1993 silverado stepside /w cap & 350 V8
How much weight would one put in the back of a truck for winter
driving? This is my first winter ever dirving a truck and a rear
wheel drive vehicle at the same time. I managed pretty good with the
storm we just had and didn't slide anywhere.
TIRES - Motomaster Roughrider LT235/75/15 at all 4 corners
WEIGHT - 3 bags of 30 kg concrete mix
- 4 bags of 20 kg road salt
170 kg ( 374 lb ) total plus weight of the cap
Here's what I do - I take 2x4's and make a box around the wheel wells
(basically two long pieces, one in front of wheel well, one behind, then two
other shorter pieces bracing from each long one next to the wheel well).
This holds the sand bags over the wheel well, and leaves room by the tail
gate for me to throw things in. I use sand, and would be concerned that the
cement would absorb moisture or get wet enough t ruin it. Also, if one of
the bags break, cement will make quite a mess where sand is easy to clean.
I have a topper, which weighs something like 250lbs (110ish Kilo). I then
have 300lbs (135ish Kilo) of sand in my "box" over the axl. I probably have
another 100lbs (45ish Kilo) of other things in back beyond that. That works
out to be roughly 290-300 Kilo, and this is in an S-10 with 4x4 X-cab and
4.3L. I have 235/65/15 Goodyear tires. This is good for most anything I
come across in Minnesota and South Dakota.
Michael McNeil wrote:
I have a 2000 S-10 ZR2, no weight in the bed and no problems in the
snow. I've driven S-trucks in the winter since 98, this is my second
the first was a 94 Jimmy. I go to an empty parking lot and put myself
into slides and learn how to recover. Haven't driven off the road
once. First storm we had after I got this truck I was able to drive
45 on a fairly twisty road with 6" of snow on the ground. I don't
suggest it, but with the bigger contact patch I feel fairly stable
even without weight in the back.
I thought about running the bed empty for a while and seeing how it
reacts. Mostly in a parking lot or something like you tried. I was
kinda hoping that the weight of the cap would be enough to get me
Most of the driving that I do is on the highway but it's a twisty and
hilly part that concerns me.
On Wed, 29 Dec 2004 22:44:04 GMT, Mike Levy
The amount of weight over the rear driven wheels needed to provide snow
traction really depends on the amount and type of snow you are driving over.
Yes, generally, the more snow, the more weight is needed but there is a
point of diminishing returns where regardless of how much weight you add in
very deep snow, you will not get any or anymore traction (and get poor
mileage but that is secondary to not getting stuck). You could, for
example, change over to even wider tires where the additional weight will
provide more traction.
I just center is over the rear axle. Also, you may want to rethink putting
salt back there. As it melts any snow or ice in the bed of the truck,
you'll bath your truck in salt water. Not a good thing as far as rust goes.
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