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I've owned MANY pickup trucks, MOST were 4x4 (2 weren't.). Goodluck getting a 2x4 truck with a 1300lb+ motor up front and 440ft/lbs of torque over the rear 2 to hook up.
Lets put it this way. My '97 w/ 33" mud tires and a limited slip differential will go thru some deep *** snow w/ no weight over the back. Now, as soon as I hit the mud and it's only in 2wd, it sinks and it sinks fast.
BUT, I've also gone offroading with one of my john deeres in the back (a 1971 John Deere 200 w/ snow plow/deck). When I had my 1200lb john deere 200 in the bed, I could go pretty much anywhere I damn pleased in 2x4. I was climbing muddy hills, going thru deep water/creeks/ponds, mud holes etc. The truck did GREAT w/ the 1200lb tractor back there. Granted, I didn't do anything too crazy, as I didn't want to be wearing the tractor, but the truck did 100% better offroad in 2x4 w/ that weight over the back axle.
But to me, it's not worth it to only have 2x4. If you hunt/camp/wheel etc, you ARE going to need 4x4. I wouldn't trust going much further than the side of the road w/ a 2x4 truck thats nose heavy and tail-torquey.