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Old 12-26-2013, 03:15 PM   #29
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A 2wd with a regular rear differential shouldn't be considered. I think a 2wd GM truck with the tow package has a locking rear differential, which makes a big difference! I've never had to use my 4wd because I have a rear locker, but I'm careful of where I go while pulling my camper.
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:49 PM   #30
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Resale value is better with a 4X4 but you will loose about 1-1.5mpg. In the end I think it is cheap insurance and a good investment. Go with the 4X4.
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:15 PM   #31
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If i was camping on dry pavement each time I would still want a 4x4. I am aware that people are just different and some prefer different equipment for different reasons. But a 4x4 will likely return your investment when traded or sold, there is very little difference in fuel milage, and a 4x4 is more practical for most applications.
No, you probably don't need it but get it anyway.
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:27 PM   #32
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It is always better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it...
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:01 PM   #33
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The 987 hp Bugatti Veyron with a top speed of 267 mph is a 4wd car. Just like 4 wheel brake is better, so is 4wd.

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Old 12-28-2013, 01:35 PM   #34
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Thank you for the feedback. Leaning towards including the 4 X 4.
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Old 12-28-2013, 01:48 PM   #35
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Old 12-28-2013, 02:15 PM   #36
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I would like to add some observations I have made over the recent years since AWD vehicles have become commonplace. Here in the NE as well as other areas of the country we contend with " Mother Nature " in the form of winter. I have had several vehicles with 4WD as well as a few with AWD. Now, you might ask, what is the difference ? With a 4WD vehicle you must consciously put the transfer case into FWD usually AFTER finding some slippage in traction. Sometimes with forethought we think ahead and engage it but usually it's an afterthought. Now, with AWD you do not need to do anything. It's always engaged. When mother nature throws stuff at us we may not even realize it because we have AWD and are driving almost normal. We can go like the devil especially in light snow and on wet roads. Next comes the kicker. We can't stop any better than anyone else on the roads. Just a few weeks back I was traveling north into a snow storm from DC area to NJ and encountered very bad road conditions. Couldn't tell you how many AWD's passed me or how many I saw wiped out off on the side of the roads. Lots of non AWD also but many had it.

I, for one, believe in AWD or 4WD and own them. But I also advise that we need to be more aware of the driving conditions because we may not notice them until it's too late.

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You pay more for it upfront but it will return the majority of the amount spent if you trade within 6 years or so in the form of resale value.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:34 AM   #38
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Having been in the trucking business for close to 40 years I have seen countless accidents. For some reason people seem to think they are exempt from the hazards of fog, rain, ice, snow. No excuse for not either slowing down or just get off the road until conditions improve. Many a time I just pulled over and waited out a storm until conditions improved. Usually not much time was really lost.
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