Jayco RV Owners Forum

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-25-2014, 06:39 AM   #1
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: New York
Posts: 33
Tow Vehicle Advise Needed

I currently pull a 12,000 lb Jayco 5th wheel with a 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel with added air suspension. I am looking to upgrade my tow vehicle to a dually and I was wondering if it is better to get a 4x4 or stick to a rear wheel drive to save gas. Any recommendations?

Trynforpar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2014, 09:08 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Some place
Posts: 176
It depends on where you live. I have a 4WD truck and wouldn't go back to 2WD. If the roads are nasty a a quick turn of the knob makes traveling much easier. I have used 4WD in campgrounds even. Trying to back up on levelers in tiny loose gravel at one campground in particular necessitated 4Wd. I even used 4 low and idled the trailer onto the ramps. If your daily driving conditions require 4WD I would get it. If you stay on dry pavement I wouldn't worry about it. You just need to evaluate your needs and go from there.

jenoble99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2014, 09:31 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Bozeman
Posts: 446
Personally I don't think you'll see enough fuel savings to warrant the loss of 4x4 when you need it. The cost between 4x4 and 2wd will be more than the fuel savings.

I wouldn't give up 4x4 for anything, I think you would be sorry in the long run

2011 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins
2012 Starcraft Autumn Ridge 297 BHS
Flyrotor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2014, 04:06 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Port Hope
Posts: 312
i would never give up 4wd, its great for the camp sites so you dont tear up the grass and with my boat i never have to worry about the ramp i am backing into, i would say go for it cause it only really hurts your fuel econ when you are using 4wd, if your in 2wd you will get close if not just as good as a similar 2wd counterpart
2007 Dodge Ram 3500 SRW 6.7 cummins
2014 Eagle HT 27.5 BHS
1998 Tahoe Q5 4.3 (My Baby)
2006 Ford F150 5.4, (SOLD Oct 2014)
2014 Jayco Jayflight 26BH (SOLD Feb 2014)
carey965 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2014, 04:20 PM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: White Rock, BC. Canada
Posts: 374
If you currently have 2wd have you found yourself in a situation where you wished you have 4wd? Is so themselves it's likely worth it. If not the you'll find the dual rear wheels give you lots of traction.

I really don't think you'll save much on fuel going 2wd on a truck that big but you will save some on the purchase price and long term repairs and maintenance.
]2013 Jay Feather X213
2003 Ford Expedition
Paulx213 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2014, 08:38 AM   #6
Senior Member
Seann45's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Saskatoon Sask Canada
Posts: 8,764
I have 4x4 and found it is just a pain... wish I had rear wheel drive truck.. (dealer would not even order one for me)
2004 Chev Silverado Duramax optioned past the max. 2009 Jayco Eagle 308 RLS 765 watts of solar, 6-6 volt batteries (696 amp hour), 2000 watt (4000 surge) whole house inverter.
140 days boondocking in 2016
211/2015, 196/14, 247/13, 193/12

Seann45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2014, 08:47 AM   #7
judgerr's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Shelbyville Ill. in summer South Texas in winter
Posts: 91
First trip with then new camper and new to me truck. Parked on grass. Very wet when ready to leave needed 4x4 to get out to road. Have used it many times since. Next truck will be 4x4 as well!
2008 V-10
Ford F-350 DRW
2014 Eagle Premier 321RLTS
Vietnam Vet USMC
judgerr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2014, 10:26 AM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Utah
Posts: 250
Where do you live, and where/how do you camp? For me, it takes 4x4 just to get home from work if the plows haven't run during an afternoon storm. Our favorite place to boondock takes us up a nasty fire road. I swear it rains just before we go, every time. We would never make it without 4x4.
2014 Ram 2500 Mega Cab Laramie 4x4 6.4L HEMI 4.10s with antispin
2014 Jayco Jay Flight Swift 287BHBE
Equal-i-zer 90-00-1200(new 90-02-4900 shank)
2x Honda 2K
NewBlackDak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2014, 08:15 PM   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: North Idaho/Arizona
Posts: 5,263
We live in North Idaho where we get winter driving conditions. Dealers don't want two wheel drive trucks of any kind as they are hard to sell.
2011 Eagle 330RLTS with just about every option.
Dodge SRW 1 ton Cummins powered.

I was born with nothing and I still have most of it left.
clutch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2014, 11:21 PM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Kincardine Ontario
Posts: 152
Sean45 - how do you find 4x4 to be a pain?

Ont. Canada
2012 Chev 4x4 Crew Cab 5.3l 3.42 trailer package
2011 Jayco Select 28U
Equal-i-zer 1200/12000

gone 2003 Chev 4x4 5.3 Extended cab
gone 1991 Award Classic 30
owenssailor is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:14 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.