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Moving 2200 miles with plow on the front?

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by coolbns, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. coolbns

    coolbns Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Evening all!

    Here is my problem. I am flying to WA state and then driving with my father to northern Indiana. We are driving his 2005 F350 6.0 L diesel: we will be towing his 32FT fifth wheel, and here is the kicker, he wants to bring his 3 or 4 year old blizzard blade....we are going to have to mount it and drive it on the front all the way to Indiana. The trailer will have all of his personal belongings in it so it will be heavier than normal....and then the plow issue?!!!!

    Has anyone ever done this, or does anyone have any suggestions....does, don'ts? I am pretty concerned! He thinks it will be just fine. We are leaving WA near the end of this month.

  2. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    If it doesn't overheat I'll be very surprised.
  3. coolbns

    coolbns Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I just talked to my dad again and he did say that it has the tranny cooler with the fan. I am VERY concerned
  4. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    You need to find a way to haul it
  5. blk90s13

    blk90s13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,157

    cant you put it in the bed ?

    if you take it easy and keep one eye on the trans temp and coolant temp you may make it in one piece but man thats a long haul

    I dont like driving the 40 miles to my sub accounts every storm with plow on the front
  6. fine79

    fine79 Junior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 7

    Where 'bouts in WA? Could be a mountain pass climb, or all dowhill:D

    How about tying it on the tail of the trailer? Might help counter the added weight...
  7. randym99

    randym99 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    Get it in the truck bed somehow.Ya don't want to be looking at that all that way AND keeping an eye on the trailer too!Not sure what the trailer bumper is like ,could lay the blade on its face, jack it up tight to bumper(with the framework sticking up and strap it there?Make sure it gona stay.Ya don't want some guy on his harley launching 100ft in the air off it!!
  8. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    You guys missed the part where he said he wants to bring his 5TH WHEEL so putting it into the bed is not an option.

    Driving 2200 miles with a plow on is pure insanity. Not only is it going to stress the engine from running at a higher temp than normal, your truck's front end isn't designed to handle that kind of weight over that many miles. I have to believe your ball joints would be shot after that trip.

    How about this...since he's going to have a 5th wheel, you are allowed to pull a second trailer behind that. A 2 place snowmobile trailer would keep you within your overall length restriction and it would handle the weight of the plow just fine.
  9. mikefras

    mikefras Member
    Messages: 50

    I squeeze my blade under the 5th wheel no probs, just leave the mount and hydraulics on the truck. A bit of a pain but it works

    RODHALL Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    put the blade in the 5th wheel.

    i'm guessing it is an enclosed trailer??? just set it on back and slide it in up against one of the sides...

    open trailer should not be any issue with setting it up on and hauling it
  11. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    Any chance you have a picture of that? I can't figure out how it can be done but who knows...
  12. coolbns

    coolbns Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    correct me if I'm wrong (I don't own or use a plow) the plow must weigh about 1000 pounds? I can't imagine getting the blade into the trailer without damaging the door or carpet. I am impressed that MIkefras gets his into the bed under the fifth wheel. I am gonna have to really look at that when I get there.

    As far as the mountains....He lives near Winthrop...about 3.5 hours from Idaho and the pass! The major mountains that we will encounter are in Idaho. After that...it is downhill and flat from there to Indiana!

    Dad said that the bumper rating was 200 lbs. We would have to pay to get a hitch installed to the trailer and then rent a trailer. He wasn't willing to pay $300 to 600 to ship the blade to begin with!
  13. mikefras

    mikefras Member
    Messages: 50

    To clarify I only slide the moldboard between the hitch and the wheel wells curve facing out and it leans over enough for the 5th wheel to clear it in turns. The mount and frame stay on the front of the truck
  14. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    Your right that plow weighs 1,000lbs. I agree with a small trailer behind the 5th. No way would I drive that far with a blade on the front.

    If not make some sort of platform for the back of the 5th. People put smaller things back there just support it a little better.
  15. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    Would it fit across the bed rails in front of the 5th, do you have a long box?
  16. blk90s13

    blk90s13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,157

    Are we talking about a camper 5th wheel here ?
  17. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    That would be my guess. He says it has carpet.
  18. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    If it were me I would do a few things 1st. Sometimes a long trip with all yer stuff is just the way it has to be. Sounds like Dad is moving to Indiana.

    I would invest in some of that purple oil products (not sure of product name) and change the stuff out in the axles and transmission, maybe the engine. I would for sure go with at least Mobile 1 synthetic for sure. Those will bring down temps a small fraction.

    Make sure your cooling system is in proper working condition maybe even get a preventive flush with new Prestone.

    Make absolutely sure you have a good if not new HD fan clutch. This may be the number 1 thing to make sure is working properly. For some extra protection I may even buy a small electric cooling fan and install that in front of the radiator.

    Make sure you find the air flow sweet spot for the plow when driving. There will be one spot angled lowered or in some position that will offer maximum cooling and air flow while driving @ 55 - 60 mph. Find it and keep it there while driving. Realize your low spot so when you take a off ramp it is in your mind to raise or straighten plow enough so you wont drag metal.

    Bring along a extra 6 qts of oil and a filter so you can change the oil somewhere at the half way point.

    I have driven many trucks with the plows on over 500 miles on the hwy. 500 may not be 2,000 but I have never had problems following the steps outlined above.

    Good luck and watch those deer. :eek:
  19. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Sell the plow. It's not the best time to be selling, but the fuel (and stress) saved will offset it.
  20. keitha

    keitha Senior Member
    Messages: 133

    Don't your exact model but this one is...
    outside the box (way out).
    Take off the trip springs and lay blade flat
    may need some supports.

    Check with a local trucking company.
    Ship just the moldboard.
    Carry the head gear someplace.
    Some one may have a spot for it.