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Old 11-15-2021, 05:55 PM   #1
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Default sand bags for snow? - How much?

Does anyone carry sand bags in the bed during the snowy season? if so ...


how much or how many lbs do you carry?



do you run a normal all season tire or a snow tire with it?


do you set it directly over the rear axle or do you space it out?



i seldom drive in the snow but its being requested of me...
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Old 11-15-2021, 06:10 PM   #2
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When I was in Colorado, I used 2 - 50lb bags, all the way back against the gate. Just ran the tires I had (I do run good tread) and I managed to NEVER git stuck. (o: YMMV

Also, I had a pallet near where I parked and would remove the bags, when not needed. It will decrease your MPG.


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Depending on the conditions, adding weight can be worse. I see heavy vehicles all the time slide down slopes ending up crossways stuck quicker than a light vehicle that can get out of it. No amount of weight will help if you can't get traction through ice or hardened snow. More weight will pack the snow down slicker than anything I've ever encountered.
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Unless you mean pulling the sand out of the bags and putting it down for traction when stuck. That will work wonders and probably the only real reason I'd ever carry sand.
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Unless you mean pulling the sand out of the bags and putting it down for traction when stuck. That will work wonders and probably the only real reason I'd ever carry sand.
Yes, exactly! They can serve many purposes...


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Also consider more weight is going to allow your vehicle to break traction easier. When you are moving that much mass, try stopping on a slick surface. haha
Yeah, I'd recommend against that.
From my experience growing up, the reason people added weights was to get more traction when off-roading, especially on rocks. Nothing to do with snow. Might help in a warm rain but soon as the temp drops, it's going to work against you.
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I'd also mention far better than carrying any weight would be airing down. I air down to low tire pressure when the storms hit. That will significantly help!
You can bring it down really low if you want.
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...and then you'll need to carry air, or have a way to air them back up, before getting on pavement.

All D21's, 2wd or 4wd, stop the same. All depends on your contact patches, speed and a few other unforseen factors...


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...and then you'll need to carry air, or have a way to air them back up,

That's obvious and you don't have to air them back up to drive on the pavement but if you go that low then you obviously are going to increase gas mileage and wear on the tires.
I have an air compressor and small portable air tank.
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the weight distribution is utter garbage. last time i was on snow/ice it was a nightmare. i was thinking like 500lbs but now im thinking less. Im that dude going way slower on ice/snow than traffic. im the hold up. sorry. i do pull over and let folks pass as often as i can.



last time we went out to icy places it was just rather harrowing. it wasnt Chain-time but i needed more than what i had if that makes sense. and what i had was good all season tires so....yah.
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