2wd vs 4wd
I have tried looking around for a comparison of how valuable 4wd really is in the real world over 2wd. Right now I am in school and planning a summer road trip which will probably span 2 months or so. My intention is to live out of the van with one other person and a 30lb dog. My ultimate goal is to head to Alaska, with many a detour scheduled. As of right now I am looking at a used 6.5L suburban 2500, an e350 7.3L eb, and an awd astro. I know those are quite different animals. If I were to get the astro or burb Id probably look into a small 6x10 trailer to tow behind it for a extra space. This however cuts down on my main reason at looking at an astro though which is gas mileage, and the other being its AWD.
I don't plan to go rock crawling by any means and really don't plan on a lift, etc, etc. This is going to be a fairly budget friendly trip so in place of a locker will be a shovel and sand mats, and instead of a winch, a hi lift will suffice. I will be travelling i imagine 80% paved road and 20% off road. I only intend to do light trails. What worries me about having 2wd is beach driving and the occasional muddy trail. From my understanding beach driving is where 4wd really becomes advantageous and especially when looking at a vehicle as heavy as a Econoline. My first choice is an econoline for space and the fact that they blend in so very easily with the city setting, which means I can stealth camp if need be.
I understand that this isn't exactly Sportsmobile specific but I figured some of you might have a 2wd sportsmobile that has seen the beaten path and can chime in on if you ever found yourself REALLY wanting 4wd. Also if it really is worth it I could possibly budget a locker in. Thanks
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