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Old 11-22-2015, 11:35 AM   #11
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Where are you going to camp?

If you want to go to Pismo and camp on the beach -- 4x4 is a must.
If you want to go to many of the forest service camp grounds in the Sierras -- 4x4 is a must.
If you want to camp in the desert -- 4x4 is convenient, especially during monsoon season

Living in California certainly isn't living in MN where you need 4x4 on a daily basis through the winter; but we absolutely have tons a great places to go where 4x4 is necessary or extremely convenient.

I have always had 4x4 trucks and SUVs. It is used a few times each year, and each time I am extremely happy to have it. Besides you don't lose on 4x4; exactly what you are seeing now with 4x4 bent more expensive is the same you will experience when you go to sell the TV at some point.

IMO -- Get 4x4 and don't think about it anymore.
All great points. We haven't seen the need at any campgrounds yet but I do want to keep our options open. Especially with El Niņo coming!

I haven't been shopping that long but really anxious to get our new TV!
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Old 11-22-2015, 11:38 AM   #12
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I`m not sure what you are looking for but when you say there are more 2WD available I found the opposite to be true in the HD trucks. Most dealers seem to order them with 4WD because that is what sells unless they are plain jane work trucks. Same goes when doing a search for used ones. Mine is 2WD and I`m OK with that but next one would likely be 4WD
Ford Excursion. 6.8L V10 4X4. Just currently what I'm finding are more 2WD. They were discontinued in 2005. Finding the perfect one at the perfect price is like a needle in a haystack.
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Old 11-22-2015, 11:42 AM   #13
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WE have a 4x4 just because the wife wanted this truck. 45000 miles and never been off the highway. But like others said it is nice to know you have it and I would most likely go 4x4 again.
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Old 11-22-2015, 11:42 AM   #14
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I'd go for the 4 wheel version if possible. Don't need it most of the time, but if you should, awfully convenient. If you don't have it and bury a rig pulling a vehicle, the tow charges you could possibly incur, almost pay for the additional expense of the 4wd unit!
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Old 11-22-2015, 11:42 AM   #15
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Ford Excursion. 6.8L V10 4X4. Just currently what I'm finding are more 2WD. They were discontinued in 2005. Finding the perfect one at the perfect price is like a needle in a haystack.
Yeah my reading comprehension leaves something to be desired at times, after I reread your post I saw it was an Excursion. I can see how finding one in decent shape with acceptable mileage and 4WD would be a challenge.
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When I bought my truck new, I opted to go with a 4 wheel drive, peace of mind in the winter.
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Old 11-22-2015, 01:44 PM   #17
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4WD, no question. We go to Florida almost every February to get out of the cold and misery. 2 years ago we had a surprise snow storm the night before we left. Had to tow the first 30 or 40 miles in 4WD to get past the snow... worth every penny!

A couple years earlier we were camping at a nice campground, but it rained Saturday night into Sunday morning and created a mud pit. The sites were grass, so a lot of people couldn't leave Sunday morning because their 2WD trucks were just spinning in the grass. I put it in 4WD and drove right out to the gravel road and never had a problem.
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Old 11-23-2015, 05:47 AM   #18
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It just a piece of mind for me, I don't use it must but when I have use it I have been glad I went with the 4wd, it just better getting through bad weather if need to, and now since I have it I would never get a 2wd again. I live in the Pacific Northwest so I do and will need it at time,good luck and let us know what you went with.
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One small overlooked benefit of the 4x4 is the 4 lo. That reduction is really nice when you are trying to get your camper into and out of tight spots with inclines. Any of the 4x4s with a 2 speed transfer case could pull a house over when locked in 4 LO.
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