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10-17-2013, 07:31 AM #1
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Winter Driving/Long Bed Question
It's about time to start getting ready for winter, truck wise. Question for those of you will a 2500/3500HD crew cab, long bed, in short, a long f$%@king truck.
I've never driven a truck that long in the snow before, and just curious during the winter months do you keep anything to weigh down the back of the truck for added traction, or do you just drive smart with the 4 wheel on? I got the z71 off-road package, but I still drive slow. Kills me to see other drivers think 4-wheel means "drive fast in snow".
10-17-2013, 08:20 AM #2
Last edited by Pikey; 10-17-2013 at 09:56 AM.
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10-17-2013, 09:37 AM #3
I do no think adding weight in the back of your truck is a wise thing to do, I have driven 1/2 ton trucks for 20 years, the only time I needed clean undies was the year I added a half rick of firewood to my truck for winter, we dont have really bad winter conditions in okla often, but we get a good one once in a while , you have tire spin in winter, its part of it, but I had never broke loose and spun 360's going down the road in the years I had no extra weight in my truck bed. That was the first and last time for me adding weight in my truck bed, I really feel the added weight in the back was the problem for loosing control and spinning 360's. newtons law and inertia, an object in motion tends to stay in motion, or, I tapped my brake, the weight in the back of my truck did not comply with my action.Life is short compared to history
10-17-2013, 11:17 AM #4
Personally, I would rather have a long wheelbase vehicle on snow packed / icey roads. I also like some weight - but it must be well forward, I do have to carry "stuff" in the winter so I place the load as best I can to keep the weight forward - I don't like anything behind the rear axle if possible. I see people with sandbags right at the tailgate, bad move !! Yeah, some people think they are 10 ft. tall and bulletproof when they are driving a 4x4. Like Pikey said, nice to have but not always necessary. Better to engage the brain than the four wheel drive !
10-17-2013, 06:30 PM #5
im gonna go the reverse of what others have said, i ran a few tubes of sand right up against the tailgate in my old 03, and the 05 i had for a few weeks when i was still in minnesota. it makes a world of difference. 120-180 lbs is all I ran, not 500.
the big thing in my opinion is tires, good snow tires make a big difference.
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10-17-2013, 06:54 PM #6
Good winter tires and slow the damn thing down.2013 Escape Titanium 4WD
10-17-2013, 06:59 PM #7
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