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Colorado contractor gets the job done with minimal modifications

By Bruce W. Smith

Brian Rogers is the owner/foreman of R.A.I. in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. RAI stands for “Rock and Ice” removal services, and Rogers’ small fleet of front-end loaders, dump trucks, pickups and skid steers is kept hopping year around.

One those pickups is Rogers’ personal pickup – a 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500 diesel 4×4 he puts through its paces plowing snow in the winter and hauling equipment and pipe during the summer for the company’s pipeline, road building and site prep contracts.

“We haven’t done any crazy modifications to this truck. It’s pretty stock but works great for how we use it,” says Rogers. “We put a Western plow on the front during the winter and run a set of Bridgestone Dueler all-terrains on it. Those tires seem to work well all year. The headache rack is there to keep pipe out of the rear window during the summer.”

“I added extra backup lights because a lot of the plow work we do in the winter is at night. And visibility is paramount for both safety and being able to work efficiently,” Rogers adds. “Of course I’ve got a CB and business radio installed to stay in touch with the crew as we work.”


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