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Old 07-31-2014, 07:23 PM   #15
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What you can tow and what you should tow are 2 different things. The Tundra, the F 150, which people are towing anything they want, are and will always be 1/2 ton trucks. I am in a campground now and see a Tundra with a 35ft 5th wheel, overweight you bet!! go tell the guy that and he will defend what he is doing is just fine. If he had done his homework he would know he shouldn't be towing that 5th wheel. Please people get a truck that should pull your camper not just one that can!
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Old 08-02-2014, 01:03 AM   #16
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The Tundra is really between a 1/2 ton truck and a 3/4 ton truck as far as suspension and the rear axle size goes.

They're great vehicles, even though their fuel mileage is not as good as Ford and GM.

I'd just go ahead and step up to the 1 ton truck if I was ever thinking about going into a heavier RV--like a fifth wheel.

One of my issues is with Toyota dealerships. I am able to get a lower prices on other truck brands than with Toyota. They seem to be able to deal more, and have better manufacturer sponsored low APR programs and/or factory rebates.
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Old 08-04-2014, 10:49 PM   #17
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I had a Tundra. Regardless of all the hype, it's still a half ton truck, and the payload is light when compared to Ford or Chevy. I now own an Ford F250 diesel, the Tundra is not even in the same ballpark.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:00 AM   #18
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I know what you are saying, BUT you are comparing apples and oranges. By the way, what does the diesel F250 get for mileage, solo and towing. and what are you towing? I have heard that the brake controller on the F250 can be problematical. I have looked at the F250 Lariat King Ranch. They are nice, but I am concerned with the exhaust gas filter and DEF stuff. I have heard they reduce the mileage, and could present problems in the long run. With the 8k cost of the diesel, it would take at least 75k miles to break even with the cost.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:52 AM   #19
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My Tundra got horrible gas mileage, less than 16 mpg, and towing, like 8-9. Another Tundra issue is the size of the gas tank, when towing you better start looking for a gas station at 150 miles. I have not towed a long distance yet with the F250 so I can't give any numbers, but around town looks like 16.5 or so. I bought the F250 used with 50000 miles, so the extra cost of the diesel was somewhat minimized. This is not my first diesel tow vehicle and I was never satisfied with a gas burner after towing with the diesel. It's just a matter of personal preference, but I didn't want to be overloaded, plus I don't see a lot of gas burners pulling heavier trailers, and most higher end motor homes are diesels for some reason.
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:17 PM   #20
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We have a 2006 Tundra Quad Cab, pulling a 25 ft Pass Port. We added air bags and a KnN air filter, work just fine for us. We get around 10 - 11 mpg towing. It is a 1/2 ton truck you have to know the limits of your truck when you are shopping for a trailer.
Also the wt limits change on what type of Tundra you have, Regular Cab, Extended Cab or Quad Cab.
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:24 PM   #21
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We have a 2008 Tundra 5.7 with the tow pkg, 4.3 rear, six spd trans and oil and trans coolers stock, it is supercharged, 525 hp at the flywheel and 545 torque, doesn't even breath heavy in the mountains. Been towing 5ers with it since 2009. Have been to the Rockies several times and to the Cascades in Washington state a couple of times, have maybe 25k - 30k miles towing. Our first 5er was a 08 cougar 291RLS 30' with a GVWR 10,300#. We now have a 2014 Rockwood 8289ws 31' with a GVWR of 9,300#. The most I ever came across the scales at was 5er alone 8,900#, don't weigh every time, we generally take mostly the same stuff. The Tundra pulls and stops well, never felt like it was pushing us. Trailer brakes stop the trailer, if they don't check your brakes, controller or wiring. Happy with what we have, they are paid for.
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:59 PM   #22
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I have a 2011 crew cab with the tow package. I am pulling a 2015 Eclipse Attitude toy hauler, dry weight 6300 pounds. Have only driven it from Primm, Nevada to about 100 miles north. So far so good.
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We have a 2008 Tundra 5.7 with the tow pkg, 4.3 rear, six spd trans and oil and trans coolers stock, it is supercharged, 525 hp at the flywheel and 545 torque, doesn't even breath heavy in the mountains. Been towing 5ers with it since 2009. Have been to the Rockies several times and to the Cascades in Washington state a couple of times, have maybe 25k - 30k miles towing. Our first 5er was a 08 cougar 291RLS 30' with a GVWR 10,300#. We now have a 2014 Rockwood 8289ws 31' with a GVWR of 9,300#. The most I ever came across the scales at was 5er alone 8,900#, don't weigh every time, we generally take mostly the same stuff. The Tundra pulls and stops well, never felt like it was pushing us. Trailer brakes stop the trailer, if they don't check your brakes, controller or wiring. Happy with what we have, they are paid for.
Pulling empty she gets 18 - 19 hwy and avg 16 mpg in town. Towing we averaged 10.5 mpg from Texas to Red River NM to Glenwood Springs CO and return. A little over 2000 miles 60 mph max, any faster she will really get thirsty. With the SC she burns premium fuel.
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:49 AM   #24
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Tranding in the Tundra

Just ordered a new RAM 2500 Laramie Longhorn. Everything on the 2500 appears to be heavy duty. Getting the 6.3 Hemi with 4.10 ratio. The bed capacity is 3250 lbs, and the towing capacity is over 15k. This is the interior on the Longhorn

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Our 2011 double cab 5.7L with an Ari cap will get 10 to 12 on the highway if kept at 60mph. We pull a 23' 8,000 lb trailer. I do not know what the Tung weight is, but we do have a little squat when hooked up and ready to roll. we carry two bicycles, an air compressor and a 3k generator in the covered bed. Haven't had any problems yet, I have made two 5,000 mile trips so far one out west, and the other up to Indiana and back home. This truck does what it was bought for, and has not disappointed us yet.
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Check your tongue weight, and your rear axle weight rating. I think the axle is rated at 4150 lbs. The cap, passengers, and generator and bicycles all add up to a possibility of an overloaded axle. I purchased a Timbren suspension enhancement system for my Tundra and it helped quite a bit with squat, but I know I was still close to overloading the axle. I got mine on ebay or amazon for about $160. It was easy to put on, just loosen the spring U-bolts, and slip the bumper stops out and the Timbrens in, and re-tighten the U-bolts. It will stiffen your loaded ride and won't affect the unloaded ride, as it doesn't touch the frame until it is loaded.
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Old 10-01-2014, 11:09 AM   #27
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All the newer trucks are better designed. I drive my 2014 F150 5.0 engine with HD tow and 3.73 rear axle. I get 21 mpg not towing running 65-70. Stays in sixth gear all the time. My Tundra never did that but was older design.
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Old 10-09-2014, 11:49 AM   #28
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New member here with a new-to-me 2011 Tundra 5.7L 2WD DC 8ft bed/work edition, 70k miles. I'm buying my first trailer in the coming months. I'm starting to setup the truck now.

I haven't been a truck person so truck mods are new to me. I'm looking at adding the P3 brake controller, Timbren rear bump stop (add Timbren fronts?), rear camera, add front parking sensors?, factory tow hitch ok? and factory extendable tow mirrors.
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