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Ford or Dodge

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by desearth, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. desearth

    desearth Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 18

    Hey Everyone I have a problem and just looking for some advice, I have been plowing for a few years with a 1988 jeep wrangler with a standard 6.5 western plow. Just driveways and help a friend plow my community about 1 mile of roads. Well the truck is dead and went looking to get another one and not looking to pay $4000.00 to $5000.00 for a used 1988 to 1995. I now have a 2004 ford f250 crew cab, but with plow the truck is almost 25 feet long. Ok my problem is, do I put a new or used plow on my ford truck for $3000 to $5000 or do I get another truck, looking at a dodge Dakota $6000 to $7000, I have all the mounting brackets and wire harness for the western plow for that truck. I have also been looking at jeeps but not happy with the condition for the age and price. I know my gut is saying put the plow on the ford but i think it will be to large, the dakota would be good as a 2nd truck and a liitle better gas mileage. Any help would be great.
     
  2. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I have an 04 Ford just like yours and I run a Sno-Way V and do alot of resi drives. The truck works great and is not too big for driveways. Works great on Big lots as well.
     
  3. MAR4CARS

    MAR4CARS Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    Only you can make that choice. .Need to set up your equipment based on your needs if the truck fits and can be maneuvered everywhere you need it then the Ford would work well for you.
     
  4. VBR

    VBR Member
    Messages: 67

    The Dakota is a pretty small truck, I don't think it is even considered a half ton right? Even though the jeep is smaller the older ones where built like brick sh** houses, where the Dakota isn't. You would be better off putting a plow on the Ford. I always think it is better to over kill then under.
     
  5. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    Is ur truck an 8 ft bed or does it have drw?
     
  6. VBR

    VBR Member
    Messages: 67

    He has a crew cab so most likely a 6.5 bed, and its a 250 so it is SWR
     
  7. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    Lol I must have missed the 250 part. If it has 6.5 bed I would definitly put a plow on it.
     
  8. desearth

    desearth Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 18

    Thanks for all the replies, The truck has an 8 foot bed alone the truck is 20 to 21 feet long without the plow.
     
  9. jomofo

    jomofo Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    I plow my Ram 2500HD hemi/quad/8' bed... It's about 25' long with my boss 9.2 VXT on it. Don't have any particularly tight spots to get into and and have no problems at all. Keep a load of firewood in the back... it's a beast.

    Edit: Just for nose-dive reference - the bed is empty in this pic... No timbrens or anything, just sweet, sweet, SFA goodness..

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    Last edited: Nov 13, 2008