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Salt with a truck cap?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by kbsnow, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. kbsnow

    kbsnow Senior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 146

    Salt with a truck cap installed?

    I recently picked up a tailgate salter, and made a frame so it slides into my trailer hitch. The dilema is the truck stays outside, and it has a cap on it. With the spreader mounted, I cannot access the bed as the tailgate wont open nor will the window from the cap. I need to store salt...and NOT have it stolen. I was thinking of removing one of the side windows from the cap and make a door that locks out of plywood...any ideas?

    Last edited: Nov 23, 2009
  2. Grampa Plow

    Grampa Plow Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 274

    If your going to be lifting the bags of salt out of the back window, make sure you know a good quack-a-practor cause you back is gonna be real mad at you.

    Why not just take off the spreader when your not plowing and leave the salt in the back. Then take the tailgate off and put the spreader back on when your going to use it. Either way....it's gonna be a pain in the butt and I wouldn't do it.
  3. towpro570

    towpro570 Senior Member
    Messages: 241

    if you want the cap why don't you shorten the cap cut it and move the door closer to the cab or get one from a short box now you could open door but you would have to make some thing for under the cap gate
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2009
  4. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Take the cap off and get a good tarp.
  5. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    There is no easy way to get your salt from this scenario. Covered salt is good but if you have to reinvent the wheel to get to it is not worth it to me. Having a torn L5 disc from hummping 80 pounder's last year believe me its no fun! The only thing I can suggest is buying a swing-a-way mount for your spreader.
  6. Deco

    Deco Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    i work in an undesirable area myself. i'd lose the cap and forget about it . just give the skid a "wrap" with plastic banding and they leave the salt alone. after all you are making over 50% profit on ea. bag , arent you ?
  7. kbsnow

    kbsnow Senior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 146

    I think I am gonna just get rid of the cap. It is aluminum, so the money I get at the scrap yd will pay for some salt...
  8. kbsnow

    kbsnow Senior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 146

    I made up my mind...I'm gonna scrap the cap...its aluminum, and I'll buy some salt with the money from scrap yd. I can have them load the salt in the back with the forklift that way too.
  9. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    That truck has seen better days.....
  10. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    of sideswiping something or someone!
  11. Deco

    Deco Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    now your cooking with fire:yow!:
  12. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935


    Might as well scrap the truck too. Thats what you call a MTO special around here.

    Or you could use some of that metal from the cap to fill the rust holes on your truck-they are both the same color.

    Was going to say salting with a truck cap might be like screwing with your pants on-it just doesnt feel or look quite right.

    I think you made the right choice-congrats.

    BTW-get that forklift guy to load you from the passenger side-you dont want to risk damaging the good side of that heap.
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2009
  13. kbsnow

    kbsnow Senior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 146

    Thanks for the advice...I'm still laughing about the truck comments. The truck is actually in excellent shape, except for this side. PLowing a LONG driveway with steep sides the ice got me and I went into the trees just off the drive. I am actually thinking of fixing the side. I replaced the exhaust system and it is good as new.