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Old 12-05-2011, 10:48 AM
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2wd to tow?

I'm sure this has been covered before but need somebody to either reassure or slap me. Right now I drive an 05 denali with the 6.0 and like it but its getting up there in the miles and just have a hankering for a new truck.

Budget is always important but looking at titans and tundras right now. The 2wd tundras seem to be a dime a dozen around here.

Live in NC and I could really care less about not driving the 2 days a year it snows a whopping 1/2" but towing does concern me. Have a 02 prostar 209 and consistently end up with the 2 rear tires 1/2 a ft into the water at my launch to load/unload. You guys think I'll have problems with this? I've seen my fair share of trucks burn tires up the ramp and while its not the steepest ramp ever it does have some incline.

Also is anyone towing with these trucks?

Thanks for any insight guys
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:03 AM
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Limited slip, good tires will get you off most ramps. After that if it's a steep or slippery ramp, air down the tires, weight in the back of the truck.
I have a 4x4, but rarely use 4wd to pull the boat out.
Guess you know the ramps you use and can judge whether 2wd will get it.
If the 2wds are that much cheaper, you could put an air locker r e locker in the axle for around $1500.
That and some good tires will take care of it in most any situation.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:19 AM
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+1 on weight and tires, the 90 suburban would always pull my dads 21ft proline cuddy cabin out the water with no spin while others would burn up their tires. My mother would always smile at them as she would motor bye
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:33 AM
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If the Denali is pulling you out without locking the 4X4 in, then you should be fine.
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:16 PM
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As Thrall said, as long as you know the ramps that you will be using, you should be fine. We only have two ramps at our lake and the water level is never the same from week to week. I can't count the number of times that I've had to unhook my boat from the truck and pull a
2WD truck up the ramp (with his boat) after he got his rear tires in the mud at the bottom of the ramp.

I rarely have to use my 4WD in VA, but it's worth it when I do!
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:32 PM
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I just went through this, ended up looking seriously at the tundra and the F150. ended up with the F150 with 4x4, I don't usually need 4x4 but there have been enough scary situations where I thought it was necessary.
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Old 12-05-2011, 01:16 PM
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My denali is awd so no way of telling about the 2wd. I'm seriously clueless. Have never drived a 2wd truck before but yea you are looking at a few grand cheaper here which gets me a nicer truck at my price point
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Old 12-05-2011, 01:23 PM
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FWIW I have a PS197 that I tow with a 2500HD 4WD and I have never once put the truck in 4WD to pull it out of the water. We go to a lot of different lakes and the ramps tend to vary greatly in steepness as well as quality resulting in my rear wheels more times than not being close to halfway under water and I have never had a problem.

Good luck.
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Old 12-05-2011, 01:36 PM
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We pull our boat (crownline 182 sold, x2 is comming) with a mercedes E220 break rear drive, but we never go in mud, we have a lower part, that we can lower so you let it down get the boat in or out and level that part again with the ramp. this is it we can lower the part where the skiers are on, and the concrete is a downhile piece.
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:20 PM
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I got stuck trying to pull my boat off a steep ramp with a 2WD Dakota years ago and had to have a friend hook me up with his 4WD and pull me up. After that I swore my next truck would be 4WD. I few years later I moved, starting using different ramps, but still bought a 4WD Tahoe. I never had to use the 4WD to pull my boat out. Go figure... My current truck is a 2WD Avalanche and I never had any problems ramping, but the current ramp I use isn't steep or slippery.

Bottom line, I think you'll be OK with 2WD as long as you don't have to use a steep, slippery boat ramp.
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