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Forget that summer vacation

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by twodan, Aug 15, 2005.

  1. twodan

    twodan Member
    Messages: 41

    I've been reading this forum for quite some time now, trying to decide if I should trade my 99 SLT extended cab, 1500, 4x4 for an 05, 2500HD and do my own plowing of our lots at work. i decided to purchase an 05, LE with cloth seats and manual seats because of the prices of the LT, and because it also came with a blose radio/stereo.
    The change from electrically adjustable seats to the chosen factory presets was difficult, and I'm not sure of the comfort level.
    Today, the 1st day of my vacation, my wife & I decide to take my 83 year old mother to lunch; no problem. I drop them off at the door and seek out someplace to park my 4 month old beauty. Now, remember, I have not dropped the plow, except to set it in the garage until it's needed. I've read about the need of a back up truck, etc. with regrets every time I hear of mechanical failures while plowing. But, I never considered the need of a back up until today when my prize was side swiped from the front mirror back to the bed. So, now am I sure my choice was the correct one? No. Will I live through the bodyshop's work? Not sure. Will I look with kids' eyes to the 1st snow storm? You bet! Damn, the plan was to save some money, and ride in a new truck. That will happen, but my, please close your eyes, virgin has been tarnished....:( So, plan as one might, don't forget the slime bag who puts you out of service, and be thankful as I am, this did not happen with 6" of snow on the ground. Being a newbie, I'm determined to learn to learn to plow, as I was determined to learn my "real job".
  2. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Bummer about the damage!

    My Bro-inlaw bought a new loaded F-350 V10 crew cab 4 $ 4. A 12 point buck stepped out in front of him a week later destroyed the grill, hood, fender and the rack gouged the whole pass side from one end to the other. His old 2 y/o truck he sold to his brother got T-bone 2 days later! They sat side by side in the body shop.

    Your truck being brand new in theory it should not have any mechanical problems for a while yet. Might think about finding someone you know with a plow just for a "what if" back up, stuff does happen.
    There are books on snow plowing out, someone could point you in the right direction for them. I do believe the owner of this site wrote one too.