Originally Posted by OldCoot
I can see a need for 4wd for farmers, but for "city slickers" they are just a toy and totally needless IMO.
That is a ridiculous statement if you live in a snowy climate, but that's your opinion.
But to the OP's question - if you aren't driving in snow, 4wd is probably not needed. My yard is on a pretty steep hill, so I do sometimes find it helpful to use the 4wd when backing the trailer up hill on the grass to position it by the house. Otherwise I just spin and tear up the lawn. Just like on snow - hit the switch and all four tires grab instead of spinnning the rear wheels.
If buying a used truck, I wouldn't make 4wd a requirement, but if you run across a good deal, it wouldn't hurt to have it. Sometimes on used vehicles, the extra features and options like that don't push the price up as much as they did on a new vehicle.