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Old 11-12-2007, 11:12 PM   #1
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how many sandbags for winter?

i got a 2000 blazer 2wd. Its sitting at stock height for the moment but im wondering what the appropriate amount of weight to add to the back. Right now i got about 500 lbs, the deal is i dont have studs just good winter tires....and i live in alaska. ideas?
Old 11-12-2007, 11:23 PM   #2
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

come on man, probably the same amount that all of you guys are running in the pick ups.

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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

and hit danny up for the same snow tires the rest of us are running
Old 11-12-2007, 11:28 PM   #4
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

i guess you guys get snow?

whats that
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

i run about 500lbs and it seems to do all right with some a/t's
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

I usually run 3 bags of 40lb salt.

But I had to use one on the water softner about a month into winter, so let's go with 80lbs.
Old 11-12-2007, 11:32 PM   #7
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

i run nothing...but mine is 4wd...lol
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i run 0 pounds. TEXAS FTW
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

move south?
Old 11-12-2007, 11:48 PM   #10
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

I used to run like 150lbs just for safety when I had REALLY crappy tires. Dont do it anymore cause i really dont drive..I bet shit gets crazy up in AK.
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

I'm just gonna throw my stereo equipment(60-70 pounds at least) in and hope its enough, i got a lot of random stuff in the back too. I have to get up lots of steep icy hills around here just to get to class.
Old 11-12-2007, 11:54 PM   #12
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

clearly not enough i guess hahaha i have like 60lbs
Old 11-12-2007, 11:56 PM   #13
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

Quote: Originally Posted by 00redsdime
move south?
Old 11-13-2007, 12:03 AM   #14
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

0 pounds since i'm a dumbass and pulled a leaf, now i can't carry shit!

Ice drifting FTW
Old 11-13-2007, 12:04 AM   #15
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

Quote: Originally Posted by Cluster
Lame. Snow is freakin' awesome.

Oh, and I run four 60-lb sandbags. Still hasn't snowed yet, though.
Old 11-13-2007, 12:34 AM   #16
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

i still dont run any... muahaha
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

looks like me and the OP are the only ones who use a good amount of weight,lol
Old 11-13-2007, 12:44 AM   #18
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

i fill the back of my truck with snow...works for me
Old 11-13-2007, 12:54 AM   #19
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

not alaska. just michigan, but about 200 lbs of sand and a bed half full of snow, and a shovel to be able to adjust

never had a problem yet on year round tires
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

I wouldn't go anymore then 500lbs you'll just be killing your mpg.
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

get a box from Jake like mine and get a system.. it works
Old 11-13-2007, 06:23 AM   #22
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

i drive 40 miles each way to work... if i know there's gonna be snow ahead of time, ill throw a bunch of logs in the bed for traction. if this year winds up being a bad winter, i may get a set of snow tires... but we'll see
Old 11-13-2007, 07:56 AM   #23
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

I run 240kg ...... errr 530lbs of sand. I already got snow Nova Scotia
Old 11-13-2007, 08:44 AM   #24
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

i put about 300-400 lbs on the front of my truck in the winter. works great
Old 11-13-2007, 08:50 AM   #25
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

no weight. for some reason i can drive fine in the snow without weight..
Old 11-13-2007, 08:57 AM   #26
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

WTF i figured if anything an Alaskan could tell me how to set my truck up to drive in the snow...
Old 11-13-2007, 09:38 AM   #27
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

**** buying sandbags. I bought a couple storage totes and filled them with free sand/dirt/rocks, and built a ladder-frame to keep them centered over the rear axle.

And a few years before that, when I drove an 82 C-10, I hauled a 305 block strapped to a pallet. (I had a capper on, too)
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

i never used sand bags but it also sucked not getting traction my one friend used cinder blocks and organized them to fit nice and neat in the back of his truck with a tonue cover
Old 11-13-2007, 09:47 AM   #29
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

Quote: Originally Posted by Chris0nllyn
i fill the back of my truck with snow...works for me


actually that's the most i'd do, i find weight changes your driving in the snow and i prefer it without. when you have weight and your tires break traction and slide out sideways and you then let go of the gas, the tires seem to stick where they are which means you have to straighten out in addition to trying to get traction back. when there's no weight and the same happens and you take your foot off the gas the rear end seems to swing back into line which seems a little better, especially if the plows haven't gone by yet and you're driving in pounded-down tire tracks and trying to stay in them.
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Quote: Originally Posted by syclonekid43
i put about 300-400 lbs on the front of my truck in the winter. works great
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Quote: Originally Posted by greencactus3
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Old 11-13-2007, 12:09 PM   #32
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

i run 3 70lb bags of sand, so 210lbs total, never had a problem
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

I used to run with rocksalt bags. The de Icer shit that you get at walmart.

I worked in their tire lube express for a while and got hired on at the end of wnter so around the midle of march began to give away the de-icer for free. they didnt want to store it until the next winter. I threw about 1400lbs. in the back of the truck and loaded it into the garage for the next year.

I drove around for almost the entire next winter with about 7-800 lbs in the back of the truck. I used a little to get other peopl un stuck and gave over 700lbs away to random people that were stuck or needed weight.
Old 11-14-2007, 04:30 PM   #34
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Quote: Originally Posted by GETNLWR
I used to run with rocksalt bags. The de Icer shit that you get at walmart.

I worked in their tire lube express for a while and got hired on at the end of wnter so around the midle of march began to give away the de-icer for free. they didnt want to store it until the next winter. I threw about 1400lbs. in the back of the truck and loaded it into the garage for the next year.

I drove around for almost the entire next winter with about 7-800 lbs in the back of the truck. I used a little to get other peopl un stuck and gave over 700lbs away to random people that were stuck or needed weight.
thing with that is, when it tears and leaks... salt sitting in wet = rust.
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

no weight... i like sliding the corners :-D
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Quote: Originally Posted by greencactus3
thing with that is, when it tears and leaks... salt sitting in wet = rust.
rock salt cannot get through the bed liner... That was a thought I had at the time and it wasnt a problem.
Old 11-14-2007, 05:00 PM   #37
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Quote: Originally Posted by GETNLWR
rock salt cannot get through the bed liner... That was a thought I had at the time and it wasnt a problem.
your bedliner doesnt have drainage holes?
or is it not a drop-in style one like me? and not everyone has bedliner too
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Quote: Originally Posted by greencactus3
your bedliner doesnt have drainage holes?
or is it not a drop-in style one like me? and not everyone has bedliner too
True, the truck I had at the time had no drainage holes for its bedliner

if alls ese fails just put the bags in a plastick trash bag...
Old 11-14-2007, 05:19 PM   #39
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

i run studded tires and about 250 lbs of weight . *knocks on wood* no problems yet. Ya just have to learn to drive differently then a fwd car, keep your momentum up and you wont have a problem.
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

240 lbs of sand in the back. Cost like $20 from home depot.
Old 11-14-2007, 05:30 PM   #41
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I dont run any weight except my sub and spare tire, but then again I have a 4 wheel drive so...
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no weight, and its a long bed, so it gets "a little loose" once in a while
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Quote: Originally Posted by 4.3Xtreme
I wouldn't go anymore then 500lbs you'll just be killing your mpg.
the v8 doesn't even notice any weight addition below 1k pounds,lol
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fat chicks, 2 of them
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Quote: Originally Posted by old_skool_noma
no weight, and its a long bed, so it gets "a little loose" once in a while
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Quote: Originally Posted by GETNLWR
True, the truck I had at the time had no drainage holes for its bedliner

if alls ese fails just put the bags in a plastick trash bag...
I was planning on putting in one of those large plastic storage bin things (like big tupperware containers) in the back and put in the bags of salt.
Then if you get stuck you can just take the containers top off, spread some salt under the tires and away you go (hopefully)
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Re: how many sandbags for winter?

I ran around 300lbs last year. It really seemed to help since my tires suck. Hopefully this year i wont need any weight since i should be getting a winter beater.
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Quote: Originally Posted by JackMan
I was planning on putting in one of those large plastic storage bin things (like big tupperware containers) in the back and put in the bags of salt.
Then if you get stuck you can just take the containers top off, spread some salt under the tires and away you go (hopefully)
Good Plan. I have found a mixture of SALT and SAND works well. Salt to melt it and sand for traction.
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lol snow
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Quote: Originally Posted by GETNLWR
Good Plan. I have found a mixture of SALT and SAND works well. Salt to melt it and sand for traction.
Right on man, you could just leave a cut-in-half 2L pop bottle in the back and use it to rifle that mix under the tires
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