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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Brutaldudeski] #13688769 09/02/20 02:16 PM
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I have been on a couple boat ramps where 4x4 would be nice, but I have not been on one that t was necessary. Heck I got stuck in wet grass one time with my boat, I have owned a few 4x4s but I rarely use it.

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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Chris B] #13688854 09/02/20 03:47 PM
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I haven't had 4x4 in a least 10 years and have hauled 20-21' boats all over Texas to fish and have yet to have an issue on a boat ramp.

Same here. I've launched at diablo east, squaw creek and plenty of other slick ramps. Just got to know how to drive. Now if your launching off the bank at Falcon, yes you need 4wd.



Same... with a ZX225. There was one time on Texoma in some super sketchy back water that we thought we would need it. But as soon as the boat bumped I took off using the momentum to help and then picking the best path up the steepish hill. I am not sure who was puckered more, Buda or myself.



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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Brutaldudeski] #13688894 09/02/20 04:28 PM
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Been fishing 30 years and never once needed a 4x4.


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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Brutaldudeski] #13688901 09/02/20 04:33 PM
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Have only ever had to use 4x4 pulling out of a grass parking spot that looked a lot drier than it was. Even that could have been avoided my tires weren't nearly bald.


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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: JacksonBean] #13688912 09/02/20 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by JacksonBean
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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.

...and inevitably those moments will happen when there is nobody near to help or pull you out. Resale value is greater with 4X4 too. Somebody mentioned fuel economy. Mine is the same as comparably equipped 2WD. If I shift into 4LOW then it will suffer but I am never in 4LOW long and never over about 15-20 mph anyway.

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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Brutaldudeski] #13688929 09/02/20 05:03 PM
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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Brutaldudeski] #13688982 09/02/20 05:53 PM
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Get a good drought and some ramps that weren't built for a drought and you will be glad you have a 4X4, Iyou may even need it...plus, chicks dig a 4X4.


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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: BMCD] #13689007 09/02/20 06:18 PM
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Here’s another “fisherman” that didn’t think 4WDrive was needed to get to a fishing hole. He didn’t think my little Ol Jeep would pull his 3500 out of the mud. So I slowly drove around him and then he decided I could help. Lol. “Real men” don’t need to own a 4x4....just just rely on others to own one. roflmao


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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: RO519] #13689113 09/02/20 08:11 PM
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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: SteezMacQueen] #13689561 09/03/20 03:29 AM
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Originally Posted by SteezMacQueen
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Here’s another “fisherman” that didn’t think 4WDrive was needed to get to a fishing hole. He didn’t think my little Ol Jeep would pull his 3500 out of the mud. So I slowly drove around him and then he decided I could help. Lol. “Real men” don’t need to own a 4x4....just just rely on others to own one. roflmao


That is a complete moron to try and take a 2wd 3500 diesel through that.


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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Brutaldudeski] #13689727 09/03/20 12:46 PM
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I haul my 190 Skeeter with a Toyota 4Runner. Yesterday was a little concerning as the ramp on Lake Austin was wet from a brief rain shower. I put the tranny in 1st gear, lightly put the parking brake on, and S-L-O-W-L-Y nursed the gas pedal. She got out with a little finagling on my part, but I did smell a little rubber at the top of the ramp. 4WD would have been nice, and I wished I had it at the time, but I did make it out by not high powering. I remembered a thread on TFF about just that situation and how "easy does it on the accelerator" was the answer, and I behaved accordingly.


I got applause and a thumbs up from the landscape guy working on the property next to the park... that was nice.

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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Brutaldudeski] #13689735 09/03/20 12:53 PM
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I've made the mistake of owning a boat and not having 4WD vehicle...never again. I damned near lost them both when the ramp became slicker as the day went on. I backed down and unloaded no problem. What the issue was the other boat traffic was washing up on the ramp stimulating the algae to become like ice. Started to slide as soon as I got close to the ramp to start loading, then when loaded, no matter how much I played with the throttle / brake she just wanted to be in the drink. Finally I hammered down and finally got traction after burning a path into the concrete.

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Originally Posted by herbsteiner
I haul my 190 Skeeter with a Toyota 4Runner. Yesterday was a little concerning as the ramp on Lake Austin was wet from a brief rain shower. I put the tranny in 1st gear, lightly put the parking brake on, and S-L-O-W-L-Y nursed the gas pedal. She got out with a little finagling on my part, but I did smell a little rubber at the top of the ramp. 4WD would have been nice, and I wished I had it at the time, but I did make it out by not high powering. I remembered a thread on TFF about just that situation and how "easy does it on the accelerator" was the answer, and I behaved accordingly.


I got applause and a thumbs up from the landscape guy working on the property next to the park... that was nice.


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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: H2O Seeker] #13690380 09/03/20 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by H2O Seeker
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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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+1

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

...and inevitably those moments will happen when there is nobody near to help or pull you out. Resale value is greater with 4X4 too. Somebody mentioned fuel economy. Mine is the same as comparably equipped 2WD. If I shift into 4LOW then it will suffer but I am never in 4LOW long and never over about 15-20 mph anyway.


What 4X4 do you have that gets as good of gas mileage as a 2WD? What gas mileage are you getting pulling the boat and not pulling the boat?
That would be the truck to have a 4WD that gets the same mileage as a 2WD.

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Re: 4x4 at the boat ramp?? [Re: Piscivore] #13690519 09/04/20 12:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Piscivore
I've seen a 2wd truck unable to get up a wet ramp. He was just spinning a tire until a several of us bystanders hopped on his bumper and he got enough bite to get up the ramp. He was pulling a pretty big boat though.

This, I have had two times that I had to get folks to get on the back of a 2 wheel drive pickup to help me get up a steep wet ramp. Same ramp, same conditions with a 4 X 4 and no problems. If you go with a 2 wheel drive, at least get an AIR LOCKER put on it so both wheel will pull.
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