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post #1 of 59 (permalink) Old 02-25-2012, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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Weight into the box so it doesn't slide too much?

Hi Guys,

i have a 2009 F250 Diesel with a 8' box. The other day in middle of a snow storm went to turn a corner and the truck just did a 180 degrees on me. Everybody is telling me to put weight in the box (bags of sand etc.) to make it heavier and more stable... what would be the "good weight" for a truck like this? Never do long distances with it!


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My 2006 Toyota Tundra had 100lbs of sand plus the 160lb tonneau cover, worked good for me. The 2004 F150 has 150 lbs of sand plus the topper, what's that 100-125 lbs???? Really not sure. I would have to say 3-400 lbs in a f250 would be a start. I'm sure others will have more info.

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Id run 300-500lbs... last year I ran about 400lbs in a 1ton it seemed to work pretty good this year so far I havent ran any weight.



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I usually just leave the snow in the back of mine, once it starts to melt I shovel it out. It also works as a great way to shovel the driveway. The Truck takes up 1/3 of the whole driveway so 1/3 of the snow just leaves with me.
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i use the 2 foot by 3 foot patio stones. they lay flat. dont slid around on me with a rubber mat in the box.

I find the sandbags just break apart and make a mess

i just reuse these thing every year




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my 2009 f150 2wd I ran 300lbs. what a difference. 5 x 60lbs tubes of sand.
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I'm running about 450 lbs in my Ranger (tall camperette and some basic camping gear) and it doesn't move around much on the road at all regardless of conditions. My commute's only 15 km or rural roads so I still don't burn much gas these days (1 to 2 tanks a month maybe).

I would say that this would be a good amount in a 3/4 or 1 ton truck if your roads are really bad. If its just occasionally, then a canopy and a few bags of sand should be enough. Those paving stones work awesome too. LR

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I typically have 250-300 pounds of sand bags in my trucks (Ranger and B3000). After awhile, the UV breaks down the plastic liners. Makes the gas mileage a lot worse however. Better safe than sorry.

You can make a 2x4 frame if you want the sand bags to stay over the rear axle. Or get a rubber mat so the bags won't slip too much.

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I also drop some air pressure in the tires (5-8lbs) for the winter months makes a big difference.



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Just curious if anyone is using anything to secure the weight in the back other than a rubber mat.

I've used the 2" x 4" frame idea with patio stones and it worked great...haven't bothered lately though.

There is the school of thought that if you're involved in a collision that the 300 to 500 lbs of weight in the back will become a 300 to 500 pound projectile.

Not so much a concern if you have a hard tonneau, but open box or soft tonneau makes me wonder.

Any thoughts?

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