1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

traction weights in bed: how to keep them put?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by VTDave, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. Jul 28, 2010 at 9:27 AM
    #1
    VTDave

    VTDave [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2008
    Member:
    #9658
    Messages:
    193
    Vermont, USA
    Vehicle:
    05 Access Cab 4x4 Base
    In the winter I like to put 250-300lbs of tube sand (or similar) in the bed to aid in traction.

    The problem is even with the bed mat, the tubes won't stay put. They'll move around when climbing/descending hills and while braking.

    Does anyone have a solution to keep them put that doesn't entail drilling into that nice composite bed of mine?

    Thanks,
    Dave
     
  2. Jul 28, 2010 at 9:30 AM
    #2
    NAYo2002

    NAYo2002 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2009
    Member:
    #12655
    Messages:
    489
    Gender:
    Male
    Great Falls, MT
    Vehicle:
    '09 Tacoma 4x4 TRD Off Road
    Michelin LTX A/T2, TRD Skid Plate, WeatherTech DigiFit Liners, OEM Bed Extender, OEM Bed mat, Advantage TorzaTop Trifold Tonneau, Pop & Lock PL5300
    Just use 4x4 if the roads are bad enough... I know it's not what you're looking for but that's what I do. If you must have weights, just use 45lbs exercise plates, they will not move on rubber bed mat.
     
  3. Jul 28, 2010 at 9:31 AM
    #3
    Trap

    Trap Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2010
    Member:
    #37878
    Messages:
    901
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    Indego Ink TRD OR
    Electric Tail Gate Lock, EZ Down + Cable Mod, Galvanized Underbody, DK 9000, CloudRider SS Grill insert. BakFlip HD, Cabin Air Filter mod, Alarm, Zero Rust !
    Make a wood frame or D ring Bed MOD + really good straps.
     
  4. Jul 28, 2010 at 9:32 AM
    #4
    Zombie Runner

    Zombie Runner Are these black helicopters for me?

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2008
    Member:
    #5246
    Messages:
    15,036
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    Wichita Falls, TX
    Vehicle:
    Tundra, double cab.
    LED interior lights, stubby antenna, Pioneer in dash screen, good driver mod.
    x2 on 4x4 haha.

    get a few bags of play sand. idk what tubes of sand are. the bags will stay put pretty well. plus there are tie down points near the rear of the bed you can use
     
  5. Jul 28, 2010 at 9:35 AM
    #5
    Simon's Mom

    Simon's Mom Wag More Bark Less

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2007
    Member:
    #1297
    Messages:
    9,323
    Gender:
    Female
    First Name:
    Judy or Jude :)
    SBurl Vermont
    Vehicle:
    13 TRD OR DC MGM
    Stock for now
    Its close to 90 here today Dave, you must be planning early? :D

    A couple of 2x4s sandwiching the sand tubes keep them from sliding under the tonneau for me.
     
  6. Jul 28, 2010 at 9:47 AM
    #6
    Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free 1983 - 2015... It was a good run

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Member:
    #39131
    Messages:
    30,854
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Massachusetts
    Vehicle:
    '13 Ford F-150 SCREW
    F-150 Mod
    I use steel tractor weights with a rubber mat and don't have problems with them sliding around. If you're set on using sand tubes, build a wood frame for the sand at the front of the bed and a kicker going back to the tailgate so they can't slide.
     
  7. Jul 28, 2010 at 9:52 AM
    #7
    VTDave

    VTDave [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2008
    Member:
    #9658
    Messages:
    193
    Vermont, USA
    Vehicle:
    05 Access Cab 4x4 Base
    You're right. It got down to ~45 two nights ago, which made me start thinking about firewood, traction weights, and whether the winch on my snow plow still works. But yeah, it's hot as hell right now.
     
  8. Jul 28, 2010 at 9:59 AM
    #8
    Cars0n`

    Cars0n` Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2008
    Member:
    #9091
    Messages:
    1,430
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Carson
    Edmonton AB
    Vehicle:
    07 2wd access cab base.
    Kenwood DDX-512 Deck, Boston Acoustics G5 Sub in Ported Bassworx Box, Kenwood eXcelon KAC-X10D Amp, Sirius Satellite Radio, Magellan GPS, DDM 55w bi-xenon headlights, 2 HID Hella 500ff's mounted behind grill, 4 pc ebay Billet grill, Fog Lights (my truck didnt have them stock), Pioneer Speakers 6x9's(front) 6.5's(rear) AFE Cold Air Intake, Hose Clamp Mod, Tailgate Strengthen Mod, Removed Gay Mud Flaps, De-Badged, BHLM, 245/45/20 on velocity wheels. VW865a, Extra D Rings In Box, OEM Cruise Added Optima Red Top Battery
    me and dad built a box that fit around the wheel wells and i used big patio stones last winter. ratchet strapped them down so they wont fly forward in the event of a roll over, and those suckers didnt move an inch. i had to use a pry bar to get it out cuz it was frozen and jammed between the wheel wells.
     
  9. Jul 28, 2010 at 10:00 AM
    #9
    buddywh1

    buddywh1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2010
    Member:
    #35825
    Messages:
    1,452
    Gender:
    Male
    Philly PA
    Vehicle:
    07 DC SR5 4x4
    Get an expandable cargo load bar...about $15 at WalMart. It's a screw-type - like shower curtain rod only a lot more range - so it's not as convenient as the lever-clamp types. But it's a lot less expensive and works just great! Holds my sand bags in place real nice.
     
  10. Jul 28, 2010 at 10:15 AM
    #10
    skytower

    skytower Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2010
    Member:
    #38505
    Messages:
    3,228
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dave
    virginia
    Vehicle:
    08 Tacoma 4x4
    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    +1 on ratchet bar. I have a large equipment box that I keep in the back. It keeps the box from sliding forward with/wo bed mat.
     
  11. Jul 28, 2010 at 10:20 AM
    #11
    VTDave

    VTDave [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2008
    Member:
    #9658
    Messages:
    193
    Vermont, USA
    Vehicle:
    05 Access Cab 4x4 Base
    Thanks for all the responses. It sounds like I need to decide between building a wood frame, using cargo bars, or doing the D-ring mod with straps.

    Decisions decisions....

    Luckily I have a couple of months until it snows.
     
  12. Jul 28, 2010 at 10:22 AM
    #12
    skytower

    skytower Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2010
    Member:
    #38505
    Messages:
    3,228
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dave
    virginia
    Vehicle:
    08 Tacoma 4x4
    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    Cargo bar is inexpensive, quick, and versitile.
     
  13. Jul 28, 2010 at 10:34 AM
    #13
    05Moose

    05Moose Middle-Aged Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2010
    Member:
    #29613
    Messages:
    2,535
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jim
    In the snow (NorCal)
    Vehicle:
    '05 4x4 DC LB SR5 #8 (LSD, Tow Pkg)
    '05 4x4 DC LB SR5 (LSD & Tow Pkg), Timbrens, AAL, 5100s (.85), Owned: 12/3/04 Mods: Fog, Map/Dome Light, Illuminated 4wd Switch, Washable Cabin Air Filter
    Good find on the cargo bar at WW. Wasn't aware of that.

    For my sandbags, I wrap them in a garbage bag to seal them from the weather, but that makes them slippery. The solution was to tape Non-Slip Shelf/Drawer Liner to them. The have moved only 3 times on me, and all 3 of those times were when I slammed on the brakes on dry pavement to avoid a collision (even the ABS kicked in on the dry pavement). Otherwise, they stay put over bumps, hills, etc.
     
  14. Jul 28, 2010 at 10:49 AM
    #14
    m_taker1

    m_taker1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2007
    Member:
    #1306
    Messages:
    165
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mark
    Pittsburgh, Pa
    Bug deflecter, vent shades, Airaid Intake, Pop 'n lock, replaced chrome bumper with black bumper, replaced chrome grille surround with a black grille surround, blacked out logo in the front, debadged, center console lock, grom audio mp3/ipod,weathertech digital liners
    a wood box would be a good idea between the wheel wells, then you can hide/protect the weights your using with a cover on it or something.
     
  15. Jul 28, 2010 at 11:16 AM
    #15
    VTDave

    VTDave [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2008
    Member:
    #9658
    Messages:
    193
    Vermont, USA
    Vehicle:
    05 Access Cab 4x4 Base
    Cool pics. You guys down in Southern NJ got dumped on a few times last year.

    Yeah, I have studded snow tires and chains. The purpose of the added weight is ballast for snow plowing and also so I can use 2wd in situations where I'd prefer 4wd but don't want to risk binding up the drivetrain. A classic example is pavement that has spotty ice and snow coverage, with lots of corners. Traction is iffy for the most part, but the tires would occasionally "grab" in 4wd when you don't want them to.
     
  16. Jul 28, 2010 at 3:25 PM
    #16
    NAYo2002

    NAYo2002 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2009
    Member:
    #12655
    Messages:
    489
    Gender:
    Male
    Great Falls, MT
    Vehicle:
    '09 Tacoma 4x4 TRD Off Road
    Michelin LTX A/T2, TRD Skid Plate, WeatherTech DigiFit Liners, OEM Bed Extender, OEM Bed mat, Advantage TorzaTop Trifold Tonneau, Pop & Lock PL5300
    I got through Montana winter on iced covered roads with nothing but stock tires and 4x4. Almost lost it on a nice day hitting black ice going 70mph on highway but VSC saved me.
     
  17. Jul 28, 2010 at 4:19 PM
    #17
    RainDodger

    RainDodger YGWYPF

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2009
    Member:
    #26412
    Messages:
    363
    Gender:
    Male
    Great Northwest
    Vehicle:
    '09 Black, TRD Sport
    None yet! It's new!
    For my '96 Tacoma, I built a box about the width of the bed, that was about 7" high and about 7" deep (looked sort of like someone would make for a garden planter). I poured it full of concrete and embedded a steel eye bolt in each end. In the winter I set it in the bed and hooked the eye bolts to the tie down points in the bed.

    You could put it in the forward or the back of the bed. As I recall, it weighed a bit over 100 lb.

    That will work, but I have since learned that it's not worth it. The truck goes fine in 4-wheel drive in pretty deep snow.
     
To Top