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eco diesel an plowing

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by trevier, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. trevier

    trevier Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    Think you'll be able to plow with these trucks?
     
  2. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    Don't they have electronic gear selector on dash?
     
  3. trevier

    trevier Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    yup, that's what scares me. I'm in an out of reverse an drive maybe 300 times while plowing.
     
  4. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,535

    Now that would suck.
     
  5. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    My first thought is that Dodge would not plow prep these trucks.
     
  6. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    Anyone know if they have electronic steering?
     
  7. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    What's soo bad about the electronic gear selector? I drove one and thought it was great!!! I'm not positive but I don't think that the eco diesel has electronic steering
     
  8. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,571

    The new Dodge RAM 1500 eco diesel has upgraded the navigation system& electric power steering .
    and the only tranny that is not shifted electronically is the manual G56.

    on my 2500 with the 6.7 all the shiftier does is move on the column. it's shifted electronically by a ram on the tranny for D - R then a switch to manually select gears 1-6
     
  9. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    They don't have a column. That's the problem it's just a knob
     
  10. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,571

    It would be a pain to have to reach to turn a knob.


    and no plow group for the 1500. the plow group/prep really doesn't account for much anymore.

    but why not, folks are plowing with 1500 gassers...

    I'd plow my drive with it but I wouldn't go and plow parking lots with it

     
  11. trevier

    trevier Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    been plowing with my 1500 ext cab chevy since december of 06. The only difference between a non plow prep and a plow prep is the size of the alternator, 145 amps compared to 168amps, that's it. As long as you have a super engine cooling package you'll be fine plowing.
     
  12. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,535

    Really..... You comparing a 06 to a 15 with a 1st year diesel.....oh please.
     
  13. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Throw a plow on one of these new non-plow prepped Eco diesels with air suspension and then go make a drivetrain warranty claim. Good luck!
     
  14. trevier

    trevier Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    no, I was comparing a plow prep truck to a non prep truck,
     
  15. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,035

    There's more of a difference than just alternator as well. It's usually a skid plate, heavier front axle rating (if you have an axle up front), and possibly something else that I'm forgetting. That being said, most of the guys on here that have plows on their trucks don't have the plow prep package. It's really not that big of a deal, other than as somebody above posted, any plow related warranty claims. And I also know that Snoway makes plows for the F-150s that have electronic steering, so some manufacturers can work around that issue.
     
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2014
  16. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,535

    Cooling fan.

    If I you have a axle up front? I don't follow that one at all.
     
  17. SnowFakers

    SnowFakers Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 942

    Believe he is talking about IFS vs solid axle? Could be wrong
     
  18. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,035

    That's what I meant SnowFakers.
     
  19. trevier

    trevier Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    super engine cooling package has everything you need.
     
  20. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,535

    Far from being a dodge guy, is that offered on the diesel?