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How much weight do you throw into your ranger box for the winter?

I always used a couple of concrete patio blocks but those are now a couple of moves gone. No idea how much they actually weighed. I was thinking about 4x25lbs of sand... any experience/ideas folks?

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After last night I know I defn need some, I don't really want to kill my mileage considering I have to drive 200 miles back to school with it back there. I've heard like 200 pounds, is that too much or too little or what?
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i put in about 225 pounds
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4 60 pound bags of tube sand does me good...
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I was thinking of aiming for 200lb but I want to use sand, and it's going to become wet and frozen and thus heavier.... so I was thinking 100lbs sand might be closer to 200lb once soaked and frozen.
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the bag shouldn't be vulnerable to water... it should be sealed. how else would it contain the sand?
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If you have a bed cover and a bed liner I would go with salt bags. There cheap and in the spring you can just dump them into your water softener. I used 200lbs and I built this box for it:



Oh yeah I attached my snowboard to it too.
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i just leave my sled in the back
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I put between 160 & 240 lbs of salt in the rear. (made boards to hold it in)

This last Sunday I usd 160lbs whch seemed to make a decent improvement. But.. 4x4 has a way of improving the whole situation.

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I say 4 60lb bags of sand. Does me right
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i carry around 300, i found that worked well for me. the only problem i have with the sand bags is when i slide rifle cases on the or any thing for that matter, i was always ripping the and would wind up with sand all though out the bed.
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Ditto on the 4 60-lb bags. Helps with the winter traction, but I have to admit, I love that 4x4 mode.
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ok i have a ? y are u adding weight to the back of a truck that is 4X4? if i start to spin and slide around i press the little button on the dash that says 4H that way ur not killing your gas millage even more with weight in the truck if u have auto hubs all u have to do is hit the button or pull the stick if u have manual hubs leave them locked in thats what i do in the winter i leave mine in all winter long but in the summer they are out. leaving your hubs in for the winter wont hurt it.
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Because it is still a comapct pickup and its still light as hell in the back. My buddy has an S10 (I know I know) and he puts 150 pounds over the rear axle even with 4wd. Trust me, it helps out more than you might think...
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i just put 4 70# sand tubes in the bed over the axle.
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i've got my spare tire carrier in the bed of the truck. good enough weight for me!
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I used to keep 210 lbs in the back of my 2wd, I would also put snow tires on just the rears (only had 2 extra rims) and I hardly had any problems
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I dont keep anything in the back. With my 4 wheel drive I get pretty good traction, but maybe I should invest in a sandbag or two. Quick question, do you put the sandbags in front or in the back, or doesnt it matter?
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the bag shouldn't be vulnerable to water... it should be sealed. how else would it contain the sand?

When have us Texans had to put 200lb in our beds to get around in winter? It iced over once back in 2000
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I use 5 8 x 8 x 16 inch concrete blocks.Placed about 4 inches from the tailgate.
If I need more traction, tire chains are my friend.
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Hmmmmmm.... I'd love to drive on snow if everyone is taking precaution not to 'spin-out'.

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I've never weighted my trucks down. Never had much of a problem I guess even for being 2wd.
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[QUOTE=c10e15d84]the bag shouldn't be vulnerable to water... it should be sealed.

x2^^

What if you need some sand for traction to get over some ice? If it's frozen you're going to have bit*ch of a time breaking it up to use.
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Hmmmmmm.... I'd love to drive on snow if everyone is taking precaution not to 'spin-out'.

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Oh its so much fun, let me tell ya!
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the bag shouldn't be vulnerable to water... it should be sealed. how else would it contain the sand?
It's like a nylon mesh bag. It's not exactly permeable but usually the temp goes up and down past the freezing point daily until at least January so I imagine the snow in the bed will melt a bit and eventually soak the bags.

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What if you need some sand for traction to get over some ice? If it's frozen you're going to have bit*ch of a time breaking it up to use.
It is a nasty job to smash all that sand apart, but usually by the time you're that stuck it's time to find something to dig or pull with.

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If you have a bed cover and a bed liner I would go with salt bags. There cheap and in the spring you can just dump them into your water softener. I used 200lbs and I built this box for it:
I saw your thread on that, awesome idea. I kind of pirated it a bit but I don't board so...

This is what I came up with. 4x18kg sand bags (72kg = 158.73lb)

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