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Is the "Snow Plow Package" necessary?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by jbell36, May 19, 2010.

  1. jbell36

    jbell36 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 221

    i'm looking for a new truck, but not brand new, anywhere from '06-'08 chevy or ford but leaning more towards ford at this point...anyways, i was wondering if getting the "snow plow" package (better alternator, trans cooler, etc.) is necessary? if so, how hard is it to add these extras on a used truck?
     
  2. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    It all depends on how much you like getting stuff fixed under warranty.
     
  3. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Much more costly. The Dodge plow prep ,skid plates HD battery, High output alternator,larger trans cooler. limited slip rears, etc. was $82.00 in 05 when i bought my last new truck.
     
  4. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    yep I think my chevy was 110 but I could be wrong
     
  5. jbell36

    jbell36 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 221

    ya i would prefer to get the package but since i'm not buying brand new i was wondering how difficult it would be to put all that stuff on, or if it it's even possible to put some of that stuff on after market?
     
  6. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    I'm not sure about Kansas, but in the Northeast, anyone with half a brain in their head ordered their 4x4 truck with the plow prep package (especially on 3/4 and 1 tons)... finding one with plow prep isn't that hard near me, but it might be harder in kansas... not sure.

    If you can get one with plow prep- it will save you some $$$ and headaches.
     
  7. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Plow prep is not that unusual in 3/4 ton trucks. any dealer can tell you by the VIN if the truck has PP. Some of the stuff (that i would not be with-out) is semi expensive (i.e. limited slip,lower ratios rears, high output alternator) but added together become pricey.

    Don't get hung up on the quality of the tires on the truck you are buying. They can be a bargaining point if they're shot, but regardless of tread depth, etc unless they are snow tire as opposed to straight A/Ts you will want to replace them.

    Nice options for plowing are elec windows, elec. heated mirrors, and a good stereo.
     
  8. yardsmith

    yardsmith Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    there should be alot of used trucks out there already equipped; just may take a tad longer to find the right one. Its almost ALWAYS cheaper to buy something already equipped, than to do it yourself
     
  9. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    plow prep is not a "need to have"item on a plow truck.
    it is nice to have but not necessary
     
  10. sailscall01

    sailscall01 Member
    Messages: 66

    I have it on my 2005 Dodge 2500 HD. If you don't get a new truck with it, and the truck is under warranty, check to see if you put a plow on the truck, that it doesn't void your warranty. If you plan on plowing a lot with the truck, the extras help and give you peace of mind..
     
  11. jbell36

    jbell36 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 221

    as it turns out i ended up buying a truck two weeks ago from today that did end up having the snow plow package, as well as everything else i wanted on it...i'll see if i can post some pics here soon
     
  12. jlouki01

    jlouki01 Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    On the chevy you get skid plates, better fan clutch ( critical ), provisions for roof mounted light on the dash and a couple other things. It's worth it just for the fan clutch.

    On the Chevy it is a MUST have. Without out you will be swapping out the fan in the middle of your first storm for a HD fan.