How much ground clearance do you really need?

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campgottagopee wrote
Sweet whip

Love the tool box in the side of the bed
Totally. I also really like the placement of the spare tire right above it.
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At some point my girl and I plan to move south ----- the thought of all the old rides available to me at that point are mind blowing. I'll be like a kid in a candy store.
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Someone (earlier) said he drove a Subie and has rented full size pickups and really liked the way the pickups drove in the snow (seemingly like the truck was better in the snow than the Subie).
My question: why is the truck better in the snow?
Physics. Blowing and drifting snow a full-size V8 PU will give you the weight and power needed to blast thru drifts. I'm a subie fan but there are times when they won't cut it. Plus chicks dig guys that drive trucks
We have a 4wd vehicle (Toyota Tacoma) and AWD vehicle (Subaru Impreza), equipped with four snow tires. Both are awesome in the snow but have their limits. The truck is older and you don't want to much over 60 mph in 4wd but the clearance is awesome. The Subie is unstoppable unless the snow is over about 8" deep, due to clearance issues.

I have used our work trucks on several occasions to make three-hour road trips in snowstorms. Full size Dodge and Chevy 4wd pickups, with snows. I used to curse the bastards blowing by me on the highway in pickups during snowstorms but once you drive one, you become one of those guys. Weight and power have a big effect, though winter tires seal the deal.
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On my 3d Subie, this one an Outback.  To this date I've always run snow tires in the winter, I prefer Nokians.

First Subie, a Brighton, stripped down version of a Legacy wagon so cheap it didn't have a hook for your dry cleaning.  That sucker went everywhere.  Second Subie, a Legacy GT wagon with lower profile tires  Even running snow tires, I didn't trust it as much.  Although one time I left work in axle deep dry snow.

If I could justify owning a full size truck I'd check it out.  But 95% of the time I don't need the size.
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Yep, Subies are wicked good. I took one back into our deer camp one year and all the guys laughed at me, right up until I took their asses up to the head of the swamp in it. To say the least they were all impressed and have shut the fuck up regarding Subie's . I needed, and did, prove a point.

I'll still always drive a full size PU
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I have rethought a bit about what is better cause I think Camp knows what he is talking about but I still believe a AWD car are better in the snow on the roads than a pick up...especially if you don't put any weight in the back.  You sit higher in a pickup so can see better but I don't think you get better traction.  Most of it has to do with the tires but there is no way a pick up could keep up with me on a snowy road.  That front end would wash out or that rear end would come around way before me.  If it handles better on dry pavement it will handle better on slippery roads tires being equal.
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I’ve rented a few cars on my trips out west, always driving in some amount of snowy weather.  Everything from a Chrysler 200 to a Silverado 1500.  Most confident I’ve felt in bad road conditions was definitely in the Silverado.  I’d consider getting one of those, or a Ram 1500....but the prices are high and wifey would never go for it.
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I'm guessing the Pickup had a AT tire and the rental had AS on it.  Big difference
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On a curvy road you would be correct imo. A truck would push hard going into the corner. Straight line going, or hwy driving is another story, and if there's 2 feet on the roads, see ya buddy!
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