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Old 08-21-2014, 07:35 PM   #11
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Well, I think that is one less decision. Thanks every one.
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:21 PM   #12
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$2,000 over 10 years $200 a year or $16.66 a month or $0.551/2 a day.



Think you just answered your own question.

Yup! I've done that math more than once. That's usually what brings me back to 4x4. If I ever do need it, I'll be damn glad I have it!
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Old 08-22-2014, 12:35 AM   #13
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You will get a lot of that $2000 at trade in time so the cost isn't as much as you might think. Where I live a two wheel drive truck is hard to trade in or sell.
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:59 AM   #14
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I took delivery of my 5'er and towed it to my brand new home base site 25 miles away. When I got there is was in the middle of a thunderstorm. In order to back in I needed 4 wheel drive. I haven't absolutely had to have it since, but even backing in to a site low range makes it a lot easier and definitely easier on the transmission.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:06 AM   #15
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2wd vs 4wd.. the price difference alone will pay for a lot of tows.. then there is the loss of mileage with 4x4.. so unless you spend a lot of time off road or in snow country I would say 2wd. Just make sure you get one with a posi or locker rear end.
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Towing our x23b with our Honda is fine for around southeast Missouri, but we're looking towards retirement and traveling out west. Looking to buy new TV. Is there any benefit of 4wd over 2wd? We would like to save some money and weight, unless there is some benefits with going with 4wd. Our daily driver will be a Toyota Highlander so we don't have to have another 4wd.
In your case based on where you live and the information you've provided I personally would opt for 2wd with either a limited slip or electronic locking differential.

My situation is different as I live in an area of Michigan that experiences some very unpleasant winter weather and I routinely use my 4wd. I also run the 4wd every time I pull off pavement just to exercise the system and keep things working freely.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:39 AM   #17
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The day we brought our TT home I needed 4wd to get it up our driveway in March !! Roads were clear and dry but still had ice and snow pack as we have a gravel driveway and I can't plow all the way down..
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:45 AM   #18
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Love my 4 x 4! Mileage towing 10 mpg. Mileage around town 15 mpg. Mileage getting out of a tough situation priceless.

I have always had 2WD but now I'm totally spoiled and never going back.
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:48 AM   #19
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My truck is used for more than towing the camper. Huntin & fishin trips during the winter is one example. I wouldn't be without a 4wd.
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:52 AM   #20
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I have sometimes needed 4WD just to get my trailer backed up my driveway. My driveway is 120' long and a 12% slope for the bottom 90'. When I had my old Chevy 2500 2WD and Jayco 27' 5er, I would get home in the fall with wet leaves on the driveway. It would just spin. It would be worse with a TT, as there is less % of the weight on the rear wheels. I had to clean all the leaves off the driveway before I could get the trailer up to it's parking spot. I have never had a problem with my 4WD 2500HD and 32' Eagle TT on those wet leaves.

As someone else said, having low range is great if you have to back up a steep slope. The reverse gear is not as rugged at the forward gears and low range puts a lot less stress on the transmission.
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