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2014 Expedition 4WD, Which mode is recommended?

Discussion in 'Trailer Sailors' started by Shorefun, Apr 8, 2019. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Shorefun


    Joined Sep 5, 2018
    134 posts, 16 likes
    Hunter 170
    US Northfield, NJ
    So I am new to sailboats. Had a sit on top ski in the 90's and an F250 pickup. The 250 was manual hubs and quite frankly I never used 4WD to do the ski.

    Now I have a Hunter 170, a 17' sailboat which is in the under 600Lb range.

    Now I have a 2014 Expedition 4wd. The switch has 2H, 4H and 4HA.
    So it has 4WD Auto and 4WD all the time.

    What are the thoughts on which wheel position I should use at the ramp, and why?
    I am likely to just do 2WD.

  2. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    1,139 posts, 587 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Depends on the ramp. Salt water ramps at low tide can be pretty slippery. Ramp angle is another factor. I was always inclined to use 4-wheel up to the parking lot anyway.

  3. sesmith


    Joined Jul 1, 2010
    639 posts, 127 likes
    Seaward 25, Catalina 350
    US Ithaca, NY
    Just put it into 4wd auto. If it senses wheel slip, it will apply as much front wheel drive as needed to counteract the slipping rear wheels. Ford's auto 4wd works well.

    I also have an expedition (2007). I generally put it into 4wd high at the ramp but our boat has about a 6k lbs tow weight.

  4. Justin_NSA


    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,457 posts, 1,118 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    600lbs? You'll hardly know it's back there. 2WD will most likely be fine.

    rgranger and Leeward Rail like this.
  5. Benny17441


    Joined May 24, 2004
    5,679 posts, 400 likes
    CC 30
    US South Florida
    It is a matter of traction, on a steep and slimy ramp 4WD will do you well. It is not the weight of the 600lbs, it is the weight of that monster Expedition that you want to haul out.

  6. Crazy Dave Condon

    Crazy Dave Condon

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    7,208 posts, 769 likes
    -na -NA
    US Anywhere USA
    Benny and Justin said it all. Depends where you are at but if spinning rear wheel tires, 4WD

  7. Kermit


    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,149 posts, 2,463 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    I pulled my AquaCat 12.5 out of a sand beach with my 2004 Honda Pilot. The AqauaCat and trailer probably weighs 300 lbs. No trouble at all using the AWD feature. My 2008 2WD Expedition bogs down on the very same sand beach pulling the very same AquaCat. I have no trouble at all pulling my H260 up the ramp with the Expedition at our sailing club. Even before letting the water out of the ballast tank. And even when there’s sand on the ramp. (Yes Dave. I know I’m not supposed to do that.)

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