If you own a 4×4 pickup, do you still put weight in the back if you have to drive in the snow?

My husband has a 4 wheel drive Ford F150, year 2005 and he keeps telling me that he doesn’t need weight in the back, he just needs new tires. Well, I see pickups with brand new tires and they STILL have weight in the back. New tires isn’t going to prevent him from fishtailing.
Let me add that the tires are not THAT bad. He just wants another excuse to soup it up more.

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8 Responses to If you own a 4×4 pickup, do you still put weight in the back if you have to drive in the snow?

  1. Robert D May 26, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    When he flips his truck he will wish he put some weight in the back, there is not enough weight in the back of a truck to keep good traction in icey conditions 4×4 or not.

  2. ♥ Charli ♥ May 26, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    I put my Husband in the car, that’s enough weight I think. The poor tires would pop with any more.

  3. phatboy May 26, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    Tires are an essential, but weight is a good idea. I drive 60 miles each way to my job every day, and in the winter i use sand bags for weight. Using the 4 wheel drive for a long period of time is hard on the truck and the trans, so weight is the way to go. Use the 4 wheel drive only in emergencies.

  4. boredstiff May 26, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    I added weight to mine

  5. sweetsally May 26, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    If its driving on all four wheels it is not as necessary, but a sandbag in the back can only help you. It will help prevent fishtailing and loss of traction in the back.

  6. Ashley May 26, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    My boyfriend always puts extra weight in the back of his truck and it makes a big difference.

  7. patches May 26, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    A few hundred pounds is a good idea. Use sand bags. Anything like cement blocks might go through the back window in an accident.

  8. stemcell May 26, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    I have a 2008 F-150 4 x 4 Crewcab.

    We have 400 lbs. of steel plate bolted in behind the rear wheel wells. We also have a cap installed on the bed. And we have switched out the tires for dedicated Mud and Snow Deep Lug units.

    Before I did all this I checked with a couple of my farmer neighbours. They all have their 4 x 4 trucks kitted out like this. Their reasoning is that you don’t drive all Winter in 4 x 4 mode. It is not necessary and wastes fuel.