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Old 09-17-2007, 05:27 PM   #1
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How well does 2wd do?

While I have given some thought to 4wd, given the cost, I think I would prefer to start with 2wd (likely buying used) and see how well it does. That said, what are people's experiences with 2wd? Does it handle gravel roads okay? Anything special to worry about? Thanks.
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Old 10-13-2007, 10:02 AM   #2
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I hit some gravel roads recently without problems...but I was worried.

I think it would be Ok for most dry camping, but for remote areas bring a friend with a 4x4 and winch

My SMBEB has generator, PH and a lot of gear. This makes for some good traction.

I expect to learn alot more this winter, vans are notoriouly bad in snow
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More often, it is ground clearance that will make the difference when traveling trails, not the 4wd.

We have 4wd and I find the low range more useful than the actual 4wd. I just put it in 4wd lo, but leave the hubs unlocked and Presto! 2wd lo range. Great for hooking up to a trailer, tight manuvering, etc.

Camburg makes a 2wd lift for vans that will go 90% of the places a 4wd will go, only it costs much less.

http://www.camburg.com/fordsESeriesVanP.html

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I have taken gravel roads in my 2wd van, coming from a 4x4 its a bit unnerving at first but traction doesn't seem to be a problem. I got a pretty good clearance on my van & a limited slip axle - which may or may not help and a set off trail tires.
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More often, it is ground clearance that will make the difference when traveling trails, not the 4wd.

We have 4wd and I find the low range more useful than the actual 4wd. I just put it in 4wd lo, but leave the hubs unlocked and Presto! 2wd lo range. Great for hooking up to a trailer, tight manuvering, etc.

Camburg makes a 2wd lift for vans that will go 90% of the places a 4wd will go, only it costs much less.

http://www.camburg.com/fordsESeriesVanP.html

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I concur. Though I have plans to continue new places etc, I'm mostly interested in the clearance and the low gearing as I plan on just being on rough trails. Of course, If I camp out somewhere and snow falls while we're out I don't have to worry about getting home.
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Old 10-15-2007, 12:35 PM   #6
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And consider airing down in 2wd as well- you get a lot more traction aired down and it doesn't cost you anything (as long as you fill up before driving at speed).
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I'm going to be in the same boat... Does anyone know if there are any decent suspension kits available for the Dodge RAM B2500?
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