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Old 11-19-2016, 01:13 PM   #29
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Thiel,
I've been out shopping trucks today and visited the Toyota dealer after looking at Ford 150s. I really liked the simplicity of the Toyota Tundra plus Consumer Reports rates them very high on reliability (in the 90's on a 100 scale). I was wondering if I could get away with the 4.6L engine versus the 5.7 and in reading your post, it seems it would work. On the other hand, I might feel 'safer' with the 5.7. Decisions, decisions! The dealer said that they have a hard time finding 4.6L engine-equipped Tundras. I haven't found the Tundra price tags to be that cheap compared to the Ford 150 but then I'm just getting started. Thanks!
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Old 11-19-2016, 03:07 PM   #30
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I've been out shopping trucks today and visited the Toyota dealer after looking at Ford 150s. I really liked the simplicity of the Toyota Tundra plus Consumer Reports rates them very high on reliability (in the 90's on a 100 scale). I was wondering if I could get away with the 4.6L engine versus the 5.7 and in reading your post, it seems it would work. On the other hand, I might feel 'safer' with the 5.7. Decisions, decisions! The dealer said that they have a hard time finding 4.6L engine-equipped Tundras. I haven't found the Tundra price tags to be that cheap compared to the Ford 150 but then I'm just getting started. Thanks!

My guess is that if I lived or was going to spend most of my time in the Rockies, I'd want the 5.7, but without that as a factor the 4.6 is up to the task.

Mine is a 2013. Official tow rating for my flavor of tundra (4.6, 4x4, off road package, tow package, sr5) is 6900 pounds. That's just a couple hundred pounds short of the max weight of the 25fb.

In terms of payload, mine is rating at just about 1250 pounds of cargo. I certainly exceeded that before I ever looked at the specs for towing. I towed home with four passengers and that how I will usually travel. Seems clear that the truck had no payload issues and it sat nice and level with the equalizer.

I find the Toyota to be a bit generic inside but boy are they reliable. I have lots of friends that use their tundras for construction work and they rate it very highly. It is also made in America and has the highest percentage of American parts of all the major truck makers.

My mileage is 10.2 mph at 65mph. My year of tundra has a small tank so I only get 200 miles between fill ups with the trailer. I think the newer ones have larger tanks.

I hope that helps!
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I've been a Toyota owner going back to the late 70s... I've had 6 of their trucks and they were all great. But when looking for a proper tow vehicle for the 25ft - 27ft FC we are considering, the F-150 was the best overall package. I really wanted to like the Tundra, but between the poor gas mileage, rougher handling compared with the F-150, and the sheer amount of style and luxury offered by Ford for the money, it was too hard to walk away.

We picked up our 2016 F-150 Lariat FX4 this past Saturday. Its even better than I thought it would be when doing research and test drives... quiet, smooth, powerful and comfortable. Its got 1,700lbs payload and will tow 10,600... which is more than enough for our needs.

It simply blows away the 2011 Tacoma TRD Sport that I sold to buy the F-150, and IMO, is a definitely nicer truck than the Tundra.
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FWIW, I have been looking around quite a bit and concluded that for the 3.5 F150 EB, the Max Tow package (not the max payload package) was the main requirement - as others have said to get enough payload.
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Old 03-22-2017, 02:17 PM   #33
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We had a Toyota Tundra to tow our 2015 25' International and didn't like it for towing, no factory brake controller, no towing mirrors. We went with a 2015 Ford F250 diesel and recently upgraded to a 2017 Ford F250 Diesel and love it. We like the towing package (brake controller, towing mirrors etc) we really like the blind spot indicator that will alert you if a car is next to the truck or next to the tar trailer. We really like the camera system, it helps when parking and is very helpful when backing up. We live in Arizona so the engine braking is very helpful in the mountains. The F250 can tow 18,000 pounds and our trailer is under 7,000 so it may be a bit of overkill but we love the truck.
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Another country heard from on Tundra's. We have a 2010 Tundra Crew Max Limited 2 wd 5.7 ltr iForce. Sold our Ford Expedition to pull our 2007 Safari 25. Recently purchased a FC 30. Despite 10 mpg and a 200 mile towing range while towing the FC we have been very happy with the comfort and reliability of the Tundra and have never looked back.
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If you're looking at a Ford f150 it must have HD tow package and brake controller. Try to avoid 4wd or you lose a lot of towing capacity. I tow with the v8 4wd, but have heard the larger eco boost will outperform. We pull '99Safari 27 and were very comfortable going through smokies. Western towing might stretch it a bit.
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