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Old 09-23-2016, 07:27 AM   #1
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Tow Vehicle - 4x2 or 4x4

Currently pulling new 28rls with f150 and concerned about weight and how this will pull if I decide to take off across the country from NC. Ive posted previously about my concerns with current TV and appreciated all the feedback. So am considering f250 but want to make sure 2wd will do the job? I know the 2wd rides similar to my f150 ecoboost, which is nice! Also looking at gas not diesel. I've read reviews about cost and resale, maintenance, etc....and do want to make a wise decision on the TV options.

Any thoughts would be appreciated!


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Old 09-23-2016, 07:45 AM   #2
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My opinion - 2wd will be fine 95% of the time, until you pull into a campsite that has a hill. Our last trip out the site was on a slight decline (through grass) which I had to back the trailer down. Pulling out 3 days later would have been impossible without 4wd. It was a combination of things (hill, rain the day before, etc.) but someone would have had to pull me out if I didn't have the 4x4. I wouldn't own a TV without it.

Oh and 4x4 will definitely help the resale value. Also diesel will be WAY better for long hauls and through the mountains with the exhaust brake. I have an Avalanche 2500 (which is a gasser) but the next TV will be a 3500 SRW diesel.

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Old 09-23-2016, 08:13 AM   #3
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Thanks for the advise! The more and more research I do tends to lead me to 4x4.
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Old 09-23-2016, 08:16 AM   #4
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My preference is 4wd. I've been in a couple of situations camping where 4wd was very valuable. If all you do is run the highway and stay in "rv parks" then it probably isn't necessary though.
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Old 09-23-2016, 08:25 AM   #5
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Another vote here for 4WD - I have had more than one situation where I would not have gotten into a site without it. Plus where I live in NY a 2 wheel drive truck might not fair to well during our winters.
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Old 09-23-2016, 08:46 AM   #6
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I opted for 2WD on the 350. In the 3-ish years we've owned it I've needed 4WD once. I did get the electric rear locker which I've used a couple of times. Fewer moving parts, a bit more payload, frequency of use and a small number of $$$ saved were my decision points.
In the Houston area it seems like 99% of dealer stock is 4WD so I had to order to get what I wanted which I probably would have done anyway.

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Old 09-23-2016, 09:20 AM   #7
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2 wheel drives have a higher tow cap than 4x4's because the GCWR rises. But you'll suffer in resale value.
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Old 09-23-2016, 09:26 AM   #8
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We opt for 4WD. Have backed into a wet grassy site, and TT tires sunk into mud. Wouldn't have gotten out without it.
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Old 09-23-2016, 09:28 AM   #9
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IMO - you don't lose on 4x4. The residual value will be more which off sets the minimal up front cost. The one time you need 4x4 you will be happy you have it.

We use 4x4 1-2 times per year. Each time I think, "yep, very happy I have 4x4 right now". It's a little like insurance. You never want to buy it, but extremely happy you did when that times comes you need it.
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Old 09-23-2016, 09:50 AM   #10
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The one thing people on here have yet to mention is the worse mileage you get with 4x4. even when not using it you pay at 3-4 mpg penalty.. I have needed the 4x4 Once in 20 years of RVing.. the extra cost in buying a 4x4 and the mileage penalty over the years would easily have paid for the tow..

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