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Old 03-08-2019, 09:44 AM   #31
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If you promise always always to drive on pavement and never ever to put any of your wheels off payment then no you don't need 4WD. The only time I have ever been stuck was in my '91 F350 dually 2WD. Besides, 4WD gives you bragging rights when you belly up to the bar.
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Old 03-08-2019, 04:51 PM   #32
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Yep, what Friz said! Just buy 4WD and be done with it.
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Old 03-10-2019, 09:45 AM   #33
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Yep, what Friz said! Just buy 4WD and be done with it.
Realize, 4x4 will drop the carrying capacity and towing capacity of the truck about 400-600 pounds. That's 600 pounds not available for pin weight.
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:16 PM   #34
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I have a 2wdr with locking rear axle. I purchased the truck with Hankook highway tires on it. I would get stuck in my yard if the grass was wet or the ground was soft. Two weeks ago I bought Goodyear Wrangler A/T Adventurer with Kevlar. It rained off/on for a week prior to our week long vacation, and it was raining the day we left for vacation. Backed the truck up to the camper, hooked up, had a buddy on speed dial just in-case. Locked the rear axle and slide it into gear. I crawled out of the back yard without a problem. Left ruts in the soft ground. 4x4 isn't necessary, but the right tires are...
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Old 05-18-2019, 01:05 PM   #35
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Tires can make a big difference...same like snow tires in winter.
Anyway my experience after a couple years with a 4x4 truck, we went looking for a newer truck. I found a 4x2 truck I liked at the right price. I thought about it and realized the whole time I had the 4x4 I never put it in 4 wheel drive.
Since having the new, (to me) 4x2 I haven't had an issue going anywhere. I've taken it onto BLM land and down may dirt roads without issue. Consider how many class a,c and b rv's you see in those places and none are 4x4.
With that said, I always check before going. There are obviously places you can't go. I just haven't found many.


One other thing, we live in VA where we only have a sissy winter...lol. 20 years earlier we lived in N.E. and there was real winter. I had 4x4 vehicles back then with good reason. These days we head for the south west avoiding even the sissy winter.
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Old 06-06-2019, 04:21 PM   #36
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If you promise always always to drive on pavement and never ever to put any of your wheels off payment then no you don't need 4WD. The only time I have ever been stuck was in my '91 F350 dually 2WD. Besides, 4WD gives you bragging rights when you belly up to the bar.
You're funny!

There's a YouTube video on the Long Long Honeymoon channel where they drove up a gravel road to take some pretty pictures in the summer and had turn turn around in the level grassy area to get out and got stuck on dry, green grass. Just the juice in the grass was enough to stop them dead in their 2wd truck.

Since I've been towing a 5th wheel (3 years and two different trucks), I've probably used 4x4 five or six times in similar situations.

In one case; over the holidays I was towing NE towards Seattle past Boise and the hwy was so rough it shook my 7pin connector loose. I pulled off the first exit as the hwy was like the Indy 500 and there was almost no shoulder. There was no place to even get off the road but a gravel lot in front of a chained off industrial yard. It was covered in ice and snow and the outside temp was in the 20s (F). I got my trailer hitch reconnected and, when getting out, dropped both front tires into a hole where the pavement meets the gravel. The lot was iced over so there's no way I could have seen it and the ice was thick enough I could have jumped on it and not even known it was there. I busted off my front air dam, and got stuck HARD. I had to put it in 4x4 low but I got out, maneuvered around, and back out on the hwy after I determined only cosmetic damage had been done.

I could have stopped on the hwy, with four feet of rig still IN the hwy due to the narrow shoulder, put on my blinkers and called roadside service because I was scared to be out on the hwy in black rain at ten pm with cars whizzing by at eighty. I could have stopped when I dropped my axle in the hole and called roadside service and got a tow. I could sell my truck and fiver, get a Prius, and live in a senior living apt complex with a balcony and my Chihuahua and drive my Prius real slow to the senior center to play dominoes with the other old ladies. Instead I just did what I had to do. Had I not had 4x4 I'd have been stuck out there for a long time.

It sucked to ding up my truck. It would have sucked worse to be stuck there for three to six hours. It would suck worse to not go places because I was a scaredy cat.


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Old 06-07-2019, 10:40 AM   #37
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Thank you for the entertaining story. I heard a long time ago: 4 wheel drive gets used about 2% of the time, but adds almost 5% to the costs of a truck. But during that 2% of time you need it, its worth every penny paid.

Can you get by without it? Absolutely. Is it worth 5% more money to use less than 2% of the time? For me, absolutely.
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Old 06-07-2019, 10:20 PM   #38
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Used to work oilfield service in Wyoming for 10 years--mostly used LTDs for service calls to drill rigs. 4x4 not needed for simple reason--if you can't get there, don't go.... But after some years, company changed to 4x4 pickups, and then we didn't have the excuse "I can't get there." And, if you try hard enough, 4x4 will usually allow you to get stuck farther off the road and in deeper drifts...
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