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Old 02-23-2012, 08:57 PM   #169
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Beautiful truck! You might check Tire Rack - Your performance experts for tires and wheels as a resource to help you research tires. I have not purchased through tirerack.com so I can't speak to their service, but did extensive research for tires for my wife's Honda Pilot and my Ford F250. In both cases we replaced stock tires with different brand/model based on reviews and ratings, and we think the tires have been great choices.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:44 PM   #170
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Beautiful truck! You might check Tire Rack - Your performance experts for tires and wheels as a resource to help you research tires. I have not purchased through tirerack.com so I can't speak to their service, but did extensive research for tires for my wife's Honda Pilot and my Ford F250. In both cases we replaced stock tires with different brand/model based on reviews and ratings, and we think the tires have been great choices.
Yup.. ordered some Michelin LTX A/T2 from them today. The current ones on there are too smooth for my liking.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:04 PM   #171
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One thing you'll want to check before mounting and inflating the E rated tires to 80 PSI is the PSI rating of the wheels.

I'm sure someone here will explain how to determine that, because I don't know.

I'd post a new thread regarding the tires, and see what you find out. On my F250 w/ E tires I never ran them over 60 PSI. I've read there is little or no benefit for the tougher tire unless you use the PSI they're capable of taking. Perhaps you would be better served by incrementally increasing the tire capacity but going to a D or something less than E.

Nice truck, I love mine and it pulls my 25 Safari very nicely and effortlessly.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:26 PM   #172
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Toyota trucks are hard to beat

It's type of vehicle you could drive forever and be happy. Even with 200k it still will be pretty cool truck. Sorry america does not offer such a truck maybe Cummins. I liked 2 tacomas I owned and now purchased Nissan it's more comfortable and nice product but Yota is the one.
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:11 AM   #173
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One thing you'll want to check before mounting and inflating the E rated tires to 80 PSI is the PSI rating of the wheels.

I'm sure someone here will explain how to determine that, because I don't know.

I'd post a new thread regarding the tires, and see what you find out. On my F250 w/ E tires I never ran them over 60 PSI. I've read there is little or no benefit for the tougher tire unless you use the PSI they're capable of taking. Perhaps you would be better served by incrementally increasing the tire capacity but going to a D or something less than E.

Nice truck, I love mine and it pulls my 25 Safari very nicely and effortlessly.
A post last summer from Gene mentions 45 psi. ( http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...ml#post1008468 ) and that falls in line with what I have read on Tundra forums. Most people seem to keep the load E tires between 40-50 psi. Adding a few pounds when towing.
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:52 AM   #174
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Nice truck, you'll be happy with it.

Never did hear for sure, what are your plans regarding "Full Timing?" How long will you be staying vs. how far will you travel between staying put for awhile?

There are ever so many threads available on this forum - we are fortunate to have so many experienced ASers share their knowledge.

Best of luck, we look forward to seeing you down the road. We'll travel from SF Bay area to St Louis and back in April, early May. Expect to stay near to ex Route 66 part of the way, then back roads in the Interstate 70 regions for another several days. jim
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:37 AM   #175
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Congratulations Tin'. Which model did you get and what year is it?

Contrary to a previous post, we have only gotten below 10 mpg when towing in bad traffic with much uphill and a headwind. Normally we get around 10.5-11 but with a good tailwind it can go up to 12. We mostly drive 65 maximum if we can. We have 70,000 miles on the truck and are looking forward to the transmission blowing up at 100,000 miles, but are somewhat skeptical about that. I think I would have heard about Toyota trucks having transmission problems like that.

We bought the same Michelins 52,000 miles ago and they have plenty of tread left. The pressure for the tires was decided by calling Michelin a couple of times. The guys that answered the phone gave me different numbers and the one that seemed most knowledgeable was the one I believed. I have been running them at the same pressures (45 rear, 42 front not towing; 48 and 45 towing) ever since and check the tread regularly with a tread gauge. They are wearing evenly. I don't know the wheel ratings, but the OEM tires were rated at 45 psi at maximum inflation, so I assume the wheels are at least 45.

Looks like you are not getting much snow either this year. I think last year it would have been up to the windows.

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Never did hear for sure, what are your plans regarding "Full Timing?" How long will you be staying vs. how far will you travel between staying put for awhile?
We don't know the answer to either of those just yet. We will find a pace that works for us and who knows for how long. I imagine we will move onwards every few days. We are a mid 30's couple who just want to get out and explore a bit. I will still be working full time.. (Web developer) Trying to find someway for my wife to make a bit of $$ online as well. This is her start: Thinly Sliced Cucumber We will put up a blog soon. The next month or so is polishing up the house and getting it ready for sale.


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Congratulations Tim'. Which model did you get and what year is it?
2008 double cab with 74k. The SR5 package I think. It has the tow package, 4wd and the center console.

I appreciate the first hand knowledge. I'm new to towing. Its a lot to take in.


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Looks like you are not getting much snow either this year. I think last year it would have been up to the windows
Odd winter for sure. We live higher than the village of a ski area. Last year the pile in that spot was at least as high as the airstream (didn't have it then). Almost too much for the snowblower. We are ready to leave winter behind for a while. It takes too long for spring to reach us up here.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:51 PM   #177
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Moat SR5's have cloth seats, although leather was an option. The Limiteds all have leather, compass, heating and cooling controls with electronic readouts.

The weather is always odd. Much more snow than average in Denver, pretty dry here 250 miles west.

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Bed covers

Think carefully as you pick a cover for your bed. You may want to carry something up high... This is ours, but a couple of days ago I saw a truck with a hard cover on the bed, low like the tonnaue (sp) covers. But it had a rack mounted directly to the cover so I imagine the whole thing came up at once. That would be nice.... These mount to the bed rail inside the bed and would preclude a cover...
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If you are only 2...
F-250, Turbo Diesel (hopefully 7.3), Single Cab
Not too long, massive towing capacity, no gas weakness at altitude.
I only have a crew cab because of the number of folks in the trailer.
Ford diesels run forever.
A high top, sloped bed cap cuts the wind and improves fuel economy on the journey.
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Think carefully as you pick a cover for your bed. You may want to carry something up high... This is ours, but a couple of days ago I saw a truck with a hard cover on the bed, low like the tonnaue (sp) covers. But it had a rack mounted directly to the cover so I imagine the whole thing came up at once. That would be nice.... These mount to the bed rail inside the bed and would preclude a cover...
A year or two ago I saw a cover that looked like a tonneau closed, but raised straight up so you could put big things under it. I believe it went higher than the cab roof. It was on a Ford. I asked the guy about it and he said he didn't know if it were made anymore. It was quite expensive. This was in a Montrose, Colo., Home Depot parking lot and the guy was a contractor and thought the cover to be great for his business needs. When elevated he said it was strong and wind caused no problems. I suppose if you were to drive hundreds of miles with it up your gas mileage would suffer.

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