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Old 05-12-2016, 02:20 PM   #1
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Ram or Duramax 4x4 vs 4x2

I'm shopping for a 2500HD tow vehicle and really don't want a 4x4 however so I far i have only found Rams and Chevy 2500HD with 4x4. Does anyone know if 4x2 is generally available for 5er towing for current year trucks, 2016?

Also, from all of the towing data I've seen, the 4x2 actually gives you a couple hundred pounds more tow capability. My concern is our daughter has disabilities and the height of the 4x4 makes entry/exit difficult (also hard on the dog too).

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I'm shopping for a 2500HD tow vehicle and really don't want a 4x4 however so I far i have only found Rams and Chevy 2500HD with 4x4. Does anyone know if 4x2 is generally available for 5er towing for current year trucks, 2016?

Also, from all of the towing data I've seen, the 4x2 actually gives you a couple hundred pounds more tow capability. My concern is our daughter has disabilities and the height of the 4x4 makes entry/exit difficult (also hard on the dog too).

Thanks.
On the RAM's the 2X4 is not a lot lower than a 4X4. Trucks these days are tall. Of course the RAM is superior to the Chevy. I'm a RAM guy and have been since 1974.
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For strictly entry height GMs have generally been the lowest and Fords the highest. Rams tend to be in the middle. Depending on what you tow, you might find a 3500 series a better deal, and not any difference in entry height.
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The only non 44 trucks that I have seen are in the south. Like Florida. I would guess the rest of the southern tier of states would sell non 4x4 trucks.

In the northern states I have only seen 4x4 trucks.
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I have a '16 Chevy Duramax 4x4 and yes it is a bit tall. I just added a step. Not so tall anymore. Also I've been on wet grass and was slipping tires. 4x4 was nice. YMMV
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Love my Ram 4x2, but it's a 2012 and 2500, so probably not what you are looking for.

Availability often depends on location.
4x2 are more common in warmer climates where in colder climates, you'll be hard pressed to find one on a dealer lot.
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Get a 3500 and don't worry about the extra capacity you get for having a 2500 4x2. You won't spend much more money to go up to the 3500.
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I would get the 4X4, if you ever get a 4X2 truck in grass you are asking for trouble. Next find a set of steps or a stool to ease entry/exit.
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Thanks for the input, and now that I can't find what I want I'll be placing an order for a new Ram Laramie 2500 on Monday. Considering that I'll be pulling a 11,880 lb Fifth Wheel, should I get the Auto-level Air Spring Suspension option?

Any other comments on must have options would be appreciated. Oh, and I will be getting the 4x4 which is only 2 inches taller than the 4x2.
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If you're going fifth wheel, I would suggest the 3500. You'll appreciate having the extra carrying capacity.
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If you're going fifth wheel, I would suggest the 3500. You'll appreciate having the extra carrying capacity.
I may be overlooking something but from my calculations the 2500 Cummings should provide extra carrying capacity based on my numbers above. Are there any specific concerns which warrant a 3500 other than possible overkill?
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I may be overlooking something but from my calculations the 2500 Cummings should provide extra carrying capacity based on my numbers above. Are there any specific concerns which warrant a 3500 other than possible overkill?
1bigmess I do beg your pardon but you may be on to something. Did more digging and see that the 5er Hitch Weight is 2173 and the Laramie 2500 is rated at Max Pay load of 2155. A little confused here but does pay load include the hitch weight of the fifth wheel?
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Get the 3500 with that fifth. Payload is all occupants and gear and weight in the truck. If the payload is only 2155lbs and the pin weight is 2k, u will be well over once the family is in the truck, the hitch is in the bed and the fiver is hooked up.
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Ram or Duramax 4x4 vs 4x2

For an almost 12k lb 5er you should definitely get the 3500. Payload includes everything in or on the truck. It includes pin or hitch weight, fuel, cargo, passengers etc. that's the reason the 2wd version has a bit higher payload capacity - its lighter as there is no transfer case, so the payload is greater

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