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well no ice down here so i guess i dont have to worry about it
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wouldn't the strength of the ice also be determined by how cold it is? ie - the colder the environment is, the colder/denser the ice, the stronger the ice? doesn't concern me, being in south Louisiana, but just wondering.
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yes it does. we also just got about another foot of snow, hence weakening the ice a little.
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mmm Dana 60 lol -- that would be a good shot to explain how the newer superduty axles work lol
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This is EASILY turned into one of those "I drove on 8" of ice, oh yeah, well I drove on 4" on ice, OH YEAH, I HAD A FRIEND OR A FRIEND SAY HIS DAD'S COUSIN DROVE ON WATER" type of threads.

Just for fun, do a search on Youtube for vids of swimming trucks on ice.
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wouldn't the strength of the ice also be determined by how cold it is? ie - the colder the environment is, the colder/denser the ice, the stronger the ice? doesn't concern me, being in south Louisiana, but just wondering.
Lots of variables - I'm no expert but some of the information I've gathered over the years: how long the cold snap was, how cold it was, how warm it will be, whether there were any warm snaps in between cold cycles, how close it is to open water, whether there is flowing/moving water underneath, amount of air bubbles in the ice (weakens it), any stress cracks or fractures, and so on . . .

It's really hard to determine accurately - hence the general guidelines. Every year, something and someone will go through the ice in Ontario.

Driving anything onto the ice poses a risk.

As with any risk, you have to weigh whether the action is worth the potential consequences.
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i lived in minocqua, wi for a summer and my buddy said they dont go on the ice with trucks till its a foot think ... and last year a friend of his lost a snowmobile so he tries not to go on the lakes unless he has to
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8-10 inches for cars, small-mid size
10-12 light trucks, large cars,suv's
12-14 larger trucks,bigger suv's
15+ all other vehicles
this is the numbers from MNDNR. safety is paramount
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THis guy is the one i would trust.

look where he lives... Minnesota, The state is known as the "Land of 10000 Lakes"
We do know our lakes!

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Why do you need to drive on a lake?

Take a bicycle with you and just ride on it.

Or better yet, SKI!

My boss drove a Gradall from one side of the lake to the other. He said it was the scariest thing he has ever done in his life. He heard the ice cracking over the loud *** exhaust of the machine.
Ice drifting....need I say more?

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Why do you feel the need to drive on ice? see above pics!!! thats enought to convince me that it aint worth it, I can walk!
Its no fun to walk to a meet on the ice...so we Minnesotan's drive out on the lake for our meets. That's right we have our meet ON A FROZEN LAKE!!!

A couple things to remember:

1: Seatbelt comes off and window comes down as soon as I get on the ice. If you do fall through you wont have to worry getting your belt off and the window down. Also put your cell phone in a ziplock. Chances are if you fall through you wont be able to walk very far.

2: You maybe able to drive across the ice, but it may not be strong enough to park on. Also don't put multiple vehicles in one place. Last year at the meet we had 6 trucks right next to each other and I heard the ice crack. I moved the truck...

3: Ice thickness may vary, especially if streams come into the lake and provide a current.

My general rule...If there's a bigger truck then mine out there....its safe! Oh and my insurance will cover my truck if it goes through :-) (Most don't)
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one reason to drive on the ice though is in many places its quicker than hittin the freeway in the winter
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Ice road truckers drive on 6" of ice I think.... (correct me if I'm wrong)

I wouldn't go more than 10" though if it were me.
The ice they drive on is three to four FEET thick. A semi wouldn't make it out past the fuel tanks on 6 inches of ice.
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Is that lake in Forest Lake, or is it in South Dakota? I was on Lake Chisago last week, pretty close to Forest Lake.
Yeah it is Forest Lake MN. That is where I am from. I know that lake like the back of my hand.
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Yeah it is Forest Lake MN. That is where I am from. I know that lake like the back of my hand.
Nice yea I was up there ice fishing out on Lake Chisago, nice area up there.
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Would driving on ice void your insurance ??

I would never drive my truck on ice like that.

A few years ago, I read about a guy who drove his new Blazer onto Lake Erie, just to watch the ice crack, and he wasn't able to get it off, and watched as it slowly drifted away.
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Would driving on ice void your insurance ??

I would never drive my truck on ice like that.

A few years ago, I read about a guy who drove his new Blazer onto Lake Erie, just to watch the ice crack, and he wasn't able to get it off, and watched as it slowly drifted away.
depends on what insurance you have
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Why do you feel the need to drive on ice? see above pics!!! thats enought to convince me that it aint worth it, I can walk!
Cause all the good fishing spots are at the other end of the lake! Why else?
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