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Old    Greg (silvermustang35)      Join Date: Jul 2008       12-18-2009, 10:02 AM Reply   
Weight in the back of my truck? Didnt know if anybody else has done anything similiar when winter weather hits. Looks like for the next couple days it could get a little messy on the roads. I have a 2wd chevy 1500 and I have 400lbs in steel in the back but wondered if I should add a 350lb bag in the back too...If so, could I put some RV antifreeze in it so the water doesnt freeze or will it hurt the bag or make it deteriorate or eat up the bag? Didn't know if anybody else has done that or if its even a decent solution idea...
Old    Karl De Looff (boarditup)      Join Date: Jan 2004       12-18-2009, 10:04 AM Reply   
I have seen it done. Works great until it all leaks out due to abrasion and tears. Nobody ever does it twice.
Old    Greg (silvermustang35)      Join Date: Jul 2008       12-18-2009, 10:07 AM Reply   
What about if there is a bag around it. My 700lb is inside a protective bag....maybe the 400 of steel will work, just didnt want the back end to have all the power and be slipping everywhere...I may be allright tho, drove the mustang for 11 years in the snow and ice lol..
Old    AtTheLake (bmartin)      Join Date: Jan 2007       12-18-2009, 10:12 AM Reply   
Bags of gravel, sand, or salt are cheap and can add up lbs pretty quick. They may also come in handy if you do get stuck.
Old    Greg (silvermustang35)      Join Date: Jul 2008       12-18-2009, 10:23 AM Reply   
Yeah, I could probably buy those instead or just try with the 400lb...may stick with that first and see how it does, if not a trip to lowe's it is...lol
Old    Bryan (carter13)      Join Date: Feb 2009       12-18-2009, 8:16 PM Reply   
I filled up my launch pad 440 last winter and it worked great in the back of my F350. I pumped the water out of my trash can.
No abrasions or tears at all and used it for surfing during the summer.
Old    Art (rallyart)      Join Date: Nov 2006       12-18-2009, 9:51 PM Reply   
Four good winter tires make a bigger difference than ballast. And you can even stop better. Other than that go with AtTheLake's suggestion.
Old    Peter_C (peter_c)      Join Date: Sep 2001       12-18-2009, 10:01 PM Reply   
Tire chains will make that truck stop better than any 4wd.
Old    Todd (antoddio)      Join Date: Dec 2006       12-18-2009, 10:34 PM Reply   
Yea, that just doesn't sound like a good idea.
Old    Greg (silvermustang35)      Join Date: Jul 2008       12-19-2009, 8:12 AM Reply   
I've got good tires on it, just nothing in the back end on a rear wd truck...I got the mustang to a parking lot close to my parents and walked to their house. Interstate was closed, roads were closed, power was out...I grabbed a 4 wheeler, put on my drysuit and drove it home, approx 7 miles...so many cars on the side and in ditches, crazy stuff..
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       12-19-2009, 12:28 PM Reply   
works but sand is so cheap.

I just bought a 50lb bag for $2.50
700lbs like a big fat sack would only be like $30
Old    Greg (silvermustang35)      Join Date: Jul 2008       12-19-2009, 8:33 PM Reply   
Yeah, just ended up bringing the truck home today, oh well, I just looked at the tires and ok, yeah, I am at the point of needing to start looking for new ones....def before the beginning of next season...I only drive it on weekends or to pull the boat so I thought the tires were still pretty good...lol...
Old    kvoman (kvoman)      Join Date: Aug 2006       12-24-2009, 7:39 AM Reply   
Sand and sand bags are free at your local water districts, public works departments, etc. Check your city or county public works departments for locations. You just have to fill them. Some PW departments already have them filled for the residents.
Old    Cliff (ord27)      Join Date: Oct 2005       12-24-2009, 8:25 AM Reply   
I use my pop bags
Old    Dennis (denystaucd)      Join Date: Feb 2003       12-24-2009, 8:53 AM Reply   
Not familiar with much snow driving, but if you keep your speeds down, you can reduce the tire pressure 5 pounds to aid traction. But sand is much less of a fuss.
Cheers....

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