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#11106425 - 09/15/15 10:17 PM 4x4 necessary for hauling a bass boat?
Motomax Offline
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Registered: 04/06/15
Posts: 38
Need your opinion, I'm truck shopping. How necessary do you think it is to have a 4x4 for towing a bass boat? I've had no problems with my current 2x4 setup. I'd like some seasoned advice.
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#11106436 - 09/15/15 10:21 PM Re: 4x4 necessary for hauling a bass boat? [Re: Motomax]
slim 285 Offline
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Registered: 08/25/05
Posts: 5195
Loc: Squeezepenny
Pulled one for the last forty years with all kinds of two wheel drives. I once even used a Volkswagen beetle to pull a small boat

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#11106443 - 09/15/15 10:23 PM Re: 4x4 necessary for hauling a bass boat? [Re: Motomax]
Ricky Taylor Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/19/14
Posts: 1610
Loc: Midlothian, Texas
Had a 4x4... now have a 2wd... no problemos

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#11106446 - 09/15/15 10:24 PM Re: 4x4 necessary for hauling a bass boat? [Re: Motomax]
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Registered: 12/11/04
Posts: 24912
Loc: Weatherford
Not needed 99.8% of the time

But the .2% will sure make ya glad you have it
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#11106459 - 09/15/15 10:29 PM Re: 4x4 necessary for hauling a bass boat? [Re: Motomax]
PowerLizard Offline
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Registered: 03/08/03
Posts: 1756
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
4x4 is not necessary. If you are buying new, get a limited slip rear axle. It is definitely worth the money without having the higher maintenance of a 4x4.

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#11106468 - 09/15/15 10:34 PM Re: 4x4 necessary for hauling a bass boat? [Re: Fish Killer]
DAOutdoors Offline
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Registered: 04/12/10
Posts: 187
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Fish Killer
Not needed 99.8% of the time

But the .2% will sure make ya glad you have it


This.

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#11106469 - 09/15/15 10:34 PM Re: 4x4 necessary for hauling a bass boat? [Re: Motomax]
SK1 Offline
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Registered: 05/27/14
Posts: 185
Yeah but when that time comes and you do need it,it's priceless and that time will come. Always better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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#11106477 - 09/15/15 10:38 PM Re: 4x4 necessary for hauling a bass boat? [Re: Motomax]
Motomax Offline
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Registered: 04/06/15
Posts: 38
Thanks guys I appreciate it.
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#11106500 - 09/15/15 10:47 PM Re: 4x4 necessary for hauling a bass boat? [Re: Motomax]
T Gutierrez Offline
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Registered: 02/11/08
Posts: 2039
Loc: Haslet
Buy a Chevy,we have limited slip rear locking differentials that will get you out of all but 1% of situations.
And when that 1% sneeks up on you, there will surely be one of US guys with a 4x4 that will lend a helping hand.
See some of our reviews and let us know if we can help you out.
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#11106560 - 09/15/15 11:09 PM Re: 4x4 necessary for hauling a bass boat? [Re: PowerLizard]
BTM Offline
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Registered: 10/22/05
Posts: 615
Loc: Fort Worth,Texas
Originally Posted By: PowerLizard
4x4 is not necessary. If you are buying new, get a limited slip rear axle. It is definitely worth the money without having the higher maintenance of a 4x4.

What is the higher maintenance of a 4x4 ?

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#11106579 - 09/15/15 11:30 PM Re: 4x4 necessary for hauling a bass boat? [Re: Motomax]
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Registered: 05/30/11
Posts: 1221
Loc: abilene,texas
Transfer case on front to start with.

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#11106614 - 09/16/15 12:21 AM Re: 4x4 necessary for hauling a bass boat? [Re: Motomax]
cephusjoe Online   content
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Registered: 04/02/13
Posts: 972
No a 4x4 is not needed typically. During winter months is nice to have cause the the boat ramps may ice or some ramps get slimy during summer. Also during low water levels you may have to use non paved ramp. That's when the 4x4 comes in handy. Now in my family we keep a 4x4 at all times so I always have one, but I do use my wife's truck a 2x to pull my boat and have had few issues with hi way tread tires. I put some good at's and never slipped since then. All in all no it's not needed. And would be happy to help someone out up the ramp if time comes. I keep a tow rope.

Best thing I can tell you though for pulling anything... Get a diesel. I don't want anyone to argue with me either!


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#11106630 - 09/16/15 01:00 AM Re: 4x4 necessary for hauling a bass boat? [Re: Motomax]
ogles824 (aka Lakewaydr50) Offline
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Registered: 12/11/05
Posts: 2389
Loc: NETX
Unless you plan to do most of your fishing in the dead of winter, no definitely not......
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#11106640 - 09/16/15 03:25 AM Re: 4x4 necessary for hauling a bass boat? [Re: Motomax]
MtnHm203 Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/12/09
Posts: 429
Nope.
Not here either. I've had both, prefer the 2 wheel drive, w/ towing package, limited slip - and fished tournaments in N. Idaho for 6 years. Never needed it. Of course up there, in the winter - I ran studded snow tires & a 500 lb. weight in the truck bed.

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#11106663 - 09/16/15 05:21 AM Re: 4x4 necessary for hauling a bass boat? [Re: Motomax]
Jigfish Offline
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Registered: 02/28/03
Posts: 2727
Loc: Tx
I have a 4x4 and has saved me. But like others has said 2x4 should be just fine.
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