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Old 03-21-2013, 10:53 AM   #1
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5th TV - 2x4 or 4x4

I read that many of you 5ers tow with 4WD. And I'm curious if they tow better than 2WD and why. I can understand in snow or marginal icy conditions 4WD would probably be a plus but what about just rolling down the interstate?
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:50 AM   #2
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My truck is 4wd for after we get to the camp site. And, 2wd is just silly in Utah.
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:58 PM   #3
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4x4 is for playing...sometimes I need it to tow though...but mostly for play...
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:40 PM   #4
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5th TV - 2x4 or 4x4

Most 4x4 systems in trucks shouldn't be used unless on loose surfaces (offroad) or slippery surfaces (snow or ice). Some have an automatic mode which you can leave on and it will engage the other wheels when it detects slip.

I got my truck in 4x4 for winter daily driving, not towing. Though I suppose if you find yourself on slippery grass or mud pulling out of a remote camp spot it would help.
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I have a 4X4 F350, but always tow in 2X4. As said in other posts, the 4 wheel is only for slippery surfaces or getting out of a mudhole, whether you are towing or not. On some trucks, having it in 4 wheel puts a bit of a limit on turning radius due to the binding of the front u-joints under sharp turns. And one other thing - from experience, I can tell you that 4X4 is no help at all while on ice, or if one wheel is spinning on one side, and the diagonal wheel (opposite side, other axle) is also spinning. Could be that some of the newer ones with electronic control might not have this problem, but my 2003 is not one of them.
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Agree with all above and that if I use it while towing it is usually in such a case where 2WD is slipping and I will get stuck. Once I get a grip then I turn it off.

If you don't need 4WD for any conditions then you will be far better off with 2WD version of the vehicle of choice with better MPG, larger capacities due to less vehicle weight and less maintenance. I need and use my 4WD in conditions that require it, which is why I have one.
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I have 4WD for reasons stated above but also for when I am not towing the 5er. PU trucks have the tendency to be light in the rear end and almost always need 4WD in snow. Even on very slight slopes.
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Thanks for your responses!
I post on several forums and this one is far and away the most helpful. It is what we make it.
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I can count the times on one hand that I've needed 4x4 while towing, but I am sure glad that I had it. I likely use it less than a dozen times a year, mostly when it's snowing or when I am on a slippery boat ramp.
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When I was looking at used trucks through internet search by far the majority of the 2500`s were 4x4, most of the ones that were not were plain jane work trucks. Mine is 2WD and was one of the few exceptions. And when I did dealer inventory searches for new 2500`s, same thing nearly all in stock 2500`s were 4WD with the few exceptions being work trucks. My point is it may even be difficult to find a nicely equipped Crew cab or Ext cab 2WD 2500 or 3500 without ordering one. So it seems most folks choose 4WD when buying a heavier truck.
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