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Old 02-16-2011, 08:59 AM   #11
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I have had 4 wheel drive for 30 years. I would not have a truck without it. You may only need it once it a while, but when you do, it pays for itself. I am in the woods a lot, tow a 31 foot travel trailer and also a 24 foot pontoon boat. I have seen folks almost burn out a transmission and a set of rear tires trying to get boats out of lakes and other spots.
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:52 PM   #12
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Well, I guess it's unanimous!

4X4 IT IS!

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Old 02-16-2011, 06:06 PM   #13
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Clutch, you are so right about using 4WD LOW to save the tranny. I lost reverse and had to have the tranny rebuilt. The transmission guy told me that a lot of farmers would put it in 4WD LOW after a long trip before shifting to Reverse. Wish I would have known that before, it may have saved me lots of $ (wanna see my $2,000 ballcap and $150 ink pens all with the transmission shop logo on them?).
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Old 02-16-2011, 06:44 PM   #14
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We camp in some tight spots here in sw iowa. Some of the sights have big hills and some are on gravel. 4 wheel peel in lo range can be very helpful, and sometimes a must.
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:38 PM   #15
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I pulled my TT with a 96 2WD F-250 PowerStroke 5sp manual with a 4.10 limited slip. There were several occasions where 2WD just doesn't cut it when towing. If you're in a campground and trying to back into a site that's gravel, dirt or grass on an uphill slope in wet weather, there's a good chance it ain't gonna happen with 2WD; even if you remove the equalizer bars (if you have them) to put more weight on the rear wheels. I once had to have myself pulled out of the grass by the campground's tractor and then unhitch so they could hookup their 4WD to back the TT into the site. It was one of those embarrassing events similar to watching an inexperienced RVer trying to hitch up a trailer. Everybody's watching.
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4X4 is like insurance. If you use it once it has paid for itself! Get ya some!
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Clutch, you are so right about using 4WD LOW to save the tranny. I lost reverse and had to have the tranny rebuilt. The transmission guy told me that a lot of farmers would put it in 4WD LOW after a long trip before shifting to Reverse. Wish I would have known that before, it may have saved me lots of $ (wanna see my $2,000 ballcap and $150 ink pens all with the transmission shop logo on them?).
Can you elaborate on this a bit more? Just what does putting it in 4WD LOW do?

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Old 02-17-2011, 05:10 PM   #18
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--->Devil's Advocate<--- Yikes... sorry... just some other options....

Just something to consider... 4x4's cost $1k's more and get worse mpg than 2x's when not towing....

We are conservative drivers who tend to camp at WM's on long journeys and usually stay at comfy cg's (no real boondocking in the boonies or hard to get to places). We don't need 4x4 for where we live (no snow; etc). If this is your situation, don't worry about 4 wheel drive. However... like the folks above, if it were my situation, I would go with the 4x4! Consider your own personal needs, future plans, and think for the long term for YOUR situation! (Gawd how kewl it would be to shop for a new truck!)
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:49 PM   #19
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Howdy Gibby. The tranny guy told me that after a long trip hauling a heavy load the tranny fluid won't be as thick. He also said that reverse is the weak link in the tranny. He said that by putting the tranny in 4-Low there is less stress on the transmission, and less chance for slipping. I guess there are fewer gears/links involved when you are in 4-Low. I'm no mechanic, so I am just reporting what he shared with me. It's all voodoo magic to me.
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It is easy to get the tranny fluid hot when backing a trailer. By using 4x4 lo you change the gear ratio so the tranny isn't working as hard. I have a temperature gauge on my transmission and it will climb quickly when jockeying the trailer in reverse. I don't think that reverse is geared as low as first gear in an automatic.
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