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Old 11-18-2014, 07:32 AM   #11
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I would never get 2 WD. My truck often leaves asphalt in its daily duties and I live in a snowy climate. Remember, you can never add 4 WD later as a mod. If there is any chance you may want it, get it. Also, my truck is a F350 SRW. The back end is very "light" and I get stuck a lot in 2 WD. Especially in winter. There is no comparison in my opinion.

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Old 11-18-2014, 08:10 AM   #12
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When I bought my truck, I opted for a 4wd. It has come in handy on many occasions where other vehicle got stuck, I put mine into 4 lo and continued trucking even helping to pull stuck cars too in snow. Helps to on leaf covered roads that are wet. IMHO ...I spend the extra and get the 4wd

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Old 11-18-2014, 09:46 AM   #13
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... My question revolves around is there a "need" for a 4wd tow vehicle vs. a 2wd tow vehicle? ...
We just bought our 1st 5vr this June and upgraded to a 1 ton 4wd SRW truck.
IMO 4wd or 2wd is dependent where you're located and how you plan to use the truck.

I've never had to use the 4wd while towing. Previously I had a GMC 2500 4wd towing a TT and in 7 years I only used the 4wd once towing and that was backing into a campground site.

Living in WNY and being a Ski instructor, I need the 4wd to get around in the winter.

So, my answer to your question - is there a need - no, but is it beneficial to have 4wd yes.

Personally, I would get the 4wd option - better to be safe then sorry.

Hope this is of some help.
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Old 11-18-2014, 12:04 PM   #14
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Very personal choice. If all the places you like to visit are KOA type CGs then 2wd should be fine. I too agree that if the road conditions require 4wd to move forwards it’s time to get off the road. I commonly use 4wd a couple times a year to get in or out of a campsite, usually due to rain and wet leaves.

My rule of thumb is; 4wd is to get me home from work, not to work!
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Old 11-18-2014, 01:14 PM   #15
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when I bought my Chevy Duramax dually in 2012,thedealers here in my part of Tx just didn't carry in stock LT's or LTZ's without 4wd.You could get em in basic work trucks in 2wd but I wanted a nicer truck.
I haven't had to use it much but when I needed it, was real happy I had it.
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Old 11-18-2014, 01:35 PM   #16
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Go with the 4 wd. You never know when it will come in handy and when it does it's worth it's weight in gold...
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Old 11-18-2014, 02:03 PM   #17
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I'm on my 2nd 2wd truck I swore I would never buy again. Things just landed that way this time, I found a truck that I was able to get a really good deal on, just didn't have 4x4, so I bit.

My next truck WILL have 4wd. Granted, I've only had one case where I thought I needed it since I bought the truck (and my TT), and I wasn't even towing. We had decided to drive down the beach, and the soft sand almost had us, 4wd would have been nice.

The way I see it, it's a little like insurance; most times you don't need it, but when you do need it, all those premiums are worth it. Also, with a 1 ton DRW, you're probably looking at a hefty price tag anyway, so why not add the 4wd; incrementally it wouldn't be that much of an increase in the purchase price?

I would rather have it and not need it...

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Old 11-18-2014, 03:08 PM   #18
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I owned a 2WD truck for years and used it as a daily commuter through midwest winters but now that I have a 4WD, I'll never go back. The 2WD had a locking differential than came in pretty handy but when we had snow drifts or roads that weren't plowed well I got stuck a few times and needed assistance. Like the old P38 can opener...it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it...lol
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Old 11-18-2014, 03:17 PM   #19
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4x4... I've used both single and duels...I perfer single wheels.
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Old 11-18-2014, 04:29 PM   #20
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Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. My TV is 2wd. Living outside ATL I very rarely need 4wd. But when I tow my TT I have needed 4wd numerous times just to get in and out of campgrounds with dirt roads and/or hilly terrain. I would definitely get 4wd especially with a 1 ton.

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