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Old 11-30-2019, 07:51 AM
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I am looking for a strictly tow the boat a few times per year fishing/truck or SUV. I remember living in NC almost every vehicle was 2wd and plenty of guys towed boats with them, no issues I have ever heard with putting the boats in the ramp etc. How many guys are using 2wd with no issues? Is it just a mental block for me that I need 4wd when in the past I have never engaged it on any of my vehicles when putting the boats in.
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You can get by with 2wd. Some ramps get slippery if you have to back the rear wheels into the water. Big boat, 4wd is nice to pull it out.
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I vote for mental block - I've never towed with anything but 2wd.
Old 11-30-2019, 08:23 AM
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I go through too much sand. Everything I own is 4x4 from my trucks, Escalade for customers to use to my wife's Hummer H2 since she spends time at the beach with Grandchildren.
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I have been running 2wd trucks for years. (Current boat is 8k on trailer and have towed 11 years with 2wd. Previous boat and truck was about the same) I have never had a problem. Don’t dunk your trailer too deep and keep your wheels on the hard. I am in MD. The further south you go the less tidal change too.
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I grew up in NC, never owned a 2WD truck or SUV, nor knew many that owned a 2WD truck. SUVs were more common but still plenty of 4WD SUVs. I'm not saying you have to have 4WD for your purposes but stating "nearly every truck in NC was 2WD" is not accurate.

A lot of guys there like hunting as much as fishing and their truck is just as likely to see mud in the mountains as a ramp at the coast. Just because you don't see a big 4x4 decal on it doesn't mean it's not 4WD.

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2 pieces of carpet 16"x4' lay under the wheels when slippery and pull out 2wd
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It all depends on what you tow and where you launch. For me, I don't need 4WD for greater than 90% of my launches. There are a few ramps I use periodically where 4WD comes in handy. Also, having 4WD opens up my window considerably. With my previous 2WD truck, retrieving at extreme low tide could be difficult as my drive tires would be in the algae and would like to spin. So, I'd have to plan my return somewhat to make sure I'm not retrieving at low tide. With my current truck, I don't have to worry about that at all. For greater than 90% of launches, 4WD is not needed, but it's there if necessary.
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One time I wanted 4wd... down in the keys... ramps there are either free and skeeettcchy. Or pay 30 bucks and slightly less sketchy.
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this debate is as old as time. It's worth it to pay the extra for a truck/suv with 4wd, you'll have much better peace of mind, capability, and then re-sale value and ease of sale when you go to move into something else. I've seen a couple people with 2wd get embarrassed on some sandy/slippery ramps, myself included. Had a 2wd half ton truck for a little while and it was a large mistake.
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Originally Posted by jbros198 View Post
I am looking for a strictly tow the boat a few times per year fishing/truck or SUV. I remember living in NC almost every vehicle was 2wd and plenty of guys towed boats with them, no issues I have ever heard with putting the boats in the ramp etc. How many guys are using 2wd with no issues? Is it just a mental block for me that I need 4wd when in the past I have never engaged it on any of my vehicles when putting the boats in.
I have a f 350 diesel dually and i pull a 20 ft hurricane deck boat that probably weighs 4500 lbs loaded and there have been a few times i had to put it on 4 wheel drive. Don't need it till you do and its nice when you have it.

i have seen guys jumping up and down on their trailer and truck doing some other crazy sh1t to get the 2 wheel drive to pull it out. I like the piece of mind the 4x4 provides


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Originally Posted by jbros198 View Post
I am looking for a strictly tow the boat a few times per year fishing/truck or SUV. I remember living in NC almost every vehicle was 2wd and plenty of guys towed boats with them, no issues I have ever heard with putting the boats in the ramp etc. How many guys are using 2wd with no issues? Is it just a mental block for me that I need 4wd when in the past I have never engaged it on any of my vehicles when putting the boats in.
I have a f 350 diesel dually and i pull a 20 ft hurricane deck boat that probably weighs 4500 lbs loaded and there have been a few times i had to put it on 4 wheel drive. Don't need it till you do and its nice when you have it.

i have seen guys jumping up and down on their trailer and truck doing some other crazy sh1t to get the 2 wheel drive to pull the boat out. I like the piece of mind the 4x4 provides.



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Originally Posted by jheiii View Post
One time I wanted 4wd... down in the keys... ramps there are either free and skeeettcchy. Or pay 30 bucks and slightly less sketchy.
No doubt. Even the nice ones tend to be a bit steeper than the ones around me. In July, I was launching my boat at a fairly nice Keys ramp. Another guy was launching next to me. He had a 2WD SUV, and was struggling. Another guy had to use his 4WD truck and tow chains to make sure the SUV didn’t end up in the water. Keep in mind, this was launching. No idea how he planned on retrieving after that.
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As long as you plan ahead and don't use difficult launches, you will be fine with 2WD. Especially if you get a vehicle with an electronic locking rear diff.
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Launched my 19 all over Charleston area with 2wd.

never had a problem...
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Just get a 4x4 truck. The re-sale is better and you'll have the peace of mind knowing that you have it if you need it. Not sure where you're getting the knowledge that most NC trucks are 2wd because that's simply not the case. A large majority of trucks that I've seen on the road in NC are 4x4. North Carolina boys like to hunt just as much as they like to fish so having a capable vehicle to get through often muddy and/or sandy terrain is necessary. I've never understood why people opt for a 2wd truck over a 4x4 truck if they are a outdoorsman.
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I really can't remember seeing 4WD trucks at a ramp going back to when I was a kid fishing with my Dad. Not saying it's a fad but how did we survive in the '50's and '60's when most anything on 4 wheels was 2WD?
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Originally Posted by Walleye Guy View Post
I really can't remember seeing 4WD trucks at a ramp going back to when I was a kid fishing with my Dad. Not saying it's a fad but how did we survive in the '50's and '60's when most anything on 4 wheels was 2WD?
Did you see many 30ft+ boats being towed back then? So much depends on what you're towing. An 18 or 20 ft boat? 2WD no problem. 10,000lb+ boat? You might need 4wd at more ramps.
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4WD trucks generally have a lower tow rating than similar 2WD. Larger loads = more tongue weight = better rear wheel traction.
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Originally Posted by caper View Post
4WD trucks generally have a lower tow rating than similar 2WD. Larger loads = more tongue weight = better rear wheel traction.
the difference is 150-200lbs in published tow ratings.. that extra 200lbs isn't going to make a pile of beans difference when you're stuck in your yard on wet grass in 2wd or have to get someone to chain to your truck at the boat ramp to get you out

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