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Need some help choosing a plow, 2010 ram 2500

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by J.D., Jan 11, 2011.

  1. J.D.

    J.D. Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    hey all,, i finally got my 2010 Ram 2500 last weekend,, ive been doing alot of research on what plow i can put on it, but my problem is that there is alot of people selling "older" style plows for alot less money, how can i tell if a plow is compatible with my truck? does it just depend on the bracket i find for my truck? any help guys would be awsome! thanks
     
  2. Booman70

    Booman70 Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    You dont want smaller than 8' and the mounting carton is the part that is truck specific. You can buy the right mounting carton if you get the plow for a good price.
     
  3. J.D.

    J.D. Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    ok ,, so i found a few plows on craigslist that are in the 1000-1500 range, but as far as the mounting bracket where do i get that from? i was looking on the dealers web pages and see that i can only get the newer style brackets so that means i have to look for a newer style plow? sorry for all the questions, i have a 97 f250 with a western on it but these new trucks are killing me...

    thanks
     
  4. dave_dj1

    dave_dj1 Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 350

    My guess would be that any older plows won't have available carton's for the new truck. Doesn't make sense for a plow company to build cartons for new trucks for 5-10 year old plows. That's just my opinion.
     
  5. Bagger

    Bagger Member
    from CT
    Messages: 43

    JD ....

    Personally, I wouldn't buy some OLD plow and try to make it work on a new truck. There may not be a plow frame that matches the plow for your truck and the harness and such may not be available either .... or, may cost you some bread to obtain.

    Depends on what you plan to do with the truck. I just plow my own driveway and areas around the hacienda. So, my truck and plow mostly get light use compared to 'commercial plowing'. This may make a difference to you as well.

    I have a Western plow that had an Ultra Mount that was on my Ford F150. All I had to do was have a new plow frame hooked up to the Dodge and I was good to go. The lights, controls and reliability of the rig is important to me. I'm not much of a wrench to fix stuff when it does not work.

    I'd stay with a plow that has a plow frame that fits your 2500. You can check on the various plow sites regarding this, or talk to a plow dealer. I'd steer away from older, used crap. But, this is just my opinion.
     
  6. Booman70

    Booman70 Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    If they still make that model plow you can get the mountin carton from a dealer if it doesnt come with the right one
     
  7. J.D.

    J.D. Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    Thanks guys for all the help im gonna go out to the dealer today! ,,
     
  8. c&msnowplowing

    c&msnowplowing Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    Fisher extreme V

    Hey JD...I was in the same boat as you not 2 months ago. I was looking at a new 2010 Ram 2500 until I discovered that my extreme V would only fit up to an 09 using my current hardware. The new trucks require a new wiring harness and lower mounting brackets according to my local dealer. I agree with not buying an "old" plow and then have someone wire it up for you. If you can swing it I would buy new, that way you have a warranty and if the wiring gets screwed up you have someone to fall back on for liability. More food for thought...keep an eye on your ball joints and wheel bearings. I run a 2003 Ram 2500 with the hemi with limited slip front and rear axles. The truck is a bulldozer when plowing, but I can't keep a front end under it. I have replaced wheel bearings, u-joints, and ball joints three times so far and the truck only has 59000 miles on it ( third year of plowing). This last repair was done with Moog suspension parts and not factory OEM replacements (they are JUNK!) so hopefully that cures it. Here is the kicker....the dealer advised me that I will have the same problems with the new 10's. As for plow choice....research them well. My choice is the 8'6" Fisher Extreme V. This is my third Fisher plow and they have never failed me yet. Good Luck!
     
  9. J.D.

    J.D. Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    http://newlondon.craigslist.org/pts/2148468770.html

    Heres one that i found that i was looking at.. you think i can make this one work? ive been pricing the new ones and i havent found anything under $5000 , but im still looking, i want to get something in the next week
     
  10. Booman70

    Booman70 Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    call a western dealer and ask if you can get the mounting carton for it.I bought my first plow used and had to get a mount for it $400. Then I traded in my truck and the dealer wouldnt give me s*** for the plow so I took it off had to but a new mount, a frame, and pump mount $1200 but that was extreme I was going from 97 to 04 I was able to sell the old stuff and get some of my money back. I still didnt have anywhere near what a new plow cost
     
  11. Bagger

    Bagger Member
    from CT
    Messages: 43

    This may not be relevant, but I'll spit this out anyway ....

    Since I trade trucks and brands quite often, the plow rig is not always compatible with the new truck. I have used the same/same dealer/installer since 1981.

    They give me some bucks for trade in as my stuff is not heavily used when I get a new truck/plow rig. Sometimes it's like $1500 off the new rig. Still pretty expensive, but better than listing on Craig's List and getting fools wanting the stuff for nothing. I have some snow tires on CLs and am experiencing that exact experience. :)
     
  12. MrPLow2011

    MrPLow2011 Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 276

    Couple things to think about. I know they may be tough to find. But I would try to hunt down a Stainless Steel plow. Fisher Xblades are real nice. Since you have a brand new truck amd probably plan on keeping it a while. The Xblades and other Stainless plows wont rot away and rust like a painted one. So spending an extra grand or 1500 now. can save you in the long run. When you go to buy a new truck 5-6 years down the road. You still have a plow that is in decent shap. I know paint and condition have nothing compared to a reliable plow and dealer support.

    http://newlondon.craigslist.org/cto/2159231447.html
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2011
  13. J.D.

    J.D. Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    yea ive been searching around everywhere,, i think i might just break down and get a new one ( not making any money thinking about it!) but thanks to everyone for the help !
     
  14. J.D.

    J.D. Junior Member
    Messages: 16

  15. Booman70

    Booman70 Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    I like my Diamond plow the ad doesnt say how big that plow is. U should be able to get the truck mount for that at the meyer dealer probably around $400. Then you will need the truck side wiring also and controller.
     
  16. J.D.

    J.D. Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    its an 8', is there anything that i sould ask or look at too make sure its a good buy?
     
  17. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    J.D. - A lot of later style plow's will fit any truck. Example- A Minute Mount 1 or Minute Mount 2 plow will fit your truck as long as you have the Minute Mount push plates/mounting carton on your truck with the correct wiring harness as well. So yes, a use older Minute Mount 1 that can be had for around $1,000 can be used on your truck the same as a brand new $5,000 Minute Mount 2 plow can. You can use a Boss, Western Ultra Mount, etc as long as they make a mount for your truck. Then you are free to find a used plow.

    Around here in Maine you can find all the used parts you need for your truck and the plow- unless you have a brand spankin new truck likes yours then you'll need the dealer for some things.

    Best of luck.
     
  18. Booman70

    Booman70 Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    I would want to know how old how, long its been sitting, did it work ok when taken off. I dont think u can get the md2 mount anymore they changed it to the ez mount plus (they removed two blue handles and two yellow handles) the ez mount plus mount should work no problem with the md2 setup just double check with a good dealer some dont know what they are talkin about
     
  19. orenlasko

    orenlasko Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    Here is my rig...

    I have been plowing with dodges for a long time now...

    its a 2010 2500 6.7 diesel loaded with plow pkg. I do have timbrens in the front. they help alot.

    for the record my plow is a 9.5 Western MVP Plus... and the salter is a Western 7 foot Tornado2.

    cheers

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  20. J.D.

    J.D. Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    orenlasko.... Man I love your set up.. i wish i could do something like that but i dont have the cash for a V plow, im looking for a 8', ive been looking used , but it's looking like i cant do anything with that. everything i have found after the "other" parts and install i would be better off buying new for the cost