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Old 04-18-2013, 09:08 AM
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Good point about posi - if you don't have a locking rear, then you really only have 1WD.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:54 AM
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hey anyone have an opinion on 2wd for the ramp? found a 12 ram i really liked but its 2wd
So three years and counting now. I have a 4wd and not once put it into 4wd to get the boat out of the water. I'd agree that it depends upon the ramp, the boat and your tires.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:58 AM
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X2 Never needed my four wheel at the ramp.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:14 AM
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If you have 4wd, why on earth would you not put it in low range when pulling a boat up the ramp?
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:15 AM
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I've got a 2500HD 4x4 with BFG AT's on it and I had to put it in 4WD once to get out of the ramp after launching the boat. Ramp wasn't muddy or even too steep, just had a little algae on the ramp and it was wet. Without the weight of the boat and trailer the rear wheels just spun. I rarely have to use 4WD, but it is really nice knowing it is there when I need it.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:30 AM
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If you have 4wd, why on earth would you not put it in low range when pulling a boat up the ramp?
Because it wasn't needed???.....
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:35 AM
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If you have 4wd, why on earth would you not put it in low range when pulling a boat up the ramp?
Just never needed it. Other than needing to be a little careful with the gas peddle when starting out on a slick ramp as to avoid spinning the tires, my SUV pulls the boat up the ramp without any difficulty. So why would I put it in 4wd drive low just to hear it rev like nuts going up the ramp. Then at the top of the ramp, I would have to stop and take it out of low to move on.

This is more of my experience in driving in snow, but I would say the same applies to slick boat ramps - the tires being used can make a world of difference.
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:05 PM
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I pull mine with a 2003 yukon and 2007 FJ Cruiser both 4x4 and have only put it into 4 wheel drive a couple of times. they both spin the tires more going up the ramp after unloading than after loading.
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:59 PM
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Because it wasn't needed???.....
Of course its not needed most of the time, as there are plenty of 2wd vehicles capable of pulling a boat up the ramp... but doing so in 4wd (especially low range) makes the process easier on the tow vehicle (particularly the transmission) as well as the driver. Im lost as to why you wouldnt take advantage of that if you have it.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:04 PM
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If your tow rig doesn't have enough torque to easily pull boat up the ramp, then it doesn't have enough torque to be pulling the boat, period. And in 4WD Low in any truck I know of, any steering movement will potentially damage the lockers on dry pavement so every manual I've ever read says not to engage 4WD Low in dry surfaces (only snow/mud/dirt). So if you pull up and then make a turn, well you may have just broken your transmission or at least when you hear the grinding noise you'll remember to shut it off.
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