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Old 08-10-2011, 05:07 PM   #15
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I wish Toyota representative would read this. I love my Tundra, very nice tow vehicle. But some of the options, packages, etc. don't make sense in the combinations that they're sold. I prefer the factory ordering system such as Ford Chevy, etc. Perhaps Toyota factory in Texas doesn't permit such a thing. Still a little market research would go a long way, and one reason people order 5.7 liter 380 HP trucks is to tow. The mirror situation is ridiculous. All the tow package mirrors should have telescoping/folding feature.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:21 PM   #16
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After checking out my Tundra my friend bought a 2010 Tundra. He had to leave it with the dealer for a few days while the dealer added the folding tow mirrors, running boards, and brake controller.

My tow mirrors (and his) extend and fold manually.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:28 PM   #17
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I've been a big Toyota fan for quite a while. I think they tend to make excellent vehicles.

But when I bought my truck, it was a very close call between the Ecoboost Ford and the Tundra. I could pretty much pick up Ford w/ tow package, mirrors, brake controller right off dealer lot. For the Tundra I could find no tow mirrors in so. CA with the trim level I wanted. It was a very close call that I bought the Tundra at all. I'm glad I did but didn't actually love adding running boards, brake controller and cipa mirrors.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:28 PM   #18
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That dealer is uninformed. Many have swapped the standard mirrors for the tow mirrors, and I think all functions still work. Search this site for details; there are lots of posts on this subject.

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Is it possible to put towing mirrors on a 2006 Tundra? We use the tow and see mirrors but would love to have extendable ones.......has anyone done this on a 2006? paula
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:49 PM   #19
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We have had a hard time with towing mirrors and just found some that work pretty well. Aero by Millenco http://www.jrprvinc.com/catalog.php?link=aero
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:11 PM   #20
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Hi Mrs. Bale, which model are you using? I do like that 240 MPH clamp... Is there any online sales?
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Is it possible to put towing mirrors on a 2006 Tundra? We use the tow and see mirrors but would love to have extendable ones.......has anyone done this on a 2006? paula
I went to Tundra Solutions forums and found many folks were able to put mirrors on the 2006/7 year models but many of them could not make blinkers and heaters, etc work. Some could...Purely based on the wiring harness installed. And no one could figure out the logic behind the wiring. Obviously a top of the line truck would have all wires for heat, power, blinkers, but some of the base models did as well, some did not, same for the mid level packages. Just weird...
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Is it possible to put towing mirrors on a 2006 Tundra? We use the tow and see mirrors but would love to have extendable ones.......has anyone done this on a 2006? paula
The 2006 was the last year of the 1st generation Tundra. Towing mirrors were not an option and I do not know of any aftermarket mirrors for that generation. I had a 2003 Tundra before I bought my 2007 and could not find any replacement mirrors for the 2003.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:37 PM   #23
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"...some of the options, packages, etc. don't make sense in the combinations that they're sold. I prefer the factory ordering system such as Ford Chevy, etc. Perhaps Toyota factory in Texas doesn't permit such a thing. Still a little market research would go a long way, and one reason people order 5.7 liter 380 HP trucks is to tow. The mirror situation is ridiculous. All the tow package mirrors should have telescoping/folding feature."

From the posts on www.tundratalk.net, it appears that most of those Tundra owners did NOT purchase their 5.7L equipped pickup to tow a travel trailer, or even to tow a work trailer. Most of them bought their trucks because the Tundra is a comparatively inexpensive hot rod. Very few of them on that site had towing in mind when they bought their truck.

We bought our Tundra specifically to tow our Bambi, and we knew exactly what options we needed to optimize the vehicle for towing. Most models in the dealerships were not equipped for this function. Therefore, we studied all of the options, ordered exactly what we wanted, and have been very satisfied with our purchase.

If you can't find the model you like in stock, you don't have to settle. Just do your homework, order what you want and be patient. It's worth the wait.

No aftermarket add-ons for us, or the problems that come with them -- our Tundra is exactly what we wanted, and it's strictly stock.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:42 PM   #24
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How did you do it? I admit to purchasing rather abruptly a model which generally met my needs, but deficient in the areas I posted. What is the best way to get a Tundra with the exact options you desire?

When I bought mine, dealer computer checks could not locate any 2wd SR5 5.7 tow package w/ tow mirrors in so. CA. I also made checks of dealer inventory in several large dealers without finding any.

And yes it is fast, delightfully so. At least comparable to some of the Olds 442, SS396 type cars from the '60s.
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I have a 2010 Tundra Double cab and went through the mirror thing. I was told by a former Toyota tech that the dealers do not want to install mirrors, for whatever reason. He said that unless you have a "work" or "fancy" trunk level, the wiring should be the same for tow mirrors. If your existing mirrors are heated and adjustable, the wiring should work with tow mirrors.

So I went to:

Tow Mirror, Right Side COMPLETE ASSEMBLY at Sparks Toyota-Scion, Myrtle Beach, SC

and ordered mirrors. I had an independent shop install them in about 30 minutes, just plugged them in and everything works great. The Toyota tow mirrors fold, and extend (not power), and the turn signal lights and heat work fine.
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When I was shopping for mine I knew what I wanted down to the color of the truck. There are plenty of Toyota Dealerships in the Phoenix area, but it still tool several months to get the truck I wanted.

The day I found the truck we had stopped at one dealer and they ran a computer check and told us there were no Tundras that came close to what we wanted in the area. We stopped at another dealership on the way home and they had two that matched the description and color that we wanted. We also verified later that another dealership had one that matched also. We made the deal a few hours later.

I would not believe what a dealer tells you about the inventory of another dealership.
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We got a complete list of all models and options from the Consumer Reports Web site and studied it thoroughly to figure out what we wanted. This has the added advantage of providing the suggested list price and dealer cost for each option, along with instructions on how to get the best price from the dealer.

With our list in hand, we went to the dealer and asked them to quote on a Tundra equipped exactly per our list, and let them know that if they didn't have one in stock or available, we wanted to order it directly from the factory.

We ordered a CrewMax Limited with most of the "luxury" options, but with tow mirrors, running boards, dual exhaust and a rear sway bar. The towing package already added Bilstein shocks and other "heavy duty" items (e.g., transmission cooler, etc.).

I think we waited about 6-8 weeks for our Tundra to be built and arrive at the dealer, after we had used the Consumer Reports-provided tips for getting the best deal.

So, we got exactly what we wanted for a fair price, because we knew exactly what the dealer paid for the vehicle. By the way, the dealer does have to make a profit, so don't expect them to sell at a loss. You just don't have to pay more than is reasonable.
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I just got extension mirror for our sequoia. They slide on over the existing mirror and then have a screw that tightens a plastic plate against your existing mirror. Can't come off and from onside look like a stock mirror. I don't remember the brand but will post a pick later. The box is at home and I'm on the road. They were $40 each bit have been well worth it. They fit 07 - 11 Tundra and sequoia.
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