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Old 10-20-2014, 09:40 AM   #1
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Today, I am convinced about 4WD, and WDH question

After owning 2 2wd pickups in my early days (87 F250 6.9l XC and 91 F350 7.3l Dually CC), I was always on the fence about 4wd. Well, this weekend, I used it at Normandy Farms, backing into a weird site on a hill (one of a few sites left for this past weekend IN APRIL when I booked!). Well, I was having trouble losing traction in the peastone, so I put the little tractor in 4LO, and it was GREAT. Nice and slow, up and onto the 2x10 to level it. Didn't even have to touch the throttle.

Also, on a side note, when the back of the trailer is up on a hill, I would assume the the spring bars may lift the back of the TV up, or at least take more weight off. Could that have been another reason why I was losing traction? I would assume that would be like pulling harder on the chains on the spring bars???
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:51 AM   #2
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I believe you are correct.
I always take my bars off before I back in and usually don't put them on until I pull out of the spot. It usually makes it easier.
This is just my preference though.
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:10 AM   #3
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I've used my 4X4 a few times myself at these camping sites and it helps alot in loose sand and gravel.
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:27 AM   #4
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Also, on a side note, when the back of the trailer is up on a hill, I would assume the the spring bars may lift the back of the TV up, or at least take more weight off. Could that have been another reason why I was losing traction?

Been there, done that, left ruts from spinning tires to prove it. The spring bars have to come off anyway, so why not do it before they can cause mayhem.

And yes, 4WD is a very nice card to have up your sleeve, just in case. Just don't turn much while backing in 4WD or the sod will get ripped up.
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:48 AM   #5
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I think I've used my 4wd once and it was backing into a site that had had a lot of rain and turned into a mire. The person before me had to be towed out and the site was deep ruts. I put my boards down that go under trailer tires and used my leveling boards under the rear of the truck to keep from sinking. Don't think I needed it at the time but it did make it walk in at a nice smooth pace instead of being able to move at a quicker speed. Was told by the person at the gate that 20 had to be towed out the day before some even with 4wd. Learned later some of those towed out had pulled in instead of backing in.
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:25 PM   #6
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I get kidded about having 4wd here in the South. I know, we don't get much snow, last year I used 4wd for snow once. But.... I use 4wd a lot for other things. Just yesterday I pulled a huge stump from one spot to the fire pile (4lo). No, I didn't pull it out of he ground, a dozer did that, but the truck pulled it with no problem. A few weeks ago we needed to move our 12'x24' utility building (standard 2x4 construction) so I jacked it down onto fence posts, hooked up the truck (4lo again) pulled it to the new location with no problem. When we went camping a few weekends ago, the site was sortof "down in a hole" so pulling out would have been a real strain if it weren't for 4lo. Boat ramps are another thing. I see a lot of folks slippin' and slidin', but 4 hi takes care of that. Over the years I've owned this truck I've used 4wd a bunch. Any time I go out on the back of our property I'm usually in 4hi.
So, I think it's really a useful thing to have, even if it isn't used too often. Well worth the difference in the price.

For the WDH, I'm not very experienced in towing a TT, but I do use a WDH, seems to work fine, keeps the back from sagging. I just make sure to take the bars off before doing a lot of tight maneuvering.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:24 PM   #7
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I kinda figure the WDH was lifting the back of the TV. Problem with me when taking it off, it unloads way too much off the front. I moved the trailer around the house once without the WDH and could tell the difference in the steering.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:32 PM   #8
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I have used the 4wd for the same reason in the past. It made a world of difference. I'm not sure about the wdh dynamics backing uphill but I wouldn't think it would be too much of a change. I have had the same problem backing that old truck uphill on gravel with no trailer behind it.
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:10 PM   #9
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Originally from wa state, currently live in Texas. By nature I would never buy a truck without 4wd from growing up in NW. But down south I have seen many of people park on grass on a slight grade and rain comes and all they do is spin, especially 3/4 and 1 ton with no weight in the rear. I pulled the tree guy out of my back yard 3/4t and his trailer for this very reason. So it does come in handy in the south as well.
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