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Plow with 04 Durango or 86 Ram 250?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by cicnykid, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. cicnykid

    cicnykid Junior Member
    from Cicny
    Messages: 17

    Okay, newbie here. Trying to decide if I want to buy a plow for my Durango or my 86 Ram 250. I guess the first question is can I even plow with the 250? It is not 4x4.

    1 Durango - Snowbear (I know you guys hate them already:)) everything for $1000 (craigslist)
    2 Ram 250 - Meyer plow (used) $700 (craigslist)
    3 Buy an 88 Ram 350 with plow for $3000

    Im trying to do this cheap for right now. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. tinymitymo

    tinymitymo Member
    Messages: 91


    Forget 2wheel drive......

    As far as the rest of it....

    What do you intend to do with it:waving:
     
  3. cicnykid

    cicnykid Junior Member
    from Cicny
    Messages: 17

    Planning to do my drive, parents drive, my apartments... thats about it. I wouldn't mind doing more. I guess it depends on which truck I get... which depends on what I want to do... nasty cycle. I am in Ohio tho, so snow is sortof.... random?
     
  4. tinymitymo

    tinymitymo Member
    Messages: 91

    What kind of shape is the 88 with the plow already on it in??

    I had a Snowbear on a 1995 Explorer...
    I did my driveway and my neighbors along with a small (4 car) parking lot and the occasional friends driveway....

    It worked well as long as you do not expect it to backdrag a whole bunch....

    And do not try to move a huge bank or frozen pile with it...

    Highway travel may also be limited...although I had no problems...


    Basically...if a 4wheeler with a plow would do it the Snowbear will.....

    With the advantage of a heated cab...:D
     
  5. cicnykid

    cicnykid Junior Member
    from Cicny
    Messages: 17

    Gotcha. I have yet to see the 88- I am looking at it tomorrow. I was told that it is in "great condition" from the owner, but who doesnt think thier car is great?

    I am leaning more and more to the snowbear.
    Do they not do well on the highway?!
     
  6. tinymitymo

    tinymitymo Member
    Messages: 91

    I only ever drove around town with it on......It was fine

    They do not have headlights/turn signals.....

    On the Explorer the plow was short enough that it did not block the lights as long as I did not have it all the way up....

    I did occasionally drive it on the highway 20 miles to work @ about 55mph.....

    It did fine....70mph or long trips might be a different story....

    Was it worth the $$?? yes....

    Would I buy another one??? yes....if I could not find a decent plow truck for a reasonable price already set up....and I already had somthing 4x4 to put it on....

    I bought my current truck...in the pic in my sig....for $2000.00....

    I had to replace the rear differential cover....cost about $40.00......

    Just had to put a fuel pump in it 2 weeks ago....$400.00......

    My transfer case right now jumps out of 4x4 and seems loose in its mounts....

    My point with this rant is that with a used truck you will have to put some work into it...

    Is it worth it??

    To me it was because I have a good running plow truck that does the job I need it to do for about half of what a new Sno-Way plow costs installed....

    And it is not my primary vehicle so if it goes down for a few days so I can fix it it is not a big deal.....

    That 1ton Dodge all set up MIGHT be the way to fly........It should be a beast...

    If you have a place to store it...Will not use it as a primary vehicle...And are willing to accept some maintnance/repair issues...

    The Snowbear on your primary vehicle will work but you have to accept the possibility that the vehicle may break and leave you without a car and without a plow truck....

    But may be more reliable in the short term.....

    Plowing with a truck will raise maintanance/repair costs no matter what the truck is....

    Tough choice....Hope I am helping some....:blush2:
     
  7. cicnykid

    cicnykid Junior Member
    from Cicny
    Messages: 17

    Helped a TON. Thanks a lot. I will check back in after I see this thing tomorrow.

    thanks again
     
  8. tinymitymo

    tinymitymo Member
    Messages: 91

    Cool......

    Let us know how it turns out.....

    Oh.....and we love pictures!!!!!:nod:
     
  9. tinymitymo

    tinymitymo Member
    Messages: 91

    Also.....
    With the Snowbear.....If you buy a used one and the truck side mounts(the frame plates and such)are not right they cost about $250.00 if I remember correctly.......

    Check around......

    A new Snowbear should not be a whole lot more than $1000.00:drinkup:
     
  10. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    u can get a new one for a grand with mounts i am talking out of the box. i can put one of these things together enless then 2 hours and thats from the box to the truck and run wires u do one, the next is a cake walk. no plowing with a 2x4 enless its a dump with a ton of weight
     
  11. cicnykid

    cicnykid Junior Member
    from Cicny
    Messages: 17

    Pics of the 88. its $3000. is that a good deal?

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  12. cicnykid

    cicnykid Junior Member
    from Cicny
    Messages: 17

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  13. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    with a working snoway id say get that its only 3 grand and if it breaks at least u have something eles to get u to the parts store
     
  14. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    doesnt look too bad, those old dodges were bullet proofe, id prolly take a chance on it its only 3k. maybe try and talk him down to 2500 see where that goes.or do what i usually do only bring 2500 cash, and be like well all i have is 2500 and show it to him, cash speaks louder then words.
     
  15. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    u got a point 2500bucks is heck of a pocket full tell him ur gonna have to pay taxs transfer the title ya know new plates
     
  16. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    you got it, i always try to talk people down, if you show the gy the cash, hes more then likely gonna take it.
     
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  17. tinymitymo

    tinymitymo Member
    Messages: 91




    I would certainly try for that Dodge......

    I had an 84 with the old Meyers setup on it.....

    It was a tank.....Shoulda kept it...:dizzy:
     
  18. cicnykid

    cicnykid Junior Member
    from Cicny
    Messages: 17

    thanks guys for all the info- I was on the fence about it to be honest.

    He said that he is "firm on the $3000 because it is a good truck". It does have a few issues with the taillight and 2 strips of molding missing. I am not expecting an awesome new truck for 3k, but the taillight would need to be fixed, and I would have to do something with the molding just for me.

    If you guys think its solid then i will probably pull the trigger on it. ill think about it tomorrow and see I guess. happy new year!
     
  19. tinymitymo

    tinymitymo Member
    Messages: 91


    Take it to a mechanic.....

    Throw it up on the hoist.....

    Might cost you 20-30 bucks but could give you some peace of mind before you buy it...:nod:
     
  20. cicnykid

    cicnykid Junior Member
    from Cicny
    Messages: 17

    should i be worried about the headlights on this thing? i know the plow is clear, but it isnt "clear"