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Old 10-21-2014, 06:31 AM   #11
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What do you have for a truck?
I forgot, you can't see the signatures on the mobile app. It is a Jeep Liberty Diesel.

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Old 10-21-2014, 06:58 AM   #12
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I got stuck once in a 2wd truck I owned and I told myself never again. Any truck after has been 4wd and it comes in handy, period. I just used it on our last camping trip to St Augustine where the beach sand was a mess. While I was cruising in my spot in 4wd there was a 2wd pickup being towed out and no cars could make it to where we were so it was not busy and we had plenty of space. Piece of mind.

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Old 10-21-2014, 07:13 AM   #13
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My old 2wd 250 diesel was a mule when it came to towing in the mountains, but after having my buddy pull me out twice when I wasn't even towing (and never letting me forget it) my next truck (and all future trucks) will have 4wd.
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Old 10-21-2014, 07:13 AM   #14
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Last winter was the last time we had our SUV in 4WD. Hopefully we don't need it this winter. We did not use 4wd at all for camping this year but have had those wet muddy sites before were someone has left ruts. Nice to walk out in lo and not rip up the CG too. We do use it for boat ramps in the spring. Typically lots of sand and mud at the base of the ramps for early spring salmon fishing.
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Old 10-21-2014, 07:18 AM   #15
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Jeep diesel. Will have to look it up! I have a 2012 f250 and have used the position lock on the rear end getting into some sites but not 4wd yet
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Old 10-21-2014, 07:48 AM   #16
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I've always felt that's it's just not a truck if it isn't 4WD.

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Old 10-21-2014, 09:06 AM   #17
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I do lock in my 4x4 for the occasional snow fall here in the Pacific Northwest.

However, I have used it more for helping others on boat ramps , stuck in mud etc.
The place I use it most is when I get to the campground.
Setting it into 4Low it will just walk it's self nicely at idle slow and steady as I steer.

I have both manual locking and on the fly (dashboard control) hubs.
I have disconnected the hoses (at the pump) for the on-the-fly switching so the front wheels are not locked when I use 4x4 for maneuvering the 5th wheel.

I learned the hard way about backing my 5th wheel up the slope of my driveway. When the transmission is put under heavy pressure, like backing a heavy trailer up a slope, that pressure has to go somewhere... there usually is a small vent/valve on the top of the auto-transmission...when the extreme pressure and heat is built up... tranny oil will spray out of this vent leaving you with a mess and thinking you just blew your transmission.
That's when I was told by a Transmission expert to use 4x4 low to back up the rig, especially up any hills.

Yes, a 4x4 truck is more expensive but it is very useful and gives peace of mind when towing.


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Old 10-21-2014, 09:16 AM   #18
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90% of the time I have no need for 4wd on the truck when towing the camper. But the 10% of the time is when I am happy to have the option when traction even with the 5th wheel pin is giving me an issue on loose gravel or dirt.

Winter last year I needed it a few times during some heavier snow fall.
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Old 10-21-2014, 10:02 AM   #19
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I get ridiculed for saying at work...I don't know why they make 1/2T 2WD p/u's for anything but fleet/delivery use and hauling groceries and light hauling... OK I said it.

Once you own a will never go back. I don't put mine in 4WD until i need it...if you put it in might not be able to get out of the situation. My experience(for the most part in mud) unless you are playing in the time you realize you are stuck in 4WD...then it's to late....2WD then to 4WD.. you might get out.
Ice and snow are an exception to this rule of course.
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Old 10-21-2014, 10:08 AM   #20
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I don't see what the big deal is all about, it's there if you need it. I rarely see trucks today that are not 4wd. You never hear anyone ask the owner of a 600+ HP Corvette why he needs a $100,000 dollar car that goes 205 MPH.


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