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Looking to Buy My first Dually, is 4x4 a must?

Hello Forum members,

I currently own a 1999 F-150

I want to buy my first F-350 dually. The look so big, awsome and beefy. I have noticed the price difference between 4x4 dually and 2WD. I will be using my dually to haul horses and I will definately be going off the road to drop off and pick up horses sometimes even in some mud.

Is having 4x4 a must for my purchase. I don't have a huge amount of cash so I wanted to get something that can help me haul my horses but wont empy my bank account.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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I would never consider a 2wd but I use 4x4 atleast twice a week it seems. Duallys do not fare well off road. The extra pull from the front will help out tremendously. I've seen duallys literally get stuck in wet grass. Spend the extra money and get it. It'll also help out on resale. How much weight are you planning on pulling. Having had many duallys over the years I would never get one just because they look cool. My advise is get one if you NEED one as opposed to want. Fixing a fender is expensive!

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Since you plan on towing a horse trailer thru the mud... I think you answered your own questions I wouldn't buy a truck without 4x4 myself.

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Go ahead and get 4x4 since you will obviously use/need it,


I got a dually Kause it looked cool, I already had a 4x4 srw, just didnt want a long bed unless it had 6 wheels

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You gotta figure that a 1 ton's suspension is not too flexable. And duallys just suck in the mud. So ya Ill agree with the guys above, a 4x4 would be the way to go.
If you do go with a 2wd Id suggest that you look into a locker in the back and a winch up front. Ive got the factory locker in my '12 f250 and it does a great job of helping out. That being said, when the snow fly's and the mud gets deep 4 wheel gets the job done.

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Thanks for all your input guys,

i have found some good F-350 4x4 under 20,000 grand and they look in decent shape If I end up buying one Ill post pictures. I had a feeling 2WD was not gonna work for what i need it.

As far as what I will be hauling its gonna be for now a medium sized 3 horse trailer probably no more than 6k lbs.

I am eventually gonna buy a four horse trailer and will be puling 14K lbs.
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Price is worth it. Especially with diesel.
They not off-road trucks. Way to heavy and sink like a stone in mud. Throw a horse trailer on it and first trip into a wet field. You will be so happy you spent the extra on that little switch that says 4x4 low!

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I pull a 4-horse trailer with my dually and everyone told me "you don't need 4WD". I'm SO glad I have a reputation for not listening to other people. I've used it several times at rainy ropings and would never consider a dually without it. GET THE 4 WD!
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You would be dum not to have the 4wd. I only use mine a few times a year but when I need it, it's worth every penny.
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I ended getting 4x4 Dually.

Here is a picture of it.



I got it for 16,500.00

It does have 140k miles on it.

Do you guys think I got a good deal?
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