TacoTues, no offense taken. And when I mentioned that some people think that "having" a 4WD is all it takes, I said that as a general statement. That wasn't a personal comment to you because: 1) I don't know you, & 2) I am as amateur as they come (less than a year and only gone out about 8 times total). For all I know you could drive my truck and go where I never thought possible.
It is true that 4WD IS an advantage over 2. I just don't off road enough to change my truck for a 4WD. When I bought my truck on New Years 2012 I did not think I would be off roading I ended up giving it a try. That being said, I like my truck ALOT and with one son driving and my other son doing the same in 2 years, I need to plan for that also so I plan on driving my truck for a LONG time!
I was able to change out my open diff for a LSD one last month and that alone was an improvement. The sandy place on nw 199 st is where I got stuck while open diff. I installed the LSD & drove out there the next day and did NOT get stuck. Same spot, same dry sugar sand. I can only imagine if I had 4WD and both diffs locked but I am happy with the improvement that I got.
BTW, I'm going to check out the 8 st place on Sunday, March 3. Lauderdale is about 30 to 35 miles north of me. Would you like to come along? My friend in his 4WD F-150 is going also. It's stock except for mud tires but it's an old beater so it's fun. If you come with us then at least there will be 3 trucks there. Let me know