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1/2 Ton with V Box?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by DaySpring Services, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    I'm thinking about picking up a second truck for salting, and throwing a frame on it down the road for a backup truck. I'm going to pick up a saltdogg spreader to replace my Boss tailgate salter. I really dont wanna salt with my new truck (on order; 2011 ram 3500). I came across this chevy, looks kinda nice but it's a half ton.I was thinking about offering them 5K. They'll probably laugh. It's the same dealership I ordered my new truck through, thought It might be worth a shot. Should I pass
  2. snowman6

    snowman6 Senior Member
    Messages: 364

    Well congrats on the new truck once you get it. I agree with you on not wanting to salt with a new truck. I know a few people around my area that have v boxes on there half tons and it works out well for them year after year. I have a tailgate spreader on my half ton and will hopefully be upgrading to a v box next spring.:salute:
  3. hairygary

    hairygary Senior Member
    Messages: 149

    Could you, well yes. Should you, well it depends on how big of a v-box you are talking about. It is important to remember the braking on a half ton, suspension, and frame strength are not as strong.
  4. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 498

    You will be putting a lot of stress on the truck. Also, if that truck is involved in an accident while overloaded, the lawsuits will be expensive.
  5. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    Just don't exceed the weight rating on the rear of the truck. There are several decent small V boxes that would fit in the bed of a truck like that. PM me for details. Collin
  6. BigLou80

    BigLou80 Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    How long does it take to order a truck form MEXICO ?
  7. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 6,078

    3 months...
  8. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,707

    You're nuts putting a v-box on a 1/2 ton.
  9. CGM Inc.

    CGM Inc. PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,598

    1/2 yard would be OK :laughing:
  10. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,279

    I've seen it done before, but be very careful w/ overloading the truck. I wouldn't do it every event as my only v-box.
  11. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    umm 1/2 ton truck

    2000 x .5 = 1000 lbs

    so after the wieght of the spreader 400 lbs

    you can put 600 lbs.

    what do u think?
  12. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    Yeah guess I really didnt think before I posed this. I'm going another route.
  13. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    i mean, yes could be done...dont drive far dont drive fast, dont plan on plowing with that truck also, dont plan on ownign it for very long, dont fill the spreader up more than 50%

    if you can stick to those conditions and its a good deal on the truck, then sure go get it

    to be honest i have an 01 2wd 2500 that has the motor pulled and needs a trans put in it..motor runs, but id do a tune up and an oil pan gasket...body is in good condition, id let it go as is for 1000 put your v box in that dont plan on plowing too much with it, but it would salt great
  14. drh76

    drh76 Junior Member
    Messages: 16


    If you where to sell your tailgate spreader what would you ask for it? I live in Portland Maine and can't find a used one from here to Vermont.
    Just wondering what used ones go for.
  15. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 6,078

    a half ton truck dosent mean its only rated for 1000 lbs bud....

    Just like a 1 ton dont mean its rated for only 2200 lbs...

    in fact, my 1 ton chevy has a 9996 lbs gvrw and weighs 6800 lbs with a driver... I think you can do that math...
  16. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    Yes I'm aware that a half is not a half and a ton isn't a ton...... But you also need to check your AXEL weight rating. The math on your example is just a bit over 3000 ...but I don't really think all of that is "allowable weigt" is just the rear Axel..... It's important to check both axels and the over all weight ratings

    V box, in an half ton. No good if u plan to fill it
  17. hairygary

    hairygary Senior Member
    Messages: 149

    This could be argued either way, but the major fact depends on how far you are driving with a full v- box. If you fill it on site or very nearby, and spread it immediately, then probably not a problem, but if you are driving from site to site and plowing with a yard or more of salt, then I think there is a safety issue with braking. I think everybody has a different size v-box in their mind. But if the guy is gonna put the snow ex 3000 model in a half ton then I think it's fine, if hes gonna put a 8500 in a half ton then no way.