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Old 11-15-2013, 04:28 PM   #1
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How much weight to you put in your 3/4 ton

Its that time of year to had weight to the back of the truck. Just wondering how much weight you guys put in the bed of the truck for winter. I was thinking about 500lbs. Is that too much? I already have about 250lbs and it doesn't seem to help much.

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Old 11-15-2013, 05:21 PM   #2
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Fortunately, we don't have to worry about that for most of the winter. Before my husband retired, he would put a few logs in the truck if it was going to snow/ice/freezing rain.

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Old 11-15-2013, 05:37 PM   #3
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250lbs and 4x4 seems like that should be fine. Weight over rear axel?
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:57 PM   #4
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Hmmmm none
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:31 PM   #5
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Chris, why do you want to put weight in the back of your truck? With four wheel drive you shouldn't need any. If it's because it rides to harsh, let some air out of tires. They don't need max air when you're running empty. I always let the air pressure down when The 5er comes off.
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:07 AM   #6
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I add about 250 lbs of sand bags over the rear axle to help out with the ice/snow when we actually get some. Seems to work fine. I think the trick is simply in the placement of the sand bags.
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:20 PM   #7
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I can't bear to subject my F-250 to road salt. I just love her too much, lol. I bought an old, camouflaged Geo Tracker 4x4 that doubles as a hunting rig and a snow buggy. We don't get a whole lot of snow here the last 20 years or so, but TDOT puts out brine and salt if it's snowing 500 miles north.
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Old 11-16-2013, 04:07 PM   #8
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I put nothing in my 1/2 ton. Never needed it. Great in snow.
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:23 PM   #9
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thanks for the response guys. I think I'll throw a couple hundred pounds in and call it good. Thanks again
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:27 PM   #10
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thanks for the response guys. I think I'll throw a couple hundred pounds in and call it good. Thanks again
Buy kitty litter for weight then if you loose traction supposedly it makes great traction helper thrown under the tires.

I wouldn't know; 1. We get very little ice/snow down here. 2. If it does we stay home until it's gone.
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:22 AM   #11
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I put nothing in my 1/2 ton. Never needed it. Great in snow.
Same here.
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Old 11-17-2013, 05:57 PM   #12
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Tim just leaves the canoe on for balast...
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Tim just leaves the canoe on for balast...
I bet they would make great sleds.
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I bet they would make great sleds.
He keeps the canoe on there in case he hits the ditch rubber side up!!

I don't put any weight in my truck.... Then again, it doesn't see much snow or ice in storage. Chris, if you store your truck for the season you won't have to wonder how much weight is enough.
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He keeps the canoe on there in case he hits the ditch rubber side up!!

I don't put any weight in my truck.... Then again, it doesn't see much snow or ice in storage. Chris, if you store your truck for the season you won't have to wonder how much weight is enough.
I wish I stored my truck over the winter, but I have to use it as a daily driver. I think I'll let some air out of the tires because I haven't done that yet and add about 250 more pounds for a total of 500 pounds and call it good. I know I could put it in four wheel drive anytime, but my dad always but weight in his truck when I was younger so I guess and I hate to say it but I'm turning into my father.
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Hey nothing wrong with emulating your Dad. Your truck your decision we all gave our input. Good luck in the winter driving conditions
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My truck weighs 8,000 lbs so I don't bother with extra weight as I would need to put 1,000 lbs over the axles to make a difference and that would reduce my fuel mileage. Rear tire weight on the scales comes in at 3,700 lbs with the bed empty. Check your 3/4 ton on the scales and you may come to the same conclusion.
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:07 PM   #18
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My truck weighs 8,000 lbs so I don't bother with extra weight as I would need to put 1,000 lbs over the axles to make a difference and that would reduce my fuel mileage. Rear tire weight on the scales comes in at 3,700 lbs with the bed empty. Check your 3/4 ton on the scales and you may come to the same conclusion.
my truck weighs a little over 7800 lbs
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