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Old 09-14-2016, 10:20 PM   #29
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To answer your original question, Ray....

Daily driver is a Miata which only seats two . So, we use our 2014 Tundra CrewMax for trips when we are traveling with more than two people and/or towing.

In terms of payload and helper springs that you mentioned on the Tundra...We had the dealer install Roadmaster "helper springs" which helps with stability when towing and/or carrying heavy loads. It theoretically allows one to carry more payload but I still don't to want get into that debate. I will say that with our Tundra set up in this way, along with an Equalizer WDH which includes anti-sway, that I have felt safe towing our 25 Airstream for thousands of miles up and down many a mountain pass from the Rockies to the Cascades.

Great thread. So many wonderful vehicle choices nowadays!
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Old 09-15-2016, 12:08 AM   #30
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I walk to work, so I don’t have a daily driver. My personal vehicle is a Suzuki Burgman. If I need something larger, I drive the Sequoia. Wife has a Prius.

A while back my daily driver was an E-150 conversion van. Hated it; ponderous, awkward, oversized, clumsy. But I thought I needed it for the capacity it offered. Always wondered about all those daily driver full sized pickups and SUVs on the road. How could you endure wrestling those behemoths through town day after day??? But we needed a TV, so I bought the Sequoia.

Now I can’t believe I’ve rejoined the ranks of behemoth drivers because it doesn’t feel like it. The Sequoia is remarkably nimble. The balance of power and handling makes it feel light. Turning circle is remarkably tight. The first week it felt enormous, but rapidly shrunk, and now feels “normal”. I often forget we're as large as a Suburban.

Sure, it would be nice to have the low end grunt of a diesel. But otherwise, I can’t imagine a truck better suited to pulling my 34’ Avion than the Sequoia.
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Old 09-15-2016, 12:20 AM   #31
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Heh, I used to drive, every work day, through some of the worst Los Angeles area traffic** with a long-bed 2002 stick shift Toyota Tacoma.

My wife finally took mercy on her masochist husband, and bought herself a new 2012 Prius. I then got to drive the 2005 Camry, in relative luxury for the last few years of my career.

** Yes, uphill both ways in heavy go and mostly stop traffic on the infamous 91 freeway, what did you expect?


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Old 09-16-2016, 12:03 PM   #32
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I walk to work, so I don’t have a daily driver. My personal vehicle is a Suzuki Burgman. If I need something larger, I drive the Sequoia. Wife has a Prius.

A while back my daily driver was an E-150 conversion van. Hated it; ponderous, awkward, oversized, clumsy. But I thought I needed it for the capacity it offered. Always wondered about all those daily driver full sized pickups and SUVs on the road. How could you endure wrestling those behemoths through town day after day??? But we needed a TV, so I bought the Sequoia.

Now I can’t believe I’ve rejoined the ranks of behemoth drivers because it doesn’t feel like it. The Sequoia is remarkably nimble. The balance of power and handling makes it feel light. Turning circle is remarkably tight. The first week it felt enormous, but rapidly shrunk, and now feels “normal”. I often forget we're as large as a Suburban.

Sure, it would be nice to have the low end grunt of a diesel. But otherwise, I can’t imagine a truck better suited to pulling my 34’ Avion than the Sequoia.
I too have a Sequoia (2010) with tow package (Platinum) and 5.7. Great "torquey" engine. We just rented a 25' Eddie Bauer for two weeks and subsequently have purchased a 27FB International we're picking up next month. What WD hitch/sway control are you using with your Sequoia?? And what tires are you running??
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Old 09-16-2016, 12:17 PM   #33
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So many choices...So many opinions

All you Rivet Masters out there definitely know your stuff when it comes to best tow vehicles for actual towing. But a big part of Ray's original post was what's best for daily driving?
So I have to say, the diesel Mercedes GL is a sweet comfortable ride day in and day out when we only take the AS out a half a dozen times a year. I tow a 68 Overlander and hardly even notice it's back there even in high winds. Hwy mileage is 25+, and towing it's 13-14. Yes it's expensive, but a diesel F250 XLT runs north of $50k anyway. So I bought my wife the 7 seater SUV for school pickups and soccer games. She's happy, and I can drive a much cheaper and easier to park basic F150.
And before everyone piles on about reliability, I agree the GL350 is a maintenance nightmare. That's what extended warranties are for!
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Old 09-16-2016, 01:35 PM   #34
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Our 20ft FC (single axle) pulls nicely with my Toyota Tacoma. I have pulled with 2 different trucks, both manual 6 speed 2008, and most recently an automatic with factory towing package. It is a very comfortable daily driver, and not quite the giant that a full size truck is.
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Old 09-16-2016, 01:48 PM   #35
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Daily driver 2008 Ford F250 6.4 diesel with crew cab and short bed, tow vehicle for our 1973 Argosy 26 ft. double axel, which probably weighs in the neighborhood of 8000 pounds. It's pretty smooth sailing on the open highway, and the only time I even notice the load is when we're going up a mountain. The Ford Superduty has plenty of power to pull that boat, even with a big payload in the bed, and the ride is very comfortable, even with four or five adults in the cab (it actually seats six, if you flip up the console, but there's not much leg room in that seat). When we're not camping, it's a great work truck that cleans up nice for just running around.
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Old 09-16-2016, 02:16 PM   #36
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My first TV was a half ton truck. The airstream salesman told me it was plenty of truck to tow my 25FC. Several hours on the Blue Ridge Pkwy convinced me it was NOT. The 5.3 struggled up the hills an we had to stop several times to let the transmission cool. May have been the wrong rear end gear ratio but the CAT scale told me I was very close to max rear axle weight anyway.

I recently upgraded to a ¾ ton truck and it is now a pleasure to tow. There is no question that this truck can stop quicker and we don't travel light! Would love to have the Duramax but couldn't justify the $$$. I get a laugh when people say that they tow with volkswagons, mercedes, lexus, etc. Go to a rally or to an Airstream only park and notice how many big trucks are being used by folks who have been towing a lot longer than me.

We're leaving for Maine tomorrow and looking forward to the confidence of having a huge hunk of steel in front of my Airstream.

To answer the original question........my TV stinks as a daily driver around town. That is why I often swipe my wife's Highlander when she's not looking.
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Old 09-16-2016, 02:25 PM   #37
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When we needed a car, my wife refused to drive the Tundra because she said it was too big.
That's why she drives an Avalon, now.
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Old 09-16-2016, 05:53 PM   #38
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We tow our 31'' Sovereign with a late model Sequoia and equalizer hitch. The self leveling air bags on the rear are great and I can raise or lower manually an inch and a half when hooking up. We used to tow with an 01 Sequoia with manual after market bags with 10 psi to offset the rear sag. That setup worked great as well. Both outfits towed just fine with enough power in the mountains, however, the 2012 with the bigger engine is a pleasure towing on long trips.
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Old 09-16-2016, 06:03 PM   #39
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Timely thread

Timely because I have been thinking for a couple weeks about how to replace (with one vehicle): 2008 Subaru Forester (MUST have AWD/4WD where I live) and my 2000 Tundra 4.7, (TV for a 1969 18' Caravel), and improve a little on the gas mileage of the Toyota.

A lot of responders here say "well, just buy two [nearly] new vehicles". Sorry, I don't have that kind of budget. But I will let go of my 1969 Caravel when they pry the title from my cold, dead... well, you get the idea. Nothing like a failed business to bring your $ability to its knees. The Caravel is my retirement home of last resort.

I've been thinking about things like Toyota 4Runner, Chevy Trail Blazer, Honda Ridgeline, Honda Pilot... All used, 2003-2008 era. Any experience out there with these?

When I was married to a woman with some $, we had a Dodge Ram 2500: Sweet. Airstream behind me? What Airstream? Those day$ are gone.

I'm content to run up the mountains (I live in Western NC) at 45-50, but don't want a TV that is overpowered by what it is towing. The Tundra does great. Maybe I should just stay with it?
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Daily Driver and / or Tow Vehicle options

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Old 09-16-2016, 06:16 PM   #41
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Bought this 2002 Laramie 4x4 5 gear last year as a fixer upper. Pulls the 31 foot very decently. This truck rides best loaded up; empty it rides a little stiff. I've always driven compact cars, this is my first attempt with something bigger. I tried a lot of different pickups, but find that they all require the metaphorical half acre to turn around, but I like the practicality of the long box.
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We tow our 31'' Sovereign with a late model Sequoia and equalizer hitch. The self leveling air bags on the rear are great and I can raise or lower manually an inch and a half when hooking up. We used to tow with an 01 Sequoia with manual after market bags with 10 psi to offset the rear sag. That setup worked great as well. Both outfits towed just fine with enough power in the mountains, however, the 2012 with the bigger engine is a pleasure towing on long trips.
I'm new to this, have a '10 Sequoia w/the airbag suspension which has towed a 25FB (just 2 weeks pulling over I-90 in Washington). Plenty of power, sway no problem, but didn't like the "squishy" feel of the tires in a couple situations. We have P275/55R20 Mich LTX M/S tires, running at 38#. Did you change out to 18" E rated tires with that big trailer?? Any other thing(s) done to help with the load?? BTW, we live in Seattle area and the Sequoia has such a great turning radius and visibility that I don't mind driving it in downtown traffic all day.
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