I never add weight to my bed and always drive in 2wd on road unless we are talking about 2' + of snow. If you need to add weight I would suggest a couple bags of sand and salt. This mixture helped me out many times when all I had was a worked 5.0 89' Mustang in storms. If I did get stuck on a iced hill I would salt and sand it then hit it 5 minutes later.
You need to remember added weight will most likely make your stopping distance longer - this is why I do not use it.