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Old 03-22-2013, 10:00 PM   #1
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Do you Really Need a 4 wheel drive to pull your 5vr?

Im torn, Do I really Need a 4 Wheel Drive to pull a 5vr. Im in NC, get little snow, dont plan on doing any offroad driving,Really on plan on pulling the camper with this Truck.... Do you really need a 4 wheel drive to pull your camper? I can see where it would be nice for that ONE event but wondering in your camping travels is it really necessary, Have you ever been stuck in a CampGround and needed it, Really needed it? I hear a 2WD pulls much smoother....
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:03 PM   #2
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Many folks need 4 wheel drive, but from the viewpoint of someone who hasn't needed a four wheel drive.... here's our experience....

Of all the years we've spent traveling the USA since the late 70's, we go where the weather is warmer (never camp or travel through area's where snowing, muddy, etc). We don't boondock in the 'boonies' nor do we live in a snowy region. Fortunate for us, at this point in our rv'ing years, we know where our future camping trips will be, so we can predict that we won't need the 4 wheel.

Over the years we've had a half ton and 3/4 ton. We've pulled tt's and a 5'er. Based on the above and using public/state c/g's in non-inclement weather, we've never had to use a 4 wheel to tow or in everyday life.

Based on your post, it doesn't sound like you need four wheel drive in your daily life(?). If you really don't camp or travel in inclement weather, or outside of city/public or asphalt/concrete streets, the cost of not buying a 4x4 can a buy a lot of fuel.

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Old 03-23-2013, 08:15 AM   #3
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I also live in NC. I have a 4x4, don't necessarily NEED it. I prefer a 4x4 because I like to sit up a little higher and I like the way they ride. I have had a couple instances where I have had to put it in 4 HI to get into a camp site. It was very loose gravel and going up hill backwards. Other than that, it's really your preference. I don't notice a difference in fuel mileage from others who have a 2WD version of my truck, I don't leave my hubs locked so the front axles don't turn while driving causing any extra drag.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:43 AM   #4
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Do you need a 4X4 to tow? No. Is it a nice "to have" item? Yes. I have used the 4 HI drive a few times while camping. One was in an OH state park that the site had a slight incline to get out of the site. The grass had morning dew when I went to leave and the rear tires began to spin. Flipped it into 4 HI and moved on out. All cases have been where there was damp grass and I used the 4X4 to get moving. I generally do not travel in bad weather nor do I off road. I rarely stay in RV parks that are not paved or at least graveled. I also go south for the winter. Would I buy a truck without 4X4? Sure if it was a great deal. Otherwise...no I would buy a 4X4. I have read that the 4X4 axle adds about 500# to the weight and you do pay to haul that extra weight around but I don't think that it is a significant cost. YMMV
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:55 AM   #5
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Agree with the above. I also have friends with 2WD versions of my truck, and mileage doesn't seem to be more than 1-2mph difference. And if you live in an area like mine, where we get snow and a lot of rain, 4WD does really come in handy sometimes. Only downside is that 4WD front axle u-joints tend to bind somewhat in sharp turns, but otherwise, pros certainly outweigh cons. JMHO
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I also live in NC. I have a 4x4, don't necessarily NEED it. I prefer a 4x4 because I like to sit up a little higher and I like the way they ride. I have had a couple instances where I have had to put it in 4 HI to get into a camp site. It was very loose gravel and going up hill backwards. Other than that, it's really your preference. I don't notice a difference in fuel mileage from others who have a 2WD version of my truck, I don't leave my hubs locked so the front axles don't turn while driving causing any extra drag.
I have a 4x4, and tow a TT not a 5ver. I really do not need the 4x4 for camping. However as others stated above I have used it on a number of occasions getting into a campsite, backing up, uphill, on gravel. I rarely go anyplace that has paved drive isles. It is a nice piece of mind knowing I have the ability to camp where I want to camp.
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I don't believe a 4X4 is at all ncessary if you live in an area that doesn't have a lot of ice or snow, or only travel when the weather is mild. I have a 4X4, and most of the time it isn't needed, but I travel some mountain passes in Fall and Spring........much better than chaining-up.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:13 AM   #8
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I bought my truck used, Dealer going out of buisiness, big bargain. Didn't think I needed it but what the heck. First trip with new then Camper we went to visit my son in Winston Salem N.C.
Long story short, when we went to leave it was after rain and freezing rain. we werre parked on grass, tried to leave and coould not move, truck just spun. Put it in 4 wheel drive and pulled right out. So instead of calling a tow truck and waiting who knows how long, we werre on our way. Since then it has come in handy numerous times getting into camp grounds etc.
I wouldn't be without it now!
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I consider the 4x4 drive train like insurance- Would not like to need it and not have it- Haven't used our 4x4 gears very often but sure liked having it when needed- Mostly on wet grass and/or muddy driveways in the cg's we prefer- JMHO- DD
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:29 PM   #10
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Four wheel drive is nice for the few occasions you could use it. That is the great thing about camping there is always someone there willing to help you out. I have a four wheel drive truck and used it once to pull out a two wheel drive dodge ram hooked to a 5vr. The trailer had sunk in the mud and the truck was spinning. But I have been camping for awhile and that was the only time I saw someone stuck. Now a two wheel drive truck has more towing capability then a four wheel drive. Less weight in the two wheel drive therefore better two capability. You will save in fuel costs also, no front drive train to turn. Hope this helps.
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