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Old 05-08-2013, 11:37 PM   #15
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An F250 driver here, but I don't think you can go wrong with either the Tundra 5.7 or the F150 Ecoboost. The F250 will have a longer wheelbase, which makes it a little bit tougher fit in parking lots as either daily driver or while off on day trips. But yes, run the numbers, and get what you are comfortable with!
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:06 AM   #16
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I towed my 17' Casita (no WDH) with a 2005 4Runner with the 4.7L, 5sp auto 2wd and on steeper grades in Montana I just shift it down to 3rd and it could maintain 60mph, in fact I had to ease off on the accelerator. The Casita GVWR is 3500 and the Bambi is 4500 so if you are 1000lbs heavier the 4.7L will work a little harder to pull the Bambi. You didn't mention what year your Tundra 4.7 is. In 2005 and above the 4.7L had an increase in horsepower.

I'm now towing a 2008 Classic with a Tundra 5.7L double cab. I have a Bakflip VP bedcover vs a camper shell to keep the weight down and I only carry lawn chairs, folding aluminum table, 50 qt cooler for extra water and beverages, small table top BBQ, a 5lb propane tank, patio mat and small accessories. It tows the 6500lb beast around fine and the 6speed transmission is great. I bought it preowned and yes the dealer gave me a fair trade in on the 4Runner (it was clean and low miles for its year and sold within a couple of weeks at the dealership) compared to a Ford dealer.

I towed the Casita without weight distribution with it a few times before the Casita sold and it was an easy pull so a 19' Bambi would be easy too.

I would say if your Tundra 4.7l is the later model I'd keep it and try it out in Colorado. Buying any new or preowned vehicle nowadays is expensive and keeping your paid for Tundra will pay for a lot of gas. If we were looking at a 19f or 20 ft Bambi we never would've traded in the 4Runner.

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Old 05-11-2013, 10:59 PM   #17
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I am not saying you are marginal with your tow vehicle, only a trip to a scale will tell you that. But I will say this..maintain your vehicle check your tire pressures often and slow down. Get the combination unit weighed tanks full all gear and passengers on board. It is not the uphill that will get you in trouble most times it is the downhill...slow down enjoy the ride.
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An no a 250 is not to much truck, but there are no free lunches....want more capacity...well you pay for that
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Let me add this I also pulled a Casita with a 1500 Series GMC NO WD or sway system I guess 8,000 miles or so as far west as N. Texas , GA, VA, W VA SC I did get a little bobble on a downhill or when a big rig would blow by, nothing serious . I would sure recommend a good hitch system. Before I get beat up the Casita was well within the specs of the truck and hitch and a WD or sway was optional.
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"It tows the 6500lb beast around fine and the 6speed transmission is great."


Kelvin,

If your 25 Classic is anything like mine, a trip to the CAT Scales will be very illuminating.

The stated weights are not very accurate, especially tongue weight, our TW 1000 to 1200lbs depending on load.

BTW....Great job on the Converter up-grade!!!

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