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Driving with plow attached

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by dontknowmuch, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. dontknowmuch

    dontknowmuch Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Can you drive any distance with the plow on? I have a half ton avalache with a Boss 7"6" staright blade. I was wondering if it is stressful on the front end. Or is it OK to drive 75 miles or so? Thanks for the help.
  2. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    Yeh you can do it, it'd be same as plowing for 75 miles. Just watch your speed on the highway, and keep the plow as low as you can so it doesnt restrict airflor over the radiator.
  3. heavyiron

    heavyiron Member
    Messages: 96

    It's probably worth the few minutes to remove the plow. Unless you're going to plow at your destination, it'll be a big anchor in the mileage department. Besides, if you're in heavy traffic it's another thing someone else can hit.
  4. bigmac1276

    bigmac1276 Member
    Messages: 57

    I have a 2002 ram 1500 with 7'6" boss straight blade, only had it on the truck once, but the only problem I had was driving on the highway with the blade up high the truck started getting hot and my farthest account is 45miles away.
  5. Krieger91

    Krieger91 Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    Agreed. While you can, it'll put more wear and tear on the drivetrain and suspension, plus the mileage will suck.
  6. ahoron

    ahoron Senior Member
    from here
    Messages: 422

    You can do it but like said alreadly mileage will be hurtin' Just keep an eye on the temp. gauge as the truck will get hot quicker. I often drive 30 miles with plow about half up raising to take turns and at railroad crossings to avoid hitting the ground
  7. dontknowmuch

    dontknowmuch Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    So my main concern is the temp gauge right. If it goes high just pull over and wait for it to cool? No other big worries with the suspension or anything?
  8. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    your suspension willbe fine. just keep an eye on the temp
  9. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    45 miles away. how long does it take to get there during a storm. They must pay you pretty good to travel 45 miles?:dizzy:
  10. prizeprop

    prizeprop Senior Member
    Messages: 135

    My philosophy has always been if its not going to be used take it off asap.Can create more problems than the time to take it off.Plus I hate driving with it on.Feels like I'm in Cadillac as soon as it comes offprsport.
  11. ahoron

    ahoron Senior Member
    from here
    Messages: 422

    If your driving it everyday with it on you will wear suspension/steering down faster than if you had plow off. Once in a while you will be fine. I never have to pull over just lower plow traveling 70-85mph watch the guage if she's hot lower plow to get air flowing again. Yes, I know you're not to drive that fast with plow on so let's say I'm a professional driver on a closed course.:D
  12. dontknowmuch

    dontknowmuch Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Love your dog and thanks for the info, it will only be on for that long of a trip 3 or 4 times a winter. I'll watch the temp gauge
  13. flakesmeangreen

    flakesmeangreen Senior Member
    Messages: 217

    Yeah. I'd like to know that too. And is that one way or round trip? Details.....
  14. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    Or it could be a nice defensive device......

    But I would say, the best interest in you vehicle would be to take it off.
  15. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    you're good road worthy wise too because as long as the plow is 9' or narrower, you're legal
  16. te snow

    te snow Member
    Messages: 46

    I don't know how it is in your area but hear in Illinois you have to e careful when on the highway especially not to let your plow hit the road. I went through a toll booth once and the attendant told me to watch the plow height because the state police will ticket you if the plow touches the roadway. Only if they see you of coarse.
  17. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    I put my plow on in anticipation for a storm only...or to wash the hell out of it.

    I take the plow off when not in use.

    Why put the extra strain on your truck when not needed?

    By the way...transporting the plow is harder on the truck than normal plowing conditions.

    I too have to travel quite a distance to go plow..So anytime the plow is not going to be in use...it's in my garage.

    But make sure in transport of that distance to either drop the plow real low, or to angle the blade so that air flow is not resrticted to your engine.

    Get a trans temp gauge.
  18. IMAGE

    IMAGE Sponsor
    Messages: 1,747

    I leave my plows on almost all the time. Well the Boss Vplow will never come off all winter, no need. The 810, I often do 100mile round trips with it on, and stays on most of the time around town. I only really take it off when there is no snow in the forecast for at least 3-4 days, even then is iffy. Now if its no snow for a week... then I drop it.

    I like it on. I find its great advertising.