liquid ballast question

wvcamper

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L3400
Jan 8, 2010
6
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0
grafton, WV
Have a question about the mixing of antifreeze and windshield washer fluid.
I am on a fairly snug budget, so I need to work cheap, for a lack of better words. I have decided to use windshield washer fluid to ballast the tires on my L3400 - 24 gallons per tire. The cheapest I can find is good for 20 below. I would like to lower that temperature a bit, so my thought was to substitute a couple gallons of antifreeze per tire.
So here is the question, since I am not a chemist. Would there be any adverse reaction that I should be concerned with by mixing antifreeze and windshield washer fluid?? Obvioulsy antifreeze mixes with water, but the ammonia in the washer fluid is my concern..
Thanks in advance for any input.
David
 

gktilton

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79 B7100 w/ FEL, Deere 261 Finish Mwr, Woods M4 Bush Hg, Potato Plow, Cultivator
May 5, 2010
230
2
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Hooksett, NH
Just my 2 cents, but I am in NH, well north of you and I just use straight washer fluid, never had a problem. Only gets below zero a couple times a year here and I have only seen below -20 once since moving to southern NH.
 

fruitcakesa

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M 6040
Oct 26, 2010
855
268
63
Cavendish Vermont
3.99 a gallon for WW antifreeze is outrageous.
I had my tires filled with Rimguard beet juice at $2.95 a gallon and $25 labor to put 50 gals in each tire.
 

hav24wheel

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L275
Oct 13, 2009
35
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0
ND
3.99 a gallon for WW antifreeze is outrageous.
I had my tires filled with Rimguard beet juice at $2.95 a gallon and $25 labor to put 50 gals in each tire.
Calcium Cloride cost me $1.48 a gallon installed....


Just sayin...
 

meanjean

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Kubota MX4700
Aug 10, 2010
922
2
18
Hazelridge, Manitoba
Question
Does the tire need a tube to be filled for ballast?

My current set up (rice tires) has some pretty good wear in a few spots.
So much so that I can see some of the white tire ribbing.
 

hav24wheel

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L275
Oct 13, 2009
35
0
0
ND
Depending on what you use in it, yes tubes are a good idea. A lot of the older tires have tubes in them. My L275 came with tubes. With tube less tires if you run chloride you would have to fill it over the top of the rim. If the wheel isn't covered in chloride they will rust really fast from the inside out.
 

fruitcakesa

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Equipment
M 6040
Oct 26, 2010
855
268
63
Cavendish Vermont
Depending on what you use in it, yes tubes are a good idea. A lot of the older tires have tubes in them. My L275 came with tubes. With tube less tires if you run chloride you would have to fill it over the top of the rim. If the wheel isn't covered in chloride they will rust really fast from the inside out.
Which is why I went with the rimguard - non-corrosive
Cheap at the price for an eventual very spendy rim replacement
 

hav24wheel

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L275
Oct 13, 2009
35
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ND
Which is why I went with the rimguard - non-corrosive
Cheap at the price for an eventual very spendy rim replacement
I was going to go that way, But only place in town that sells ot wanted $3.99 a gallon! Funny partt was that's what they wantewd for chloride too. That's one major reason I went elsewhere and got it a lot cheaper.