questionsdo you put sandbags in the bed of your pickup?

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it only helps if you have rear wheel drive vehicles. and anything for weight will do then. on a slight variation more people use cat litter now days- better availability, and everyone knows someone that can use the cat litter at the end of the season. but you can also open catlitter easily to pour under the tires as needed.
but you say you have a 4x4 so you shouldn't need anything unless you are going icing.

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@bogie21: Okay, here you go. Answers.

You can use other things than sandbags for traction. Most people I know usually just grab a bale of straw (no sense using baled hay, unless it's turned, because you'd want to use that for feed). You can usually get empty sandbags at multiple places, like home depot or lowe's, but I really recommend that you go with @moosezilla's suggestion, and just get kitty litter.

Get the cheap crap. If you get stuck somewhere, it'll be handy for helping you to dig back out, and it's very easy to tie down with rope or bungee cords, so that it doesn't shift around. You can also just save it for next winter, if you have the storage, and no friends that want it.

Is it a good idea? You betcha!

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Last year I bought 150lbs of sand for like 8 bucks at lowes. This year I got new tires so I'm going to hold off with the sand for a little while and see how my truck does.

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Added weight helps but going easy on the accelerator will help more. I’ve never had 4x4 in a rear wheel drive vehicle. I have not had a problem yet, not my 85 Cutlass or my 11 Silverado. Be safe and drive smart, that’s the best bet.

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not knowing where you live at could make some differences. I live in the mountains, so adding weight to the rear of a pickup is a must. I normally put about 300lb (5 60 lb bags) in the bed of my truck. Placing them there is only one part of the equation, ensuring they stay over the axles is the other part. Most people get some 2x4s cut for their bed width and place their sandbags inbetween them. I just get tube sand or play sand bags from lowes or home depot, the bags wear out over the winter and will start to leak around march. I always look for the damaged bags for extra discounts, then thrown them in trashbags or the lowes product bags.

4wd is better than 2wd with weight in the rear, but you can't always be in 4wd. The weight should keep you from fishtailing, then as soon as you straighten out, put the 4wd in. Also, winter or all terrain tires work better in winter than all season tires.

as said, take it easy on the gas pedal, or you will look in the opposite direction.

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I drive a lot in the winter, more than most people I know, but less then over the road truck drivers. I drive my front wheel drive car for work purposes, then my truck for anything other than business. I would always want to be in my truck in the winter. Two reasons, one, easy hook points for towing, two ground clearance.

Since this is your first year with the truck, don't think that it is an indestructible snow master. Sure you can ram it through the occassional snow bank, drive over 8' high snow piles, and hook a snowplow and rocksalt spreader to it. The average person in my area is cautious in winter but very prepared for the worst. have a tow cable/strap, gloves, blanket, shovel, sand, and a flashlight. This isn't for you, this is for your friends asking for you to pull them out. If you don't see this coming, get ready. You are cheaper than a tow truck. Be careful towing, it isn't hard, but you can get a lot of things broken quickly, including people. Let them hook it.

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To add to @ecriscit: Don't do this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3ZCRiH_340 Always pull toward the center of the street and attach your strap to the frame, not a bumper.