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Winter driving

Postby rickc1177 [OP] » Oct 21 2013, 9:11pm

So I'm new to the full size truck scene. I currently have an 07 Sierra 1500 z71 4x4 with the 5.3 motor. My ? Is how well do these do in the snow? All comments welcome.
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Re: Winter driving

Postby esox07 » Oct 21 2013, 10:43pm

I guess I am in the same boat as you. I traded in my 04 Blazer 4x4 on my 13 Silverado 4x4. The Blazer did good in the snow. I am hoping the Silverado is as good or better. I will be monitoring for any further posts. It looks like the snow could fly any day now.
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Re: Winter driving

Postby Blaine06 » Oct 21 2013, 11:09pm

I think blazers are better in the snow like tahoes cause the weight is distributed more evenly. That's just my opinion though. I think these trucks do alright in the snow though but I mean nothing really does "good" in the snow.
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Re: Winter driving

Postby 19trax95 » Oct 21 2013, 11:23pm

It depends on the type of tires. Some tires just are horrible in snow and oyhers make it a cake walk. I have a regular cab long bed so thats the worst weight distribution you can have. So some weight in the bed helps. Really, weight in the bed of any configuration truck will be beneficial. But overall these trucks aren't terrible in the snow, but they also are the best.
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Re: Winter driving

Postby esox07 » Oct 21 2013, 11:52pm

Do the traction ratings on tires really equate to true performance?

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Re: Winter driving

Postby 19trax95 » Oct 21 2013, 11:58pm

I dont think its nessarily all a mater of traction rating. I think its more or the tread and width. How hard or soft the compound is is also a factor. Mo a t snow tires are very soft since in yhe cold they will harden less than normal tires. Also if you get the tires siped that is a huge boost in traction.
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Re: Winter driving

Postby Wayne58 » Oct 22 2013, 12:11am

I have been driving in winter ( 4 season ) weather for more than 50 years , in a large variety of vehicles and road conditions >>> Have I ever got stuck in DEEP snow <<< Yes >>>The most important thing you can use in winter driving conditions is COMMON SENSE >>> slow down don't go in snow if you don't have to >> but if you must go out and play be prepared >>>The Truck will do fine >>> and if you put weight in the bed make sure it's at the Rear axle or just in front >>> NEVER at the rear of the Box or you will spin out real easy >>> One more small item >>> A 5 or 6 thousand LB vehicle sitting with its Tires off the grount ain't going anywhere by itself >the frame rails got no traction
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Re: Winter driving

Postby ZZWorr » Oct 22 2013, 12:18am

I'm sure there are tons of people here way more experienced and knowledgable to listen to, but here is my take on driving these trucks in the snow;

First off, weight above the axle is your friend with these trucks when snow is concerned. You can buy special truck weights, and even a rig that is basically a water bed that you fill up in the truck bed, but I would suggest just tossing some scrap metal or something else heavy in the box.

Second, you MUST have the right tires for the job. I have a wide set of Mickey Thompson MTZ's, and they won't do jack in the snow. I have to switch them out for narrower tires or I'm sure I would have hit someone/something by now.

Third, don't be too afraid to use the 4wd in the snow. Better to have it on and not need it, then to hit the ditch in 2wd.

I've driven 2 different GMC Sierras (95 and 02) in the snow, and I've been satisfied each time.
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Re: Winter driving

Postby ooohhdave » Oct 22 2013, 12:19am

Wayne58 wrote:NEVER at the rear of the Box or you will spin out real easy


Thanks Wayne, never knew that. I've never done that but if I needed to that would have been where I would have put extra weight. Glad I read this post.
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Re: Winter driving

Postby Silvery13 » Oct 22 2013, 12:23am

Wayne58 wrote:I have been driving in winter ( 4 season ) weather for more than 50 years , in a large variety of vehicles and road conditions >>> Have I ever got stuck in DEEP snow <<< Yes >>>The most important thing you can use in winter driving conditions is COMMON SENSE >>> slow down don't go in snow if you don't have to >> but if you must go out and play be prepared >>>The Truck will do fine >>> and if you put weight in the bed make sure it's at the Rear axle or just in front >>> NEVER at the rear of the Box or you will spin out real easy >>> One more small item >>> A 5 or 6 thousand LB vehicle sitting with its Tires off the grount ain't going anywhere by itself >the frame rails got no traction

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