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    Default Need some weight in back

    Does anyone have any good ideas for adding some weight to the rear of the bed on a pickup? My truck can not handle the washboards on our dirt roads unless I have 200+ lbs of weight in back. I currently have some cheap sandbags I picked up this winter but they are falling apart and I need some new bags or other containers to put the sand in. I would really like to find something that is easy to secure and preferably at least 2 containers as I do have to take the weight out to haul other things once in a while. I tried to find some canvas sand bags online but could not find any place to buy just a few sand bags and really dont need 100+ sandbags. Walmart has some heavy duty plastic storage totes that can be secured in the bed, does anyone know if these would work? I would like to stay away from using old tubes out of tires as I have not had the best of luck with those lasting very long in the past.

    Any ideas would be great as my duck tape patches aren't holding up to well lol. Cheaper would be better at this point, I have looked at those bladders that can be filled with water but I really need to concentrate the weight at the rear of the bed.

    Thanks

    Austin

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    Theres a company that makes a water bladder that fits in the bed and it has baffles so the water doesn't slosh around. I can't think of the company name but maybe someone can help. If I remember I'll post.
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    Ever thought of making a heavy pipe bumper capped on the ends and filled with sand or lead?

    ---------- Post added at 10:19 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:17 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by silveradotrailblazer View Post
    Theres a company that makes a water bladder that fits in the bed and it has baffles so the water doesn't slosh around. I can't think of the company name but maybe someone can help. If I remember I'll post.
    Are you thinking of the type boaters use for wakeboarding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by silveradotrailblazer View Post
    Theres a company that makes a water bladder that fits in the bed and it has baffles so the water doesn't slosh around. I can't think of the company name but maybe someone can help. If I remember I'll post.
    I believe you are referring to Shurtrax, while those look like a great idea I dont see it working to well for a work truck :( Not to mention the fact that they are kind of expensive with the 100 lb bag costing $70

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbplus10 View Post
    Ever thought of making a heavy pipe bumper capped on the ends and filled with sand or lead?

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    Are you thinking of the type boaters use for wakeboarding?
    I guess I need to fill out my signature one of these days. Pickup is an 08 silverado so not really looking to change the bumper although if money wasnt an option I would definitely consider buying an aftermarket one as my chrome is nasty looking.

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    We put sand in 5 gallon buckets for plowing. You can make a box for them by putting a 2x10 on either side of the wheel well then connecting them with 2 more 2x10s on the inside of each wheel well.

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    Have you thought about replacing the shocks?
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    My little 1986 Toyota rode like a buckboard-heck it used to loosen my fillings and hurt my neck.
    Once I screwed up and used cat litter containers filled with sand-
    They broke loose crashed into the front of the bed and dented it.
    I finally settled on filling screw top gallon water jugs with water-8 lbs each.
    I needed about 40- yes 40 - of them to improve the ride.
    No matter what you use you want them to break or open up if they break loose during a crash.
    Small-2.5 gallon plastic gas cans(20 lbs lbs) might fit the bill.
    I wouldn't want an individual one to be too heavy
    Charlie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enkeiavalanche View Post
    Have you thought about replacing the shocks?
    At this point I think that is the problem, bought the pickup at around 50,000 miles and the dealer put new rear shocks on while it was on the lot. Even after putting like 12,000 miles on it, they still are way to stiff to handle washboards. Maybe I need to look into some softer shocks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoebeisis View Post
    My little 1986 Toyota rode like a buckboard-heck it used to loosen my fillings and hurt my neck.
    Once I screwed up and used cat litter containers filled with sand-
    They broke loose crashed into the front of the bed and dented it.
    I finally settled on filling screw top gallon water jugs with water-8 lbs each.
    I needed about 40- yes 40 - of them to improve the ride.
    No matter what you use you want them to break or open up if they break loose during a crash.
    Small-2.5 gallon plastic gas cans(20 lbs lbs) might fit the bill.
    I wouldn't want an individual one to be too heavy
    Charlie
    Yup that is kind of what I was wanting to avoid, so far my sandbags have not broke loose but they came close a time or two.

    If anyone knows of a website or place to buy individual sand bags (empty canvas ones) that would be great.

    Keep the ideas coming

    Thanks

    Austin

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    Austin
    Try ebay-a quick search showed plenty available-cheap(100 50 lb bags for $40) I'm sure there were listing for much smaller numbers of bags
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    stewart7225, it was the shurtrax that I was trying to remember. Thanks!
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    2005 Chevy Silverado Z71 Crew Cab
    6" Skyjacker lift w/Edlebrock dual front remote resoviour shocks, single rear remote. Rancho skid-plate.
    17" x 9" M/T Classic Lock Wheels, 35" BFG A/T or M/T tires
    4.10 PercisionGears w/factory locker, T/A Performance rear-end cover
    Banks CAI intake, ported throttlebody, JBA coated headers, over-sized Magnaflow cats, Magnaflow cat back exhaust, Diablo tuned
    B&M aluminum deep transmission pan
    Warn brush guard w/Warn 9.5 XP winch, PIAA bulbs, Line-X bedliner, AWS Black tool chest, Extang tonneau cover
    Weather Tech floor mats
    Cover-Craft seat covers
    Dash mat cover
    Formula One window tint
    One black Lab in rear seat.
    :glasses:

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