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Old 01-10-2013, 10:01 AM   #11
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I would be very surprised in looking at 3/4 or 1 ton diesels if the difference is more than 2-5% from 4WD to 2WD. I used to tow with a buddy, we pulled similar loads (loaded Jeep trailers). He had a 2WD 3500 dually, mine was a 4WD 2500, both Cummins 6 speed manual. Not the best comparison as his was DRW, mine not, but we had another guy with the 4WD 3500 DRW as well.

At the end of the day, you could not find more than 1mpg difference between the three trucks.

For what it is worth, the guy with the 2WD got rid of it pretty quick for a 4WD. He got stuck first time we pulled onto a gravel road on government land. To make matters worse, the truck had no front tow hooks, we had to remove the bumper and chain directly to the frame rail to pull him out. I never removed my trailer, just turned the switch to 4WD and chained him to the back of my trailer and pulled him 3/4 mile to the parking area. Then back out again.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:05 AM   #12
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I live in the south and most of out trips are within a 500 mile radius for now. In four years I hope to expand that area. My 35 year career as a FF/Paramedic is quickly coming to an end. When it does, I hope to expand my travels and more of my time to outdoor photography. We love the camping side and meeting people like you who are always willing to help and provide great information. Thanks to all of you. If you are ever in Ga. drop us a line.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:37 AM   #13
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Another thing to consider is that a 2wd truck will most likely have to be ordered as they're not in much demand. The 2WD should also have a slightly higher payload than the 4WD.

One of the things I don't like with the late model 4WD is that the front axle ride is too high...almost the same as the rear ride height. You put away significant weight in the back, it looks like the truck is squatting.

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Not a problem with a diesel.
Most have near maxed out front axles.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:47 AM   #14
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For what it is worth, the guy with the 2WD got rid of it pretty quick for a 4WD. He got stuck first time we pulled onto a gravel road on government land. To make matters worse, the truck had no front tow hooks, we had to remove the bumper and chain directly to the frame rail to pull him out. I never removed my trailer, just turned the switch to 4WD and chained him to the back of my trailer and pulled him 3/4 mile to the parking area. Then back out again.
Yea, I did say I would get a 4WD next time
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:06 AM   #15
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Yep, 4WD for sure. As noted, even wet grass is enough to stop a 2WD; especially if trying to back a trailer into a spot on any kind of up-hill situation.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:15 AM   #16
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As noted, even wet grass is enough to stop a 2WD; especially if trying to back a trailer into a spot on any kind of up-hill situation.
I ran into that problem 1 time. The 4x4 option was a nicety then.
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Another thing to consider is that if you're pulling a heavy 5er up a steep hill, you can choose low range 4wd and makes the climb much easier. I've used my 4wd camping quite a bit, actually. I think it is beneficial enough when trailering to be worth the extra money.
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I've had to use 4wd because I was spinning in gravel just trying to get the trailer popped up onto the pad at a campsite and it was dry.

- Another thing in the south, a 4wd will be much easier to sell and retain a higher value than a 2wd. The possible 2nd owner may need a farm truck, or oil field rig.
I look on craigs list and think I found a smoking deal on a diesel truck, then realize its 2wd, then I think, man that would be a great truck if it was 4wd.
- Wont own a vehicle that isn't 4x4 unless its a commuter car
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:08 PM   #19
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brw, if you are not looking at a huge fifth wheel, don't forget about the Ford Ecoboost. That would make a lot nicer everyday driver.
And get the 4wd. The difference in mileage won't be that much. My everyday driver is a Dodge 1500 4wd, with all the axles and stuff turning all the time, and I get awesome gas milage.
And unless you are going to keep the truck forever, the 4wd will be a lot easier to sell, and will command a premium then as well.
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Since your looking at next spring you might want to keep an eye on the new Rams. Ram is coming out with a front axle disconect for their Ram HD's. Not sure if it's an option on both, just avalible on the 3500 or what. But it's going to be an option regardles. Also the new 2500 Rams have been upgraded along with the 3500's. Higher payload and tow ratings.
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