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Old 09-23-2016, 10:26 AM   #11
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The one thing people on here have yet to mention is the worse mileage you get with 4x4. even when not using it you pay at 3-4 mpg penalty.. I have needed the 4x4 Once in 20 years of RVing.. the extra cost in buying a 4x4 and the mileage penalty over the years would easily have paid for the tow..
Just don't believe the 3-4 mpg loss with 4x4. I get 10 - 12 with my 4x4 2500HD D when towing and I've not heard of anyone on the forum bragging about 13-16mpg towing with the same rig with 2 w drive. You probably give up some milage when not towing, but not 3-4 mpg.

LIke others I have only need 4wd a few times while towing, but dozens of times over the years when not towing. Where I live, 4x4 is pretty typical.
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Old 09-23-2016, 10:41 AM   #12
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I personally vote for 4x4. I have been stuck too many times without it. Sometimes just turning around in a grassy area.
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Old 09-23-2016, 11:49 AM   #13
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Just don't believe the 3-4 mpg loss with 4x4. I get 10 - 12 with my 4x4 2500HD D when towing and I've not heard of anyone on the forum bragging about 13-16mpg towing with the same rig with 2 w drive. You probably give up some milage when not towing, but not 3-4 mpg.

LIke others I have only need 4wd a few times while towing, but dozens of times over the years when not towing. Where I live, 4x4 is pretty typical.
I agree... You'll give up 1-2 mpg... definitely not 3-4. Not on modern trucks anyway..
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Old 09-23-2016, 12:05 PM   #14
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I vote 4x4. It has gotten me out of several sticky situations including simple things such as backing up trailers up slight inclines on wet grass. Just makes life easier. Plus, if I have to maneuver a trailer on inclines or tough areas, I can always shift the transfer case into 4 LOW which makes things a lot easier utilizing the low gearing that I would not have with a 2wd.
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Old 09-23-2016, 12:10 PM   #15
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4x4. Just do it.
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Old 09-23-2016, 12:43 PM   #16
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Another vote for 4x4 here. I don't have a choice where I live, but even if I did... no contest.
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Old 09-23-2016, 01:17 PM   #17
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I live in snow country so 4X4 for me. I have had several occasions where I used 4X4 to pull my 5th wheel up inclines on gravel.
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Old 09-23-2016, 02:49 PM   #18
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I have a favored spot where I go often. In my favorite space, I need 4WD to get out because the pull out is steep and gravel. There have been several places I've needed it and not had it, so enough was enough. My career took me to many places where 4WD was absolutely necessary, and of the 340,000 miles I put on my last company truck, at least 40,000 was in 4WD. I'll probably never buy another truck, but if I do it will be 4WD.
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Old 09-23-2016, 03:57 PM   #19
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Another 4x4 vote. I typically don't camp in fancy paved CGs, if I did I might vote the other way.

At least once a year I use 4low for at least one. Ampsite, due to wet grass, soft soil, or loose gravel, and a slight hill.

I use 4 low all the time backing into my driveway. It is all paved, but inclined. Backing in is a dream with 4 low.
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The one thing people on here have yet to mention is the worse mileage you get with 4x4. even when not using it you pay at 3-4 mpg penalty.. I have needed the 4x4 Once in 20 years of RVing.. the extra cost in buying a 4x4 and the mileage penalty over the years would easily have paid for the tow..
Yep, that's why I decided 2x was good enough for me. Not to mention the extra cost of maintenance of caring for the transfer case, and the extra mechanical system that might need repairs.

I could've definitely used 4x4 when I stupidly got stuck on a slimy road in Slab City, but a fine resident there happily towed me out with his 4x, I gave him a $20, and we both came out ahead.

And Seann, I'll see you in Quartzsite. I'll be there sometime in October, after a I spend a little time in Moab on my way down.
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