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post #21 of 63 Old 04-14-2011, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, I've been watching this thread unfold and to be honest, had no idea I'd get THIS much of a swing towards 4WD...even from those who own 2WD now!!

To give you some background on what I'll be doing...I don't take the trailer anywhere in the snow, so that's not an issue. However, I will be trailering up to 3x per month going to shows where they almost ALWAYS park us in a field. If it rains, it will get muddy. That's why I'm even considering 4WD.

The thing is, last year I towed with our GMC Savanna which is 2WD and never got stuck...but I'm starting to think that was luck now. Because then I went to a Triathlon race out of town with the hubby and that big van got so stuck in a muddy lot that we had to go find someone with a 4WD SUV to pull us out!

My husband is worried about spending the $2-3k more for the 4WD and getting a vehicle that has worse gas mileage and just another component to break, just on the CHANCE that I ever get stuck with it. He says that if I get stuck once or twice, calling a tow truck would be inconvenient but still less $$ than purchasing the 4WD.

Thoughts, esp from those who are in the same boat as me?? 8/

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post #22 of 63 Old 04-14-2011, 05:12 PM
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i've towed with both 2wd and 4wd and honestly, in 10 years of towing I have never once needed the 4wd. Granted I live in NV so we're talking high desert here but still.

As a random aside - I once had to pull/break a 4wd F250 with a trailer out of mud with a 2wd v6 ranger so...
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If you are exceptionally careful about where you drive and don't mind dishing out money for either a tow truck or a friend with a 4x4 to come pull you out, you can probably get by with a 2wd. Around here, a 4x4 is pretty much a necessity even when you aren't hauling though. We have very few paved roads and all our dirt roads are usually caliche (which is slicker than duck sh** when it rains). I couldn't get by without a 4x4 but a lot of people do just fine with their 2wds.

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i've towed with both 2wd and 4wd and honestly, in 10 years of towing I have never once needed the 4wd. Granted I live in NV so we're talking high desert here but still.

As a random aside - I once had to pull/break out a 4wd F250 with a trailer out of mud with a 2wd v6 ranger so...
edit in bold. Dur. *rolls eyes*
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A Savanna is a van, right? They have more weight in the back than a truck does.

If your husband feels that strongly about not getting a 4WD then get a 2WD. Then b sure to call him every time you get stuck.

If you are not using it any time during the snow and slush season you might be lucky and things will work out for you.

If you are going to drive it at all during snow and slush season I would highly recommend 4WD.
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Here's another thing to consider between 2 and 4wd: RESALE VALUE. A 4wd will usually keep more value than a 2wd in the same shape. This may not be true where 4wd are low in demand, I would guess in the southern states.

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Diesels also have a higher resale value. I personally would get 4WD, better safe than sorry. By the way, my boyfriend just bought a 99 4x4 f250 diesel, 100k miles, for around 12k.. Higher miles, but diesels last longer and are better for towing.
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In my part of the country diesel fuel has been costing quite a bit more than gasoline for several years now, something to keep in mind.
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as a random aside - I once had to pull/break a 4wd F250 with a trailer out of mud with a 2wd v6 ranger so...
We can pull our skid loader (low wheel base and needs new tires) out with the 4 wheeler. Doesn't mean the 4 wheeler can handle the work load of the skid loader.
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We can pull our skid loader (low wheel base and needs new tires) out with the 4 wheeler. Doesn't mean the 4 wheeler can handle the work load of the skid loader.
my point was more that the 4wd F250 got stuck where as the 2wd ranger did not. And the ranger in turn then had to pull the f250 out.

Not that the 2wd ranger should have been pulling the trailer.
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