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Old 11-23-2011, 05:53 PM
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Default RWD in snow

I have a 1997 ford ranger RWD. In the snow and rain I keep sliding and spinning out my tires (maybe I'm just a bad driver). I just put in 200lbs of sand over the rear wheels for extra traction. Am I gonna see a significant difference in traction? And how bad is this gonna effect my gas mileage?
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U may see little better traction. It wont hurt the mpg to much.

How much tread are on the tires?
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Old 11-23-2011, 06:03 PM
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Tires aren't bad. Maybe 75% of the original tread is left.
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Old 11-23-2011, 06:13 PM
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Do you have a 5 speed gear box, or is the autotragic?
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Old 11-23-2011, 06:17 PM
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My 2000 Ranger was a 2 wheel drive and with the stock tires was terrible . In Mass We don't know ho much snow we are gonna get . I he about the same and had real snow tires and had no problem .
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Old 11-23-2011, 06:18 PM
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You will be fine with that weight and good tires. Just make sure its not too much weight so the front end doesnt float
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Old 11-23-2011, 06:34 PM
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You will be fine with that weight and good tires. Just make sure its not too much weight so the front end doesnt float
this and just take off slow and slow down well before you normally would and you will be fine..... drove all last winter without weight in the back and only slipped a couple of times.....
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Old 11-23-2011, 06:44 PM
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I had no problem with horrible horrible tires about about 250lbs of weight in the back during a typical Michigan winter. Gas mileage didn't go down to bad. I suggest taking it easy on the pedal, and the weight, with maybe some winter tires, you'll do fine.
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:28 PM
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:38 PM
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It's easy to kick out the backend if you give it gas, so keep a light foot and the sand (and shovel) in the back. I've never gotten stuck in 12 years across the Sound from you. If you are still unsure, wait until the roads are plowed and then head to work/store.

A guy at work has a Ranger he uses in the winter; maybe 200 lbs but has a set of studded snows. He's never had trouble either.
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:42 PM
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so get studded snow tires, sand bags, a knife to cut sand bags if needed, shovel, tow strap, and a light foot and your good, i use to have an 83 ranger 2wd and id load up concrete foundation blocks in the back, used 4 of then each weighing 125lb and put them far to the end as can with a sand bag or 2 up front and i was good
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Having a bed cover to keep the snow out, I put 400 pounds of bagged water softner pellets right behind the cab in front of the wheel wells. I have better traction and handling than an empty bed, and drive mostly in rear wheel drive. I can use the salt up during the spring and summer in the house. Gas mileage is bad in the winter anyway because of the cold weather, stop and go traffic, and oxygenated gas we have in Utah for smog control. I agree with the driving techniques and tips you've gotten from other members.
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i think your gas mileage would be worse from getting stuck and spinning your tires while going nowhere than having a couple hundred pounds of weight in the back.
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I live right by lake erie, where i live we get over 100inches of snow a year, iv drove through 3 winters in my xl 2wd, good snow tires and weight in the bed....No problem
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Most of the mpg's going down is the fact that its cold out too
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