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Old 07-29-2017, 08:38 AM   #1
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Pulling TT w/4x4?

For those who have a 4x4 do you pull your TT using your TV in 4x4 mode or do you keep it in 4x2 mode?

I have a Ford FX4 and reading the manual I can drive in all 4 mode at normal speeds so I started thinking it might be helpful in pulling the TT.

If the WDH puts weight back to the front would it make sense to drive in 4x4 mode?

Has anyone done this and what are the pros and cons?
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Old 07-29-2017, 08:49 AM   #2
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I only use 4wd when needed. If the "all 4 mode" which it probably still in 2wd unless the system detects wheel slippage, which would then engage the front axle. At least that is how the GM "4 Auto" mode works.

There is a chance if it works like the GM 4 auto, the transfer case is engaged, which results in slightly lower gas mileage. How it would impact the mileage while towing is hard to say since towing a rolling brick is bad enough.
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Old 07-29-2017, 08:50 AM   #3
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4 x 2 mode unless I need 4 x 4.
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We have pulled various sized TTs, most recently a 34ft Puma and have never towed in 4 wheel drive. IMHO, it is a waste of gas and not necessary to towing a TT.
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I have used 4x4 once in a sketchy looking trail leading to the campground. Otherwise it's always 4x2.

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Agree with using 4X2 mode The only time I need to use 4X4 is when I am in the storage area when the grass is Very wet
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With the tongue weight of your trailer on your truck, you will have all the traction you will need except for really low traction situations like mud, soft soil, steep hills and so on.
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Towing, I have used 4x4 a few times just to help ensure I didn't have a problem on questionable surfaces (ie wet grass, loose stones). I've never used it at towing over the road.

I use 4x4, too, when parking my TT next to the house; backing up hill on loose stones.
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Towing, I have used 4x4 a few times just to help ensure I didn't have a problem on questionable surfaces (ie wet grass, loose stones). I've never used it at towing over the road.

I use 4x4, too, when parking my TT next to the house; backing up hill on loose stones.
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Always tow highway speeds in 2WD. You can tow in 4WD, but I wouldn't recommend it. Works the front hubs and transfer case way too hard. Not to mention it uses more fuel. There's a lot of plastic in the front hubs that can't handle highway speeds. And transfer case would get blood red. It's mainly geared for lower speeds on the F Series trucks. I'd say 40-50 mph max.
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