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Sandbags in Your 4x4 Longbed?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by coloradotacoma, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. Oct 7, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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    coloradotacoma

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    So what's the consensus everyone? Weight your 4x4 longbed or not for winter driving? (Winter to me means regular travel in the following conditions: serious drifting snow(1-5 feet), dry and wet snow as well as icy conditions. Up and down significant inclines with gearing changes etc. I am also assuming you would not be foolish enough to run stock tires. And as a best practice you carry chains, shovel, sand, retrieval gear, cold weather gear, first aid supplies and water. For you or for someone else. My policy is if a vehicle is off the road stop and help no matter what.)
     
  2. Oct 7, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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    You have 4 wheel drive, no need for sandbags.
     
  3. Oct 7, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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    if your doing crazy shit, get duratracs, snow chains, and weight doesnt hurt

    doesnt hurt to be too prepaired
     
  4. Oct 7, 2011 at 10:51 AM
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    4x4 or not , weight over the back tires always helps in snow .
     
  5. Oct 7, 2011 at 10:52 AM
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    i carry a couple of cat little tuppers full of sand, not for weight but i can dump it out for traction if i get stuck
     
  6. Oct 7, 2011 at 10:52 AM
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    oh and carry a shovel
     
  7. Oct 7, 2011 at 10:57 AM
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    I have to disagree

    In the winter you are not driving around in 4 wheel all the time, usually just when it is actually snowing or shortly after. Having the weight in the back improves traction in 2 wheel for daily driving when you hit little patches of black ice or random patches in the road.
     
  8. Oct 7, 2011 at 10:58 AM
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    i dont think weight in the bed will help on black ice, just makes the truck heavier and harder to control
     
  9. Oct 7, 2011 at 11:03 AM
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    Couldn't agree more! I usually put steel tractor weights in the bed of the truck but sandbags are nice because you can use the sand for traction if you need to. For those you who say you have 4x4, no need for extra weight, you need to spend more time in the snow... Good tires are a must for winter and the extra weight helps you get your traction to the ground so why wouldn't you?
     
  10. Oct 7, 2011 at 11:06 AM
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    Studs are the only thing that will help you on ice. Weight will help you everywhere else in the winter.
     
  11. Oct 7, 2011 at 11:06 AM
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    some weight wont hurt even in 4wd! we have added weight in the tundra when we wear in western new york a few years ago. but sometimes we hit a 2 foot deep snow drif. it did help some and also we did not clean the snow out of the bed till we had to back and head home.
     
  12. Oct 7, 2011 at 11:07 AM
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    Um , no Mr California
     
  13. Oct 7, 2011 at 11:07 AM
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    past few years i've thrown 2-3 50lbers in the back to help...i head to the mountains every weekend to snowboard and it's nice to have a little extra back there...i try to stay out of 4wd as much as i can
     
  14. Oct 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM
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    weight should also help the studs dig in to the ice.
     
  15. Oct 7, 2011 at 11:09 AM
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    don't listen to the guy from cali
     
  16. Oct 7, 2011 at 11:12 AM
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    kmok Plastidipped ma Hootus!

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    :laugh: Weight in the bed definitely helps when driving in the snow, even in 4x4.
     
  17. Oct 7, 2011 at 11:13 AM
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    A little bit of weight in the back is a good thing.
     
  18. Oct 7, 2011 at 11:23 AM
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    Wow

    That must be super neato when you get to " snow drive "
     
  19. Oct 7, 2011 at 11:24 AM
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  20. Oct 7, 2011 at 11:24 AM
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    You don't need to worry about adding extra weigh for the trip up to the ski hill. But for us guys that drive in winter conditions for 6 months straight, it helps a lot.
     
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