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Old 03-07-2010, 10:41 PM
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Default Re: Driving a Ranger in the snow?

oh to add besides the sad bags, snow, chains, shovel...remember its rear wheel so if you find you cant turn, use the rear end to stear you by cutting the wheel the direction you want and hammer the gas in controled fashions. I have had a 2wd and 4wd rangers my whole life and a possi v8 5.0 mustang, in snow you can steer with your rear.
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:19 PM
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i just recently got a 4wd ranger (last week). but ive been living in idaho with a 2wd ranger for 2 years. i found a parking lot of a out of buisness shop and "borrowed" 2 of those 5ft parking blocks (pentagional shape) and put them in my bed over the rear axel. i also put a back of gravel in the bed too. winter is here finally, i also carry a set of chains for the truck (gonna get 2 sets for the 4x4), a road side bag, with jumper cables a bottle of water flares and extra fluids. i have a emergency box that has a backpacking stove w/ gas in it, some had warmers, extra jacket, sleeping bag, snacks, more water. a metal cup, lighter, and coffee bags. in my opinion, its better to be over prepared than under prepared.
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Old 11-08-2010, 03:37 PM
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How about non-clumping cat litter? If you get stuck, you can rip a bag open and pour some on the ground to get some traction.
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Old 11-08-2010, 03:42 PM
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I would fill the bed with cynder blocks. This way you can still have the use of you bed, just raised of course.

Just lay them in there from front to back 1 layer. If your really worried and dont need all your bed space, thro a bail of hay in there.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:36 PM
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If you get sandbags my advice is to get heavier bags to put them in. I still use my bed alot in the winter and I used to constantly rip holes in the bags and it made a mess, I have them all in burlap feed sacks now.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:42 PM
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:14 PM
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hog the center of your road when possible, and dont necessarily depend on a person driving ahead, countless people have followed other people right into ditches by doing that, never pass the snow plow, easy on the throttle, if you start to slide, relax, pump the breaks, overreacting can make it worse.

You could also look for an iced over parking lot to practice on
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:21 PM
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you can use cat litter. it comes in bags of 50 pounds and again you can use it when you get stuck or to get oil off you driveway later. any small item with high weight will work. chains and stay on the road if posible.
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:22 PM
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my 09 was awesome in the snow here in Edmonton. Common sense rules all. I never put extra weight in it and it was great. The LS diff helped out a bunch too.
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:36 PM
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tractor tubes work great for sand bags
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:42 PM
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Default Re: Driving a Ranger in the snow?

any auto shop sells 40-50 lb bags of oil dry
its basically cat litter and relatively cheap

go to a military surplus shop and get a camping shovel....its small and portable, if you have a standard cab (guilty on 3 counts) every little space saver helps

a recovery strap is also helpful just in case you do get stuck....the 4x4 you wave down to pull your butt out may not have one

carry an MRE or 2 just in case you do get stuck....they last forever...if you do get stuck overnight you can get pretty hungry
a bottle or 2 of water wouldn't hurt either

Road flares and those break and shake lights are also a good idea

and a spare jacket....even if its a crummy hoodie you don't like....throw it behind the seat, you never know how cold it may get
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:14 PM
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any auto shop sells 40-50 lb bags of oil dry
its basically cat litter and relatively cheap

go to a military surplus shop and get a camping shovel....its small and portable, if you have a standard cab (guilty on 3 counts) every little space saver helps

a recovery strap is also helpful just in case you do get stuck....the 4x4 you wave down to pull your butt out may not have one

carry an MRE or 2 just in case you do get stuck....they last forever...if you do get stuck overnight you can get pretty hungry
a bottle or 2 of water wouldn't hurt either

Road flares and those break and shake lights are also a good idea

and a spare jacket....even if its a crummy hoodie you don't like....throw it behind the seat, you never know how cold it may get
that is a great list, all of those things should be in any vehicle
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:23 PM
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any auto shop sells 40-50 lb bags of oil dry
its basically cat litter and relatively cheap

go to a military surplus shop and get a camping shovel....its small and portable, if you have a standard cab (guilty on 3 counts) every little space saver helps

a recovery strap is also helpful just in case you do get stuck....the 4x4 you wave down to pull your butt out may not have one

carry an MRE or 2 just in case you do get stuck....they last forever...if you do get stuck overnight you can get pretty hungry
a bottle or 2 of water wouldn't hurt either

Road flares and those break and shake lights are also a good idea

and a spare jacket....even if its a crummy hoodie you don't like....throw it behind the seat, you never know how cold it may get
x2 I agree with this. I have that crap in my truck year round, and don't buy the floor dry, juts go to Tardmart and get the 6 dollar bag of kitty litter, cover in a plastic bag for weight in the rear end of your truck, and you can also lay it down for added traction should the need arise.

I would also add:

Cell phone charger...we all have phones, might as well be able to charge the monkey up

Jumper cables - winter is hard on batteries, be prepared for them to die on you.

Gloves - I don't care what kind, or how "cool" they have to look, they can save your ass, I keep a pair of insulated mechanics gloves, for those crappiest of days (I have changed a flat on a lifted truck in the snow when it was 40 below zero) when the Shit hits the proverbial fan, frostbite sucks, pinched skin sucks, and well sharp edges too. I have an extra set of leather gloves to, not that I ever break them out

Reflective clothing - I have reflective vests for work, I do construction, but they also come in handy if you are walking on the side of the road when your truck takes a dump, you have to change a flat or you are helping others out.

Warm hat - do I need to explain?

Last but not least take a written or printed copy of all important contacts - I don't care if you have everyone in your cellular phonage memorized, on speed dial, and well you could fart in the right wind and it would make them call you, the authorities won't know this if you are in a ditch broken and unconcious because of the moose - literally or figuratively, pick the funnier one or combine the thought - that ran in front of you and you swerved to avoid, causing you to plunge off the road.
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:21 AM
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you can use cat litter. it comes in bags of 50 pounds and again you can use it when you get stuck or to get oil off you driveway later. any small item with high weight will work. chains and stay on the road if posible.
I'll second the kitty litter idea. You can get the 50 lb bags at Sams for about $8. The bags are waterproof and quite tough.
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:53 AM
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I pretty much agree with everyone that posted something. I carry most of those in my truck at all times anyway. Before my ranger, I had a 2wd nissan frontier and it did ok in the winter time as long as I didn't stop suddenly. I just had 3 100lbs sandbags in the bed, plus a toolbox with around 250lbs. This will be my first winter with my 4x4 ranger. But i've driven my parents awd vehicles during the winter and they work out pretty good. I used to do masonry so I can get cinderblocks pretty easy, I'd recommend if possible to get 12" block instead of the standard 8", they don't take up that much more room, but they a shit ton more. Each 12" block weighs about 25 lbs, not to mention if they suck up water add 5 lol.
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