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Old 01-10-2013, 12:18 AM   #1
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Tow Vehicle Question

I currently own a Nissan Titan LE with the "Big Tow" package and have had great success in pulling my Flagstaff V-Lite thousands of miles over the past two years. This spring we hope to move up to a fifth wheel and I am looking at the Dodge Ram 2500. Do any of you know if the fuel mileage performance is of significance between the 4x2 and the 4x4? I've owned a 4x4 years ago and only used the 4 wheel drive two times in four years. Any thoughts on the benefits of one over the other is appreciated.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:22 AM   #2
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Mileage will be better on the 2X4 since Dodge still does not use hubs that can be locked out. You are always turning the half shafts even while in 2wd.

Generally, you get more tow capacity from a 2wd also...
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:07 AM   #3
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Thanks Wildcat. Do you know if any of the other manufactures of diesel products... ford or gm make a two wheel drive diesel unit also?
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:14 AM   #4
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brw...all the big 3 make a diesel. Ford, Chevy, and Dodge. I would recommend that you try them all out before you buy. I happen to be partial to the new 6.7L Ford, but do recommend you try them all. They are all close in tow capabilities, and all the engines are the best made yet (for each of them). It's going to come down to what you prefer for the creature comforts, and/or any loyalty you feel towards a particular brand.

I have the 2011 2WD F-250 diesel, and love it. It pulls my 5th wheel so easy, it is hard to describe sometimes. But I'm sure the Chevy and Dodge folks will tell you the same thing. Get out and try them all. That's the only way you'll know.

As far as 2 or 4 wheel drive, all three make both as well. As you noted, I have not needed 4 wheel drive yet. But I am still fairly limited in my ability to go very far. Mostly weekend type trips for me.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:29 AM   #5
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The price point of the two wheel over the four wheel is approx 3,000.00 alone. I have had some say "yes but if you need it that one time you will be glad you have it". I figure if I need it that one time anyone will tow me for 1,000.00 regardless of where I am and I've saved 2,000.00 LOL....
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Take a look at the loaded pin weight of the 5er you are looking at and compare it to the rawer and payload (per door sticker not website) of the trucks you are considering. You may find you actually want a 3500/350 level truck. Also that said, I would not want to be without my 4wd. I have discovered that the front end of my truck is so heavy that on even slightly soft ground it won't back up without 4wd. That goes double for backing with the trailer. I have needed 4wd many times in the past year in situations that I never needed with any other 4wd vehicle I have owned. Just a little food for thought for you to chew on.
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Thanks anaro you are correct that the price point on the one ton over the 3/4 ton is very little but, I have to use this as my daily means of transportation also....
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I use my f250 as a daily transport too. I wish I had gone with the f350. There isn't much difference for dily driving between a srw 1 ton and a 3/4 ton. I thought like you when I bought this one used 1 yr ago. Now I am very limited in my 5er choices due to having a very low payload.
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Take a look at the loaded pin weight of the 5er you are looking at and compare it to the rawer and payload (per door sticker not website) of the trucks you are considering. You may find you actually want a 3500/350 level truck. Also that said, I would not want to be without my 4wd. I have discovered that the front end of my truck is so heavy that on even slightly soft ground it won't back up without 4wd. That goes double for backing with the trailer. I have needed 4wd many times in the past year in situations that I never needed with any other 4wd vehicle I have owned. Just a little food for thought for you to chew on.
I think my next TV will have 4WD.

I got the 2WD version to maximize my capability to tow. The extra weight of the 4WD hardware is subtracted from the maximum camper you can tow. Since I am well under the maximums of tow rating and combined weight, (I am limited by what the truck can "carry" not what it can pull) it is not as big an issue as I first thought in my case.

Anaro has it right; I have had issues maneuvering when on grass or snow and wished I had 4WD. (But then I drive for several hours on the interstate and am glad I have the better mileage of the 2WD - There is no satisfying me!)
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:54 AM   #10
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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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