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Is a Ram 1500 Sufficient for Snow Plow?

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by Adam E., Nov 16, 2008.

  1. Adam E.

    Adam E. Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Would this be suitable in the 4x4 edition? If not what is a comparable truck that could get the job done?

  2. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,252

    Use the search feature.

    It will work, not the best, but for residential it will be ok.
  3. weeman97

    weeman97 Senior Member
    Messages: 376

    for residental yes! a dodge ram 1500 4x4 with a 7.6ft plow is good for residentals. i plowed commerical with a 2001 dodge ram 1500 off road edition w/ and 8ft fisher MM1.
  4. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Yup will work fine. There are more threads on half ton questions than anything else I think. A search will provide hours of reading.
  5. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,709

    I plowed with a 2001 Dodge 1500 quad cab and a Boss 7'6" Standard and had no problems. It handled the weight better than my 2004 f-250 Powerstroke did. The newer Dodge 1500's I wouldnt plow with though, but thats just my opinion.

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,581

    Slap a plow on it!!!! Great truck to plow with. Just don't try to plow a shopping mall with it.
  7. rjnjr1019

    rjnjr1019 Senior Member
    Messages: 159

    why wouldnt you plow with the newer dodge 1500? I have a 05 and am having a plow put on it. its a 4x4 quad cab with 20 inch tires
  8. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    Will work just wont hold up as well as a 3/4 or larger.
  9. jeremy85

    jeremy85 Member
    from nh
    Messages: 63

    i hope you mean 20inch rims, not tires
  10. rjnjr1019

    rjnjr1019 Senior Member
    Messages: 159

    LOL yea rims and tires

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,581

    20" are useless in the snow(too wide). Better to have a set of 17". Plus the salt will kill the polished alum.

    BAPTRUCKING Junior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 8

    My 97 1500 Ram with upgraded springs and 7.6 meyer classic worked fine. Parking lot and all. Worked fine before I upgraded springs.
  13. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,037

    Because they have IFS instead of the solid axle that the previous generation used. I plowed with an IFS Chevy for 8 years, but wouldn't go back after plowing with my new CTD 2500.
  14. snerdy

    snerdy Member
    Messages: 32

    I plowed last year with an 04 1500 reg cab short bed 4.7 equipped with a 7.5 mm2 rd fisher. I cranked the torsion bars 3 turns and added timbrens and reflexx hd shocks to make sure the front was stiff enough to hold it. I had no problems. I am going with a western pro on my 08 reg cab short bed hemi with a 2.5" front lift. I have taken the 20's off and put some 17" steel wheels and mud tires for the season. If those break I have my 1989 Gmc stepside reg cab with a faithful 7.5 Diamond.
  15. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Not to be a hater but 20" is not the width. Nor or 17". You can put the same width tire on a 17" as a 20". In most cases the 20" will net you a shorter sidewall however.
  16. kah68

    kah68 Senior Member
    Messages: 236

    I'm pretty sure Daff knows that 20" and 17" are not the tire width. What I think he is refering to is that fact that the 20" Wheel is wider than the 17" wheel, therefore requiring a wider tire and he is correct. On another note (for all Dodge 20" owners) the stock tires are P metric, not a true LT tire. Buy some 17's and good rubber in a similar diameter to keep the trucks computers happy.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2008
  17. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    You do not have to put a wider tire on just because it is a 20" rim. Sorry, but on a stock rim you can run 245 all the way up to a 37" tire, which is about a 335. So, he is not correct. It may come with a wider tire, but does not require it.
  18. FeelLikeANumber

    FeelLikeANumber Member
    Messages: 63

    Put the plow on it and go to town. Dont worry about tire size. Let everybody else argue that one for you. Best bet is to do what I did. Take the truck for a test drive straight off the lot and drive down to your local boss/meyer/snow way dealership and talk to somebody down there. Tell them you've got the truck, explain the details of the truck (i.e. engine size, cab size, bed size) and they'll find you a plow that will fit it. Return the truck. Then, tomorrow do the same thing all over but go to a different dealership if applicable and shop around. Long story short. I just bought an 02 Ram 1500 short bed, reg cab pick up. Drove it off the lot on a saturday and took it to a place, they priced out a western 7ft 6in for me at 4,600 installed. I slept on it sunday and monday rolled around I test drove the truck again and took it to a different dealer, they priced out a Boss 7ft 6in poly, hand controller... 4,100 installed. I said "sold" and a week later had a plow on my truck with the price included in my loan so as to make one payment instead of two payments (1 truck payment, 1 plow payment). Moral of the story: If you've got the truck you want (and you'll know it when you see it), figure out the plow you want and the price you want to pay and the rest will work. I've got about 3 people I talk to on a reg. who love their western plows, my summer time employer who has 8 trucks all with Boss plows...loves them, and I've known a couple of people with snow way who swear by it, I myself used to have a Meyer before I got my new one. Get the truck and plow you like best at a price that you feel is right and start moving some snow. Every truck is going to breakdown at some point and so is every plow, but why worry about it now. Just make sure you're comfortable.
  19. rjnjr1019

    rjnjr1019 Senior Member
    Messages: 159

    Well Said.
  20. snow tender

    snow tender Senior Member
    Messages: 134

    lol Drop the plow and push some snow!!!!