Adding Bed Weight for Winter Driving

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Skyjockey

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Been in MA most my life and never found the need. Actually I like going out in the storms in 2WD just to see how far I can get. Rarely have to use 4WD on normal streets. I will at lights and stop signs but certainly no extra weight?
 

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2013 Dodge Ram Quad cab-big horn- Hemi. Matching fiberglass Cap.
I have a 7.5 Fisher plow on the truck as I plow here in Boston last 12 years.
I made a wood board stop from wheel well to wheel well.
Then to Home Depot I buy 8- 60lbs sand tubes and put in back for extra traction and if I need sand. Also have 2 big totes in back for sand. I line the truck with a tarp in back so no sand or salt spill on the bed even though I have a plastic liner.
The board is so the sand will stay over the axle and not move forward when stopping.
By the time snow season is over I have used all the sand for customers who need sidewalks sanded. I dont sand driveways i would have to buy lots of sand. I have 14 customers and I only do plowing. So I have been doing this with my 2005 dodge ram quad and now my 2013 quad and nev got stuck or had any problems plowing
 

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I secure an old cylinder head in the bed right above the passenger rear tire. Works for the handful of snow storms we get here.
 

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Does anyone add extra weight to the bed of their truck for the winter? If so, how much weight do you add? How much is too much without sacrificing MPG and/or wear and tear on the suspension or tires?
The only truck I needed extra weight was the two Dakotas I owned. The four RAM 1500's I've owned never needed it. We get snow and ice where we live. Ice is when we don't go anywhere.
 

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In our area snow is short lived and typically lasts no more than a week. I will shovel my driveway and put some of the snow in the bed. Within a few weeks the weather warms up the snow melts and back to normal.
 

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I used to add a few cinder blocks to my old trucks. I have a Cap on the back now
and will be adding an Aux Fuel tank in the Spring which, if I keep full, would give
me the extra weight.

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When had a plow on my Cummins 2500, I added a little over 600 pounds at the rear of the bed to offset the weight of the plow. Without it, the rear end had a mind of its own.
My son plows and salts for a living. He has had 2000 pounds of bagged salt in the bed of his GMS 2500s. Talk about traction!!!
 

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The only truck I needed extra weight was the two Dakotas I owned. The four RAM 1500's I've owned never needed it. We get snow and ice where we live. Ice is when we don't go anywhere.
Come to think of it, the 98 1/2 ton ram I had really didn’t need much weight but I did run with at least three or four of the tube sand back there but when it came to the two Dakotas I had – one was a 96 with the 318 and the other one was a 2004 that had the 4.7 and those two trucks definitely benefited from having weight in the bed because of how small they were and how much power they had.
 

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Similar to others, I put 2 tube bags of sand each side over the wheel wells held in place with a simple 2x4 frame. It also doubles as traction material when required.
I didn’t even do that.…lol. All I did was just laid them lengthwise parallel to the bed rails and after a while the bags of sand would conform to the raised grooves in the bed and they really wouldn’t slide around a whole lot.
 
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