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what to put in truck bed to increase snow traction

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by redmax fan, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,384

    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.
     
  2. NIXRAY

    NIXRAY LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 511

    I would put a transmission (or a few) back there!!!!!
     
  3. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 991

    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.
     
  4. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 582

    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.
     
  5. LouBraun

    LouBraun LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    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
     
  6. Juan91

    Juan91 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 291

    invest in snow tires.....cheap and can't beat the traction
     
  7. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,151

    Thats the answer right there. Then ya can also pull the tailgate for better visability.
     
  8. crhoades68

    crhoades68 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 71

    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).
     

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