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Old 05-07-2014, 07:26 PM   #15
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I would also say don't worry about an extended warranty. Toyotas in general and Tacomas specifically are very reliable...we have never done more than regular maintenance with our 2007, and it's still going strong. Take care of it and it will do you well.
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:45 PM   #16
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We tow a 16 sport with a 2013 Taco 4wd extended cab with a silver cover to match the truck. We have towed about 5k this past year and love it. Hope it can handle the elevations out west. I would also say to get the 4wd as you never know when you may need it.
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Old 05-08-2014, 02:38 PM   #17
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Yes, it can handle the elevations Out West. Our strategy is to stay in the right lane on the Interstate except for passing trucks, and just keep the speed around 60 mph. We then average 15 mpg. We have no trouble going faster, but the gas mileage drops.
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:33 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the input. I've got my new Tacoma and love it...didn't get 4WD this time around. Maybe with the next vehicle if I find I wish I had it. For those of you with ARE tonneau covers, which model do you have? The nearest distributor to me recommends the LSII vs. the LSX or LSX Ultra since it's much easier for him to install and said that's what he sells most of but I'm not convinced. About $335 less than the LSX. Thanks!
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:20 PM   #19
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Since we bought the Tundra and tonneau in 2007, my memory is vague, but I think it cost around $600 or a bit more for the tonneau. The outside does not have any model letters on it and maybe they didn't make different versions then. The inside of the tonneau is lined with some sort of carpet like material—this carpeting is useless (unless you turn the truck over and want to lie on it).

Doesn't seem to be difficult to install them. Ours has one lock in the center—some brands have one on each side. And it has hydraulic lifts on each side. Without them it would be pretty difficult to lift the thing.

What is the difference between the different models they have now?

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Old 05-14-2014, 07:20 PM   #20
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I have an '08 Tacoma DCSB 4x4 and pull my '69 overlander no problem. I live in the mountains and I can feel the weight pulling up the hills and the electric brakes (tow package) really help going back down. You don't need to wait for the next year model. The basics aren't going to change for a bit.
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Old 05-17-2014, 08:05 AM   #21
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My trailer has arrived at the dealer and I pick her up next weekend....excited!!! I ordered the ARE LSX Ultra tonneau cover for the Tacoma. Gene, I'm still chuckling at your comment about the carpet! The LSX series has scissor hinges and a little different fit than the LSII...Ultra has an interior light and keyless entry...works with your truck key fob. Now I'm on to obsessing about what seat covers to get!!
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Old 05-17-2014, 09:48 AM   #22
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Now I'm on to obsessing about what seat covers to get!!
You can't go wrong with Wet Okole (Car Seat Covers | Seat Covers | Custom Seat Covers | Truck Seat Covers | Automotive Seat Covers), we had them on our 2012 Tacoma and just put a set on our Tundra. Really comfortable, durable, they don't get hot, and protect the seats from just about anything you can spill on them. Don't forget to ask for the military discount if you're current or ex.
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Old 05-17-2014, 04:01 PM   #23
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Irene, we got sheepskin seat covers. I believe they came from Overland Sheepskin. They have stores in Santa Fe and Denver among other places and you can mail order. Good quality and comfortable. They have a thick backing, so for tired old butts, they give some more padding on firm truck seats.

We have them in our Tundra and FJ Cruiser. And you don't have to turn the truck over to enjoy them.

Looks like you got the platinum edition tonneau cover. A remote too. I am feeling so yesterday.

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Old 05-18-2014, 08:44 AM   #24
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I was considering Wet Okale and Clazzico Leather...now have to consider sheepskin too....this isn't getting any easier! :-). I had leather seats in my last vehicle and didn't cover them but have fabric in the Tacoma so will definitely need to. I have a Samoyed who tends to get her feet dirty. Decisions, decisions...
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I was considering Wet Okale and Clazzico Leather...now have to consider sheepskin too....this isn't getting any easier! :-). I had leather seats in my last vehicle and didn't cover them but have fabric in the Tacoma so will definitely need to. I have a Samoyed who tends to get her feet dirty. Decisions, decisions...
Those are all really nice seat covers. A bit pricey too, but they fit, look and work well.
If you want an inexpensive alternative that also work well, but just are not as nice fitting or looking, there's "trail series" from Cabela's. I have them on the front seats of my Frontier, and they have held up since 2006. Waterproof, etc.
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You have to get a dark colored sheepskin if you have a dog with dirty paws.

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Old 05-25-2014, 06:26 PM   #27
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More questions… How about extended service contracts & road hazard policy on Airstreams….also bad idea? My dealer is pushing a Cornerstone 7 yr trailer policy for $1959 and 7 year road hazard for $345. Extended mirrors for my Tacoma pulling the 16 foot Sport? I can see the full sides of the trailer but not behind so am thinking I should get some. Have read differing opinions. Any recommendations?
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Regarding mirrors, if you only tow occasionally, then some good clamp on mirrors might work fine for you. I had been using Malinco aero2 on my Frontier.
Recently, I replaced the entire stock mirrors however with a large set of towing mirrors from 1A auto. I love them....HOWEVER......others may not like them, as they are definitely wider than stock, even "pulled in" to the skinny position. Enough so that care must be taken at places like drive thru windows, and other tight places. I'm used to being wide because of our other truck ( F350 dually ) so it's "normal" for me, but if you are used to the truck being skinny, you may not want full on tow mirrors "all the time".
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