View Full Version : what to put in truck bed to increase snow traction

redmax fan
12-29-2009, 02:53 AM
ive got a ram 2500 4x4 , and im wondering what to put in the bed to increase winter time traction in snow . and how much of it

ive been thinking about around a yard of sand ??

if wondering the truck has a stock from dodge plastic bed liner

would some type stone / pea gravel be better ??

12-29-2009, 03:03 AM
No plastic bed liner. But I built a steel frame that pieces of Spancrete fit's into (Dense and heavy)

12-29-2009, 09:40 AM
i have a bed liner ,and use about 6 80lb bag's of sand behind the rear wheels .:)

Gravel Rat
12-29-2009, 08:21 PM
You want what ever you use to be in bags it is easy to load and easy to remove no shoveling. Easily adjustable so if you need more add more bags need less remove them.

12-30-2009, 11:21 AM
...and you'll be able to open your tailgate w/o an avalanche of sand or rock.

Gravel Rat
12-30-2009, 04:28 PM
I had some winter weight on my truck it was a 3000lb block of lead it was a pain because I need a forklift to lift it on and off. I'am thinking about sand bags they are dead weight and once stacked they don't move around much.

My dad has about 2000lbs of contaminated navvy jack it would work and I wouldn't have to buy a yard of sand. Have to find those jute bags they use for sand bags.

12-30-2009, 04:31 PM
If you use the bed of the truck a lot I would suggest putting plate steel down so it doesn't interfere with the cargo.

Do it in pieces small enough to handle.

12-30-2009, 04:32 PM
Like others have said, use something that is in bags, it will make it much easier to load and unload. I would put what ever it is directly over the rear axle. I would suggest sand.

12-30-2009, 05:47 PM
try putting snow in it.

12-30-2009, 07:45 PM
dead bodies :)

mike lane lawn care
12-30-2009, 10:08 PM
I use tube sand in 60lb bags, bought 12 bags for like $35 at home depot

12-30-2009, 11:08 PM
cinderblocks or sand bags

12-31-2009, 12:00 PM
Old water bed matress or air matress. Fill most of the way up with water. When spring comes pull the plug and drain. Don't have to load or unload. If you position them right they will not slide around in the back or your truck

starry night
12-31-2009, 12:22 PM
ive got a ram 2500 4x4 , and im wondering what to put in the bed to increase winter time traction in snow

Yo' Momma :):):):):):):):):):)

12-31-2009, 12:41 PM
Naw he needs some wieght. What are your mom and sis up to till oh say April. One for each wheel well.

redmax fan
01-01-2010, 12:08 PM
Yo' Momma :):):):):):):):):):)

you if you werent living off me you joke


redmax fan
01-01-2010, 12:12 PM
thanx for ideas . guess i'll go to hd and buy some sand bags , then hit local gravel pit for sand .

redmax fan
01-01-2010, 09:51 PM
you if you werent living off me you joke


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01-02-2010, 12:01 AM
fire wood works great for me. Its free and some people will ask to buy it from you. At least once a week

01-02-2010, 12:46 AM
I have a 2500 Ram too. Just throw a few sand bags back there, I have prob 6-8 back there, they do the trick. If I have trouble in 2 wheel drive I just throw it in 4, unless you don't have 4 wheel drive obviously then you can't do that.

01-02-2010, 12:21 PM
dead bodies :)

hahaha....that's awesome. Oh ya, and put the wait up front close to the Cab. the more weight centered between the front and rear axle the less tendency to fishtail bad if you loose traction. Trick I learned a few years back...Good luck.

01-02-2010, 02:33 PM
I would put a transmission (or a few) back there!!!!!

01-02-2010, 05:36 PM
Yo' Momma :):):):):):):):):):)

No no, MY momma will work best. 400lbs; won't squirm around too much; will occasionally nag you to go through the drive-thru. Cold weather can do her some good! Just be sure if you plan to go grocery shopping, to place everything in the cab.

01-04-2010, 07:09 PM
I use bags of concrete. They're cheaper than buying the tube lands at Lowes or Home Depot plus they harden up and stick in place well.

I also made a 2x4 box to hold them right on top of the axle. Keeps them from sliding front or back on hard stops or accelerations.

I'm planning on actually making some forms to correctly mix and pour the concrete into blocks with some form of handle on them so I can reuse them every year.

Sand bags deteriorate (sp?) in the sunlight and become brittle.

01-04-2010, 08:36 PM
I found some railroad track that I cut long enough to go across the bed behind the wheel wells. Each piece of track runs about 200# so they add weight fast and don't take up too much room.

Sand bags are easier to get even if they end up freezing into one solid mass (done that).

Lou Braun

01-04-2010, 08:40 PM
invest in snow tires.....cheap and can't beat the traction

AI Inc
01-05-2010, 05:55 AM
invest in snow tires.....cheap and can't beat the traction

Thats the answer right there. Then ya can also pull the tailgate for better visability.

01-05-2010, 09:26 AM
I have used sand bags over the rear axle but I enclose them in a box for two reasons. First, the bags will tend to break down over time if exposed. Second and maybe more important, is that I can still use the bed for hauling in the winter without tearing open the bags. The box also keeps them in place.

An alternative is to find a local sawmill and purchase (for pennies on the dollar) cants or iron logs. These can easily be cut to span the length of the bed (to prevent movement).