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Taking the plow on a trip.

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by ff1241, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. ff1241

    ff1241 Member
    Messages: 68

    We have a yearly icefishing get together up at the hunting cabin about 100 miles away. My brother wants me to bring the plow up to make more parking room. The ATV made some room but the piles are now to big for it to push. I have a 2007 Chevy 2500 with a Western 8'6" pro plus.

    I will need to keep an eye on the thermostat. Any other things I should do? Would it be better If I got the plow on a trailer?
  2. CTerrySGD

    CTerrySGD Member
    Messages: 64

    maybe i'm missing something, but how bout putting the plow in the bed of the truck and straping it down? Will it fit?
  3. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    If you have a way to get the plow on and off a trailer, that would be much easier on the truck. But a hundred miles isn't forever. If you leave it on, set it as low as possible. You may need to experiment a bit with the blade angle to get the best cooling.

    Hopefully it's COLD when you go.
  4. ff1241

    ff1241 Member
    Messages: 68

    No. I have a tool box in the bed and its only a 6 foot bed. With the tool box I only have about 4 feet and + 2 more with the tailgate down. I don't think it will fit in the bed of the truck very well.
  5. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    You should be fine. Just keep it as low as you can.
  6. qualitycut

    qualitycut PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,231

    between my plow route and running around the next day doing my realitors and forclusures I easy put 100 miles on. Just watch the thermo and you will be fine. Only issue you may have is that it is a chevy. :)
  7. onsight

    onsight Senior Member
    Messages: 160

    After the heavy snow that went through central WI - i wanted to go check my property and mobile home, so i took my plow with on an aprox. 200 mile trip (each way). Didn't have any problems. Plowed my drive, checked my mobile home and came home. My truck is a 2011 F350 with a Boss VXT.
  8. Dr Who

    Dr Who Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    You should be fine, you have to think that running around doing several properties during a storm you Can rack up some miles, 100 is easy to do in a storm if you have a lot of properties to do that are spaced out all over a 20 mile radius.

    Like others have said, run the blade low, play with the angle, but to the far left or right would be the best I think, but remember you have an 07 model truck, I am sure that it has elect fans on it, maybe not for the motor, but it sure does for the AC unit, so if you are worried that its going to run hot, run the heat on mix so the defroster runs, which if it works like most every other vehicle out there will run the ac unit, which will run the ac cooling fans.
    Will help out if nothing else, but you should be fine as long as its not 98 degree out side.
  9. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    Drive at night it will be colder, if you are going in the next few days it is suppose to be very cold.
    Keep an eye on the gauges and just don't drive to fast.
  10. ff1241

    ff1241 Member
    Messages: 68

    I get off work friday at 11pm and the temp is going to be in the single digits. When I come back Saturday its going to be warmer and was a little more worried. This is the first time I have taken my truck and plow at freeway speeds for a prolonged period of time. Thanks for all the pointers.
  11. watatrp

    watatrp Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    I transported my plow last summer 120 miles in 95 degree heat. Managed to keep temps just slightly above normal. Was interesting to try out the different positions for the plow and they did make a difference. I found out that angled to the right was the best for my Chevy. You would think that angled to the left would be just a good but it wasn't.
  12. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    lesave it on and have fun fishing
    only thing that will be bad is....gas mileage lol
  13. V_Scapes

    V_Scapes PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,072

    That is a pretty big plow though. i have a tough time keeping the thermo down with my 9' blade. should be good with keeping it real low but watch for bumps!
  14. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    now thats just funny!!!!, good thing i drive a gmc
  15. dforbes

    dforbes Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    I would be more worried about plowing on top of a lake than running 100 miles with the plow on.
  16. ff1241

    ff1241 Member
    Messages: 68

    I'm not plowing the ice. I'm plowing the snowbanks back to make more parking at the hunting cabin.
  17. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    Exactly what I was thinking. I used to put 2000 miles a week with a plow on 3/4 ton GMC's, 100 miles is nothing other than the decreased fuel economy.
  18. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    A week? That's some driving....
  19. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115


    Wouldn't catch me out there....
  20. 496 BB

    496 BB Senior Member
    Messages: 789

    It amazes me how anyone survived without forums. Drive the truck. It will be fine. If it gets hot lower the plow. I carry mine about 2" above the road and its fine. Angle it if need be. Id be more worried about what songs your going to listen to for the next 100 miles.