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Nighduckman

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My wife and I recently bought a Jayco Eagle HT 24.5 CKTS fifth wheel. After being somewhat taken in by the marketing and our Ford dealer, we bought a beefed-up F150 that, in the end, was overweight on GVR and the rear axle rating. For safety and out of an abundance of caution, after much research, we traded it in for an F250, gas engine, 2WD. We got the 4x2 instead of the 4x4 because it is a much better fit, height-wise, with our fiver and because we are not going to boondock and only camp in prepared campgrounds with decent roads. I understand we will likely get stuck once in a while, but, will have a tow strap and I understand we can usually count on a nice 4x4 owner to tow us out and/or we have GoodSam towing assistance. Again, we are not going to off road or seriously boondock. We won't be driving the rig in snow etc.

Having said all that, I am curious about the real-world experience of any others who have towed with 2WD. We are comfortable with our decision and know there will be tradeoffs over 4x4 like much lower resale and, potentially, getting stuck occasionally. But, all in all, mainly interested in what other 2WD towers have experienced. Thanks in advance.

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In 11 years of towing a 15600# fifth wheel we used 4wheel drive in relation to towing one time on a wet grass campsite pulling up a small hill . But it is the kind of option that when that day comes, and it will , you will think back and question your decision to go with rear wheel drive. We currently have a rear wheel drive truck but we did it to increase our payload capacity since we now carry a TC and are willing to take the chance on needing 4 wheel drive at some point. We have been on wet grass with the TC and have not had any problems so far . Our TC puts almost all it weight on the rear axle so when I do get stuck it will be my rear tires sinking into grass or mud andI probably would need a tow anyway .
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Nightduckman,
I hope you got the 3:73 rear end with the locking differencal . If so, you have the "perfect" set for your rig, in my opinion.


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I have a Ram 2500 2wd which has worked well for towing, I have yet to get stuck in a campground. My petite gf has enough trouble getting in and out of it, 4wd is not in the cards. It also rides smoother than my buddy's nearly identical 4x4.

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We did get the 3.73 locking rear axle. Thanks! We have decided that, if it ends up that we get stuck constantly, we will swallow our pride, raise our fiver to fit and get a 4x4 but, based on what I am hearing from others who camp the way we plan to, we figure we will only need a tow once in a while, if that. And we would also have to accept not getting much in trade-in. But we are comfortable with that cost should it ever prove necessary to enjoy this new to us recreational activity.

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Have had a 4x4 for two years, needed it once.

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I towed for about 25 years with a 4X2 and only need a tow one time. Got stuck in soft grass at a campground site and was pulled out by a fellow forum RVer with a 4X4.

Could have used it one other time just for peace of mind when going up a very steep gravel incline to a campground. Made it ok but was spinning wheels and spitting gravel part of the way.

My preference is for 4x2 but need a 4X4 now since we are spending our time in Michigan winters now instead of going to Florida for the winter. [emoticon]
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I've towed with both. Only times I've needed 4wd was when backing up on the leveling blocks on a gravel surface and traveling down a few gravel roads where the road had some bad washboard on uphill curves.
Since you don't boondock I'm guessing you'll be fine.

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When I was fulltiming I had a 1 ton GMC Dually 4WD hauling my 14K 5er and it worked Fantastic but now I am part time so I sold the Dually and Am now towing it with a 2500HD GMC shortbed 2WD Duramax with airbags and It does it better than I thought it would and I have never been in a situation where I needed 4WD and works great for shorter trips if I went back to fulltime it would be back to a Dually 1 ton 4WD And MAN do I like driving the shortbed around town better and so does my wife[emoticon]


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