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Old 05-10-2012, 07:38 PM   #21
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I had a 4WD Chevy with emphasis on the had. I've towed the last 6 years with a 2WD Ford. Never a problem. A 2WD will usually tow more weight than a 4WD, and there are far fewer components in the drivetrain to fail.
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:43 AM   #22
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4x4 can be handy but the tires are more important for grip from my point of view. I've had my 4x4 F350 dully stuck in soft wet grass, 1 due to weight and 2 due to highway tires. Not exactly the choice for leaving roads. On an older F250 4x4 I had, I put BFG all-terrain tires on, what a difference. I could 2wd mostly everything in winter and soft ground. Needless to say I still have 4x4, it's there if I need it.
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:33 AM   #23
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Since over 90% of my driving is hiway, I'll go with quiet tires. '98 I had (bought used) had noisy tires on it. Wayne
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Old 05-12-2012, 12:29 PM   #24
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I get a kick out of the lifted 4x4s out there.. all shiny and pretty... Having... NEVER >>>EVER ..seen ..a.. 2 track...gravel.. nothing but concrete and ashphalt ...if they encounter a dirt road they keep GOING and pass it up !!!
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:30 PM   #25
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Just checked the book on the 2012 F150's and found the following tow capacity on the 5.5' bed size (145" WB):

5.0L 4x4 3.55 = 7700lbs
5.0L 4x2 3.55 = 8000lbs

5.0L 4x4 3.73 = 9300 lbs
5.0L 4x2 3.73 = 9400lbs

Looks like the gear ratio contributes more to tow capacity than 4x4 vs. 4x2. The longer 163" WB has an even more possitive effect on the 4x2 with the 3.55 gear (@ 9300lbs).
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:49 PM   #26
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I have a 2011 F-150 eco supercrew 4x2 with a 3.55 rear end. That gives me a 9800 lb. Tow rating and 15300 GCWR. 4x2 is fine for me because:
1. I live in Florida and camp in state or county parks.
2. I don't have a boat.
3. Its my daily driver, and
4. I don't off-road, (I'd buy a jeep for that.)

With all that said, if I were to order a truck today, I'd get the 4wd. Its better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
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Old 05-12-2012, 07:22 PM   #27
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If you don't go offroad, see no reason to get a 4 x 4 unless you plan on moving to the snowbelt states.

Had a wise old man that worked the rice fields in Arkansas said that all a 4x4 does is get you stuck deeper, because you try to go places you just think you can go that you wouldn't even attempt in a 4x2. My son and grandsons all call me on the radio and ask me to go get a tractor to pull them out because I stay on the levees and walk.
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:11 PM   #28
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Had a wise old man that worked the rice fields in Arkansas said that all a 4x4 does is get you stuck deeper, because you try to go places you just think you can go that you wouldn't even attempt in a 4x2.
Conversely, fear of going places because you don't have 4X4 can keep you from getting into some really cool places. Look at Glenn's pix as examples.
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I guess it is "To each his own" I would never take a truck of mine that I liked into any river or creek for the damage it does to the running gear which regardless of what they say, they are not designed for underwater use. Wheel brgs, brakes, etc. I worked too hard for what little I have to abuse it. But, like I said, "To each his own"
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I'm in South Dakota and I had almost forgot that you can get a 2wd truck. JK. My boss finally gave up on 2wd's because the dealership had a difficult time getting one in. I have used 4wd just to get my camper to the highway after a good rain and I live on a fairly decent gravel road. Some of the places we camp are on grass and it's nice to have there too.
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