• Apr 16th 2007 at 7:33PM
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If you live in a cold-weather climate and own a RWD pickup truck, you know that driving in inclement weather can be a real crap shoot. The rear wheels seem to have a mind of their own, coming out from under you when you least suspect it. To help keep traction, many people combat this problem by adding weight to the pickup bed, using items like sand bags or even packed snow.
The big problem with adding weight to your pickup is that the fillers you add typically eliminate the usefulness of your truck by taking up room in the bed. In the case of sand, the bags tend to break, which can make a big mess. We found this product we think provides a clever solution for these minor issues with cold weather traction.

A company called ShurTrax came up with a handy idea to add weight to your truck without rendering the bed entirely useless. The gadget, which is basically a 400lb. water-filled bladder, spreads the weight evenly over a large portion of the bed. Owners of the ShurTrax can continue to use the truck bed, since the device can withstand a 500lb load. The product is reasonably affordable too, with a sticker price between $120 - $140.

While there is no substitution in bad weather for experienced drivers and four-wheel drive, we think this nifty device is a good idea for those who need a little stability in areas that get a lot of the white stuff.

[Source: ShurTrax]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I can't believe how skilled and enlightened every is here... Please get yourselves elected so that all our problems can be solved "in the first 100 days".
      • 8 Years Ago
      "20. all you can do is just one thing - don't buy stupid pickup if you don't work as cowboy (or have this role)" - Dmitrit

      If anyone out there knows Dmitrit, please do not loan him your pick up when he needs to move something that won't fit in his/her car.

      I am not a cowboy, carpenter or other type of professional needing a pick-up. I do use my small pick-up (2wd in Michigan -which gets better mileage than many cars BTW) almost weekly to haul lumber for projects, drywall, firewood and most recently to move my family to a new house, which without it would have required renting a truck for a week.

      I also drive it to work everyday on an incredibly long 3.9 mile commute.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And with a ragtop Jeep Wrangler, I do not have to worry about additional leakage other than the typical leaks from the soft top when using the sandbags.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So you add extra mass to be accelerated, sure there is extra traction, but that is offset by the extra weight. So it does nothing for acceleration potential.

      Now some kind of jetsam or flotsam, like salt, sand, or kiddie litter to help get unstuck isn't bad.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So... how far does your mileage drop? into the single digits with that extra load? Ill stick to my compact, thanks. if i need to move something bigger, i'll rent a uhaul for a day.
      • 8 Years Ago
      An extra drive shaft and transfer case is the way to go if you want to use your truck at all in the winter.
      Sand bags are the answer for 2wd.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I assume that the bladder can take the stress of being filled with ice?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Barney has the very same concern I do. Will the bladders resist the tension caused by the expending ice created by the frozen water. We ARE talking about sub-zero temperatures here so you may put water in, it ain't gonna stay that way very long.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As a former owner of a RWD pickup, I usually just carried two sandbags, a manual tranny, and decent poor-weather driving skills. As such, I never got stuck, and never spent $120 on some ridiculous contraption. So, what's your point, Autoblog?
      • 8 Years Ago
      all you can do is just one thing - don't buy stupid pickup if you don't work as cowboy (or have this role)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who never carries anything sharp or abrasive in their truck bed? Imagine the fun you'll have when you come out in the am to find the thing has leaked.
      • 8 Years Ago


      RWD isn't so bad if you know what you're doing, no matter how bad the weather is.
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