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Old 12-21-2015, 11:27 AM   #11
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4X4 has enabled me to back into sandy sloped spaces. No way without. Also boat ramps.

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Old 12-21-2015, 11:27 AM   #12
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Everything I read above so far l agree with.
My previous dually was NOT 4x4 and there were a few times I wish it was. Like the time I got stuck in the driveway on an inch of icy snow and I had to use my wife's Ford Escape 4x4 to pull me out.
Like others have said if your stuck in a bad spot just once you'll kick yourself for not having it.
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Old 12-21-2015, 11:31 AM   #13
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Several years ago, I needed to back into a grassy campsite on a slight uphill grade. The truck would not do it in 2 wheel drive because of wheel spinning on wet grass. I locked in the 4 wheel drive, and there was no problem backing in then. I maybe could have got er done with a bit of a running start, but turning a knob on the dash was just too easy, and probably much safer.

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Old 12-21-2015, 11:36 AM   #14
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I can't back up in my own yard at a 10% slope in the grass without the rear wheels spinning in two wheel drive due to the light rear end of my truck. Got a 4x4 mainly for adventures in the open country while camping, not only for getting to campground, but exploring. A good winch and deer grill guard is coming soon as well. It's a big vast country out there with lots of bogs and fording creeks, sand, snow and mud, be prepared to stay mobile. It's always nice to be able to get home.
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Old 12-21-2015, 11:36 AM   #15
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For me, it is a need. We do not gets as much snow as some do down in sePA but when it does I need to get through. Do not get to call out sick do to weather. My TV is a daily driver so it is what it is as far as what it can tow due to the 4x4.

I will say, I had a heck of a time around 05 or so selling a 4x4 truck ended up selling down south (deep south) at auction. Nothing wrong with it just winters were warm so 4x4 was not selling...

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Old 12-21-2015, 11:42 AM   #16
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Not interested in 4WD, I don't need it, and am not at that age where I think I can put our truck any where. It is an expensive piece of equipment and I treat it like one. I have never been to a site or campground and wished I'd had it, if I think I can't do it in 2WD we will go to another. Lots of 2WD TV's out there, if I lived back up north still, yes, a necessity, but I'll never live in those conditions again!
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Old 12-21-2015, 11:44 AM   #17
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In our Alaska trip this last summer we just slipped it into four-wheel-drive while that rigs behind us got pulled out. Sure felt good to be in four wheel. You really never know when you might need it
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Old 12-21-2015, 11:45 AM   #18
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Living and towing in Canada dictates that 4x4 is a necessity. Our Jeep Wrangler Unlimited/R-Pod 177 will go just about anywhere.
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Old 12-21-2015, 11:53 AM   #19
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I had a minor need for 4WD in the spring of 2008 but I circumvented the need in 25 minutes. I drive on fairly smooth/level surfaces whether towing or not, so 4WD is a waste for me... and I usually get what I want when I sell.
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Old 12-21-2015, 11:57 AM   #20
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I've had both 2WD and 4WD over the years. There have been times that I've driven a whole year without throwing it into 4WD, but when the time comes to use it, you're happy you have it. It's kinda like a parachute. When you need it , you really need it. Modern 4WD systems have improved to the point where the ride and handling aren't a whole lot different than the 2WD, and they're a whole lot easier to use than the old Willy's 2 lever system. Today you just reach out and move a dial on the dash and bingo there you are. I find 4WD very useful when the traction is wanting, such as wet grass, mud and of course snow. It gives you the option of maintaining control without having to put an excess amount of power into the move.

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