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Old 06-02-2002, 08:22 PM
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ina 1997 1500 pickup wiath 5.7 will the 4x4 make a big difference? I ahev always towed with my land rover and it pulls the trailer out of teh water well it just sucks one the road.

Will a 2 wheel drive be able to get the boat out or is 4 wheel drive a must?
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Old 06-02-2002, 08:30 PM
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I think it all depends on the launch ramp and how slick it is. I would prefer the 4X4.
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Old 06-02-2002, 08:47 PM
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me too but the $$$ is limited and i found a 2wd that isn't to pricey.
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Old 06-02-2002, 08:55 PM
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i wouldnt recommend 2 x 4. heres what happened to me.

i was trying to pull my boat out at a fairly decent ramp last year with a friends 2 x 4 that didnt have the best tires on the rear.well about half way up the ramp the rear tire starts to spin and she isnt going any further. luckily there was a fellow boater there that tied a rope from the frame of our truck to his hitch and pulled us out.
 
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You need to assess two things:

First, what launch ramps do you use reglarly? Will 2 wheel drive get your boat out every time?

Second, the weather where you live. Will 2 wheel drive work for you in the winter?

These two factors are what keep my in 4x4 trucks. I have a 30 minute commute to work in some nasty weather from Dec. to March. 2 wheel drive would not be an option for me. I also use some steep ramps from time to time, and even a gravel one at my parents lake cottage. 4 wheel drive is a MUST for me.

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Old 06-02-2002, 09:07 PM
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Puder.....3/4 or 1 ton 4x4 ! Trust me,you wont regret it later!!!
I know.........1/2 will tow 5000lbs IF all is well. But there will come a time!!!!!!!!!!
I tow every day of the week. GET ENOUGH TRUCK!!!!!!!
Just trying to save you problems later
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You have the same boat as I do and I would not pull without a 4x4. and if you use a 1/2 ton i would put air bags in 2wd or 4wd.The 5.7 is fine just don't be in a hurry.

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4X4!
I've watched too many people spin their wheels trying to get up the ramp.
I have a '97 F-250 (light duty) 4X4 and I never worry about getting it out of the water. There's one ramp we use that's very steep, close to 14 ft drop, and I use 4X4 low range pulling it out. Everyone else struggles while I just motor up the ramp.

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Old 06-03-2002, 08:50 AM
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Even on a ramp thats not to steep you can get into trouble. I backed the wheels of my trailer off the end of the concrete. I didn't realize it until I noticed the trailer tipping to one side, then the other leveled out. I sunk the trailer up to the axles in mud. With my 4x4 F150 I was able to pull out the boat, and trailer. You don't realize you may need it until its too late. Its worth the money.
 
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Well, it depends on what you are using it for. I would think a 4x4 would be stronger and I would use treated lumber over regular. What about a 2x6? They are very strong and make good bunks. Oh, I just looked back and see you are talking about a truck!!! In that case I would still use a 4x4
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