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Old 03-27-2013, 09:26 PM   #11
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:21 PM   #12
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Welllllll... Our 2wd 3/4 ton truck will get stuck on wet grass if it even THINKS about raining (when not towing). Our neighbor has the same truck in a 1 ton duallie, and he never has that problem. We haven't had a problem towing our 5ver with it - maybe because that puts enough weight on the rear wheels to give us traction in most situations. Obviously the duallie has so much more of a contact patch on the ground that it will get traction long after a skinny single wheel will spin.

So the other posters advice is correct - you don't necessarily NEED a 4wd, but it could come in handy every so often (more than likely when you are NOT towing).

2wd trucks have higher tow ratings & get slightly better fuel economy, weigh less, and have less "stuff" to wear out. That said - there have been a few times that I wished that I had gone ahead & gotten a 4wd.

So if I was buying again I would have to look at my overall driving needs. The more daily street use you have of a truck the less you might want to deal with the complexity of a 4wd or the lack of maneuverability and parking hassles of a 1 ton.

For serious towing on a regular basis I would probably strongly consider either a 4wd, 1 ton, or both.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:47 PM   #13
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Well, I sure would buy the 4-wheel drive...but, then, we live in a "snow" zone, and, go south in mid-winter. Used the 4-wheel drive in every campground on the way to Arizona this year! Also, even just moving the 5th wheel around my acreage, in the summer time, have used it: Like when pushing the 5th wheel up onto a pad I built for it: Rear wheels were slipping; went to 4HI and moved it right up there.

Also, I like the extra weight in front of the truck... with all that extra pin weight on the rear axe when towing.

But, I suppose if you stay in the south (we lived in north Florida 20-years, so know that area, too), the 2-wheel drive could work. Yet, it would seem mountain camping in NC could also use 4-wheel drive at times.

Good luck with the decision... always something to consider!!
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:58 AM   #14
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My $0.02 worth...4WD is not necessary. I have it on my truck because I bought the truck used and it happened to have 4WD. The two other trucks I was considering were 2WD. I have not needed it at all. I've only used it a couple times on gravel roads just to be sure that it worked. OTOH, I live in the desert and don't drive in rain much or snow at all. If you drive in snow or mud it might be worth having. Also, it would probably increase the resale value and make it easier to sell.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:45 AM   #15
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I love mine

My first truck was 2WD. Like others; I had several experiences where it rained while I was camping in a site on grass. I hooked up and just spun the tires. That issue is solved with my 2006 4 WD drive truck. Expensive but worth it to me.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:24 AM   #17
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Thanks again to everyone, the comments help to keep things in perspective.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:55 PM   #18
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:19 PM   #19
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I have to have 4wd on my TV. I camp anywhere from up in the deserted mountains to the beaches on the lakes here in NM. I'd guess that I use the 4wd about 1/2 of the times that I camp. Had cases where even that was almost not enough to get out of a campsite, especially pulling out of a sandy beach.

I'd recommend evaluating how you plan on camping, and buying accordingly. If I was always in developed campgrounds I'd have to think hard about the extra expense that the 4wd entails.....

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I have a 4x4 and have never used it towing... it always stays in the 2x4 mode.. I wish I could have found a 2x4 truck but up here the dealers refuse to take orders for a 2x4 diesel.
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