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Winter Drivers & Weight

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by testedone, Oct 20, 2009.

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How Much Weight

Poll closed Nov 19, 2009.
  1. 100 - 150 Pounds

    21 vote(s)
    18.4%
  2. 150 - 200 Pounds

    14 vote(s)
    12.3%
  3. 200 - 250 Pounds

    18 vote(s)
    15.8%
  4. 250 + Pounds

    9 vote(s)
    7.9%
  5. None

    52 vote(s)
    45.6%
  1. Oct 20, 2009 at 11:49 AM
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    testedone

    testedone [OP] Speak English..it's America

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    All, just wondering for those that drive in winter, snow & ice conditions how much weight is enough in the bed of these Taco's

    Thanks
     
  2. Oct 20, 2009 at 11:53 AM
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    Janster

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    I used to put about 210lbs in the bed every winter....and that really messes with the gas mileage. Back when the gas was $4+ a gallon, I stopped carrying anything in the bed over the winters. I haven't had any trouble - but then again, I live in PA - and I don't see a whole lot of snow.

    I have stock tires and they are getting 'thin' - I might air down a bit and see how that goes for me. I'm not really worried about it too much and I haven't bothered putting the weight back in.
     
  3. Oct 20, 2009 at 12:00 PM
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    T0LLPHR33

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    I don't have any weight in the bed of my truck during the winter...:) no problems here for me with traction...
     
  4. Oct 20, 2009 at 1:02 PM
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    testedone

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    4x4 baby:)

    I am accustomed to driving in winter weather I live in the peoples republic of IL...just not sure how much to put in the bed of my truck, I have SUV's and jeeps which are a different animal..
     
  5. Oct 20, 2009 at 1:11 PM
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    Yoytoda

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    pshh you dont neeeeed 4x4 in snow. I only use 4wd in deep stuff or non plowed roads. Last year in western ny we got 11ft of snow in 7 days. My father in his S10 had about 160lbs with street tires. I on the other hand was toting 750lbs in my unstoppable 2500hd but thats another story. As far as weight i would keep about 3-4 sand bags. about 160lbs. against the tailgate with good tires
     
  6. Oct 20, 2009 at 1:29 PM
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    testedone

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    I bought 4 60 pound bags but I think I will only leave three of them in...
     
  7. Oct 20, 2009 at 1:30 PM
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    tim920

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    I never thought about putting weights on the back. I guess that's the plus side of living in the city. I should though. A little weight just in case.
     
  8. Oct 20, 2009 at 1:37 PM
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    CanadianGuy

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    get a 6 speed! its the best for control in the snow
     
  9. Oct 20, 2009 at 1:55 PM
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    Capita

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    No weight at all. Added weight greatly affects braking distance in the winter. I just stick the truck in 4wd and go.

    When I had my 2wd f150 I used sand bags. I think it was about 200lbs. It helped but is nothing compared to 4x4. I'll never be getting a 2wd again.
     
  10. Oct 20, 2009 at 2:27 PM
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    i never put weight in my bed as i have a 4x4. also i like to play in the snow too much.
     
  11. Oct 20, 2009 at 2:31 PM
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    I have zero experience driving in the snow, but I have a wedding to go to in December in Tahoe. I've got 4x4, but I'm more concerned about my tires. I've got the Rugged Trails with about 25k on them and in dirt alone it was pretty slippery. Anyone else running these tires and have experience in the snow.
     
  12. Oct 20, 2009 at 2:42 PM
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    I use no weight in the bed over winter and have had no issues. :D
     
  13. Oct 20, 2009 at 2:52 PM
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    Since this is my first truck I was really nervous the first winter. I bought a couple tubes of sand and carried them around for the first few snows. I could hardly get it to lose traction even if I want it to :D. It was no fun at all. So I took out the sand tubes. I found out I didn't even need them. I have had no issues at all. It has to get pretty bad before I even use the 4x4. A couple sand tubes definitely make it more stable though.
     
  14. Oct 20, 2009 at 2:56 PM
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    must agree, being a dbl cab sb, i am sure combined with the manual transmission, i wont need any weight at all, this will be my first winter for snow in the taco
     
  15. Oct 20, 2009 at 3:43 PM
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    I have never put weight in the back of the truck. Its not worth the hassle of it sliding around,
    moving it if i want to put somthing in the back of the truck.
    Its quite simple, if i start losing traction, i put it in 4x4. If not, it stays in 4x2.
    Spend the money for some good tires, duratracs have a 10 for snow rating.
     
  16. Oct 20, 2009 at 3:57 PM
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    Im my old reg cab 2000 Tacoma I ran ~150 pounds of tube sand. It was just enough to keep me going, most of the time in 2wd, with the esception of a few nasty intersections. In my current 2008 double cab i ran no weight last year and drove fine in snow deeper than my bumper. :)
     
  17. Oct 20, 2009 at 4:08 PM
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    I live in IL Chicago suburbs and never used any weight in the bed of my truck. All weight does is help you take off the line which is something you don't have to worry about as long as you have good tires and are easy on the gas. If you really can't move from a stop use 4x4.
     
  18. Oct 20, 2009 at 4:46 PM
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    To me its not all about taking off. A little extra weight in the rear could help the ass-end from sliding out. Its all about balance. Pickups are usually 70/30 70% of weight in the front. If you add some weight to the rear IMO it makes it tougher to loop out.
     
  19. Oct 20, 2009 at 5:19 PM
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    I used to have a 2004 (4X4) and the back end seemed to be very light and jumpy - the back end would have a tough time gripping in the snow, even with the 4WD engaged (plus studded snow tires) - it would slip or even fishtail slightly at times with an empty bed. I had to put a few hundred pounds of weight in the bed and it helped a lot with grip, but gas mileage suffered, as did handling, with the extra weight always in there.
    I now have a 2007 4x4 and the back end of this rig is heavier and is more stable in the snow vs. the '04 - I run just the studded snow tires with no weight and it handles snow like a champ!
     
  20. Oct 20, 2009 at 5:21 PM
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    Now do you put it in 2HI or 4HI in the snow?
     
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