Originally Posted by BarterBoler
Yeah, I'm in the north Raz. This is my concern with possible snow and also mud in British Columbia.
I currently tow with a Nissan Frontier 4x4 but have also pulled with a smaller SUV cross over vehicle. But even though I have been in a lot of back country camping spots both north and well south for about 9/10 months of the year, I have never had the truck in 4x4 when towing.
Only time the 4x4 is used is in the snow which I avoid when towing with it - mostly traveling in the interior and the rockies each winter without the trailer and to be brutally honest - it sucks in the snow!! Just as most trucks do, as they are light
in the back end.
As your in BC I am sure you have noticed that the majority of trucks on the road are 4x4's. Have a friend that once bought a 2 wheel drive truck to pull a 5th wheel and they had a REAL tough time selling it and took a big hit on price when they finally did. As others have said the insurance for a 4x4 is higher, as are maintenance costs and unless you get a one of the new trucks with the eco
boost or similar you are not going to get great MPG's either.
If you have no other reason for owning a truck and as you are wanting to pull only a 13' and as your in BC you probable want something that is good in the snow in the winter months when not towing ..... as such I would highly recommend finding a cross over to pull the trailer with. All wheel drive even better, it will trump a truck in snow conditions and have no problems pulling a trailer out of a muddy camp site & through the occasional snow storm. I have towed with an all wheel drive cross over in the snow and it did just fine. You will save on insurance, maintenance costs and gas. As most of the SUV cross over type vehicles typically have a bit more of their total weight over the rear axle
than trucks do you may even find as I did that you get a more solid/stable tow in all towing conditions as well.
I know my comments are not going to make the truck crowd overly happy
but its a reflection of my experience in having driven & towed with trucks in the past and currently, as well as having driven and towed with a small SUV cross over.