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Veebyes

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Posted: 01/16/14 05:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Every so often I get to wondering what my 2006 Chevy might be worth, not that there is any reason to sell it, so I go hunting around online.

I must have a very rare one because 2WD crewcab longbox duallys are tough to find. If you live in snow country or do alot of dirt backroads then I can understand the justification for the 4WD. I'd guess that this is a small group.

Like the majority I am a summer traveler. Yes, I have driven in the odd snow shower but I have never seen a snowplow in action from my drivers seat. 7 years, 120,000 plus miles, all states, Alaska twice, stuck only twice. Both times stuck, once in a CG due to a very late season snowstorm & once on a hayfield at the Oskosh airshow after a night of rain & many tearing up the ground before me. Both times I got myself out.

So, all you people with your 4WD, really & truly how many times have you really NEEDED & used you 4WD to get yourselves out of a slippery situation while having your 5er on the back?

One thing I do carry is a decent tow rope, never used, just in case.


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#1 4X4 is personal choice no right or wrong, just personal choice.

#2 Mine likely about a half a dozen times soon to be more. TV does double duty pulls our 32' 5er, year round in the NW, twice used 4X4 pulling the 5er in the snow.
TV is now main puller of a 2 horse GN for daughters horse, you never know what your will get into in a equine location.
I call it cheap insurance!


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I've owned 2 different 4x4 dually's in the last 10 years, and only very rarely used 4x4. A few years go the snow covered Indiana pretty deep and I used it once going and coming from work (I live in the country and drive 22 miles one way to work).

This is the first year I've REALLY used 4x4 and since about January 3, have used it almost every day. We got hit with horrible snow, and the roads were awful. So, once I could break free of the drive way, 4x4 was my best friend. Last couple days the snow melted, and today we got hit with another 2 inches or so. We (my wife and I) took the truck to work this morning driving 2x2, but when that snow started today and the drive home the roads were a horrible mix of wet, snow packed, slush, ice, plowed, and not even touched, I dropped it back into 4x4, and "she" just purred right along!

You may never use 4x4 for years, but the 1 time you need it, you'll be SO GLAD you have it, all the money in the world won't make any difference!

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I just remembered, several years ago we left Indiana to go to Norfolk, VA. My daughter was "suppose" to get married that week. We scheduled a campsite at First Landing State Park. The morning we were scheduled to leave, we got hit with a blizzard in Indiana. We left anyway, and it followed us all the way through Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee, North Carolina, and did not go away until we crossed over the mountains in Virginia. The entire drive was 2 days, white knuckle driving through those snowy mountain interstate roads, and I drove 4x4 all the way. We had to stop and stayed in a motel somewhere in Tennessee. Oh yea, 4x4 ... you bet! Sooooo glad I had it!

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This is what we looked like once we crossed over the mountains!

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* This post was edited 01/16/14 05:28pm by DutchmenSport *


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It all depends on what you need 4x4 for... Some of the reasons you don't see a lot of 4x2s around is where you look. Around cities, you have a lot of "urban cowboys" that need the "cool" factor. Out in my area and most country settings, we not only have them for snow, but, for farming. I've used my 4x4 far more often for getting into fields and hauling equipment in and out of places an empty 4x2 couldn't get into empty, let alone out of loaded. It just so happens that that same truck is what I use to tow my 5er with; that's one of the biggest benefits (to me) with the B&W Companion. I can use the 5th wheel hitch and then pop it off and use the ball with a gooseneck ag hauler. So, the market for 4x2s is really rather small and in ag areas, virtually non-existant. A fellow that I know that runs a garage can't remember the last time he saw a 4x2 and I was up at my dealer a few weeks ago for my free state inspection, who also sells Fords in a companion dealership, and they have zip 4x2 trucks and don't carry them in stock; if you want a 4x2 you'd have to order it. Even his 1500s and 150s are all 4x4. He said if I wanted one, he could probably find one at another dealership, but, my selection would be awful small...I just looked at him like he had two heads and he started laughing (I'm the one that bought his special order Longhorn when the original buyer backed out...).


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Posted: 01/16/14 05:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use our four wheel drive every time I pull up my back drive to put the fiver away. 12° grade on gravel with a hard 90° to enter at bottom and a hard 90° at top. In two wheel I start to spin the tires towards the top. Also have used several times when getting my Kubota on its trailer and out of the field. Made the mistake years ago and purchased a two wheel drive and traded it in six months later.


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I like having the 4x4. I have had to use it when pulling out of a campsite that had a grade that was wet grass and when I was in 2WD, I started to spin. Stopped, put it in 4WD and drove right up onto the gravel road.
I may not need it often, but when I do its good to have. We do get snow here in Maryland too.


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Over the last 25 years I've owned five different trucks and five different 5th wheels.
Only the most recent truck was a 4WD, but with all truck/trailer combinations I have camped in one of the most difficult areas, a farmers field (a club we belong to frequently rents fields). I've never been stuck.

No 4WD is probably not a requirement for most people, but it is certainly nice to have. I usually go into 4-Hi to leave the yard (it's a bit steep) and often into 4-Hi in the field. I did go into 4-Lo last year to pull someone else that had gotten their 4wd truck/trailer stuck (an F450)


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I liked having 4 wheel drive. Used it on the beach, in the snow, and in the mud. But in 30 years of camping, and 40 years of towing. I never once needed it to tow anything, and My TT is parked on the down slope. So every time I hook up. I pull the TT UP a grassy slope, Wet or dry.
I have NEVER ONCE been stuck on wet grass. Not sure how one would get stuck on wet grass, unless one just didn't pay attention.


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When I. Ought my 2011 1-ton Dooley CHEV Duramax.
Spring of 2011. In the DFW AREA there were 11 1-ton dooleys.
Only 2 were 2 wheel drive. Never saw the need for 4- wheel drive
pulling a fiver. My philosophy is , I don't want the extra cost to buy, to keep up,
or the extra fuel. IMHO!

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Howdy, mine is an 08"with 4wd but has seen very, very little snow except in the mountains and not by design!

Your 06" is worth 2 fords or 3 Dodges, LOL.


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