2021 RAM 1500 Owners Manual - SNOWPLOW


Snowplow Prep Packages are available as a factory installed option. These packages include components necessary to equip your

vehicle with a snowplow. 4

Before installation of a snowplow it is highly recommended that the owner/installer obtain and follow the recommendations contained within the current Body Builders Guide. See an authorized dealer, installer or snowplow manu- facturer for this information. There are unique electrical systems that must be connected to properly ensure operator safety and prevent overloading vehicle systems.


    Check the hydraulic system for leaks and proper fluid level.
    Check the mounting bolts and nuts for proper tightness.
    Check the runners and cutting edge for excessive wear. The cutting edge should be

¼ to ½ inches (6 cm to 1.2 cm) above ground in snow plowing position.

    Check that snowplow lighting is connected and functioning properly.


    The maximum number of occupants in the truck should not exceed two.
    The total GVWR, Front GAWR or the Rear GAWR should never be exceeded.
    Cargo capacity will be reduced by the addition of options or passengers, etc.

The loaded vehicle weight, including the snowplow system, all aftermarket accessories, driver, passengers, options, and cargo, must not exceed either the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) or Gross Axle Weight (GAWR) ratings. These weights are specified on the Safety Compliance Certification Label on the driver's side door opening.

Detach the snowplow when transporting passengers.

Vehicle front end wheel alignment was set to specifications at the factory without consideration for the weight of the plow. Front end toe-in should be checked and reset if necessary at the beginning and end of the snowplow season. This will help prevent uneven tire wear.

The blade should be lowered whenever the vehicle is parked.

Maintain and operate your vehicle and snowplow equipment following the recommendations provided by the specific snowplow manufacturer.


The blade restricts air flow to the radiator and causes the engine to operate at higher than normal temperatures. Therefore, when transporting the plow, angle the blade completely and position it as low as road or surface conditions permit. Do not exceed

40 mph (64 km/h). The operator should always maintain a safe stopping distance and allow adequate passing clearance.


Under ideal snow plowing conditions, 20 mph (32 km/h) should be maximum operating speed. The operator should be familiar with the area and surface to be cleaned. Reduce speed and use extreme caution when plowing unfamiliar areas or under poor visibility.


Snowplows should be maintained in accordance with the plow manufacturer's instructions.

Keep all snowplow electrical connections and battery terminals clean and free of corrosion.

When plowing snow, to avoid transmission and drivetrain damage, the following precautions should be observed:

    Operate with transfer case in 4WD Low when plowing small or congested areas where speeds are not likely to exceed 15 mph

(24 km/h). At higher speeds operate in 4WD High.

    Vehicles with automatic transmissions should use 4WD Low when plowing deep or heavy snow for extended periods of time to avoid transmission overheating.
    Do not shift the transmission unless the engine has returned to idle and wheels have stopped. Make a practice of stepping on the brake pedal while shifting the transmission.


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