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    Default The right battery for a plow truck

    Hey all! I've got a single battery in my silverado, which is set up to plow. When I ran my plow last year, it all but killed the battery when raising the plow. I was told that a second battery was not necessary and that I should look for more cold cranking amps. I've got 800 CCA and that's about the highest I've seen. I think there is more to this. Can anyone help?

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    Well I don't know about plows down here in Alabama, but I use a Optima red battery because my winch killed the stock battery.

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    What you need is a 2 battery setup and at least an 180 amp alternator, Thats what would be considered a minimal set up here in Minnesota, but then again some plow guys run there plows for up to 12-14 hours a day on a real bad snow fall and run up to a 250 amp alternator. I dont know how much your really going to be running your plow but any thing more then an hour or 2 puts to much load on a single battery and stock alternator, and even worse if you add extra strob lights.
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    My truck before I bought it was used to push snow. It has the two battery setup. It worked for him so hopefully if you go this way it'd work for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hundojoe View Post
    What you need is a 2 battery setup and at least an 180 amp alternator, Thats what would be considered a minimal set up here in Minnesota, but then again some plow guys run there plows for up to 12-14 hours a day on a real bad snow fall and run up to a 250 amp alternator. I dont know how much your really going to be running your plow but any thing more then an hour or 2 puts to much load on a single battery and stock alternator, and even worse if you add extra strob lights.
    X2, and they make a kit if im not mistaken for the Silverado? But i know a few people who just put in a higher output alternator since they dont plow as much (just a few local driveways and mabey their neighbors) so as mentioned alot has to do with your application.
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    Thanks for all of your input. I guess I'll look into adding a battery and new alternator.

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