Ford Snowplow Trucks

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Winter in New England is tough to predict, so it’s best to be prepared for lots of snow. Whether you plow as a contractor or just like to clear your own driveway (and maybe your neighbors’), having your own snow plow can make all the difference. But while setting up your Ford F Series pickup with an aftermarket snow plow can really make the cold months a lot more manageable, there’s a right way to go about it. The Ford Plow Prep Package, which you can opt for when you purchase your new F Series model, ensures the compatibility and optimal function of your plow. And now, for a limited time, you’ll qualify for a generous cash bonus incentive when you add a plow to your new Ford truck.

The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) plow compatibility package contains software and equipment upgrades that optimize Ford F Series pickups for plow use. These elements include stronger front springs for bearing the plow’s weight, the necessary electrical controls and wiring, and a heavy-duty alternator suited to the demands of raising and lowering a plow blade. An ordinary alternator might not be capable of keeping the pickup’s electrical system charged sufficiently to run necessary accessories like the windshield wipers, lights, and heat. On that note, only one brand of plow, Sno-Way International, is approved for use with Ford F-150s.

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Ford Snow Plow Incentive Program

Those who upfit their 2019, 2020, or 2021 Ford Super Duty with either the 47B or 473 Snow Plow Prep Package from now through January 4, 2021, can get a cash bonus ranging from $1,500 to $4,500. Some 2020 Super Duty trucks qualify for more incentive categories than others, depending on trim level, upfitting, and whether the STX Appearance Package is added.

The table below details the specific breakdown of each category (Retail CC, XL STX Special Package RCC, Commercial Upfit, XL/XLT with Snow Plow ROBC, and FDAF ROBC with Snow Plow). As the table shows, the 2020 Ford Super Duty XL with the STX Appearance Package fits all of the qualifications and is eligible for $4,500, the highest cash bonus. Keep in mind that the XL/XLT and FDAF bonus cash of $1,000 is available for 2019, 2020, and 2021 Ford Super Duty models with the Snow Plow Package.

Why Take Chances?

Some automotive warranties state in the fine print that the manufacturer can void said warranty if any unapproved modifications are made to the vehicle. That means there’s risk to attaching a plow to a Ford truck without the original factory Snow Plow Prep Package installed. In fact, some installers will refuse to put plows on trucks that aren’t equipped with the OEM prep package.

Made for Your Truck

Plow weights vary greatly, but one thing’s for sure: they’re all heavy. Although you can improve your pickup’s traction by throwing some weight in the bed, the weight of a heavy plow up front will put too much strain on the front end and negatively affect traction. Even when you’re just driving around and not picking up any snow, a plow that isn’t properly matched for your truck will be too heavy to accommodate all that weight on the front end. The Ford Snow Plow Prep Package has those stronger springs to accommodate the extra weight. If you haven’t selected your aftermarket plow, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and limitations with regard to the size of the plow, the maximum ballast (extra weight in the back to balance the weight in the front), and the gross weight limitations for your truck.