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Old 03-20-2014, 08:01 PM   #15
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I will only drive 55-65 depending on conditions for safety and to save gas.
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:50 PM   #16
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What rear end ratio do you have? The cheap thing to do to raise the power and torque is to lower the rear end ratio to a 4:10. I expect you wouldn't have any trouble towing your AS after that change.
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I'd want to check the trailer's and the controller.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:07 PM   #18
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All of the Tundra models from 2007 on have one rear end gear ratio - 4.30
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A 4:30 rear ratio should be way plenty to tow almost any AS except for a 34', IMHO. Maybe the auto tranny is slipping or the torque converter is going out.
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Apparently 4.10 gears and 3.90 gears were available from 2000-2006.
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:09 PM   #21
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I was thinking the same Pappy.
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Go slow, no overdrive, down shift manually to a lower gear, towing is not racing. Patience. Jim
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:04 AM   #23
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A 4:30 rear ratio should be way plenty to tow almost any AS except for a 34', IMHO. Maybe the auto tranny is slipping or the torque converter is going out.
Touring Dan tows a 34 with his Tundra-
I tried to buy a 34 and intended to pull it with this truck-
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You don't need much power to tow an Airstream. I have measured hp output at the wheel with my 34' in tow, on a couple of occasions. On a straight and level highway, at 60mph, between 40 and 60hp were required, depending on wind and traffic conditions.

The highest number I've ever seen was 148hp accelerating up a hill from a standing start.
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A 4:30 rear ratio should be way plenty to tow almost any AS except for a 34', IMHO. Maybe the auto tranny is slipping or the torque converter is going out.
Length ≠ weight. The 1980's 34 models are lighter than a modern 27' trailer. Worth keeping in mind.
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Thanks for all the replies, love it! This forum is great! (I am new here...)

I am not super mechanical so not sure about the ratios or how to determine if the tranny is slipping or the torque converter is going out. It scares me to go to a mechanic to have them see if they can figure out if there is a solution for my truck. Sadly I don't know any mechanics that I can call on for a hand. The other thing is speed, I am in Canada so the highway speed limit is 110km/hr (68mi) and most people where I live drive at 120km/hr (74mi). I was driving at 110, so maybe that is part of the issue and I need to slow down to a better speed. It does concern me to be driving at say 90-100km/hr (55-62mi) with everyone just flying past me as I would be by far the very slowest one on the road. A lot of the hills in the mountains have the trucking lane so I can take that were available to not get in the way of the other traffic...

I checked out upgrading to a 2014 5.7L equivalent to the one I have now and it was $25k, so that is a little steep

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I have a Toyota Tundra, 2012, 4.7, 4x4, V8, and have no problem at all towing my 19' Bambi, except......gas. Average 12/13 mpg while pulling--I guess there are worse. 17/18 without trailer. I believe if I was wanting to pull a much larger trailer, I would go with the Toyota 5.7 TV. Welcome..
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Drive at 110, learn what gear you are in on various hills, and try it out. You won't hurt it. Decide over time if you want to trade up. If the gearing is too high with the standard gear spacing in your five speed automatic, consider changing tires to lower the effective gearing slightly.
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