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Old 05-31-2013, 08:36 AM
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4X4 or not

Been looking to step up to a 6.7 diesel dually. I currently have an old (1998) F-150 4X4 that has been very reliable. I found that I rarely, if ever, use the 4X4 on my current truck, and was just curious to see opinions on who thinks that it is a "must have" on a truck.

I know that I will get the typical "you don't need it until you need it". Just looking for anyone who got it and wishes they didn't, or vice versa.

FYI, I don't plan on a lift, or using the truck for off-roading.

A little background on what the truck would be used for. I own a 19 foot flats boat, (I know, overkill with this truck, but I love the look and feel of the truck). But I also have access to my fathers 29' ocean boat that I would occasionally tow to the keys.

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I have an 01 F250 and I don't use it for off-road but I do a good bit of fishing so I'm usually parked in dirt gravel or grass. I used to have a 97 F150 4x4 and ill tell you this......night and day difference between the two. There have been several occasions when I have had to use 4x4 to get out of wet grass in the super duty. These trucks are so heavy compared to the F150. I believe with the 6.7 you can get a rear locker and I would consider it a must on a heavy diesel if you spend time putting boats in the water.
Look at the threads I have started and you will see one where I had to pull a Dodge out of a little mud. I was parked in damp grass and almost got myself stuck. I have Nitto Terra Grappler all terrains as well

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I only use 4wd for the low gear, It makes things so much easier when your dragging around 20k and need to back up a hill or something.
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you cant go wrong with getting a 4x4, you can use it for multiple things besides offroading
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:02 AM
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Definitely agree on using it for the low gear. If you think you will ever want it might as well get it. You definitely wont regret it!

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I vote get it as well, my dad literally does not park in wet grass, but hauls a 12 foot enclosed trailer full of tool, has had to back it up a few driveways and the steep/length of a few had bad to throw it in low 4, it's more handy to have the extra granny under what's already there, so get the 4x4, you will never regret it
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Personally I think it's better to get the 4wd. If you back up to far on an algae cover launch, well you'll be glad to have it. My dad only launches the boat in 4wd in case something like that should happen. Granted its a SRW but its still better to have imo.
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