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Old 10-23-2015, 01:45 AM   #21
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In BC's mountainous areas,. I find myself shifting into 4WD on steep road sections with loose gravel. Of course I also resort to 4WD on slick gravel grades.
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:15 AM   #22
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Personally, I like AWD. I don't plan on going 4-wheeling with my tow vehicle, but the safety of all-wheel-drive appeals to me. I can't tell you how much I use it because it's seamless. This extra traction (safety) is on all the time, I don't have to decide when it's necessary. It works in all types of road conditions. When it snows or rains in our home town, I don't slide all over like the 2-wheel drive pickups and many front-wheel drive cars I see trying to move around. Granted, much of the time it's the driver that's at fault, but AWD sure helps. We're on a 8,000 trip right now. We've been in some very heavy rains and wind (55+ mph) and I know that the AWD has helped out. We tow a 21 with a Honda Ridgeline and after 6,000 miles on this trip we've averaged 14.4 mpg. Good luck in choosing, I know it can be stressful.
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Old 10-23-2015, 12:53 PM   #23
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I love my 4wd. Allows me to unhitch and go places that a 2wd would never get to. In winter, I find the 4wd a great benefit in terms of having improved traction compared to driving same vehicle in 2wd. I have never accidently "hit the ditch" in my 40yrs of driving different combinations of 1wd, 2wd and 4wd vehicles, but my preference would be to drive 4wd over 2wd under most winter driving conditions. But everyone has their own opinion, so others may prefer their 2wd's. Go with what you like.
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:00 PM   #24
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We have a 4x4 Frontier. Don't really have need for the 4wd, though we have used it on rare occasion. One interesting use we get out of it is when the wife is learning how to back up the trailer; by putting it in lo-range, she can move very slowly without generating as much heat in the transmission.
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:06 PM   #25
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I have a 4x4, would have preferred a 2x4 for a couple of reasons. The first is in the insurance is more expensive! I even promised my insurance carrier I'd never use the 4x4 option... doesn't matter, truck is identified by VIN. The second is the fuel tank is 36 gallons vs 24 gallons for the 2x4. When fuel is running a $2.05 a gallon, its not so bad to fill it up... but when it (was) $4.00 a gallon... OUCH! And yes I realize the difference is how often you fill up, but still putting out <$100 versus closer to $150 ouch, ouch, ouch
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Old 10-23-2015, 10:10 PM   #26
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I have a 4x2 for the reasons Donna mentioned about insurance and because I have no desire to play off road and never intend to be on icy or snow covered roads. There have, however, been a few times when my campsite was uphill and I've spun tires trying to back the TV to be able to hitch up the trailer. One time I didn't think I was going to make it because in those conditions minor positional adjustments are near impossible. On those few occasions, it would have been a lot easier with 4wd.
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Old 10-23-2015, 10:20 PM   #27
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I found it interesting that my 2010 4x2 F-150 Supercrew had a higher towing capacity than the similar 4x4 model. More knowledgeable truck owners probably can explain why this is - but I was surprised.
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I found it interesting that my 2010 4x2 F-150 Supercrew had a higher towing capacity than the similar 4x4 model. More knowledgeable truck owners probably can explain why this is - but I was surprised.
Simple: the 4X2's weigh less than a 4X4 with the extra transfer case.

May have been stated previously RWD vehicles get better traction for towing than a FWD vehicle as the weight of the tongue is pushing down on the rear axle.
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Old 10-24-2015, 12:09 AM   #29
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I found it interesting that my 2010 4x2 F-150 Supercrew had a higher towing capacity than the similar 4x4 model. More knowledgeable truck owners probably can explain why this is - but I was surprised.
Anything that adds weight subtracts from your total tow capacity. The additional mechanics of the 4x4 subtract as does the crew cab and things you add, such as a canopy.
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