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Old 01-09-2019, 05:43 PM   #1
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Does anyone pull their camper with a 4x2 vechicle? I have a X23B and I have been looking at a new Ford F-150 4x2... Thoughts?
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Old 01-09-2019, 07:33 PM   #2
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Based on a quick look at the specs of the model indicated, a 2WD truck will pull it just fine. I would get the 3.5 EB, not sure if the max tow option(s) are available in 2WD but should be. 4WD trucks lose payload capacity due to the additional gear case on the front axle.

If you boondock, then you might want to consider the 4wd trucks.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:47 AM   #3
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I have a Jeep and towed with it or a predecessor for 7 years. It that time I only used the 4 wheel drive a few times. Once for a rising creek, a few times for loose gravel hills in campgrounds and once for snow. In all those cases I probably could have gone through without 4X4 use.

4X4 capability adds cost, weight and reduces mileage.

Your real questions should be:

Will I need the 4X4 to go where I want to go.
Will a 4X2 have adequate towing capacity to haul my RV.
Are the cost to buy, maintain and fuel efficiency worth the it.
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As the owner of a 2wd pickup I would tell you to get 4wd. The lack of weight on the rear end when not loaded is so light the truck breaks traction easily. In any snow it is terrible
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We towed our X23B with the Expedition which was marginal but worked well enough. I expect an F150 will have more payload on the rear axle and will work fine.
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:55 AM   #6
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You don't say where you live. My truck is horrible in snow in 2WD. Even light snow, I use AWD (Automatic 4WD) to get traction.
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We pulled our x23b with the 3.5 eco boost. Lots of power and torque and good mileage. We just have the standard tow package with the 3.55 differential. We just upgraded to trailer that is 1200 lbs heavier and still no problem towing.
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I towed a x213 for 6 years with a FWD Chevy Traverse. No issues what so ever. I dialled in my WDH to make sure my front tires had good traction. Braking and accelerating were no problem
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:46 AM   #9
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I am not worried about the snow as I have another vechicle for that. I just wanted to know if the 2WD could pull the camper. Here is the engine information below....
3.3L Ti-VCT V6 Engine With Auto Start/Stop Technology
ELECTRONIC SIX-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION WITH T
4X2
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Old 01-10-2019, 01:38 PM   #10
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Is this the Eco-boost with the Turbo Charger? If so you won't have any issues. Most 1/2 ton truck with pull the X23B just fine. My X20E is the baby brother to the X20E, it only weighs 200# less. My truck pulls it with ease.

BTW, Auto-stop takes some getting used to. My wife's Buick Encore has it. We bought it July and I'm finally just getting used to it to the point I don't really notice it.
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