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Old 05-14-2003, 11:05 PM
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I have 4x4 diesel but have only used 4 wheel drive on some bad ramps. The bigger the boat the more tongue weight you will have so even with a big boat you will seldom have to use the 4 wheel option.
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Old 05-14-2003, 11:34 PM
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Someone ask Crazyhorse if he needs 4 wheel drive? 4 guys standing on the tailgate and just BARELY got the Cig out of the water in Floriduh!!! Dually diesel even!! Limited slip AT LEAST is necessary.
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I only have a little Fourwinns Liberator and I tow with a Dodge 3500 and because of some of our docks around here, I still use 4 wheel drive. I literally crawl out of the water without using the accelerator.
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I use 4low-but that was with a 4.3L S-10 Blazer. It really needed the grunt. I'll proably continue to use it just out of habit.

A solinoid valve can be added to the Dodges so you can have 2wd low. A fuse can be pulled on the Chevy's so that the front axel doesn't engage. The Fords, well....
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Old 05-15-2003, 12:10 AM
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Some will say you only need 2 wd, well you can also get to the other side of the lake by paddling a canoe. Which is easier?
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I had a 2 wd and frist time on a wet ramp it would not come out .Bought a 2003 chevy 3500 4x4 . Got to have a 4x4 it doesent even strain on any ramps.
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Previous truck was a one ton dually with two wheel drive. I never found myself in need of four wheel drive.

My current truck is a GMC 2500 HD. I suspect I'll pull the boat out in 4wd low.

I'm not convinced I need four wheel drive though.
Fred, that is my thought too. I have never needed it, even when I've been on wet ramps, maybe I've been lucky the since I've been boating. However, is that option worth it to me? Only I can answer that-I know. Typically, if I'm going places/ramps I've never been before, there are other people with me, therefore, help would/should be there. Yet, I don't want to rely on other people. Interesting to read these comments.

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I have a 2 wheel drive and need to get a 4x4. Tommarow is a perfect example why. The ramp at my marina is steep and slippery so I have to go tommorow at hi tide to pull the boat out or I get the 1 wheel peel. That is not always convenient. One option to consider if possible is limited slip rear differential. I am considering an Expedition with a factory tow pckg which will include the limited slip and not the decrease in gas mileage.
Right. The 2500HD does have that option.
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On occasion I'll use 4wh low.
One of the ramps we use is very steep. Changes height by 14'. The tires don't spin but it just makes it so much easier climbing the hill.
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Some will say you only need 2 wd, well you can also get to the other side of the lake by paddling a canoe. Which is easier?
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