Thinking about trading for a different truck. Looking at a dually. Finding a lot of 2wh drive. Presently have 4wh. Would like to hear from others with 2wh dually's who pull 5th whls as to what you like and what you don't like. I haven't used 4wh much with trailer but have snow where I live. Thanks.
I have a 1999 f350 dually 2wh I hav'nt any trouble yet,but it would be nice if you needed it.
there are more up keep on a 4wh than a 2wh. I don't know if it will hurt your fuel milage or not. I think a 4wh help backing up a grade with a camper on and resale value.
I have Bridgestone Blizzaks for my dually. With those on in the winter, I don't have any problems. A little weight in the back by the tailgate and you don't even know the road is icy.
In the summer it wears highway ribs. Just comes down to the right tire for the season.
And before people tell me I should have just bought a 4WD, I don't know anybody with a 4WD third gen Dodge that gets 23 MPG at 70 MPH. Rides much better than a 4WD with less maintenance too.
Dodge dually 4X2. No regrets. Don't tow in the snow. Don't camp in the snow. And the size of my fiver dictates paved or at least level parking sites. So just can't justify the need for a dually. Besides that a 4X2 sits lower than a comparable 4X4. Making it easier to get it to fit under my fiver.
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I've never seen any 4WD equal the MPG of any 2WD. I've never needed 4WD, even though I have been stuck a few times. But not once would 4WD have gotten me un-stuck.
I do advocate GM's controversial gov-lock differential in the rear axle, if you know you'll never abuse it. Truly invisible 99% of the time, truly helpful when you actually have need of it. For me, that's when I'm parked on a hill, right rear tire on packed snow, left rear on dry pavement. 4WD with 2 open diffs won't save you there. Nor even with limited-slips that never truly lock.
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We have 4wd with our DRW but have not had to use it yet while towing. We boondock a lot on FS land so having 4wd is essential should we need it. Have used the 4wd while not towing, on muddy backroads and snowy highways.
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There isn't much additional maintenance required for a 4wd pickup versus a 2wd. It's hardly notable.
Both 4wd and 2wd must have the front wheel bearings repacked, so no difference there. The front axle oil and transfer case oil only need to be changed once or twice during the life of the truck. Both 4wd and 2wd trucks need the tie rod ends, ball joints and rear driveshaft u-joints greased. The front driveshaft and front axle shaft u-joints are greased at the same time as the tie rod ends, ball joints and rear drive shaft.
I've owned 4wd trucks most of my life, as well as 2wd's. I fail to see 'additional maintenance' as being a notable issue with 4wd versus 2wd.
Sadly, most new pickups don't even have greasable ball joints, u-joints, tie rod ends and wheel bearings anymore.