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Old 12-19-2006, 09:04 AM
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I've seen too many 2wd vehicles stuck on ramps (Or shredding tires) NOT to have 4X4... In the summer, NOT just because it snows here...
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Old 12-19-2006, 09:05 AM
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As a native Floridian I have never owned a 4x4. I have 2 Tahoe's and 1 Surburban all with limited slip, no problem at the ramp.
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Old 12-19-2006, 09:06 AM
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Never owned a truck that wasnt 4 wheel drive. Dont plan on it any time soon.
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Old 12-19-2006, 08:06 PM
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I have been looking for a used Avalanche (or maybe a new one ) and I want a 2 wheeler. Not much need for 4wd in central Ohio. It uses more gas and is one more thing to break.
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Old 12-19-2006, 08:33 PM
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A 2wd truck is just a jacked up car with an open air trunk ... IMO.
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Old 12-19-2006, 08:37 PM
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Has anyone else seen the new Chevy infomercial with Howey Long? They show the truck pulling a 30' (or so) center console boat out of the water. The ramp was medium grade and wet. Locking diff kicked in and looked like it had no problem on the wet ramp. I noticed the trailer had a triple axle, so I assume there was substantial weight to the boat.

I would consider a locking differential instead of 4x4 if a wet boat ramp is the worst situation you plan on getting into. I tow a boat for our show ski team and we end up launching in all kinds of weird situations including gravel ramps and beach sand. I wouldn't go without 4x4 myself.
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Old 12-19-2006, 08:41 PM
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Very interesting. I have had the exact same two trucks (except I went 2wd with the Av) and we couldn't have had more different experiences.
My 92 Silverado extended cab had a lot of trouble with my first boat (3200 lbs.) if the ramp was steep and wet. Had to do the 'everyone get in the bed and jump up and down thing'.

My Avi's been great and I think I've left in in full 2wd a lot of the time on the ramp.

I can slide my Avi around A LOT more than I expected. If there is any water at all on the road I can spin em up and step out the back end on every turn. Kinda fun but I thought the ESP would kick in quicker than it does.

We ski in Tahoe a few times a year, so 4WD was a necessity for me.
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Old 12-19-2006, 09:42 PM
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As a native Floridian I have never owned a 4x4. I have 2 Tahoe's and 1 Surburban all with limited slip, no problem at the ramp.
Bring'em down here to Winter Haven, we'll put 'em up against my 4x4 and try 'em out where I know there's some "sugar sand" boat ramps
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Old 12-19-2006, 09:44 PM
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Now, 3+ years later, lets get a new round of opinions....

Do we need 4WD for a boat and wet ramp situation? Specifically, would something like a Frontier with LSD do the job?
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