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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Really reaching here

One blog I subscribe to is Tricks of the Trade. Occasionally they'll have a really interesting "tip" that makes sense when you sit down and mull it over. But as a former pickup owner, this one boggles my mind:

It's difficult to drive a pickup truck on slick winter roads because the light back end will fishtail. Shovel the snow from your driveway into the truck bed. You'll weigh down the back end and clear your driveway. When it warms up enough to not need the extra weight, the snow will melt and there's no clean up.

What's wrong with this one? Let me count the ways:

  1. What if you actually need the capabilities of your truck? You know, like to haul stuff in the bed? Useless now.
  2. No cleanup? You'll get all kinds of crud from your driveway, road, yard, airborne pollutants the snow picked up, etc. tossed into your bed, which can ultimately wreck it over time unless you have a high-quality spray-in bedliner.
  3. Most pickup bedrails are higher than people want to toss their snow
  4. That mini-glacier is going to shift around once it settles and then starts melting. You don't want that happening.
  5. What if you have a tonneau cover or camper shell? You're SOL

Wish they'd think these "tips" through more before posting.

3 Comments:

  • I had a soft tonneau cover once that was left on when we got the "snowstorm of the century" 6 years ago in NC (we were in the piedmont -- read LOW elevations -- and received 25 inches of snow) and needless to say the aluminum rins were bent pretty bad.

    Amen to the rest of your post.

    By Blogger El Gee, at 2/24/2006 11:31 AM  

  • That's for the folks who only have a pickup for status reasons. But then again, they probably have someone else who uses their pickup as work truck to come plow it.

    By Anonymous fasterdammit, at 2/27/2006 9:57 AM  

  • That's my guess too. After the last few "tricks" they've posted on that site, I'm about ready to dump the subscription. They're getting pathetic or just plain stupid/wrong.

    By Blogger dakboy, at 2/27/2006 10:01 AM  

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