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Old 11-05-2008, 09:52 AM
 
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Default Pickup owners: How do you weigh down your rear wheels for winter?

Just bought a new Ford F150 2WD pickup. I've bought 6 of those tube sand bags but want to keep sand out of my bed when they burst. I bought some inexpensive plastic totes and have already cracked both of them while trying to position them in the bed. Any other ideas for someone who rarely carries anything heavier than wind in his pickup bed?

Any advice would be appreciated!
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Old 11-05-2008, 10:13 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I cheated when I was driving a pick-up. Working a job I ended up with a sheet of lead that was 4X8 and just under 1/4" thick. Laid that in the bed and was good to go and it didn't take up any room.

Before that though I made a wooden frame that sat between the wheel wells and the two "legs" that went from side to side I made long enough to go in front of and behind the wheel wells so it didn't slide around on me. Put in a bottom of thin plywood and caulked the seams. Never had sand in the bed and was easy to toss in the back come Fall and easy to take back out in the Spring.
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Reno, Nv
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A friend of mine used railroad ties.
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Montrose, CA
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Sandbags in the bed of the truck. You can get 'em at your local hardware store; I think they generally weigh about 70# and cost about $5. I buy six and put them over the rear axle. Works great, even on my Splash that has an exceptionally light rear end because of the fiberglass flaresides.

I've never had one of the tubes burst though. If it did, I'd just wet it down so it would freeze, and then wash it out in the spring.
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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Let it fill up with snow.

You could put water in there.

Salt.

My brother used bags full of ashes from fires. Not very heavy but it makes a great traction source if yu get stuck. Just have to have a whole lot of them to get any weight.
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:35 PM
 
Location: St. Augustine
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When I lived in Chicago I never bothered weighing down the back of my truck and I got around fine.

One fella I knew threw snow in the back. And as an added benefit when it warmed up the snow melted and ran out of the bed. Simple.
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:49 PM
 
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I used to throw old rear axle assemblies in the trunk of my caprice.
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Old 11-05-2008, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Montrose, CA
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Let it fill up with snow.

You could put water in there.

Salt.

My brother used bags full of ashes from fires. Not very heavy but it makes a great traction source if yu get stuck. Just have to have a whole lot of them to get any weight.
SALT?! Oh heck no. That will corrode the hell out of your truck! Also, ashes can make caustic fluids when they get wet.
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Old 11-05-2008, 01:28 PM
 
Location: rain city
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At one time we had a king cab long bed Dodge Ram. Sucker was 20 feet long.

My husband threw a couple of those concrete parking space dividers in the back.
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Old 11-05-2008, 05:25 PM
 
Location: portland, me
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Never have used anything, and have been fine for the most part. Good tires go along way, as well as, good driving skills.

As for keeping the sand bags in place, just cut a 2x4 to go behind the wheel tubs. It should keep the bags against the gate fairly well. Once there is a little snow in there, they won't be moving anyways.

TIP - If you get stuck with a friend, have them bounce up and down on the rear bumper while you try to get unstuck. Its easier than pushing and works fairly well.
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