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Dually 4WD vs 2WD for towing boat/car trailer

what are the advantages to 4wd Dually over 2wd Dually for towing boats out of boat ramps

asking because, would 'prefer' LOWERING a 2wd F350 for the 'look' but what are we giving up over the 4wd version of same dually application?

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I dont know what kind of ramps you're putting your boat in on but ive been on some less than spectacular ramps where 4wheel drive was a must. As a duck hunter I spend alot of time on frozen boat ramps.
Id say for 90% of the boat launches the average person gets on a 2wd would be sufficient. Hell ive seen people launch ski boats with all kinds of crazy things including a few cadillacs, and lincolns.
If a Lowered dually is what your after id say that You should be fine.

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If it's a short ramp and your trailer axle falls off the end you'll definitely need 4x4
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I'd say 4x4 is needed, some of the ramps by me are pretty steep and freakin slimey, depending upon the weight of your boat id say 4wd is better


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4wd is always good because you never know what your going to run into for weather. for example your out on the lake,river or whatever and a rain storm pops up and makes that ramp super slick you are gonna wish you had 4wd

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dam, love the look of the lowered ( 3/5 ) 2WD's

they just look SO bad a$$
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I have been boating allot in my life . About half the time in a situation where launching from a ramp is needed . I have had all 4x4 trucks and have yet to need it for that . I will say a CC Dully will get stuck on flat ground if the grass is wet but I have never needed my 4x4 for launching the boat . Last 2 boats were 20' .

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I would say it all depends on the boat (size and weight) and the condition of the ramp. Having said that, my grandparents, my dad, and I have never needed 4x4 using a boat ramp.

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Just ask your self what if you slide in, bet you would want a 4x4 then.

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Alot is also gonna depend on your area. my dad down south always did it with a 2wd but the ramps and stuff up here in the north are slick and very steep and 90% of people use 4wd to get em out. and yeah boat size is a huge factor 20' you prolly dont need it and you really dont need a dually either but you go with the bigger boats it wouldnt be a bad idea imho. I personally would never own a 2wd because of my area and occupation 4wd is always nice to have just in case

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