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Old 07-16-2018, 06:10 PM   #1
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Are any of you towing with a 2 wd truck or van? Do you ever wish you had a 4x4? I think I would like a Nissan nv 3500 van but worry 2wd will not cut it. Iím not planning on boondocking. My last truck was a 4x4 but I have at least 10 years to work and donít feel like a 3/4 ton 4x4 diesel for a daily driver.

I also wouldnít want to pay the money to do a 4x4 van conversion.
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Old 07-16-2018, 06:17 PM   #2
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2wd here, have never found the need for 4x4 in our case.
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Old 07-16-2018, 07:25 PM   #3
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I am tagging along to see what input others have on this question.

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Old 07-16-2018, 07:33 PM   #4
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The only reason we have a 4x4 is so we can visit less developed areas when we are traveling. We like to travel to the harder to reach areas for sightseeing, but won't pull our trailer in there. For pulling the trailer, I would have been just as happy with a 4x2.
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My work had a Nissan NV2500 van for a work truck, and it was totally useless in the snow. I got stuck in my driveway so badly that any attempt to touch the gas with the traction control on just resulted in nothing. Turning off traction control resulted in stationary wheel spin.

That being said.....if you added 700+ lbs of weight on a hitch behind the rear axle, added some more weight to the NV, (seats and such), it wouldn't do too badly. I would still be very careful about where you pulled into, and stay away from wet grass of any kind.

The one modification I would do, would be to add a front receiver that a winch could be slipped into. It would most likely save you at least once.

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Old 07-16-2018, 07:59 PM   #6
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Ram 4x4.... do some off roading in some areas...we do get snow here in Montana...also handy parking in some areas...use the low range..
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Old 07-16-2018, 08:04 PM   #7
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I think only an individual can really answer this. Depends on the style of travel one does. If it's generally all sunny day or even rainy day travels to well defined and groomed areas, 2WD will definitely cut the mustard. If you think there's any chance at all you want 4WD, better to get it up front. Though with the right tires, 2WD can be really competent as well, though I probably wouldn't push as hard and risk getting in a bind.

I personally know that I seek adventure. Whether that's after unhitching when reaching a destination, or possibly seeking out more uncertain campsites or boondocking. It's also a reason I don't care for most pickups as their suspensions are setup more for load bearing than articulation.

Here's from this past weekend in Big Bear, to Butler's Peak. I was too lazy to take off my tow mirrors and weight distribution hitch. Yet, where I went really did need high clearance, low range, and 4WD in spots.
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Last year did a trip to Crater Lake at the start of winter. First storm rolled in and again, glad we had 4WD.
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Brother says the best way to get stuck is to have a winch. He now has 4x4, but drove with 2wd in Montana for about 35 years and they camped a lot in summer and skied in the winter. I disagree on the winch effect, but he does have a point. Pat
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Nobody needs 4WD until that moment when they do. I towed for 6+ years with a 2WD truck and never got it stuck. I custom-ordered my current truck and bought a 4x4 just because... and since then I have camped in exactly one spot that truly required 4wd to put the Airstream where I needed it to be on the site (on Casper Mountain for the eclipse last year.) I no longer feel guilty for the extra expense and fuel consumption.
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4wd on wet grass moving the trailer in or out has helped. I have spun the rear tires two or three times in more primitive campgrounds. I also drive on ice and snow so can justify the cost more easily.


If I only did KOA's or National parks then I probably couldn't justify the cost. But doing some camping in state and regional parks I find it worth the cost.


Mine is also 8 years old and considering a repower when it needs it (187,000 miles so far) rather than a new one given the current costs.
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It’s not the price of the trailer that makes me cringe it’s the price of a truck. My last truck was a 7,3 4x4. I didn’t “need” 4x4 but it saved my bacon more than once. It’s just that the price of a truck has more than doubled since I last bought one in 96. Time the avenger.
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If you get a 2-WD, make sure it has a limited slip dif.
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I've always had a 4x4 truck as it gets a lot of use on our farms and in boat ramps which are often a problem getting in or out of but have used 4 wheel drive on only one occasion while camping at a sandy campsite in Canada . If the road or campsite is bad enough for 4 wheel drive I'm not going there . I guess it's just a matter of will you have a use for it and is it worth the extra expense.
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We tow with a 2WD Tacoma (first an '07 and now a '16)...have never needed 4WD. They both had/have a locking differential, however and in 10 years of towing we have used it 1 time.
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