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Posted: 01/12/07 05:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One of the things I like about the idea of truck camping is the ability to camp in spots where big rigs can't,,,as well as boonedock in out of the way places. So,,,since I am thinking of getting into the truck camping world,,,,which might include me getting a different truck for the job,,,,does having a 4x4 help in getting to those out of the way camping spots,,,or is it something that seldom gets used(but you are glad when you do need it?)


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Haven't had to use it more than 4 or 5 times BUT I go to places I would pass by not having it. Half the places I go are passed up by 2wd campers.


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Many of the places I go to can usually be reached without 4 wheel drive - BUT during the summer thunderstorm season many roads can be washed out in a single storm, and if you happen to be on the wrong end of the road without a 4x4 when that happens, well I hope you brought extra food and beer. Another plus about having it are those roads that start out o.k. and deteriorate into suggestions of roads - been there done that a bunch. My opinion - "better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it"

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Posted: 01/12/07 05:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just about every trip we go on, at one time or another, we will use 4wd or 2wd low range or both.

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Posted: 01/12/07 05:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In Colorado, with a pickup truck it's a necessity. However, having 4x4 does have a tendancy to get you stuck further back than you should have been in the first place[emoticon]


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My 82 year old father in law has a good philosophy regarding the use of 4 WD: Never use it going in, because if you get stuck, you're out of luck. Use 2 WD going in, if you get stuck, get out with 4 WD.


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I use to get in and out of the ski resorts when most RVers wouldn't take it due to slippery highways and jack knifing.


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I used my 4X4 on my last ski trip to get out of Tao's ski valley and the town of Tao's. This was the first time with the TC and I was glad it was there,and with the extra weight it helped with traction too.


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Ditto on the 2wd going in- 4wd to get out. Ever been in a clay soil campground after a big rain?

And then there's the times like this year over the Christmas holidays- Rangers were only letting 4x4's into GSM national park after the snow. It was Beautiful! And uncrowded.

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I use 4-lo every time I load for the slow speed. Then we use 4WD every time we camp to get into our chosen spot. Most of the time 2WD is sufficient, but 4WD (esp 4-lo) allows you to creep in slow and smooth over rocks, ruts and stuff that you would otherwise be bouncing over.

We've only camped in two places (both campgrounds) where we didn't use 4WD. Most of our camping spots you can get to with 2WD, but everything would be on the floor in the back when you were done.


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