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peewee56 08-18-2013 07:52 PM

Truck Value?
Hey folks,

Just wanted to get some opinions on the value of an inherited truck as it has been tough to find comparable ones for sale and I am not sure the KBB value is accurate. The truck is a 1996 Ram 3500 5.9l turbo diesel Laramie SLT with dual rear wheels. It is a 4X4 with manual 5-spd and flat bed with tow package and goose neck hitch. The truck is in excellent condition with only 27,000 very easy miles.

KBB gives a value of $9,609 but does not account for the flat bed or goose neck hitch setup. Looking forward to hearing what you guys would value this truck at or think it would sale for!

richmond 08-19-2013 03:58 AM

KBB hmmmmmmmmmmmm
Look, if you have a 12 valve with that low a mileage and can back it up with maintenance records and demonstrate by title it's a 1 owner truck, then here's my advice. KBB is a pricing basis (but this one could be an exception to the rule).

Get it serviced by a Diesel specialist, get good tires on it, fix any suspension issues, clean, prime, and paint the cab. Any seat wear fix it. Cracked dash, buy a dash cover (black). Package all maintenance records (or if you lack them go to the diesel specialist that has history with this dually) and have him write a letter to his involvement. As in any great thing, original means everything (like motor and tranny). Don't try and bull shit an expert diesel guy. Forget the gooseneck it's standard with a flatbed.

Don't forget it needs a good working clutch, good set of strong batteries fresh grease in the tranny (manual), good ball joints, track bar and mediate any rust issues. Needs good drive shaft and u-joints, rear end, good brakes, fresh oil change, coolant flush with fresh coolant. Don't make the mistake of not having a spare (original matching rim). Don't let the seats look like crap. Do these things and I'd guess potential 18-20k. Avg joe working truck and you don't want to fool with it, 13k if you can drive it off and prove original engine/tranny VIN# to title. Note this is my opinion and just a SWAG.

I own a 97 12 valve 2500 and 99 24 valve 2500. Good luck R...


peewee56 08-19-2013 08:55 AM

Thanks for the reply. The truck has been kept under cover so there are no rust or paint issues and no interior issues. It is pretty much pristine and all maintenance (what little there was with only 27,000 miles) was completed by the dealer. The truck was actually my wife's grandfathers who recently past away. He used it on his farm to haul hay wagons and an equipment trailer. He was very disciplined a meticulous about caring for his equipment. It now belongs to my wife's grandmother and I wanted to know what would be a fair price to give her for it since she can't use it and wants us to buy it to keep it around since he loved it so much.

richmond 08-20-2013 01:42 AM

Got it
I'd skip any sibling quarrels and give Grandma 12k. This is what most would call a barn find (if you weren't kin). Check the tires for dry rot if it's been sitting, not to mention mice under the hood and quality of the diesel in the tank if it's been sitting (farm diesel?). If she's been running disregard and enjoy (oil change and fuel filter change should occur). If siblings have to vote offer 14k (27,000 pristine miles is a no brainer). Best of luck. R...

peewee56 08-21-2013 08:49 AM

Now what?
Offered her 11k for it and she accepted. She had an offer of 18k on it. Now I need ideas of how to put it to use and earn its keep?

richmond 08-22-2013 06:00 AM

Need a Gooseneck
Well if you're going to put it to work, take part of your 7k savings and get a good double axle Gooseneck trailer. Now depending on what you haul, it will drive your gooseneck needs.

1. Horses/cattle
2. Equipment trailer (haul for construction) e.g. bob cats, backhoes.
3. Car hauler (haul for locals, learn to flip vehicles, race teams).
4. Farm equipment, (rear hookup hay wagons) don't need a trailer for this.

Whatever your choice, you can pick the trailer up for about 5k with good brakes and tires (used) for options 1,2,3. Item 4 you need a special welded rear hook. I'm assuming it's hauled a gooseneck before. If not, for
about $300 you can wire for brakes and lights (mount the receptacle to the outside edge of the flat bed). You will need about $300 for a good tool box unless it has one. So with the $1,400 savings you have left, you should wine and dine your wife (it's her Grandma).

How about a cruise? :4-dontknow:R...

PS...While your at it, how about posting a pic in Dodge Ram pictures?

peewee56 08-22-2013 09:15 AM

Might have to look into those things
Good ideas. He actually had a 14,000GVWR gooseneck equipment hauler as well. I was going to purchase it along with the truck but the guy who sold it to him is a good friend of the family and wanted to buy it back so he did ($3,000).

Should be going to play with it this weekend so I will certainly snap some pics and put them on here for your viewing pleasure.

How about building some removable stake sides for hauling firewood (I do a lot of this)? Anybody have experience with this or have any suggestions/pictures of some built? I'd like to make them quite tall to utilize the hauling power of the truck so I might need to make them in two sections for each side to keep them light enough to remove.

richmond 08-24-2013 05:00 AM

Stake side
I would take it to fab shop and let them look at your flatbed for ideas and pricing. I think removable sides are the way to go.

Now that you are posting, I would ask the flat bed stake side question outside of this category. You will get the feedback you need. R...

richmond 09-07-2013 10:59 PM

You were right. It is a nice truck. Thanks for posting pics. R...

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