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Old 02-29-2016, 12:55 PM   #71
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My tow vehicle (Nissan Frontier) is four wheel drive, because as stated before, that is what is available in Minnesota. My daily car is a Mazda MX5 Miata, rear wheel drive with proper tires for dealing with cold, snow and ice. The only issue ever is snow to deep for the 3 3/4" ground clearance. Prior to about 1955, 4 wheel drive vehicles were extremely rare. Jeeps, Land Rovers and Dodge Power Wagons are the only ones that come to mind. We all survived without the front axle pulling. I truly feel that AWD and 4WD are luxuries that are nice to have, but not a must have.
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Old 02-29-2016, 01:29 PM   #72
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I have a RAV4 with 4WD and when it snows ( infrequent here ) I stay home.
Insurance companies have a tendency to share the blame and there are a lot of lousy drivers out there.
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Old 02-29-2016, 02:23 PM   #73
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6 pages of replies...quite a topic.

My experience living in North Bay, Kapuskasing and regular visits to our hunting lodge south of Armstrong Station is that you're far better off having a good set of snow tires than 4 wheel drive.
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Old 02-29-2016, 04:54 PM   #74
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6 pages of replies...quite a topic.

My experience living in North Bay, Kapuskasing and regular visits to our hunting lodge south of Armstrong Station is that you're far better off having a good set of snow tires than 4 wheel drive.
I was once in the mountains of Montana, in the two wheel drive truck that I special ordered because none were available. Two feet of snow fell while we were hiking around. When it was time to leave, one of the trucks, a four wheel drive Dodge with wide street tires took the lead. He could not make it up the first hill, I pleaded with him to allow me with my two wheel drive truck and very narrow snow tires to break the path. I went around him and led him back to pavement!

Tires trump extra drive axles any time. That said, my old Land Rover, 4x4 with similarly narrow snow tires will go anywhere!
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Old 03-03-2016, 06:53 PM   #75
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6 pages of replies...quite a topic.
You know you can go to the User CP (control panel) > Edit Options > Thread Display Options > Number of Posts to Show Per Page, and set it to 100!

This thread might make it past 100 yet.
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Old 03-03-2016, 07:38 PM   #76
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What I found interesting… amusing… reflective of human nature?… is the thread had pretty much petered out after 4 pages (for those using the default settings). After several days' lapse, a post began, "One last thing…"

Nothing more certain to restart a dying thread than trying to get in the last word…
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Old 03-03-2016, 07:49 PM   #77
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What I found interesting… amusing… reflective of human nature?… is the thread had pretty much petered out after 4 pages (for those using the default settings). After several days' lapse, a post began, "One last thing…"

Nothing more certain to restart a dying thread than trying to get in the last word…
You almost got it too!
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Old 03-03-2016, 07:56 PM   #78
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Everything which can be said has been said. It's just so tempting to try to say it another way!

I'm currently in a place where you need 4wd, high clearance and chains to safely get around. 35 miles down a dirt road in March at 6,700ft in Montana. But wait...I would never bring my trailer down here this time of year..!
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Old 03-03-2016, 08:40 PM   #79
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Old 03-03-2016, 09:07 PM   #80
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Old 03-03-2016, 10:47 PM   #81
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Looks like a perfect day to have a little home on wheels with you. Don't leave it to just truck campers. :-)
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Old 03-04-2016, 10:47 AM   #82
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It took me a lot of looking this time around to find a 2wd truck that wasn't equipped like it belonged in a fleet. My requirements were 6.5+ foot bed (fit motorbikes with tailgate up) extended or crew cab (dog kennel in the back seat) and a limited slip diff (2wd is better than 1wd)

I spent about 2 months looking locally before i came across this one, its affectionately referred to as "the grandpa truck" I have no issues with it in SK winters with a good set of tires and some weight over the rear axle, it gets better mileage (3.7l v6) than any of my friends, and still is rated to 8900lbs towing as equipped.

I can't justify spending the money up front for a 4x4, carrying the extra weight, dealing with extra maintenance, for that 2-3 times a year where it would be "nice" having a 2wd keeps me from taking my truck into places i shouldn't be.

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Nice 4500, is it a 1977?
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Nice 4500, is it a 1977?
Yep, its in the registry, and you posted a referral for it a couple years ago (was a cracked egg, there is a thread around where i fixed the roof)

I have picked up a larger hybrid stick trailer, so the trilly will be for sale come spring. Its been a great ride.
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