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Old 07-27-2011, 06:40 PM   #1
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2011 Tundra Double Cab TV mpg

Had to make a 400 mile round trip today without the Airstream so I thought it would be a good chance to check actual highway mileage.

20 mpg with less than 30 miles of the trip in city driving. So given that we bought this 5.7 L V8 for mostly towing and the occasional road trip, I'm pretty happy. And it rides great as well.

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Old 08-06-2011, 03:08 AM   #2
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2008 Tundra CrewMax Limited, with 5.7L -- Just got back from a 1,750 mile roadtrip without our Bambi. 17.8 mpg mostly on Interstates at 70-75 mph, with a little city driving; Phoenix to LA (Disneyland), then to San Francisco and back. OMG, can't believe downtown LA traffic. Where are all of those people going, 24/7?

Last year, we got 23.5 mpg on a weekend trip from Phoenix to Tucson, roundtrip, without our Bambi. Drove at 65 mph on cruise all the way to save fuel (no passing). Very flat. Same trip with 19-foot Bambi is about 16.5 mpg (at 60 mph).

Earlier this summer, we towed our Bambi from Phoenix to Denver, roundtrip. All Interstate driving at 70 mph; 13.5 mpg. Usually, we don't drive this fast when towing; but we were headed to a funeral and needed to get there fast. Also, we recently switched to 225/75x16 Michelin XPS Ribs on new 16-inch wheels. I would not have driven this fast on our old Marathons or Maxxis tires due to fear of blowouts, but we no longer worry about tire failures.

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Old 08-06-2011, 08:32 AM   #3
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Phoenix, We have the 2008 Sequoia, I get 11 to 13 mpg towing my 28 footer but we live in the mountains at altitude. I drove through LA two summers ago. CRAZY. glad I lived in NYC for 3 years. Had to resort back to what I learned there. LA drivers didn't know what hit them.

It's kinda fun to watch someones face in a new BMW when you put the front of your TV in a four foot space they are leaving between them and the car in front of them to keep you out. Plus there was 28 feet behind me.

NYC has one rule. ( Just watch the front of your car, Let the other guy worry about the back)
i get about 19-20 mpg on the highway without the trailer. 16-17 mpg driving around..

May you have at least one sunny day, and a soft chair to sit in..

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Old 08-06-2011, 11:11 AM   #4
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One quick side comment: In California, motorcycle riders are crazy driving on the white stripes between lanes. On the freeway in downtown LA, a herd of about 20-25 cycles passed us on both sides going about 65 when we were in slow traffic going about 30-35 mph. When they are driving on the lines in the leftover space between adjacent lanes on the highway, they are only a foot or two from scraping down the sides of cars on either side. I was afraid one of them was going to hit one of our tow mirrors, then the 5-10 others in a tight line behind him were going to plow into the downed cycle.

I guess that's legal in California. I just hope they don't allow that in Arizona, which is usually a fast follower on California laws and trends.

By the way, we love our Tundra. It's a limo compared to "Hal", our old 1978 Chevy crewcab with 454 V8. Plus, the fuel savings is enormous compared to Hal's 4.5-7.0 mpg on premium. The trip to Denver costs us over twice as much in fuel with Hal (Tundra+Bambi = 13.5 mpg on regular, versus Hal+Bambi = 6.0 mpg on premium).
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