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smarty

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Posted: 04/27/20 11:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

strictly personal preference
I would never own a truck that was not a 4x4

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ford truck guy wrote:

Even If I didn't plow snow, I would have 4X4 .. Only needed it 2-3 times, I look at it like insurance, don't like to pay it, but darn glad you have it when needed....


I bought my first truck for 5th wheel towing, a 4x4, on the advice of a coworker who told me if I ever really needed it, I would be glad I had it. That came true on a couple of occasions, most prominently when I had to pull my trailer up a steep, wet road to escape suddenly rising waters.

Everyone must decide for themselves how much risk or inconvenience they are willing to take or experience. One only knows in hindsight. I am not sure there is any one "right choice" for everyone, looking into the future.


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Posted: 04/27/20 01:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get the RWD and go have some fun. Worst case carry a recovery strap so one of the above 4WD trucks can help you out of the situation.


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Mike134 wrote:

rhagfo wrote:

Do yourself a big favor and get a F350 and skip the F250,it is all about payload. Even with a gas engine, you want as much payload as possible.


He's got a good point ESPECIALLY if you get a 250 diesel. Then you've got just as much payload as a 150. But you do need to check license fees some places like Cal. really hammer the 1 ton trucks.
Other places like Minnesota really hammer anything smaller than a one ton. Example my one-ton is based on weight, plates cost around $150.00/yr. Ram 2500 I got rid of started at well over $500.00 a year. It was based on value.
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Mike134 wrote:

rhagfo wrote:

Do yourself a big favor and get a F350 and skip the F250,it is all about payload. Even with a gas engine, you want as much payload as possible.


He's got a good point ESPECIALLY if you get a 250 diesel. Then you've got just as much payload as a 150. But you do need to check license fees some places like Cal. really hammer the 1 ton trucks.


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Another factor I've not seen mentioned here - when backing into tight spots 4WD in much easier to maneuver. Cant exactly explain physics of that but it's true. Use it parking on side of my house every time.


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I've had both 4X2 and 4X4 trucks over the years. Most of the time I never needed 4X4. When I had 4X2 trucks there were a few times that I wish I had bought 4X4s. But when I had 4X4 trucks there never has been a time I wished I had bought 4X2.


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B.O. Plenty wrote:

Mike134 wrote:

rhagfo wrote:

Do yourself a big favor and get a F350 and skip the F250,it is all about payload. Even with a gas engine, you want as much payload as possible.


He's got a good point ESPECIALLY if you get a 250 diesel. Then you've got just as much payload as a 150. But you do need to check license fees some places like Cal. really hammer the 1 ton trucks.
Other places like Minnesota really hammer anything smaller than a one ton. Example my one-ton is based on weight, plates cost around $150.00/yr. Ram 2500 I got rid of started at well over $500.00 a year. It was based on value.
B.O.


B.O. I'm a little confused. I read this to say the Ram 2500 was valued more than the 1 ton... does not pass my logic test.

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From what you describe I think 4x4 is not needed. Sounds like it will only make climbing in and out of the truck more difficult.

I live off dirt roads and camp in the sand dunes with a 4x2 f250. The truck is also my daily driver. I purposely avoided 4x4 and we boondock 100% of the time in offroad type terrain. I've carried a tow strap with me since the 90s. I remember being pulled out once with my old Silverado. Every other time I'm pulling someone else out.

But I'm not buying brand new.

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4X4 is never needed, until you need it. Prior post on backing and physics, I'll call BS?? What is helpful is the control backing in the low transfer.


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