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Back into plowing this year - '12 Cummins Dually Flatbed

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by captntim, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. captntim

    captntim Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 41

    With a few properties to take care of I decided to get back into plowing - not for hire at this point just plowing my private road, camp road, apartment and boatyard

    Truck is a 2012 Ram 3500 6 speed that pulls a hydraulic boat trailer in the summer. Installed a Boss DXT and a set of 6 Cooper M+S studded tires - truck is tank in the snow.

    Not much winter this year but I'm very happy with the little bit I've used it. Tuck holds the plow great and I love plowing with the 6 speed manual - set up the controller on a RAM mount attached to the shifter & its the best plowing setup I've ever had.

    Pics of the truck are at my boatyard - usually use a ballast box I built for counterweight but was headed up snowmobiling after cleaning up the yard so that worked well enough.




  2. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,700

    Looks great.
  3. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    That's a good looking setup.
  4. GMCHD plower

    GMCHD plower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,831

    Pretty slick setup, whereabouts in Maine?
  5. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,440

    Really nice.
  6. redskinsfan34

    redskinsfan34 Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    Aren't you always hitting the plow controller when reaching to shift? Other than that, great idea.
  7. allagashpm

    allagashpm Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    Awesome truck, you should get some wings for that.
    Check out the maine section under weather, good group of guys there
  8. PlowMan03

    PlowMan03 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 482

    Nice truck. If I'm not mistaken I believe I have seen this truck in Penobscot, correct me if I'm wrong.
  9. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    That's a pretty cool setup!

    I'd have a hard time driving that truck with reverse being left and down. I'd never be able to get my brain to agree that left and down is reverse and not low/1st. I'm used to reverse being left and up (semi's, ZF6 pickups,etc) or far right and down (older pickups or smaller cars).
  10. Quality SR

    Quality SR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,830

    Nice truck and DXT!!
  11. captntim

    captntim Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 41

    Thanks for all the replies!

    I thought originally the controller would get in the way for everyday driving, but its a non-issue after a little practice. In the spring I'll just remove the clamp and toss the whole thing in the console. It did take me a little while to get used to the reverse location but you get lots of practice while plowing & it's second nature now. Reverse is slow of course, but I don't do any large lots and I'm not in a rush plowing so this works great - can roll into a pile, clutch in and have it in reverse at the same time your stacking so I'm ready to back out for the next pass, hands never leave the steering wheel or shifter.

    I have a couple properties in Penobscot including my main shop on the western county road so yep - same truck.

    Thanks again for looking!
  12. FF/P215

    FF/P215 Senior Member
    from 01085
    Messages: 176

    Nice set-up, what a miserable year.. Great idea with the controller!
  13. FredG

    FredG PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,412

    Awesome truck! Great idea with controller. Thumbs Up
  14. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,481

    Nice truck. This is a pre "DEF" truck, correct?
  15. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    I believe Dodge has it on their C&C trucks in 2012. Could be wrong.
  16. NHCraigT

    NHCraigT Member
    from NH
    Messages: 50

    Impressive set up. Thanks for posting the v plow control picks too.
  17. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,403

    Edit : never mind... Lol

    How is the cummins holding up?
  18. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,481

    That's a converted pickup, isn't it? I thought cab and chassis had a longer wheelbase?
  19. TJ2015

    TJ2015 Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    Awesome looking set up. When I had a manual plow truck, thats how I did my boss touchpad as well. Always in control of truck and plow at all times. I loved mine.
  20. Snow Commandor

    Snow Commandor Senior Member
    from 07666
    Messages: 443

    Ditto Mark. I for one, could never see myself being comfortable plowing with a stick shift period. I can drive my 5 speed dump & trailer all day but plowing is a whole nother ball game.