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Hey all,

I bought my 2016 Ram 2500 CTD with the intention of using it as a plow truck and tow rig. While shopping around comparing new vs used snow plows, I think I may have stumbled on a pretty decent deal.

The truck is a 95 RCLB 12v Auto, 4x4 with a 9ft Fisher straight blade plow. Truck has just over 200k on it and has a pretty clean body minus a rust hole in the floor. Rest of the body and frame looks pretty good minus some light rust over the rear wheel well and even that isn't bad at all.

After talking with the owner it sounds pretty solid. Runs, drives, stops, plows. Has all New front end in it, the engine is 100% stock. Still has original injectors (figure it's good they haven't been changed to something larger, but probably ready to be changed to new ones). The truck needs some pretty minor stuff for 200k miles in my opinion.

Here's the kicker, the guy only wants $2500 for the truck and plow.

My question to you guys is what do I need to look for? This truck is 3hrs away from me or I would've gone to look at it already. I've read a few threads on here already. I know about the KDP and that the autos aren't the greatest transmission out there. Im not looking for a foundation for a power build. Only thing I'd do is maybe change the exhaust but that's just because my 16 is just too quiet.

I really don't want to have 2 trucks in my driveway, but for the price I'm really considering it. I need a truck that can sit when it doesn't snow and then reliably start and drive to work, sit at work all day, and then drive home and plow at night. I don't plow commercially, just income properties and some friends and families. I've always liked the 2nd Gen trucks and if you guys think that this 12v would fit that bill I'd definitely consider it.

For $2500 it's a lot less than what I was going to spend on the V Plow for my 16. I wouldn't mind pounding on a truck that cheap and in all reality I could probably make most of the cost of the truck back this winter season.

Anything you guys can suggest would be much appreciated.
 

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Just throw a plow on your new truck. If your going to have an old truck sitting for all summer for a plow truck it going to go to hell and have nothing but problems.

Old trucks need a lot of tinkering.

Also beware of used plows, buying a plow for few thousand dollars used may seem like a good idea. Buying a new truck side mount and harness may cost another Grand.

I prefer a Fisher plows and straight blades for their simplicity and ease of operation.
 

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I would say buy it!
And there's nothing wrong with the stock injectors they'll last a lot longer than 200k
You can do some slight pump tweaking with the fuel plate and advance the timing a bit if you wanted more power but that seams like a heck of a deal escpecially for an all stock 12v
They're the most reliable engines out there

And yes those trans aren't all that great at all I've got a 94 12v and the trans is out in it and it's the 2nd one it's had in it and it's only at 197k miles
But if the owner of it takes good care of the truck and doesn't abuse it then you should be fine
Which from the sounds of it it sounds to be in good shape

Just make sure there's no blow by and you should be good
But if your sceptical about driving 3 hours to a failed deal you could always get acouple good videos of it running
 

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Thanks for the input so far it's appreciated. Would love to hear some more opinions. I've never plowed before so it'd be nice to beat up an older truck to learn on rather than beat up my 2016.
 

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Do you ever need a truck for doing other stuff? Hauling wood? Trash? If the Drive train is solid and was properly maintained and repaired, it might be a great truck to have around. Plowing is tough on trucks. The 47RH/RE is a good trans if it just has a shift kit and working electronics.

Like was mentioned, the older trucks often require tinkering and have plenty of quirks. Do you have the time/space/desire to work on an old truck? I love my old 12-valvers. They are about as reliable as it gets.
 
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