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Old 02-15-2011, 08:36 PM   #1
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Four Wheel Drive?

I have a 5th wheel 30.5DBSA Ultra Lite on order. I will be buying a GMC Sierra 2500 HD sometime next year (single rear wheels). I am not sure if I need four wheel drive, or not. I live in Ontario, so it will come in handy once in a while in the snow, but I wont be pulling a trailer in the winter.

Is it helpful to have in case you get stuck while pulling a 5th wheel? Has anyone ever actually needed it?

Your opinions are appreciated.

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Old 02-15-2011, 08:41 PM   #2
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i have pulled my camper up some steep hills here in ky and needed 4 wd so i say yes it could be needed

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Old 02-15-2011, 08:50 PM   #3
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Gibby I have owned 4 wheel drives since 1978, I will always have 4x4. I have heard that some campgrounds when it is wet it is very tricky to get out of cause of the wet grass, I understand they use more fuel but I feel better that I have it. A 2 wheel drive may be better for some people but not me. Have to think about how much it will cost to get towed out of a problem, trust me it won't be cheep. [ used to own a tow company] Later Ernie
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I'd hate to hear all the cussing in your truck if you didn't get a 4x4 and got stuck. I live in TX and use it.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:07 PM   #5
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Sometimes 4x4 and lo range can help keep the transmission from getting hot when backing up.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:13 PM   #6
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I've come close to getting stuck in my two wheel drive pulling a fiver. Rainy day, muddy campsite. My next one was a 4X4. Go for it.

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Old 02-16-2011, 07:55 AM   #7
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I've had 4WD since 1980 and wouldn't be without it. Sure they get less MPG but when you need it it's nice to know it's there.
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:07 AM   #8
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I already had a 4WD in my truck when I bought my 5er. On the first trip from the dealer to my home base I needed it. My home base site was in need of a bit of leveling and it was raining when I arrived. The 4WD allowed me to get into the site and level without getting stuck.
The leveling has now been done with fill dirt and gravel, but it is still a bit soft after a rain. The 4WD keeps me from digging it up when coming and going.
Wouldn't be without the 4WD.

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Old 02-16-2011, 08:18 AM   #9
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4WD? Get it!
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:40 AM   #10
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I towed a horse trailer without 4WD and had to be towed out of muddy spots 3 times.

I now own 4WD and problem solved.

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