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Is a 4 door Short Box Good For Plowing

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by exmark1, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    I have a 2000 F-250 V-10 I bought cheap, I am debating weather I should mount a plow on this or sell it for a profit and buy something more practical Regular cab truck or something.

    Let me know any feedback would be appreciated from anyone who has any!
    Here is a picture of the finished truck

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  2. BigDave12768

    BigDave12768 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,446

    Not the best driveway truck. But you are no longer than a xcab with 8 foot bed. So put a plow on it
     
  3. mycirus

    mycirus Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 589

    I do driveways with a Crew Cab Short Box GMC and dont have any issues. Just have a to cautious or your surroundings. I say go for it.

    Bruce
     
  4. FteNelson

    FteNelson Member
    Messages: 92

    thats only 2 feet longer than my truck i do all municipal stuff but ive never had a problem
     
  5. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I have the same set up for a truck and like it ALOT better then the extended cab I used before the crew cab. I have no problems doing resi's.
    The extra room inside to keep stuff is also a huge plus.
     
  6. speralandscape

    speralandscape Member
    Messages: 85

    LIke the other guys already said, put a plow on it. I used to have the same truck except tan and loved it for plowing. It was much more comfortable than the regular cab I have now.
     
  7. speralandscape

    speralandscape Member
    Messages: 85

    Nice looking truck by the way!
     
  8. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    My boss uses the same setup just a F350 instead. He seems to like it. Although nothing beats a regular cab long bed for plowing imo. But the extra room of the crew cab is priceless.
     
  9. PRAM

    PRAM Member
    from toronto
    Messages: 52

    I have an F350 crew cab short box with an 8 foot plow on it!
    The back seat is awesom for storage and on long days you won't feel cooped up!
    Just watch the turning radus....and backing up.
     
  10. daninline

    daninline Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    How about a regular cab short bed, I seen this before it was a F250 they cut the frame and put a short bed on it.

    I'm thinking of doing this.
     
  11. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    That truck you have there sir....

    would make an excellent plow truck..good luck with it.
     
  12. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    Im thinking on it yet...just test drove a 2004 Dodge 2500 Regular Cab with the 5.7 Hemi in it. 114000 miles on it very clean truck, it's red so it would match my other Dodge trucks.
    They are asking $9990.00 for it at a local Dodge dealer...
     
  13. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    That's the 2004 Dodge I am thinking on...Any opinions?

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  14. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    Only reason I say long bed is for the fact that you have so much more room for blowers salt etc. I dont think I will ever be able to downgrade to a short bed truck just because I love the extra room of the longbed.
     
  15. RobbieB

    RobbieB Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    You'll have no problem plowing with a 4 door short box, I don't, even with no balast. My old plow truck, 00 X, is in the background.

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  16. rjfetz1

    rjfetz1 Senior Member
    from CT.
    Messages: 639

    Put a plow on it - just a matter of getting used to the length. Someone once posted here not to buy a truck just for plowing since the season is so short. If you like the truck for the rest of the year than why sell it?
     
  17. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    What size plow do I need to be able to cover the track of this beast? I have an 8' Straight blade I was thinking on putting on it... is that going to be enough?
    Also does anyone have any issues with these trucks running warm plowing? I was told with the big V-10 motor it will have a hard time staying cool when under load plowing.
     
  18. RobbieB

    RobbieB Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    I have a 7.5' Boss straight blade. Worked great on my Excursion, works great on this 250.
     
  19. daninline

    daninline Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    I think a 8 foot fisher on my f250 and I think fully angled it's 7.5 feet so I think that's the way to go.
     
  20. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    Do either of you have any issues with turns or circle style driveways?