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Old 07-08-2011, 11:00 AM   #29
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All in tow/haul mode? I think I've finally got used to the idea that the engine is going to be at higher rpm when towing and the increase in pitch of sound when doing so but Im getting about the same rpms in 6th so I guess it's normal
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No not all in tow haul, but most. On the rolling section of 395 was in S selecting gears. Too many shifts in tow/haul. Almost like big whoop de dos, it was almost funny, it would shift from 5th to 6th on each one till I put an end to it. The transmission may have a brain but it can't see the road ahead. I'd guess out of the 300 mile trip about 250 was in tow/haul. I showed abut 2K rpm in 5th at 58. And mid 2s RPM in 4th. But the real fuel economy was in 6th if I could hold it. 5th wasn't much of a downgrade.
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:44 AM   #31
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When we first got the 06 Burb I noticed the same difference between the DIC mpg and actual. When I found out that it was calibrated for a 30in tire height I was able to re-set the ECM to the correct 32in. height. It's now within .2-.3 mpg.

You may have the same concern, or it could be the nature of the Toyota system, if it can't be reset. Ask the dealer.
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:54 PM   #32
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On another thread I griped about the aggressive styling, size and height of today's pickup trucks. But hooked up they're in their element. Maybe the Airstream just brings out the best in a tow vehicle. For all its problems, the Dometic Penguin is certainly the best looking roof air unit. I'm probably in the minority here but I didn't install any vent covers etc. in effort to keep the roof as smooth looking as possible.


I ordered a factory grill for the upmarket Platinum truck (replace standard black grill) I think it dresses up the front nicely.



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Old 07-21-2011, 04:18 PM   #33
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Here's mine:

Have wanted a green pickup since I was like 5... only took 55 years, but look at the nice shiny toy my DW bought to go with it :-)
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:20 PM   #34
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:22 PM   #35
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Nice! Looks great! Not only do I like to see the trucks and trailer but fun to see the different local environments across the country. I see the Cipa extensions. Once they get adjusted they seem to work pretty well.
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The CIPA's are a good starter for getting things going and being able to tow right away but Im saving up to replace them with Tundra tow mirrors because while they always seem to be tightened on, i just know one of these days one of the wedges is going to slip and im going to see my $39 mirror extension sailing and bouncing down the side of the highway
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Why not get the expendable towing mirrors that are on option on the 2nd generation Tundras? I have seen people trading for them on some of the Tundra forums...
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may have to look into that.... ive got a good mechanic who probably could handle installation quite capably.... i don't want to try to pull off door panels to do it
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After reading the tow/haul info in post 19, it appears the setting inhibits engine braking downhill by keeping the transmission from downshifting as soon. This is not good as down shifting is important going downhill while towing tons of trailer. The good news is you defeat this by manually downshifting.

After replacing rotors at 62,000 miles, I think the Tundra front brakes are not up to a lot of towing—of that 62,000, 38,000 are towing. In the Rockies, long and steep grades are common, but steep hills everywhere require manual down shifting to keep the brakes from getting too hot and warping the rotors. We do that, but the OEM rotors weren't up to it.

A mechanic told me they started making rotors thinner thinking that they would cool faster. It didn't work—good testing engineers! They didn't cool faster and thinner means easier warping. Now the trend is to thicker rotors. I got thick ones, not Toyota ones.

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In mountains I too like to hold gears manually for control of speed. At that point I view fuel economy as secondary.

Gene what were your replacement rotors? Was the cost similar to Toyota?

I'm still dialing in the brake controller in the new truck. I still don't think I have it quite right.

My F250 was on the original brake pads when I sold it w/ 119,000 miles. Rotors were warped or some condition causing pulsation. But I've had quite a few trips not involving mountain driving.
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On another thread I griped about the aggressive styling, size and height of today's pickup trucks. But hooked up they're in their element. Maybe the Airstream just brings out the best in a tow vehicle. For all its problems, the Dometic Penguin is certainly the best looking roof air unit. I'm probably in the minority here but I didn't install any vent covers etc. in effort to keep the roof as smooth looking as possible.


I ordered a factory grill for the upmarket Platinum truck (replace standard black grill) I think it dresses up the front nicely.



Would love to see other Tundra/Airstream pics

Thats a great looking setup you have there. Congrats on the new truck..

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