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Old 01-27-2014, 02:44 AM   #11
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Yes, I wonder what would be a pain also. I have always had 4wd never once did I know it was even there until I used it.
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:13 AM   #12
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Sean45 - how do you find 4x4 to be a pain?
Extra maintenance required for them. Servicing the transfer case. Mileage penalty even when in 2x4 mode. (I do over 20,000 miles a year towing) I have found that a limited slip or posi rear end is as good as 4x4 for 99.975% of the time
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Old 01-27-2014, 03:28 PM   #13
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I have to say 4x4 is the way to go.

This past summer we went camping after several days of wet weather. The grassy ground was full of moisture, not muddy, but still damp. As I was adjusting the final parking position of the trailer, the moist ground decided it didn't want to offer any more traction to either rear tire. There was no more moving the trailer in 2wd. Thankfully I had 4wd available so I didn't tear up the campsite much. Without 4wd I may have buried both rear wheels up to the axle to no avail.
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:59 PM   #14
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I would only have a 4x4 truck. The Pacific NW is hilly and I frequently need the traction when backing the trailer up a hill or pulling out up a hill. I also do a fair amount of off-road driving, so I get my money's worth there as well. I do my own maintenance/fluids so no worries for me there. Resale difference is huge around here - I'm not sure about other parts of the country. I know in the southwest I notice a lot more 2x4 SUV's and trucks on the road.
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:37 PM   #15
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We went out to my BIL's hunting land to boondock this summer. Pulled up hill half a mile on a muddy tractor path. At the top I used 4 low to jockey the trailer into position. No 2wd locking or not would have made it a hundred feet off the service road. I am no stranger to 2wd trucks.
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A no brainer in cold climate

There is nothing more frustrating than having tons of power and weight on the front of the truck and be held back by a patch of ice under the feather light rear axle. With a 1/2 ton, 2x4 is acceptable, but 3/4 ton and higher, it's worth having traction on the front as well.
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I have had both and would never go back to a 2 wheel drive truck. Even the DW her car is 4x4
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Old 01-28-2014, 03:27 PM   #18
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I have been prevented from going to any campsite I wanted but once w/ my 4X2, that said, I am glad we have a choice.
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I have been prevented from going to any campsite I wanted but once w/ my 4X2, that said, I am glad we have a choice.
That's why asked the type of camping. 90% of ours is boondocking on BLM land. 4x4 is a must.
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Having owned 2wd trucks my whole life, I broke down and got my current truck (2011) with 4wd and from here on out, I'll never go back to 2wd. I use it very frequently and most recently during our blast of wintry weather have not taken it out of 4wd in about 5 days straight. As others have stated, just a twist of a dial and I can pull out of the sloppiest intersection or travel down a drifted country road. Nope, I'm not going back.

4wd option = $3500

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