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    Default Thinking about getting a dually....

    Question is 2wd or 4x4? anyone have a hard time tugging the boat off the ramp with 2wd?

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    How big of a boat? I would think the heavy 3500 wouldn't have a problem if the boat wasn't too big. That and if your not launching from a crappy ramp.

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    Ray 1bdhondo, has a very clean 2 wd for sale

    1996 Chevrolet Crew cab Dually CLEAN !!!

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    Default 4 X 4 or not to 4 X 4

    Quote Originally Posted by Lumpy View Post
    Question is 2wd or 4x4? anyone have a hard time tugging the boat off the ramp with 2wd?
    Have a 2008 Dodge 4 X 4 dually. I tow a 26 ft v-bottom close to 6500lb.s dry with a trailer. Must admit I have not used the 4 X to pull it out of the water.
    Would definitely go with a diesel over gasoline though. Not sure of the price difference between a 2X and a 4X or fuel economy.

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    Im looking for a mid 80s crew 4x4 dually that has not been road hard.....tuff to find. Planning on putting a cummins in it down the road.
    Im stuck with a 87 26`SleekCraft Enforcer for now that is a little hard on my half ton. Either way I`ll need the truck for the next boat and
    and look forward to the project. Figured after reading the other thread I posted in open water 4x4 would be best. Thanks for the replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lumpy View Post
    Im looking for a mid 80s crew 4x4 dually that has not been road hard.....tuff to find. Planning on putting a cummins in it down the road.
    Im stuck with a 87 26`SleekCraft Enforcer for now that is a little hard on my half ton. Either way I`ll need the truck for the next boat and
    and look forward to the project. Figured after reading the other thread I posted in open water 4x4 would be best. Thanks for the replies.
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    4X4 is priceless, especially if needed when least expected. Never know when you may need it. Look for diesel too. More usuable torque off idle for heavy load towing. Have towed heavy with both gas and diesel. Diesel is the way to go, plus having 4wd is a major benefit and can help add pulling out power if needed on a wet or slick ramp.

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    In our part of the country, you will recoup most if not all of the cost of a 4WD at re-sale. I have done this several times over the last 25 years. It's better to have it and not need it, than the reverse. I find the 4WD, and on occasion, the low range, advantageous when pulling a heavy boat out of the water on poorly constructed boat ramp. Besides, they look more badass.
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    I had a 2 wheel drive 3/4 crew. Never had a problem at the ramp. BUT, a 4x4 would have come in handy when backing my 5th wheel into a few spots, nothing like a running start. Most of the places had granite and had small hills or slight slopes to them. Plenty of tire spin backing up and in and in tight tree laden spots. Go with a 4x4, you'll get to use it and your money back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lumpy View Post
    Im looking for a mid 80s crew 4x4 dually that has not been road hard.....tuff to find. Planning on putting a cummins in it down the road.
    Im stuck with a 87 26`SleekCraft Enforcer for now that is a little hard on my half ton. Either way I`ll need the truck for the next boat and
    and look forward to the project. Figured after reading the other thread I posted in open water 4x4 would be best. Thanks for the replies.
    You would do better finding a 10-15 year old Ford diesel dually to make that Cummins swap. You're probly not going to find a decent 25-30 year old truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charles a cox View Post
    You would do better finding a 10-15 year old Ford diesel dually to make that Cummins swap. You're probly not going to find a decent 25-30 year old truck.
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    I found this little jewel in Havi last weekend. Been looking for months....and it gave me a excuse to run out there
    one last time before winter. 108k miles, no rust to be found and all the doors close as though it just came out of the
    factory. Hauled my boat home 450 miles with it.

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    Good job finding that old warhorse! Gas or diesel? Do you know a good mechanic who can check it out and won't rip you off?

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    The mechanic is me.......it's gas soon to be diesel. My plan is to put a
    12v cummins in it. Not sure if I'm going for a 4" or 6" lift.

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