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Old 08-19-2014, 12:47 PM   #15
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Personally, I'd not buy a truck without 4wd. When you need it, you need it. AAA might tow your truck out of a mud bog, but AAA will probably not tow your trailer out of that mud bog.
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Old 08-19-2014, 02:29 PM   #16
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I moved to the Springfield, MO area in January and had my truck with me. The Tundra has a setting where you can lock the differential. Its only good up to certain speeds then its disabled. I had an empty bed also. I was able to get around OK. However, they do a pretty good job of plowing around here so that helped a lot. 4x4 would be best and it would be nice to have but if I'm not using 4x4 for 350 days it doesn't seem worth it. However, if I was full timing it (hope to do it in the near future for a couple of years) and I was boondocking a lot I would get a 4x4.

Another nice thing about the Tundra is when you add a brake controller all you need to get is the cable from eTrailer.com and it plugs into the factory towing electrical port under the dash near the drivers door and you are ready to hitch up. I used the same cable from my 2005 4Runner in my 2010 Tundra when I switched from my Casita to the Airstream.

The double cab versions have a little more payload than the crew cab versions. 4x4 reduces the payload a little also

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Old 08-19-2014, 10:53 PM   #17
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Re: 2WD Tundra in the snow

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Another question: how do you 2wd pick up owners deal with winter driving with an empty truck bed? Do you use a bale of hay? Do you ever wish you had a SUV instead?
We rarely drive, and never tow, in snowy and icy conditions, unless accidently caught in a freak winter storm. And, on roadtrips (whether towing or not), our pickup bed has several hundred pounds of clothes, extra supplies, and miscellaneous tools and equipment for use in roadside emergencies.

See link below for an example of our experience driving a 2WD Tundra in winter conditions:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ml#post1358880
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:30 AM   #18
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I lived in the mountains of Colorado at 9,000' for 22 years.
I drove a 2 wheel drive '76 Toyota pickup for 10 years. Never had anything in the back, but I did use chains.
I was a lot younger back then.
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:26 PM   #19
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Years ago, we lived in the Denver area; and in the winter, we always carried a bag of "play sand" in the trunk (less than $5 at Home Depot/Lowes, etc.). Besides the extra weight, it was good for spreading under the tires if/when we got stuck in the snow.
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Old 09-01-2014, 11:50 AM   #20
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We tow a 2014 27FB International Signature Onxy with a 2012 Toyota Tundra with the 381 hp engine. Only real difference in what you describe and what we use is ours if a 4WD. It does just fine. fuel mileage is poor but expected. running 70 get about 8.5 to 9 running 55-60 about 10. vehicle handles that trailer just fine.

I didn't get a good response about a Nissan Titan as a tow vehicle. In addition, that one was 4wd and now I'm thinking I really don't need that. There have been a couple 4wd owners that said it was good to have when you REALLY need it but hopefully I'll be able to avoid getting stuck, and I'll have AAA for towing. I can see if I drop the 4wd in my TV search, the price goes way down (not to mention my future truck insurance) and the gas mileage goes up slightly. I'm trying to find out whether the Toyota Tundra, 2008 or newer, is a good TV. If I go that route, should it be a V8? I will be pulling a 2005 International 28 through the western states... and not necessarily very fast. I found a 2012 2wd 5.7L Crew Cab that has 9900 lbs towing capacity, 1665 lbs payload capacity, 7000 lbs GVW, 381 horsepower@5600rpm, and 401 torque@3600rpm. My trailer weighs about 6,000 lbs empty; not sure about weight yet for carrying stuff for two adults. The AS dealer says that's more than enough and he can set up my towing package accordingly. I have two months to find a TV. This has 37k miles and is going for $26k. Any opinions? Thank you in advance.[/QUOTE]
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:50 AM   #21
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I'm revisiting this old thread, because I used 4x4 this past weekend!

We were up in Fraser CO at Snow Mtn Ranch. The campground was NOT the kind where you'd think as you pulled in "whoa......I sure am glad I have 4wd". And yet I needed it. The rains Sat night made the soil super slippery (right mixture of clay and sand). To back slightly uphill to re-hitch, I had to use 4HI. Without it, I would have been spraying goo, and shimmying back and forth side to side, missing my hitch ball.

So, you may think you don't need it. Until you're surprised you do.
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Old 09-02-2014, 03:05 PM   #22
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2005 Tundra?

glad i found this thread, as a newbie need some vehicle advice too, just purchased a '72 Sov 31 feet, weighs about 5,000lbs. i found a 2005 4.7L i-Force V8 282hp, 4 Wheel Drive-touch Select, Tow Package.
any thoughts on whether has enough guts?
i'll tow once or twice a year max ... would like 4wd as on a steep property for parking and also have a small pop-up for more off the grid camping trips & drives to the snow in the winter.

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Old 09-02-2014, 03:18 PM   #23
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from wiki:

the existing 4.7-liter V8 was updated with Toyota's VVT-i variable valve timing technology and was rated at 282 horsepower (210 kW) and 325 lbft (441 Nm) of torque while the 2006 versions were rerated at 271 horsepower (202 kW) and 313 lbft (424 Nm) of torque . The 5-speed manual gave way to a 6-speed manual, and a 5-speed automatic replaced the 4-speed. With a towing capacity of just 6,900 lb (on the Double Cabs)

so is 6,900 enough with 4 passengers & gear i wonder ?
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Nick, that's a bit under powered for what you are towing.
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:23 PM   #25
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I tow my 2004 Classic 30 footer with a 4WD 2007 Tundra 5.7 l. I have 63,000 miles on it most of those miles were used in towing throughout the country- from the low country to the high country. wolf146
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good to know, it seems on the edge of not having enough power ...
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Nick, that's a bit under powered for what you are towing.
i tend to agree but will only use once a year or so ...
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:12 AM   #28
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Thanks everyone who contributed and giving me some confidence in the Tundra. I can see that everyone has their favorite make of trucks, especially when they've performed well for them through the years. I'm a bit partial to Toyota trucks and so after reading several favorable confirmations of the Tundra as a tow vehicle, I pulled the trigger on a 2012 Tundra, V8, 4wd with less than 16k miles. I plan on taking good care of it and hopefully it will provide us with many years of safe towing and getting around town upon arrival while we look for jobs. Thanks again everyone for the sharing of experience - I appreciate it!

Now I have one and a half months to get it rigged up and to learn how to tow my 28-foot International. Then it's good-bye rat race (hopefully) and hitting the road full time!

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