Author Topic: How thick does the ice have to be before you'll drive your truck on it?  (Read 8311 times)

Redneck Fishfinder

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What about a heavy truck like an f-250, does that make much of a difference?
   

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It depends... How thick is the surface of the earth that the blacktop is supported by?.... That thick.
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Redneck Fishfinder

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That's pretty thick...
   

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My general guide line is

3+" - 1 person (people weigh different amounts ya know!)
5+" - small group not too close together.
6+" - larger group
7+" -people are fine!
8 - 10" - small car (who would bring a small car out on a lake?)
10 - 20" - small truck (now we're talking!)
20+" - You're good to go!

There are different guidelines for almost every state, but they don't differ that much.

The best advice I can give is that the safest ice for driving won't be until Jan/Feb after a deep freeze!
I drive my truck out on Winnipesaukee in NH, and they tend to have upwards of 2 feet of ice through most of the season.
Of course they have weak spots that almost (I stress ALMOST) everyone knows to avoid, but there's always the exception to any rule and they end up fishing them out every season (dead and alive).

Always be aware of the ice and your surroundings, and if you have even the faintest hint that the ice may be unsafe, stay off or drive with the windows open and no seatbelts (for quick exit if needed)!!!
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with my Tahoe I like a minimum of 15" but do know that 12" will hold it(made the mistake of driving out after seeing 3 full size truck on this lake I fish, got out and drilled my hole and I got a surprise when I measured). Don't plan to repeat that again. talk about pucker factor.
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What about a heavy truck like an f-250, does that make much of a difference?
Heavy trucks will need thicker ice. Not likely I'll ever drive my F350 (well over 6,000 lbs.) out to my fishing spot. If I need to drive out there'll be my 800 Sportsman under me ...

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The ice has never been that thick here....

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18"....and other ones out there already.

                                   

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15-18 clear ice for me.  3/4 ton diesel

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If you drive a 250/2500 diesel out on 15-18 I shouldn't be too worried about driving an F-250 gasser on 18-20!
   

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The last day I got out on Sakakawea last March I almost bottomed the Jiffy on the ice before I punched through.  There was still no way I was gonna drive the truck out.  I have neither the stones to do it nor the wallet to cover it should I go through. Maybe after another season or 2 up here I will.

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Saw a couple f250s out in NESD last week on 10-13" of ice with small spots less then 10". Lots of regular full size trucks out also. I drove the atv out. Guess only south dakotans have enough cajones to drive on thin ice.

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I like to have 12 to 13 inches for my dodge
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sincityrednek

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F350 diesel crew cab here, so about 18" before I'm comfy.
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Redneck Fishfinder

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And you do drive comfortably on 18 inches of ice? That makes me more willing to do it!
   

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18" of GOOD ice on lakes I know, I'm comfortable.
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10" of solid blue ice can hold a 3500 series truck. But just one in the location , not groups of them. Keep in mind most importantly that white ice has half the bearing capacity of blue ice so if it takes 10 inches of blue ice you'd need 20" of white ice or a more likely combination of 6" blue ice and 8" of white ice. 14-18" ice definitely a safe drive on range.
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When I was younger (did it once) 10", now a little older(maybe wiser) don't think till its 20" plus if ever!

Same but high side 18-20"

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Diesel one ton 4 door, like 18 inches of good ice think that truck is about 8000 lb   
the 3/4 ton gas weight I think 6000 I wait till it is about the same 18 just to be safe, but have had it out on 10inces of good ice but was not all that comfy with it.  after that I got a 4 wheeler and use that till I feel it is good to go for the truck.  After 18 inches I feel good with any of the trucks/suburban and the perm behind it.

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On the way up to Maine a couple seasons ago my friends and I were talking about how crazy we thought it was to drive a truck out on the ice, even if the ice was more than a foot. We had a long drive and along the way riffed on things we'd seen and heard about with folks putting their cars and trucks through the ice. We all agreed we'd pretty much never drive out on the ice around here.

Fast forward about two hours.

We'd trudged through 5 or so inches of snow for about 3/4 of a mile to get to our spot and had been fishing a while when my buddy's auger dies and he confesses that he forgot the gas can in his car. He and I made the long walk back to retrieve the gas. Along the way we saw many cars, snowmobiles, and atvs parked in one area and driving around. There was an easy 24" of ice.

I ate my words from the morning, fired up the truck and drove it out on the ice. In the beginning it was a little scary, but everything went without incident. I'd drive out on 20" of quality ice again, provided the distance I needed to go to the fishing spot was far enough out to warrant it.
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