We were walloped by our first snow yesterday and it amounted to a heavy, wet 18 inches of snow. Today our temps have dropped to the single digit high of 3, which is too cold for salt to work. Our streets are snow packed and icy. Even the slightest incline causes vehicles to spin out and lose traction. I was stuck behind a semi that couldn't get moving up a hill. I was finally able to get around him and offered to help. I've un-stuck a few large vehicles before, but being a loaded tanker, the driver convinced me that there was no way I could move an 80,000lbs truck. He was probably right. I did dump all the sand I was carrying for traction on the road for him, which got him moving. So I can still claim the hero moment. But that meant, I needed to refill. As I was shoveling sand, I began to think.
Where's the best location in the bed to add weight?
I drive an '06 Access Cab TRD Off Road. If it were not for stop lights and signs on hills, I would be fine without weight. I don't want to take the hit in mpg by driving in 4-wheel drive all winter.
I carry sand in sealed barrels. Right now I have two 30l barrels on one side and a single 60l barrel on the other. I'll probably swap the 60l out for two more 30l as 60 liters of sand is damn heavy. If my math is right, 120l of sand is about 400lbs of weight.
Should I carry it near the tailgate for optimal leverage or can I push it toward the cab wall for better handling? What are people's opinions/experiences?