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Best short box V box

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by John Mac, Dec 22, 2007.

  1. John Mac

    John Mac Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    My truck is a 06' crewcab F350 short bed, with a slip tank (for fuel) in the back. I have 57" from the tank to the gate not including the gate. I would like to leave fuel tank in the truck for the winter, I do use it. Any idea's on a bulk salter?
    Here is a photo:

    View attachment 30493
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2008
  2. andrewlawnrangr

    andrewlawnrangr Senior Member
    Messages: 339

    snow ex 3000. its very small if you fill with a loader u will have salt everhwhere in the truck.. i kno some one makes a gas vbox for the rtv like a 1/3 of a yard. i have the same problem with my pick up i have a transfertanks as well and we have to run bagged in that truck.
  3. John Mac

    John Mac Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    I run bags now out of a tailgate unit about 600 lbs, real pain, wish I bought a 8' box but to late now. I think a salt dog needs 77" or so. Any thoughts on having some of the V box on the tailgate? Any one do this and how does it work. My next option would be to buy another truck. Another would be taking slip tank out but that makes fueling a real pain.
  4. StratfordPusher

    StratfordPusher Senior Member
    Messages: 960

    Sno Way 6 footer

    Hey, check out Sno-Way, have one on my shortbox and it's a great unit.....

  5. bam

    bam Senior Member
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    Messages: 201

    How many gallons does the fuel tank hold. Is it a square, or an L Tank? Whats the width of the tank? They do make some fairly large vertical tanks, that take up less bed space.

    Downeaster makes all different size V Boxes. Commonly you'll see them "advertised" for JD Gators, utility vehicles, etc. I think I had looked at their website awhile back and they had 1/3 yd, 2/3 yd spreaders, etc.

    I'm sure someone could custom build one, but it would probably cost alot of money.

    Do you have anyway to load/unload the vbox and/or fuel tank. Are you loading fuel in your truck, or into machines on jobs?

    The other thing I purchased, but haven't assembled yet is an engine hoist from Northern Tool. Depending on where you need the fuel, you could use the hoist to off load the tank and take it back to where the Vbox is at and load that for the storm.

    I don't think I would place the weight of a Vbox on the tailgate. I'm on my second tailgate, from light use of the p/u bed, they just aren't made to hold any weight. And a Vbox would unload towards the rear, and place a decent amount of weight on something thats attached by two cables.
  6. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,433

    Snoway makes a 5 ft unit which might fit.

  7. fordboy

    fordboy Senior Member
    Messages: 300

    you should beable to put a snow ex v pro 6000 in with the tank, also curtis makes a smaller gas powered unit that may fit but I am almost certain the snow ex will fit.
  8. plowzilla

    plowzilla Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    A simple and easy fix would be to remove the tailgate and fabricate ( or have someone do it), a support brace that connects to your 2" hitch. Something like those ladder extension kits that are for the hitches.
  9. ironsales

    ironsales Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    John Mac I am in the same situation with you - Dodge Ram with a short bed. I started looking at the SMith Stainless 1/2 Yard Mini Max. Here is what their rep provided me with dimensions.

    Hopper length is 60”
    Hopper height is 19”
    Overall height with chute attached is 29 ½”, does not include spinner that hangs about 2” below chute
    Overall length is 77 ¾ without the chute attached, 84” with chute on
    Width at top and bottom is 33”
    The spreader, when pushed up against the bumper will occupy 68”. Measured from the back of the truck bumper

    Here is a link - http://www.smithspreaders.com/Spreaders/MiniMax/index.php

    I liked the Stainless design V Box. Has two motors one to run spinner and one to runner auger. They can make you Extentions to make it a one yard. Cost was $3,300 plus $450 for variable speed control box.
  10. John Mac

    John Mac Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    Thanks for all the posts guys. If I am going to do this I want a V box that will hold enough to make it worth it. My tailgated now holds 600lbs bagged no problem so a bulk unit should be able to hold at least a ton of bulk if not more.

    This is a great idea! Any one do this and if so any pic's. I have the tools to fab up something but a good design idea would be great.
  11. yamaguy

    yamaguy Senior Member
    Messages: 556

    I think that is your best way. I have seen guys that run full size truck campers in there shortbed. They just leave the tailgate down. I don't know why guys that work there trucks buy shortbeds, I wish I had a 10 'bed!
  12. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    because sometimes we trip across a truck too nice to pass up with all the options we want but just not the 8' bed....so...you sacrafice.
  13. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    they seem to ask for a rather small pic to download but here are a couple of a 7ft salter in a shortbed dodge...hope they turn out


  14. StratfordPusher

    StratfordPusher Senior Member
    Messages: 960


    Pic of my shortbox and sander...

    Works great


    sno way sander.jpg
  15. John Mac

    John Mac Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    Good photo Stratford, how long is that salter and how much will it hold?

    Thanks Xtream 3d, I saved those photo's for when I have to build mine, I think I have all the steel needed in stock, should be no problem. Looks like the back of the spreader is tipped forward? I think this idea looks to be the best!! :drinkup:

    Dissociative, my problem is my 03' f350 had a fire and was completly destroyed, needed a truck that day so had to go with what was on the lot. Nice truck, 6.0 engine Lariate but next time will order a truck from the factory just the way I want it, maybe even a GMC :eek:

    I have a couple other problems: I can build a salt bin at my shop no problem, I can truck in my own bulk salt, have a full size Mack dump truck so no problem with that, My main issue is how to load the salter at my shop. My loader stays at a lot that I plow all winter, so I would have to load salt with an excavator at my shop or keep salt at the lot that I plow some how. Any idea's on what would be best. I use a pallet a night now.
  16. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    keep salt at lot..

    local mall keeps its salt on site. just put up those concrete walls and tarp it.

    one of the hospitals here also keeps bulk salt on hand but they use shipping containers and a skidsteer to load. one container holds plain another treated.
  17. madmaxxxx

    madmaxxxx Member
    Messages: 65

    The other day in Chicagoland south, a local shopping center had bulk salt laying on the parking lot without any covering at all. You could see the water trail away from it towards the drain.
  18. drumbo

    drumbo Member
    Messages: 44

    I just got a Fisher Poly Caster and I love it! It fits in my GMC shortbed and once you get that belt tensioned properly and the gate at the right setting, it is a miracle worker!

    I would buy another in a heartbeat.
  19. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    Nice looking spreader you have there Stratford. We at Sno-Way appreciate your business.

    Looks like a 6' unit. The hopper holds 2/3 yd of material.
  20. turbo38sfi

    turbo38sfi Senior Member
    Messages: 289

    I have the 6ft electric Snoway in my shortbed and am happy with it. Works great and holds quite a bit. It's 3/4 level full but I'm putting 1.5 yrds in it heaped and having no problems at all. Remove the V channel, just clogs things up and causes problems.