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Diesel or Gas Power wagon? help me. WITH POLL!!!

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by dodge15004x45.9, Jan 24, 2011.

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Wagon or diesel?

  1. Wagon

    8 vote(s)
    17.4%
  2. Diesel

    37 vote(s)
    80.4%
  3. Other(please list)

    1 vote(s)
    2.2%
  1. dodge15004x45.9

    dodge15004x45.9 Senior Member
    from malvern
    Messages: 361

    I need to get a new truck and i was looking to get either a 06 dodge 2500 diesel with 30k miles or a 09 Powerwagon with 18k miles on it, they both cost the same 35k but cant decide which one to get. I tow a 16ft landscape trailer and a 12ft dump trailer during the summer and plow during the winter, so which one is best?
     
  2. DaytonBioLawns

    DaytonBioLawns Banned
    from 45458
    Messages: 347

    wooo hoo... first argument i've won in years @100% lol.....and that is because I'm the only one who voted yet haha (I have a gf so no matter what I lose...)
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2011
  3. dodge15004x45.9

    dodge15004x45.9 Senior Member
    from malvern
    Messages: 361

    Lol kevins is gonna call me at like 8am while im sleeping just to ***** up a storm.
     
  4. fireboy5722

    fireboy5722 Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    so can you put a plow on a powerwagon.
     
  5. woodchuck2

    woodchuck2 Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    I would be all over the 06 Cummins, probably the best year of them all IMO. Great power, great fuel milage and fairly quiet. I would hammer them on the price though, $35k is steep IMO.
     
  6. jmbones

    jmbones Senior Member
    from NE PA
    Messages: 236

    I voted for the Wagon simply because I own one and am bias :) However, if you are going to be towing alot, the Cummins is the way to go. And yes you can put a plow on a new Power Wagon, without removing the winch.
     
  7. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    I would go with the diesel but price seems high. If you went with a Hemi I would just find a straight 2500. The Power Wagon is a novelty truck in my opinion. There is a bunch of stuff you pay big money for that you really wont use in the real world. If you needed 4.56 gears, air lockers (I think thats what they are), and a Warn winch to plow snow or pull a trailer then a plow prep package or towing package would have it. If you do decide you want a Hemi then find a older 06+ low mileage one. You can pick them up fairly cheap right now.
     
  8. jmbones

    jmbones Senior Member
    from NE PA
    Messages: 236

    I guess it all depends what the purpose of ones truck is. I am in the real world (I think) and I use my winch and lockers all the time. I am self recoverable and can basically get myself or anyone else out of a sticky situation in a snap. I like being prepared as well.
     
  9. Dodge Plow Pwr

    Dodge Plow Pwr Senior Member
    Messages: 568

    Price is high for the diesel. I just sold my 05 with 103k for $21,500. No plow.
     
  10. MrPLow2011

    MrPLow2011 Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 276

    Just a thought. Can you even put a plow on a power wagon???? Dont they have some special bumper with a whinch on it? You would have to replace the bumper and all those front end parts are high end off road parts. Can u even hang a plow off it without voiding warranty?
     
  11. jmbones

    jmbones Senior Member
    from NE PA
    Messages: 236

    Yes you can put a plow on a Power Wagon. The bumper is no different then a regular 2500. There is a winch behind the bumper but there are some models of plows that will work without removing the winch. The manual says do not put a plow on it, but many have successfully done it. I have posted pictures of some PW's with plows in this thread: http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=103951
     
  12. DAFFMOBILEWASH

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,596

    OTHER - Do a Cummins diesel conversion on the Power Wagon, best of both worlds.... Stick to the diesel trucks and the 5.9l Cummins:)
     
  13. Dig-it Landscap

    Dig-it Landscap Member
    Messages: 66

    I'd go with the diesel. Heck, I'll sell you mine for 35k!
     
  14. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    I'd go with a diesel as well. I love my HEMI but after driving my cousin's Cummin's plowing (his is a stock 2003), I want to trade it in. While my HEMI would be spinning 3000-3500RPM's moving a pile, his is putting along at 1,500RPM not giving a darn about whats in front of it.
     
  15. bltp203

    bltp203 Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    For me the question was about yearly costs. I only put so many miles a year on each truck, so for the most part, I figured out it would take me about 5 years to make up the extra cost of the diesel engine and diesel fuel with the better mileage.

    There are a few gas mileage calculators on the web that can help you make your decision.
     
  16. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Very true. One thing I didn't take into account with my truck purchase was the area I drive in which is full of hills. Sure the HEMI handles them fine, but the powerband is up high and needs to rev to get the near 800lb plow + 600lbs of ballast + fuel/me/tools up them. If I had purchasd the Cummins, I know that I'd be using a lot less fuel while out plowing since the Cummins wouldn't be working as hard to get up those hills.
     
  17. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    There is a bad ass mega cab dually LONG box for sale on the Minneapolis Craigslist. Fully loaded with like 37K on it for $31,000. Great driveway rig:dizzy:
     
  18. dodge15004x45.9

    dodge15004x45.9 Senior Member
    from malvern
    Messages: 361

  19. kevlars

    kevlars Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    I plow with a 2002 Cummins. It is a monster! Put in low range, and it is like a tractor. My buddy that helps me plow sometimes has a 2500HD with a 6 liter, and it does OK, but it drinks the fuel! I got 9 mpg during the last storm plowing. Can't beat that!

    kevlars