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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Brutaldudeski] #13651767 07/31/20 04:09 PM
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I would never buy a truck that is NOT 4x4...way too many times have I gone down paths scouting things out where 4x4 has saved me.

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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Brutaldudeski] #13651831 07/31/20 05:05 PM
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For the 30+ years I have been fishing in Texas only twice (once on Squaw Creek and once on Welsh in the winter) did I every really need four wheel drive. Although I have not launched a few times because there was no cement or even gravel ramp (Falcon and Clark lake when the water was real low). I've had more issues up north where many lakes only have sand ramps.

That being said, my next truck will be 4X4.

Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: kd] #13651949 07/31/20 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by kd
Do they make trucks that aren't 4x4?


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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Brutaldudeski] #13652034 07/31/20 08:08 PM
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At Cassel Boykin ramp at Rayburn I have seen 2wd trucks smoking tires with guys standing on the bumper just from the asphalt being wet

Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Brutaldudeski] #13652039 07/31/20 08:18 PM
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there had been a few situations when I chose not to have a 4WD truck or SUV where a slippery ramp via ice or green slime has made recovery difficult. So I bought another 4WD. Easy fix.

and believe me when I say a Ford Ranger can pull nearly anything even with the small motor.

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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Bruce Allen] #13652111 07/31/20 09:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Bruce Allen
there had been a few situations when I chose not to have a 4WD truck or SUV where a slippery ramp via ice or green slime has made recovery difficult. So I bought another 4WD. Easy fix.

and believe me when I say a Ford Ranger can pull nearly anything even with the small motor.


It's not the motor, it's the transmission. I had a 1996 4.0 liter Ford Ranger. It was fine pulling my 17 foot aluminum Bass Tracker. When I moved up to a BassCat Pantera II it was not long before I had transmission issues. Ford told me (they put nothing in writing) the boat was too heavy for my Ranger (even though it was within the weight limit). I moved up to a Ford F150. Guess what, at 26K miles my transmission went out. It was under warranty. When I picked it up they suggested a F250. When the truck died (T-boned in an accident), I bought a Tundra and have never had another problem That was in 2010).

Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Brutaldudeski] #13652126 07/31/20 09:52 PM
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I own a 4X4 for one reason... launching my boat. Slime on the ramp, steep ramps, ice on the ramps in the winter, vegetation on the ramps "duck weed, and others" and I like to launch at a couple ramps that get mud on them after big rains. When I want to launch on a dirt ramp I can. As long as I can afford one and I can keep one, I'll drive a 4X4 for pulling the boat.

Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Allen Bass Fisher] #13652134 07/31/20 09:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Allen Bass Fisher
Originally Posted by Bruce Allen
there had been a few situations when I chose not to have a 4WD truck or SUV where a slippery ramp via ice or green slime has made recovery difficult. So I bought another 4WD. Easy fix.

and believe me when I say a Ford Ranger can pull nearly anything even with the small motor.


It's not the motor, it's the transmission. I had a 1996 4.0 liter Ford Ranger. It was fine pulling my 17 foot aluminum Bass Tracker. When I moved up to a BassCat Pantera II it was not long before I had transmission issues. Ford told me (they put nothing in writing) the boat was too heavy for my Ranger (even though it was within the weight limit). I moved up to a Ford F150. Guess what, at 26K miles my transmission went out. It was under warranty. When I picked it up they suggested a F250. When the truck died (T-boned in an accident), I bought a Tundra and have never had another problem That was in 2010).


Well. I have 82,000 miles on my Tundra and Skeeter trailer. The Tundra has been flawless, the EZLoader, not so much. It’s only used for Towing and the occasional hardware store trip. So about 99% towing. It gets 10.5 mpg, but it pulls a boat like it isn’t there.


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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Brutaldudeski] #13652139 07/31/20 10:05 PM
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I got a 2013 F150 two-wheel drive in 2013, fuel mileage and saving a little money were the driving factors as it would be used 90% of the time on highways. I've had to engage the electronic locking rear differential about once or twice per year since I got it, only about once a year on boat ramps. Never have gotten 'need to get pulled out' stuck with it and it's very comfortable on the road.

That said, if money isn't limiting, the 4x4 is what you want. The beefier suspension hauls a load better and you'll always have the option there if you need it.

Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: kd] #13652170 07/31/20 10:35 PM
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Originally Posted by kd
Do they make trucks that aren't 4x4?

Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Brutaldudeski] #13652243 07/31/20 11:42 PM
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Its hard to beat them Toyota's they just seem to hold up better than most other auto makers.

Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Brutaldudeski] #13652466 08/01/20 04:02 AM
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Most, not all the people I see who have problems on the ramp with 2 wheel drive is because they don't know what they are doing and think they are at a drag race and the light turned green. Slow and steady wins the race with 2 wheel drive. I'd like to have 4x4 but I just can't justify paying for something that I won't use. If money isn't an issue go for it.

Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Bill Durham] #13652490 08/01/20 05:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Bill Durham
you never need it, until you need it. If its in your budget, don't scrimp.

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It’s those few times you need it that it’s worth every nickel. It just takes that “well s###” moment off the table.


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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: BASSCATONE] #13652502 08/01/20 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by BASSCATONE
If you think you don't need 4WD then you have not been to the "right' boat ramp yet. If you can afford it buy 4WD.

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A trick was recommend to me about pulling a boat out on a slick ramp with 2WD is when the tire starts to spin push down about 2 clicks on your emergency brake. The emergency brake will hold the spinning tire in place giving you traction. It has worked for me on a couple of occasions. In saying that my next truck will have 4WD.

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