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Old 02-25-2015, 07:07 AM   #1
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Toyota Tundra with crewmax and 5.7

I'm looking at a newer tow truck, a Toyota Tundra, crew max 5.7 to tow a 6000# Dutchmen TT. It has the factory tow package and 4WD. Can some of you experienced Toyota drivers share mileage, handling, ease of maneuvering in CGs doing the back in thing. All information is helpful to me. Thanks

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Old 02-25-2015, 03:17 PM   #2
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Not a Toyota driver but have towed with a 1/2 ton truck. At 6,000 lbs. the truck will have the size and power to tow and control the trailer. A 1/2 ton truck, from my experience handles 5,000 lb trailers easy and as you move toward 8,000 lbs much less easy. Get a good WDH with sway control.

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My experience w/tundra 5.7 and 29' keystone hideout, 7500 gvwr, handles flat land fine w/wdh, stopped.for gas about every 2 hrs w/normal hwy driving. Just not enough range on one tank of gas
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Old 02-26-2015, 02:14 PM   #4
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My 2011 F-150 5.0 litre had a 36 gallon fuel tank. Some F-150's had just a 26 gallon tank.

You should expect 8 to 9 mpg while towing. My F-150 towing a 5,500 lb trailer thru the western Pa. mountains would get 9mpg.
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before buying your new truck, you need to know what the load capacity is.

add up the tounge weight, weight of gear in the truck, passengers

propane, batteries. you want to stay under.

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Old 03-01-2015, 10:59 PM   #6
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We have a 2007 Toyota Tundra Crewmax 4x4 which we bought new in 2007. 165k miles on it, no problems whatsoever other than regular maintenance.

We tow a 31' puma by palomino...have towed it several thousand miles anywhere from Iowa to Florida. Our trailer is 6960 dry weight...pulls like a dream with wdh and sway bars. Gas mileage towing is 11mpg...loaded.

Go with the Tundra. You won't regret it.
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My trailer is about 6800# loaded and pulls just fine with our Tundra

Gas mileage 9-10 mpg. We have a cap on the truck which has improved the mileage by about 15%.

Why do you need 4 wheel drive? Just adds more weight and potential maintenance to the truck.

Love our Tundra. The quality pick in trucks.
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Old 03-03-2015, 07:26 AM   #8
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I've been towing 8,000lbs with a 2011 Tundra Crew Max 5.7 with tow package for 3 years/13,000 towing miles. The tow package really helps with the extra heat generated from the high fuel burn. All of that gas (~9.5 gpm) turns into work and a furnace full of heat. The engine is pretty hot when we stop, but still within design limits. As long as we don't pedal down too hard during uphill climbs, the radiators do their job. I opted for the 2 wheel drive because I don't want to drive my trailer (& wife) it in areas where I would need 4 wheel drive; I save that landscape for Boy Scouts when we are tent camping. As others mention, a really good weight distribution/anti-sway system is also key to happy towing.

Toyotas hold their value for a reason. When I chose my truck, I used the same philosophy as when I chose my wife, I looked at how well the predecessor held up. Good luck.

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