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Old 04-12-2021, 10:23 AM   #1
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Why A 4X4

I had a 4x4 with a 34 foot 5th wheel, and never in 4 years place in 4 wheel drive. So, here I am buying a new fifth wheel with weight of 17000# and tough weigh of 3700#. So, why buy a 4 wheel drive. I am looking at a Ford 250.
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Old 04-12-2021, 10:33 AM   #2
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Now you done it. The weight police are gonna be all over this.

Now to your question: why 4x4, If you had one, don’t think you need/want one, i wouldn’t spend the money. To you it is a waste of money. Me, wouldn’t own a p/u without it.
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Old 04-12-2021, 10:50 AM   #4
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I had two 4X4s for tow vehicles for all 4 of my fifth wheels , I'll admit there were probably only 8/10 times that , I needed low range , to get my fifth wheel parked , but in all those times , nothing short of low range 4 wheel drive would do . I'd have to take a guess to the number of times , I had to hook onto another RVer ; stuck with 2WD ; on wet grass , trying to get parked.

Given the price difference , buying a 4X4 , is up to you , but if you do go 2WD , at least get a limited slip ( possi-traction ) differential .
If you only check into parks with paved roads and concrete sites , you may never need , 4X4 or possi-track , but the day you get to a grass site in the rain , while that's the rest of the story.
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Old 04-12-2021, 10:52 AM   #5
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F250? I think we’re getting trolled.
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Old 04-12-2021, 10:54 AM   #6
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I had the opposite happen. (Glad I had the 4x4 option)
My very first outing with my new to me 2014 Premier FBPR(~4600lbs)
This is my second trailer unit. My first ultra light was only 2500lbs loaded.

I pulled into one of our regulate sites with the new to use trailer. Everything was great, right up to the point of pulling out of the campground. The campground is gated, and I had to stop for the gate to open it(as usual)
The truck just would not move after opening up the gate... (it's a gravel road)
I dropped it into 4x4 mode and vroom! off I went.
If I didn't have the 4x4, I would of had to back up and take a running start at it. (and that's had to do when there is a line up to get out behind you)
So, yeah, 4x4 isn't used much, but when it's needed, sure glad I had it...
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I'd rather have it and not need it vs need it and not have it.
I purchased my 2015 silverado cc lb dually duramax 4x4 from a whole sale lot with 9 months warranty left on the drive tran.
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I'd rather have it and not need it vs need it and not have it.
My motto, too.
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While I'm firmly with the "rather have it and not need it crowd", at the end of the day it depends on your camping style. If you're going only to organized campgrounds with paved roads, you may never need it. If you're a boondocker, especially one that likes to get "out there", it's probably indispensable.

We have a Winnebago class C, and often attend events that don't have an actual campground. We have been in a few hairy situations because of this. Been stuck more than a couple of times, and sure wished our rig was 4x4!
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I wouldn't be without it with my 5300lb. truck camper. I won't go into details but if I hadn't had it this past fall in TN I would have been in deep do do.

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Even the best intentions to never get yourself in some sort of jam, based on your camping style, you know it will eventually happen. Both Murphy and Karma will eventually get you into a jam, and you'll regret not following the "have and not need, versus need and not have" tenet.
Just my 2 cents, again.
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As has already been said your camping style and travel aspirations may not justify the extra costs of 4wd. Insurance and maintenance costs are higher. I primarily boondock. But, I have been in fairly flat locations where I need to level side to side with a 2x6 or two under one wheel and the task of pulling up onto those blocks without spinning a wheel or even a grunt from my truck is nothing short of elegant
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I had a 4x4 with a 34 foot 5th wheel, and never in 4 years place in 4 wheel drive. So, here I am buying a new fifth wheel with weight of 17000# and tough weigh of 3700#. So, why buy a 4 wheel drive. I am looking at a Ford 250.
It's hard to find a truck without 4x4.

Your camping style may not need it.

You definitely need a limited slip differential.
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You can get the F250 either way you want - won't make any difference when you are sitting along the highway waiting for the tow truck after pulling that load. And I have an F250 BTW.
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