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post #13 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-10-2013, 09:45 AM
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That is incorrect. It is cheaper to buy skid plate and 220 alternator separately than to buy snow plow prep. By 30 bucks. I looked at this when ordering and u get nothing more when you get snow plow prep.
Maybe on a 5500, but not on a 3500. Perhaps you are incorrect :

Cars for Sale: 2013 Dodge Ram 3500 Truck 4x4 Crew Cab DRW in Somerset, KY 42501: Truck Details - 347886377 - AutoTrader.com

then click on "View Window Sticker"
Protection Group $50.00 220A Alternator $100...totals $150 if my math is correct.

Now click on this truck :

Cars for Sale: 2013 Dodge Ram 3500 Truck 4x4 Crew Cab DRW in Paris, KY 40361: Truck Details - 346064771 - AutoTrader.com

then click on "View Window Sticker"
Heavy Duty Snow Plow Prep Group $135 220-Amp Alternator Transfer Case Skid Plate Shield

In summary....it's $15 cheaper to order the Snow Plow Prep Group over the items individually.


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The difference is 40 amps

Not that I will ever need that extra 40 amps, but I figured it would be worth it for the future of being able to have a toy hauler behind the truck, sucking a bit of juice off of the truck for whatever reason... charging another battery, keeping a fridge running, whatever.

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I wanted the 220 because I wanted As much electrical capacity as possible. When these trucks first launched dual alternators was going to be an option that I would have went with as well but not sure where that went. It wasn't listed as an option for 3500s srw at the time.

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Whatever happened to the dual alternator option? Did that just quietly go away or something?

I need some advice that's sort of off-topic, so I'll just clutter up this thread, instead of starting a new one, if that's ok: The reason I ask about the dual alternators is because I was wondering yesterday if it's possible to run all your stuff in a trailer off of the truck alternator while you're on the road. (I guess this would also be a good time to ask for recommendations on RV sites, since I'm going to be new to the recreational trailer market before too long - all my towing experience was work-related, so I'm going to be needing info on generators/inverters/battery packs/propane/the whole power options deal.

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The reason I ask about the dual alternators is because I was wondering yesterday if it's possible to run all your stuff in a trailer off of the truck alternator while you're on the road.

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This isn't possible with a modern RV. The connection from the truck to the RV will charge the battery on the RV while in tow, however all items in the RV then draw from the RV battery. I haven't checked on the new trucks but with my old 2003, the only risk is if you run the RV battery flat, you can then draw the truck battery flat also if the truck and RV are connected while camping.

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This isn't possible with a modern RV. The connection from the truck to the RV will charge the battery on the RV while in tow, however all items in the RV then draw from the RV battery. I haven't checked on the new trucks but with my old 2003, the only risk is if you run the RV battery flat, you can then draw the truck battery flat also if the truck and RV are connected while camping.
Thanks for the answer! I actually was meaning that the truck would charge the RV batteries as the RV stuff was draining them. I'd also put some sort of isolation device between the truck and trailer to prevent the current from going to the RV if the truck wasn't running.

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Maybe on a 5500, but not on a 3500. Perhaps you are incorrect :

Cars for Sale: 2013 Dodge Ram 3500 Truck 4x4 Crew Cab DRW in Somerset, KY 42501: Truck Details - 347886377 - AutoTrader.com


then click on "View Window Sticker"
Protection Group $50.00 220A Alternator $100...totals $150 if my math is correct.

Now click on this truck :

Cars for Sale: 2013 Dodge Ram 3500 Truck 4x4 Crew Cab DRW in Paris, KY 40361: Truck Details - 346064771 - AutoTrader.com

then click on "View Window Sticker"
Heavy Duty Snow Plow Prep Group $135 220-Amp Alternator Transfer Case Skid Plate Shield

In summary....it's $15 cheaper to order the Snow Plow Prep Group over the items individually.
I am incorrect I guess. only part way. On the 5500 it cost 200 bucks. I looked at that and thought they all were the same. Funny thing is that I wonder what the difference is for the 50 dollar difference. Plus I was looking at invoice price and not MSRP. That is why the 35 dollar or whatever difference.

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Dual alternators are still an option, at least on the 5500 cab chassis I spec'd online. I think I saw it in the "Ambulance Prep Package". If it's a viable option, it shouldn't be too hard to get the bracket, extra alternator, and new belt, then all you'd be left with is wiring it up. Looking at the pictures, I don't even think it requires an extra idler or tensioner pulley.




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Cool! I think I'd want one of those belts in my "boonie box", though - that rascal might be a bit tough to find on the road...

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