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post #1 of 10 Old 01-06-2014, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Snow and Ice...

Well, I hate it. I almost gave myself a heart attack while almost taking out: two fences, a decorative tractor, and a telephone pole. ;;

So, I'm heading to the barn with some grain because Alahna was low and I figured I'd get it there today while the temps were still in the positives and not -35. Well, I'm heading up the driveway like normal in the snow..4wd and pedal steady and accelerating. I get about 2ft away from the top where it flattens off and I went from about 15mph to zero and start sliding backwards down the hill. All the while I'm trying to catch some traction on the snow with my brakes, but my trucks just sliding down, fishtailing, and coming within inches from either fence on each side of the drive. I get to the bottom quarter of the driveway where it splits (cow barn and horse barn/house) and slam the brakes because it's the flattest part with the most room. Well, I ended up sideways when the dang truck finally stopped..I moved it to the cow barn's drive and left it down there while I grabbed Alahna. I sure as hell ain't carrying a bag of grain up that driveway, so Alahna was gonna work for that The look on her face was absolutely hilarious when I took the bag out of my truck and went to throw it up onto my saddle. She was not happy in the least, but it worked, lol.

But so..I definitely need bigger, more aggressive tires on my truck next winter, and more weight in my back end, lol.
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-06-2014, 09:07 PM
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I have to leave grain in mine! To heck with unloading it in the winter :)
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post #3 of 10 Old 01-06-2014, 10:15 PM
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Glad you're ok. The roads here in Chicago have been horrendous and the snow just keeps piling on. I love your creativity though. Stupid me probably would have tried to carry it by hand. Lol Drive safe. I think this winter is only going to get worse.
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Glad your ok! I'm sure her look was cute! It sure is cold here in so called sunny Florida. It is 19 I think! Not what we are acclimated to. I miss the cold up North, it's a different kind of cold!! It will be 65 here in a couple of days. Hot Cold Hot Cold, Blah!
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post #5 of 10 Old 01-06-2014, 10:36 PM
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Oh isn't doing the slippy slide fun?
I had to go out today too on some steep roads, but luckily I left a 100 gal stock tank in the back which is full of snow and ice for weight in the back end. The hole at the bottom of the tank is open so it won't fill when it's only raining, but the snow, then layers of sleet, ice, sun melt and re-freeze do the trick.

Great idea making her work for dinner. :)
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post #6 of 10 Old 01-07-2014, 06:35 PM
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Iseul, I couldn't help but laugh at your wild ride on a slippery driveway. I'm an old hand in these conditions and it sometimes helps to put the transmission in neutral as even with your foot off the gas there is still power. This works at low speeds, never over 20 mph. The vehicle will slow down fairly quickly. Another thing, never hit the brakes but tap them in succession. Spinning your tires heats them up and it creates a wet layer between tire and ice - no traction. Cold tires will offer better traction. It helps to keep a bucket of dry sand in the vehicle. It's amazing how much traction a light dusting of sand provides. I sand just where the tires touch. Wood ashes work great too.
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post #7 of 10 Old 01-07-2014, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Saddlebag, I did throw the transmission into neutral as soon as I let off the gas and did hit the brakes with taps and no steady pressure (until I got to where I could safely do a 360 and floored the pedal, lol).

I like the sand idea and it makes perfect sense..but not sure how I could've done much with it as I was sliding backwards down the hill xD

My truck does beautifully on pavement (even when the majority is iced over with only spots showing through for traction). I guess I just won't be able to do much off-roading with these tires, haha. Next year I'll have tires about 3-4 sizes bigger and more weight in the back of my truck. Stupid me bought tires rated for a dakota and not a 1500; couldn't add too much weight in the bed without going over weight, haha.
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Put a couple hundred pounds in the back over your axles, that will help with traction. Bags full of sand work well as they are easy to dispose of come summer but anything heavy works.
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post #9 of 10 Old 01-09-2014, 10:17 AM
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You have to walk the hill first to throw down the sand. I do it in bands to save sand. Each band is less than a full tire rotation apart. The hill then looks like two rows of dotted lines. It works for me.
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Be safe out there!
Alahna looks real frio in that pic :<

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