Reviewed By GORDON L (Bremerton, WA) Reviewed for a 2000 Ford Ranger —12/16/2011 4:09 AM
Upon receiving the ShurTrax, I was surprised at how lightweight the bladder was. I unfolded it and placed it in the bed of my truck and had it filled within approximately 5 minutes. The only hiccup was installing the fill adapter. Because of the recessed plug, it was a little difficult to screw the adapter onto the fill plug. The rubber around the plug is sharp and there is not a whole lot of room for your fingers. I put on some mechanic's gloves and was able to attach the fill adapter after about 5 minutes of fiddling with it without gloves. Attaching the hose to the adapter was not a problem. I bought four 15 inch tarp straps and secured the bladder to the bed of the truck at the four tie-down points (15" is an optimum length to give a secure and snug attachment). The weather was below freezing for a couple of days allowing the water to freeze within the bladder. I didn't find any problems and observed no leaks. The 300 lbs provides good traction and enough weight to smooth out the ride (I have helper springs, so my empty bed ride is pretty stiff). With a couple of weeks of driving around, I am pleased with the overall appearance and performance. I can't wait for ice / snow to really see how much traction I achieve along with engaging 4-wheel drive.