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Old 07-28-2003, 05:39 AM   #1
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I recently bought a 2003 toyota Tundra V8 to tow my 2002 Starcraft 17ft trailer. Anyone else towing with same? I would be interested on how it works for you!

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Old 07-28-2003, 05:39 AM   #2
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I recently bought a 2003 toyota Tundra V8 to tow my 2002 Starcraft 17ft trailer. Anyone else towing with same? I would be interested on how it works for you!

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Old 07-28-2003, 06:29 AM   #3
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We love our Toyota Tundra V8. We tow our SunValley XK23SD, dry weight about 3500 lbs. The truck handles beautifully. We have a weight distribution hitch with sway bar. We just got back from a week long vacation and towed the trailer over some pretty significant hills. No problem, very little, if any, loss of power even on the steepest grade. It's a nice truck. Hope you enjoy.

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Old 07-29-2003, 02:56 AM   #4
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I have been towing a 24 foot Starcraft fiver for about 1.5 years now with my regular cab V8 4X4 Tundra. Have been very satisfied with towing capability. Have towed from NC to south FL and to Canada. Very comfortable ride when not towing and good when towing. Have owned at least one Toyota at all times for over 30 years.
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Old 07-29-2003, 04:24 AM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Luv2Camp53:
We love our Toyota Tundra V8. We tow our SunValley XK23SD, dry weight about 3500 lbs. The truck handles beautifully. We have a weight distribution hitch with sway bar. We just got back from a week long vacation and towed the trailer over some pretty significant hills. No problem, very little, if any, loss of power even on the steepest grade. It's a nice truck. Hope you enjoy.

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Hi Donna and Stan,

Thanks for writing. I am taking my rig out for the first time the week of August 8th. Just curious, how many chain links from the top have you set your distribution hitch? I have set 4 on mine. This is all new to me and I still am a little unsure. Thanks
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I think we are 3 from the top. DH is loyal Toyota fan and was very excited when they came out with the big truck in 2000. As was posted in this thread earlier, the truck gives a very comfortable ride, even while towing. Happy Camping.

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Old 08-11-2003, 05:16 PM   #8
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I also tow with my Toyota Tundra. Do you have any kind of tow package like a transmition cooler or anything. Sometimes I feel so stupid about these kind of things. I love my Toyota but I never feel like I get an honest answer from the dealer.
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Old 08-12-2003, 05:43 AM   #9
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We have the tow package which has the transmission cooler, a weight distribution hitch with sway bar and a trailer brake controller. DH loves this truck. His brother has a pretty large boat and he tows with a Ford F250. Brother is a FIRM Ford fan. In his opinion there is no other truck, just a bunch of wannabees. Last weekend, brothers truck was in the shop so he borrowed our Tundra. Brought it back with a competely different opinion of the Toyota. You are going to really like your truck. I would recommend the transmission cooler.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by kathyk:
I also tow with my Toyota Tundra. Do you have any kind of tow package like a transmition cooler or anything. Sometimes I feel so stupid about these kind of things. I love my Toyota but I never feel like I get an honest answer from the dealer.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
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Hi Kathy,

Sorry it took so long to reply. Had a death in the family and have been out of town. My Tundra came with a towing package, I think most of them do. I have a V8, 2003 model. I towed my trailer for the first time over a pretty good size mountain pass and I hardly could tell I was towing. I hardly slowed down. In fact, had to make sure I didn't drive too fast! If you have more detailed questions, don't hesitate to ask.
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Just bought a 2003 Tundra V8 Access Cab 4 x 4. Previously owned an Avalon and Camry. Am retired. We plan to go west next Spring/Summer and rent a small travel trailer or pop up after we hit Colorado, Utah, wyoming or Montana and try it. Do you think it wise to get a transmission oil temperature gauge for towing? I definitely plan to get the Retrax bed cover after I get the bed sprayed with a good liner. Hope to enjoy my Tundra for many years!--John, On the Maine Coast
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Hi John,

I bought my 2003 Tundra V8 access cab about three months ago. My former were a Camry and then Camry Solara. I bought the cart before the horse and had purchased a 2001 Starcraft Hybrid trailer 17ft. This is the kind of trailer that is all hard bodies, but the front and back of the trailer have door flaps that open out flat and make beds with vinyl/canvas type covering, thereby making my trailer approx 21ft when open. It's a lightweight towable, fully loaded approx 3200 lbs. The tundra will tow over 7,000 lbs. I have a weight distribution hitch, sway bar and electric brakes. The sway bar is probably overkill since the trailer is so short. At any rate I have taken the trailer out at least 7 times. One trip was for a week in central Oregon. I went over a pass that was 7500 ft. I tow with overdrive off at all times and it feels as if I am not even pulling this trailer! In fact I have a hard time keeping the speed to 60. Even merging onto freeways I go as fast as anyone not towing. I am very pleased with the tundra. you could pull a heavier trailer, but I like having room to spare. I also had a bedliner sprayed on and a custom canopy. Enjoy your truck and camping! Oh, if you are towing a light trailer, I would not worry about a transmission gauge. The manual says to always tow with overdrive off, although you will hear some say this is not necessary on flat ground. I prefer to follow the manual so if I have any problems, my warranty will be in effect. By the way, towing I got 11.5 m.p.g. running the air conditioner. If you have any questions, you may email me at ynarrow@aol.com. Good Luck!
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I tow a motorcycle/snowmobile trailer that weighs in around 3500 pounds loaded. I have an earlier model year Tundra and tow with the OD OFF all the time primarily because of a possible weak component in the planetary gear (see the Tundra Solutions website if you want to know more on this). I'm not concerned with heat as I'm not towing that heavy but I still plan to install a tranny temp gauge just to see first hand what's going on at all times. Enjoy your new Tundra, it's a great truck. Dave
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