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Take the toolbox out of the back so it's easier to haul the sled.
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isn't cold until it hits in the negs. which last two winters we have had -20 and -40 deg windchills. which blows. LITTERALLY.

Blanket in cab (just incase)
Shovel in bed
Ice scraper
and about 250 lbs over the rear axle.

and go have fun!
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Don't you like the -40 windchills? I can't get enough of it. Work outside for a few weeks of below zero, then when 20 degrees comes around I sweat bullets, it sucks.
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I got my manual hubs ordered. So I won't be stuck, like everyone with the vaccum hubs :)
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Thats pretty much it right there.
Maybe. and this is a big maybe. I'll check the air in my tires.
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i like winter i love snow. i love drifts. im just not fond of the blistering wind chills
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buy a few pairs of jeans and a few light jackets.

its rough.
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Coming from my V8 AWD explorer that I had since i drove it off the dealer lot in 98, that thing was fantastic in the snow and very predictable. The ranger is my first pickup. I spend most of my winters snowboarding VT. It can get pretty dicey up there.

I'm figuring I should put sand bags in the bed for winter to help the truck, what do you guys typically put in the bed for snow driving and how much?

Right now I'm thinking 300 pounds of bags between 2x4s in the bed.

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I use to put 280 pounds of sand bags in my old two wheel drive ranger. I now have a 4x4 ranger and I just put it in 4 wheel drive. Why do some people still put weight in the bed of a 4x4?
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just change the oil and filter ... castrol 5w30 - dino, motorcraft fl1a .. throw a couple of sand tubes in the back, heater on full .. and go...
when the bed fills with snow it provides 'traction control'
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Right now I'm thinking 300 pounds of bags between 2x4s in the bed.

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overkill in my opinion. you have 4x4 use it if you need. snow/ice weighs a lot if you let it build up in the bed. that added with gas in the tank and you will be fine.
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Use the block heater, wash as often as possible, put a really good coat of wax on, Top up windshield washer fluid, Have fun playing in the snow
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thanks guys, i'll skip adding weight and see how it does rather than throwing in the towel before i even give it a try.
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Top up windshield washer fluid
x2 on that .. it's no fun at all running out of juice. i see so many people on the highway stopped and trying to clean their windshields with snow , lol..
i always keep a gallon of the stuff in the bed just in case of need...
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I don't do anything special as far as maintenance, but this year I'll be getting tires before snow season, as the treads are in the questionable zone, and I don't trust them if I have to drive to work in the snow. I also throw a couple of hundred pounds of bags in he back. Even with 4WD, it helps. Your grip is balanced better between the front and rear.

I'll make sure I have plenty of washer fluid, a scraper/brush, and my duffel bag in case I want to crash at my Mom's place in the event we get a lot of snow (she lives 50 miles closer to my work than I do). LOL
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meh, pretty much nothing. when it snows at school. it sits. when it snows at home. i move it over a little bit so i can hit the driveway with the plow.. and then drive it. really the only time the heat is on is to defrost the windows.
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Put two black painted (To match herculiner lol), measured 2x4's in front and beind the wheel well, 3 60lb sand tubes in between, throw a shovel in the back, some ice melt behind the seat and top of fluids. I usually throw a spare hoodie and blanked behind the seat for a just in case. I also never let my tank get below half. I have a 2wd Edge, and I get around great in the snow. The only time it was immobilized was when Mid Missouri got hit by the snow-pocalypse last year. We got 22'' of snow in 14 hours in osage beach. It didnt move an inch lol.
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I don't do anything special as far as maintenance, but this year I'll be getting tires before snow season, as the treads are in the questionable zone, and I don't trust them if I have to drive to work in the snow. I also throw a couple of hundred pounds of bags in he back. Even with 4WD, it helps. Your grip is balanced better between the front and rear.

I'll make sure I have plenty of washer fluid, a scraper/brush, and my duffel bag in case I want to crash at my Mom's place in the event we get a lot of snow (she lives 50 miles closer to my work than I do). LOL
I always have extra clothes and a blanket in the truck, just casue. I haven't slept at my moms place since i purposed.
I used to throw a ton of weight in the rear of my truck, but it turned into two 60 pound bags of rock over each wheel well. I don't even remember where i got them.
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Park the truck and pull the dogs and dog sled out of the garage.
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well, i undercoat the truck by hand, wax and polish it, top up fluids, check my first aid kit, check tire pressure, check truck for leaks, worn parts or anything needing replacing. always have spare oil, washer fluid, ratchet set, hammer, screw driver set, full size spare, cbr radio wit weather band, check all bulbs, paint frame.



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Put on a jacket.
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well, i undercoat the truck by hand, wax and polish it, top up fluids, check my first aid kit, check tire pressure, check truck for leaks, worn parts or anything needing replacing. always have spare oil, washer fluid, ratchet set, hammer, screw driver set, full size spare, cbr radio wit weather band, check all bulbs, paint frame.



What kind of paint do you use for the frame?
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The main thing that I do is give my truck a really good wash/wax before it gets really cold. And if I feel like it I give the frame a nice coat of paint.
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I guess I usually undercoat mine also. To bad whatever stuff they're spraying on the roads just eats right through it. I hate people who can't drive on slippery stuff and need salt
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Sand bags in the bed, air down from 35psi to 30psi once the snow flies. Put my winter emergency tote in the bed. Has blankets, first aid, tow ropes, jumper cables, antifreeze, deicer spray, scrapers, gloves and hat, random tools. I need a tool box lol. Leave my carhartt behind the seat always. Check fluids. Wash and wax.
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