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Old 12-14-2014, 08:56 AM   #1
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4wd or 2wd

I new to Irving and I'm wondering about 2wd or 4wd. I am getting ready to purchase a to truck, but I'm conflicted about the need for a 4wd! I don't plan on going off road or driving in snow etc. However, there seems to be many more 4wd trucks on the market and the price point is similar? Please share your thoughts.
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:01 AM   #2
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This always gets a reaction. I will not own a 2WD anything. My wife drives a F250 6.7L 4x4 for little more than going to the grocery store and the gym, and we live in Central Texas. Some are just as passionate against 4WD's but I think we win upon re-sale. Not because of book value but because of actual market value because so many people want them.
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:06 AM   #3
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And I completely disagree with Scotty I bought a 2WD 2500 HD Dodge Diesel Megacab specifically for towing a 24' enclosed racecar trailer. Except for the couple of times that I would have liked to take it out in the snow (I have AWD vehicles for that) it has been a terrific vehicle. Tows straight as an arrow, with much better steering and ride than it's 4WD sibling, and with 300 lbs less weight, a higher usable GVCW. Factor the lower purchase cost and better fuel mileage and unless I had to sell it in Texas, I'm sure there are PLENTY of buyers who want a 2WD pickup.
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:37 AM   #4
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I currently own three 4wds and wouldn't even consider a 2wd (usually 1wd) pickup.

That said, since you aren't sure, you probably don't need 4 wheel drive.
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:11 AM   #5
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We towed our 5th wheel full timefor 7 years with a Dodge 3500 2wd dually. Never ever needed 4wd. Since it was also our daily ride we enjoyed the smoother ride etc. You need to decide where you will drive and where you will take your RV.. Because we shopped for 3 years for our MH the value of the truck was always in play and it was never an issue in all parts of the country.
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:43 AM   #6
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IMHO!! I don't want to pay for it initially!
Feed It later!
Repair it later!
Adds weight.
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Old 12-14-2014, 11:34 AM   #7
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Given the situation for the OP (and myself), I am very happy with a 2wd.
There are SO many advantages to a 2wd 99% of the time.
Most have already been listed, but:
-lower cost to buy, own, maintain
-Lower stance = lower center of gravity for added safety, better aerodynamics and fuel economy
-easier to get in/out
-smaller blind spots
-higher payload
-better ride quality
-less road spray and debris hitting your trailer

BUT, I would insist that any 2WD truck has a limited slip rear diff. Most 2500/3500 have these as standard. On a 1500, you must make sure it's a checked option.

Keep in mind that a 4WD with open differentials only drives 2 wheels (one front and one rear). So a 2wd with limited slip or locking rear essentially has the same traction less the weight of the engine. But when towing or with any weight in the bed, you may actually have better traction.
And if you like to do powerslides without the one-tire-fryer, you'll also be happy. LOL
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I will give 3 examples of why 4wd is a good idea.

1. Maneuvering your RV in 4low is much less stress on the transmission on hilly areas.

2. We were driving out to hike the painted canyon east of PalmSprings and the gravel road tuned to sand and the truck started to get stuck. Hit 4wd and drove on. We would have been stuck with no cell service and a long way to the highway.

3. My wife was heading back to Desert Hot Springs driving our RAM Dually and the GPS said to take a certain road so she did. It went from asphalt to gravel to sand. I get this panicked call at dusk saying she is stuck (this is out in the Desert with no homes all around and it's getting dark) so I am thinking how in the heck I was going to find her then I told her how to put it in 4wd so she did and tried to pull ahead but she had already buried it pretty good. I then told her how to put it into 4low she did and drove right out turned around and made it home. This one time alone made it worth having 4wd!!!!!
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.....This one time alone made it worth having 4wd!!!!!
Can't be stated any better or more succinctly!
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We own four motorized vehicles - pickup, Cadillac, Acadia are all 4WD...and our motor home is "sorta" 4WD, since it has a set of dualies in the back.

4WD comes in handy in many cases, such as wet highways where you may hydroplane, not to mention snow or sand. AWD built into our Caddy and Acadia has been of benefit in those situations. The pickup also does the snow plowing duties in the winter - invaluable.
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I will give 3 examples of why 4wd is a good idea.

1. Maneuvering your RV in 4low is much less stress on the transmission on hilly areas.

Turning in 4low on dry surfaces causes high strain on the driveline. One of the driving tires must slip to account for the difference in turning radius. Worse if you have limited slip. The manual recommends not to put the vehicle in 4wd on dry surfaces.
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Turning in 4low on dry surfaces causes high strain on the driveline. One of the driving tires must slip to account for the difference in turning radius. Worse if you have limited slip. The manual recommends not to put the vehicle in 4wd on dry surfaces.
My manual, and practical experience, agrees with you on Pavement, concrete, etc.... not so for sand, dirt, grass, gravel, or wet surfaces.
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My Father had a excavating business for app. 50 years(brother still running it) and he always owned Datsun/Nissan 2 wheel drive trucks, little trucks, all the area contractor's use to laugh/fun with him cause he did not have a big 4 wheel drive truck for his business with a fuel tank in the back........My Father would watch the other's get stuck, mud all over their trucks all the time, repair bills from using them in the mud and the needed 4 wheel drive to get to their equipment "on" the job site............etc.
When my Fathers equipment needed fuel or anything.......he just drove the equipment through the mud on the job site to the dry land where the 2 wheel drive truck was sitting with the fuel in the back........His truck was always clean......not to many repair bills from his business use of it........
I have 2, 4 wheel drive autos today, do I "need" them, not very often............
My Motorcoach is 2 wheel drive, Never had a problem as of yet, have seen photo's of them stuck though...........Lots of rain, wet grass, mud, most anything will have a problem..........
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Turning in 4low on dry surfaces causes high strain on the driveline. One of the driving tires must slip to account for the difference in turning radius. Worse if you have limited slip. The manual recommends not to put the vehicle in 4wd on dry surfaces.

I agree, I just use common sense based on the conditions. I have had to raise one side up 5-6" just to get RV level and the 4low made it a breeze.

On my 98 I had a 2low switch that did not allow the front axle to connect. That was a great mod!
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