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GM Plow Package - Is it necessary?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Kollerman, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. Kollerman

    Kollerman Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    Guys,

    There is a guy that I work with and he is trying to sell me his 2004 GMC Sierra 2500HD. It is an extended cab short bed with the 6.0L engine. Over the summer, the guy put on a 8.2 Boss V and also added Timbrens to the front suspension. He informed me that the truck does not have the factory plow package on it. He said the sticker also said it has a 4670 front axle weight rating.

    He was planning on plowing this year for a couple relatives that have business', but his wife just recently passed away and now he wants to sell the truck and not plow anymore. He asked me if I wanted to buy it cause he knows that I also cut lawns on the side and thought I might have people that wanted their snow removed as well.

    The truck is in great shape. He put the undercoating on when he bought it at 60,XXX miles and it looks really good underneath. The truck now has 101,000 miles on it and he is asking $21,000 for it cause he said that is what other trucks in our area have been selling for. Plus, he thinks the plow added on quite a bit of value.

    I guess my first question is, what would the plow package offer that this truck doesn't currently have. Is it necessary to then put that stuff on the truck if I wanted to buy this and plow with it?

    I know he will come down slightly on the price just because I know him, but what would an appropriate offer be to give him? I really like him and he has been through a very hard couple months, so I don't want to offend him.

    Thanks.

    Jeremy
     
  2. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    Sounds like the price is steep. And there's a reason GM has a plow prep package. You'll need to gusset the upper control arm brackets at a minimum.
     
  3. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    Plow prep to my knowledge does not include any gussets or frame modifications, I have order or bought 6 now brand new. Plow prep is the larger axle rating, larger alternator & that's about it. It used to include trans & oil coolers I believe, which are now pretty much standard. Price is way steep, my mother in law is selling my father in laws truck (he past away), a 2003 2500hd ext cab work truck with a never used 8' Fisher, only has 25k miles, just inspected, tires & brakes for 17K. I think she is crazy. It is worth about 10k.
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011
  4. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    The plow prep does noting to the front axle weight rating. I have two 2008 2500's. One with a 6.0 and one with a diesel. I hve a wideout and a vplow on them. Neither have plow prep. They are fine. You get the lightbar switch and wiring in the third brake light and a few other nonsense things. The truck will hanle it fine and you don't need to add anything to it.
     
  5. Kollerman

    Kollerman Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    I know the price is too steep. The reasoning he gave me was that the truck was worth $16,000 (which I also think is a little high) and then $5,000 for the newly added plow. I don't want to go in there and lowball him, but I was thinking that if I could get the whole set up for about $16,000 or $17,000, that it would be a pretty good buy. Am I out of line with that?

    Thanks.

    Jeremy
     
  6. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    Yeah, that price is a bit steep for a truck with 100,000 miles. You can buy a nice truck for $21,000. Also, you can crank up the torsion keys to get a stiffer front end while plowing if you want. I never like running timbrens.
     
  7. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    That sound like be a better deal depending on the size of the plow if its just a little plow then I say isnt worth alot
     
  8. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,548

    RPO Code VYU (found on the sticker in the glove compartment)

    Snow Plow Prep Package, includes 10-amp power for backup and roof emergency light, (KG3) 145-amp alternator, high-flow front bumper, forward lamp wiring harness, 1.65" (42 mm) access hole with grommet in front of dash panel, roof beacon lamp provisions with switch on the instrument panel, instrument panel jumper wiring harness for electric trailer brake controller, (K47) high-capacity air cleaner and (NZZ) Skid Plate Package
     
  9. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    So in other words, nothing. The plow prep does nothing
     
  10. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Most important thing is the bigger alternator, which is an easy upgrade anyway.
     
  11. 06Sierra

    06Sierra PlowSite.com Addict
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,328

    I don't have plow prep on my 1500 and it has the 145 amp alternator.
     
  12. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,987

    Thats my thoughts on it...
     
  13. cubanb343

    cubanb343 Senior Member
    from ERIE
    Messages: 637

    Plow prep on the gas trucks ups the alternator to 160. The diesels use the 145 I believe
     
  14. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    RPO Code VYU (found on the sticker in the glove compartment)

    Snow Plow Prep Package, includes 10-amp power for backup and roof emergency light, (KG3) 145-amp alternator,high-flow front bumper, forward lamp wiring harness, 1.65" (42 mm) access hole with grommet in front of dash panel, roof beacon lamp provisions with switch on the instrument panel, instrument panel jumper wiring harness for electric trailer brake controller, (K47) high-capacity air cleaner and (NZZ) Skid Plate Package


    This stuff is nice, the front bumper allows a clean look after trimming and better airflow for cooling, the access hole is a handy feature (Chevy doesn't have a manual option so you drill an access hole) it breathes better and the skid plates are handy for the unintentional off road adventure. They save a lot of time wiring in lights and they go in with the total "factory look" and the more alternator/battery the better.

    Necessity, no, but that and the warranty security make it worth the relatively inexpensive price when buying new.
     
  15. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,548

    Well put sully
     
  16. StratfordPusher

    StratfordPusher Senior Member
    Messages: 951

    Ever see a double alternator on a Duramax

    Just picked up a newer used Chev - 2008 2500 HD reg cab, long box and it came from the factory with plow package and with dual 145 amp alternators, first I have ever seen this ?

    Anyone else ?

    Not complaining as the lights don't dim at all when running the plow....

    Al
     
  17. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,987

    Thats an option, not included in plow prep, but 2 people I know have that option... One said its been nothing but a screw up, the other hasnt had a problem at all so who knows if its a good thing or not...
     
  18. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Ford offers (offered?) the duel alternetor opition too I see it most often with as a tow package accessory. My neighbor has a expidention with duel alternators. it's a favorite amoung the big RV set. Some of those campers have a bank of six or more batteries.
     
  19. StratfordPusher

    StratfordPusher Senior Member
    Messages: 951

    Thanks Chad

    Thanks Chad, well time will see on this, sure kicks out the amps and so far I like it...

    Thanks Al
     
  20. StratfordPusher

    StratfordPusher Senior Member
    Messages: 951

    Duals

    Pic of the dual set-up on my 2008 Duramax

    2008 chev 2500HD-1 duals.jpg