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Old 06-11-2013, 04:39 AM   #85
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Toyota considered a diesel dully before the economic collapse in '08. It was to have a Hino 6 cylinder diesel motor. There are pictures of the concept floating around on the net. You ought to do have a look.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:15 PM   #86
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Persistent rumors about the Tundra include diesel and a 3/4 ton version. So far, none have been true for 6 years.

The truck is built as if they would eventually come out with 3/4 ton version and not have to change brakes, differential and some other parts. I think of it as a 5/8 ton.

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I have a 2001 Tundra now and tow our 27FB Safari. No issues. Does it pull a 7 or 8% grade at 70 MPH? No but it does fine for now. I am currently looking at the 2013 Tundra. I think it is a great truck. While it is called a 1/2 ton, look at the ring gear and breaks. The 10.5" ring gear is 3/4 ton material. Large breaks and calipers. Don't be fooled by the 1/2 ton status.
The Ford ecoboost is also a good truck but things I am reading say they are having issues in high humidity regions like areas of Washington state.
One more thing...read the article on AS towing in the Winter edition of Airstream Life. VERY informative.
Unless you're planning to buy a first-year Ecoboost and not have the TSB updates done, you wouldn't have a problem with humidity. That's been corrected for a long time now, but parts of the internet haven't caught up with that detail.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:10 PM   #88
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A 5/8 Ton! I love it!! And...I will use it!

Thanks, Gene!
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:26 PM   #89
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We have a 2013 5.7 4x4 Tundra CrewMax Rock Warrior. We are pulling a 32' International Sovereign, and I don't think it does the trick. When we picked up the airstream, it towed great. Then we put all of our junk in it, got a new EZ Lift hitch & sway bar, and I feel like we are getting thrown around plenty.
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We have a 2013 5.7 4x4 Tundra CrewMax Rock Warrior. We are pulling a 32' International Sovereign, and I don't think it does the trick. When we picked up the airstream, it towed great. Then we put all of our junk in it, got a new EZ Lift hitch & sway bar, and I feel like we are getting thrown around plenty.
Aaaaaand, it has a SUPER small gas tank. I'd say it's akin to the Volvo SUV I used to have.

But it was a great truck before our Airstream came along.
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I don't know that the feeling of being jerked around ever goes away. I have done many miles in a 2500HD Duramax and a 3500 Express and the feeling is still there sometimes worse than the Tundra. I think all ideas of introducing a 1 ton went out the window with the '08 market crash. We do feel less wagging of the truck with the Airstream than we did with our SOB. If there is no wind and the road is good we feel nothing. Must be the Airstream and the Equal-I-Zer. I would like to try towing with a Hensley.
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:07 AM   #92
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When I get that trailer-wagging-the-truck feeling I look in the rear view and the trailer seems to be going straight down the road. I tend to think that feeling comes from the trailer weighing more than the truck.
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m.hony,

I think you have a solid point. Again...I am driving a 2001 Tundra towing a 2007 27FB at 5300 lbs.+- dry. I intentionally tow light. No water, etc. and I have no issues. We have an Equalizer Hitch and I love it. Last weekend, we just drove from the California coast to the Bay Area, then through Highway 205 to the Central Valley in Northern California. Pretty heavy cross and tail winds and we didn't feel much. (25 - 35 MPH winds) I think it is the "Tail Wagging the Dog" Syndrome.
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I don't know that the feeling of being jerked around ever goes away. I have done many miles in a 2500HD Duramax and a 3500 Express and the feeling is still there sometimes worse than the Tundra. I think all ideas of introducing a 1 ton went out the window with the '08 market crash. We do feel less wagging of the truck with the Airstream than we did with our SOB. If there is no wind and the road is good we feel nothing. Must be the Airstream and the Equal-I-Zer. I would like to try towing with a Hensley.
So an older 1 ton might shake this feeling?.... How it is currently just doesn't feel safe? I didn't even notice the trailer behind us without it loaded down, and it is not full to the gills. We've got the Equalizer and Sway bar, but I'm wondering what I'm missing with not having the Hensley System!? M-U-S-T Google M-O-R-E.
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Looked at a Tundra before we bought the Ram ... but many of our friends really like their Tundras as TV in Canada. With the Ram, the AS all but disappears on the flats and in the mountains!
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Starting to sound like a Ford salesman but if you spend time on the various Ford web sites they have lots of info and videos that explain how and why Ford trucks are trucks that are built for towing. Built in brake controller, uphill assist, downhill assist, sway control the list goes on and on. Really worth spending some time wandering around the web.
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The Hensley/ProPride system will cure the tail-wagging-the-dog syndrome.

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Old 06-13-2013, 09:51 AM   #98
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It is possible that those having problems with the tail wagging the dog have not set up their hitch properly. Or the dealer that sold them the hitch did not set it up properly.

There plenty of others without such problems with Tundras and trailers. I doubt it is the Tundra, at least on the middle weights (25', 27, 28').

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