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Old 02-23-2012, 08:25 PM   #1
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Airstream / Hensley / Tundra?

We're new at this; any comments on this setup before we complete our purchases?

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Old 02-23-2012, 08:41 PM   #2
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

The combination that you are proposing sounds like it would would work very well.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:47 PM   #3
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I have the 2007 Tundra 5.7 Crew Max 4x4 SR5 and love it. If the payload and real short bed is suitable for your needs I would suggest thats its a good tow vehicle. That BIG back seat is nice and removes any objection to riding in the back. Heck, they even recline.

Don't have an opinion regarding the Hensley. We have the Reese dual cam and it is fantastic. Our 31' doesn't wag, it just follows.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:50 PM   #4
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Oh, and If you're going to travel heavy, it's the wrong truck and you'll be wanting to look at an F250 or equal
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:22 PM   #5
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Get ready for some serious FUN!
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:27 PM   #6
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Great truck, easily capable of towing a much more spacious 25' Airstream. Hensley or Propride are usually used with larger trailers or smaller tow vehicles than you are proposing.

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Old 02-23-2012, 09:39 PM   #7
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Great combination. Im pulling a 2006 23 ft Safari 75th Anniversary edition with 2011 5.7 Litre, using an EZ Lift hitch so I'm sure your Hensley will do great. I love the Tundra... rides like my wife's Camry... Hope you enjoy
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I'd add disc brakes to the trailer and a state-of-the art brake controller to complete that package. Upgrade wheels/tires to 16" + LT spec (and CENTRAMATIC's).
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:33 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by davidmenges
We're new at this; any comments on this setup before we complete our purchases?

2011 Airstream 23' FB
Hensley Cub
2012 Toyota Tundra 5.7L CrewMax
No experience with the Hensley but my Tundra handles my 25' without a problem. Has the power I want when I need it. I have an Equilizer hitch.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:36 PM   #10
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We have had no problems with the Equalizer, but if you want the more expensive hitches, look at the ProPride. It appears to be an improvement on the Hensley and costs less.

We have the Tundra double cab because the bed is a foot longer than the crew cab. There's a lot of dirty stuff that goes in the bed—gas cans, sewer parts, hitch parts, wood for various reasons, Airstream spare tire (I prefer it there than under the front of the trailer), junk, generator, more junk. The space fills up fast. We also want a longer bed for other cargo such as building materials that we have to get sometimes. The double cab has a bigger payload too.

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Hensley recommended the Arrow for my 2011 23' International because of its tongue weight.

Oh, I just saw that you have the FB. Never mind, then, you can probably get away with a Cub.
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Old 02-27-2012, 04:58 PM   #12
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Tundra - towing mirrors

One thing we're finding out about buying a Tundra is it is difficult to specify the towing mirrors that slide out (and in). You'd think they would be standard with Toyota's tow package, or at least something that you could clearly order or have installed by the dealer.

After talking with two Toyota dealers here and reading up on the web, none of this is certain. Many trucks in dealers' lots have the tow package, but few to none have the extendable mirrors. It remains a mystery how to order them, and stories vary on whether dealers can install them (best to ask the service department). One salesman wanted $800 to add the mirrors!
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:10 PM   #13
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Welcome to the forum.

Nice combination you have there.

I would suggest that you consider the ProPride hitch rather than the Hensley Cub. I don't know what the pricing is currently for the cub but I would imagine that Sean Woodruff at ProPride would be delighted to have the opportunity to provide a competing quote.

I have power towing mirrors on my Suburban and find them to be a great convenience. One less thing to do when unhooking to go to town. They were an expensive option when the original purchaser of my Suburban bought it.
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I have the 5.7L in my Sequoia and tow a 22 foot FB. Works great, the 6 speed tranny makes for lots of options. You still get the same kick in the nuts as far as mileage goes... but that's the way it is.
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