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Old 05-08-2012, 06:11 PM   #1
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Just wondering about 2 wheel drive

Is anyone towing with a new F150 2 wheel drive?

I am on the fence whether to get a 2 or 4 wheel drive. I don't know if there are advantages or disadvantages either way.

I'm not worried about driving in snow so much as more parts to break, more expense, if the gas mileage is different... yada yada yada.

Thanks in advance,
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:28 PM   #2
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2wd is the most economical all the way around .
also I think you can tow more with a 2wd since it is lighter .
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:34 PM   #3
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here is my 2010.. 4x2 3.55 limited slip

i have had both 4x4 and 4x2 Ford pickups... 4x4 is nice.. if..you live in a snowy area..when you pull a boat out of the water...wet grassey areas... BUT.. i have always had limited slip 4x2s and.. did just fine with those in the snow also...Click image for larger version

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Old 05-08-2012, 07:34 PM   #4
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Factory Tow ratings will always be higher in a 2WD vs a similar 4WD. For me it's a no brainer since I can pull my camper out on the beach here on Long Island ,it is simply awesome.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:37 PM   #5
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Whoa, thats a lot of camper

What is the difference between limited slip and locking rear ? There are so many options my heads been swimming for months now figuring them out.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:55 PM   #6
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If a locker is an option thats what you want especially with a 2WD

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Old 05-09-2012, 09:09 AM   #7
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Two wheel drive will permit you to tow a little more weight, but not that much. Four wheel drive cost more and you will get less mpg, but only a little less. If you drive off road or do a lot of boondocking you may want to consider 4WD. There is also the mocho man thing, many like 4WD and would not do without it.
I think a longbed for pulling a 5er is more important. I drive a F250, CC, diesel, long bed and it is two wheel drive. Good Luck
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:37 AM   #8
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My F-150 Supercab, 5.0, 3.55 Axle 4X2 does a fine job of pulling and I had a choice of getting a 4X4... and didn't. I haven't regretted it yet. I really don't intend to do much off-roading, or winter camping, so I probably won't. I am responsible for 11 company vehicles, and all are 4X4s. Because of the places we have to go, it is a needed function. We go to mountain-top radio sites and nasty, boggy places along the railroad right-of-way... I just didn't feel that I needed to pay the extra for the 4X4.
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You didn't mention what part of the country you live in. That would be the deciding factor for me. In my neck of the woods and for what I like to do a 4 wheel drive is pretty much mandantory. You see very few 2 wheel drive trucks in this area.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:55 AM   #10
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One advantage of 4x4 that no one has mentioned: A 4x4 truck has "low" range on the transfer case. What this does is double your gearing. In other words, if 1000 rpm in 1st gear gave you 5 mph, in "low" range, that same 1000 rpm would give you only 2.5 mph.

This can be handy when boondocking, in tight places, when you need the rpm for engine power, but don't need the speed to go with it. Works even better in auto trannys, as the gear reduction is done in the transfer case, behind the tranny. Just soemthing else to cloud your mind.

And as last thought, look at some adds for used trucks. Try to find 2 very similar, one 2x4, and one 4x4, and see which one has the higher price. Around here, 4x4 have a much higher resale value.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:56 AM   #11
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All good and true comments above. But here's the thing. I've had situations where backing a trailer and on wet grass; both rear wheels spinning, can't move. Fortunately, I had 4X4 and shifted it in; then could back in. Also encountered a similar thing in a farm field on a hill. Would not have been able to get back out without 4X4; just wet grass. Now you can avoid those situations for sure. Just saying that I don't think it's a no-brainer decision.

If you live in the snow belt, I'd personally get 4WD for sure. For re-sale value if nothing else. A 2WD truck has very poor re-sale value here in MN.
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As a few persons have said, depends in which part of the country you live in. Here in Colorado a neighbor said he has had both 2 and 4 wheel drives, and the 4 wheels are alot easier to sell.
Except on a sand beach at Lake Mac (generally have to rely on a farm tractor to pull us out anyhow), the only time I have used 4 wheel drive is backing into my yard. Wayne
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Unless money is a factor.... when in doubt, bigger is usually better

Seriously, I just went through this same process and made a list of the things that were important to me in a TV (i.e. engine size, tow rating, 4x4, tow pkg, SuperCrew cab, etc.). Tried to get these things and not pay for the things that were nice to have but not really NEEDED.... like my Dad always said: "put your needs before your wants".

Then I emailed all the dealers in my area for the brand truck I wanted and a list of options and asked for their BEST price... In a few days, they all responded with what they had available and price. Then in a matter of minutes negotiated a really good deal on the phone. Sure beats being held captive all afternoon at each dealer-ship with a salesman constantly running back to the sales manager to get a better price. Ended up with an F150 and saved almost $10,000 off the MSRP!

Good luck on making the decision that's right for you!
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You have to decide what your needs are. If 4X4 is not needed, then 4X2 is probably a better choice as they are generally less expensive in initial purchase, maintenance and fuel costs, although I have found the increase in maintenance and fuel costs to be minimal. As I frequently boondock, and when not towing our fifth wheel, use our Power Wagon to explore the back roads, I would not be without 4X4. Besides the extra traction, low range makes it much easier to slowly "crawl" over rough terrain and makes it much easier on the fifth wheel, drive train and passengers.

Good luck with whatever you decide.







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Old 05-09-2012, 07:42 PM   #15
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Whoa, thats a lot of camper

What is the difference between limited slip and locking rear ? There are so many options my heads been swimming for months now figuring them out.
Best way for me to describe the difference...Limited slip..as one wheel loses traction the other engages..as that happens the first wheel gets a chance to also get traction... electronic locking..a knob or switch is pulled out to engage both rear wheels .."locking them in " hope i am right here ..but ask any and ALL the questions about a tow vehicle that you can..
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Whoa, thats a lot of camper

What is the difference between limited slip and locking rear ? There are so many options my heads been swimming for months now figuring them out.
Take a look for a good explanation, Lockers, Limited Slips and other Differentials Explained
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:58 AM   #18
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I always had 4x4 pickups when I was living in northern Ohio and had to deal with winter roads. When I was younger I had a couple Jeep CJ5s and loved going off road with them.
Now I am a full time RVer and have a 4x2 Ram 3500 DRW because it suits my towing needs more so than a 4x4 would. I don't have to deal with deep snow anymore nor do I boondock in hard to get to places so having the extra drive axle wasn't a priority for me.
If you plan to travel the main or secondary roads in fair weather and stay at campgrounds and not too far off the beaten path and 2 wheel drive will probably be fine. If on the other hand you are more adventurous and plan to pull your TT through soft ground or steep, unpaved inclines then a 4 wheel drive may be the better choice.
Bear in mind that if you do go boondocking and get stuck your tow bill could be quite a shock. We have roadside service through Good Sam's but I think it would still cost me if I'm off road "getting away from it all".
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:26 AM   #19
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Very good point on the resale, down here in SE Texas, the 4 wheel drive will sell much better. There are not a lot of 2 wheel drive longbed pickup trucks on the dealers lots around here. When I got mine in March 2011 I had to travel 56 miles to get it at a good price. I had to pass 4 other Ford dealers and three Dodge dealers. There were no Chevrolet pickups without 4 wheel drive and long beds any were around here. Had one Chevrolet salesperson tell me he could get one from CA!
Also not any Dodges with long bed and 2 wheel dirve either.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:48 PM   #20
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Thank you guys so much.

I had considered everything EXCEPT
the resale value. I completely spaced on that.

Thank you for all your help
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