Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northeastern BC
If you're in the city, you probably won't miss 4WD that much. My Mazda's 4WD, but it has a limited slip differential, so I rarely use 4WD -- maybe just in my laneway sometimes when it gets mushy, or to pack down my parking spot.
+1 on what BlairTruck said about regular sandbags. The sand seems to leak out of those woven-type bags and makes a mess. If you go that route, check out a landscaping supplier. You can get bags of sand in heavy solid plastic bags that don't leak. The one near me has ones that are about 80 lb. each and cost $5.
A couple of other things I've used over the years in my old 2WD truck were about 6 dead industrial lead-acid batteries from the recycling skid at our shop. I held them down with tie-downs in the box. They had carrying handles on them, which was convenient, if you needed to move them. Maybe a bad scene if they ever cracked and leaked, but it never happened to me. I probably should have put them in some plastic bins, or something.
I've also filled up Rubbermaid bins with sand and gravel. You can get these big bladder things that you fill up with water, and somehow strap down to the bed. If you wanted to take it out while frozen, that would be a problem, I imagine. I've thought of getting those water bags to weigh down the edges of swimming pool covers. That could be cheaper and more convenient if you wanted to move them. In the spring you could just drain the water, roll them up, and put them away for next year.
Not too worried about sand bags flying around. If I get hit that hard, I'd guess the bags would just burst, and I'd probably have bigger problems to worry about in the hospital ... or no problems at all, in the morgue.
If Princess Auto were a real girl, I'd ask her to marry me.