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Old 08-28-2010, 11:25 PM   #1
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Older Tundra access cab or 4 door for TV. 27'?

Ok.. There is plenty of info on the new Tundra as a tow vehicle.. But as I am looking to buy a 71 Overlander with a dry weight of around 4,600lbs.. My 99 4runner has to go..

I have owned Toyotas for years, and they have treated me well.. Resale is always great on them too. So I am considering a 2000-04 Tundra access cab or preferably the crew cab.. with v8 and a claimed tow capacity of around 6500. Is anyone using this truck to tow this airstream? I want it to work, but am skeptical of it being the right tow vehicle for this unit.. Reluctantly, I will be looking at the Chevy lineup, if this truck does not suit the application. Anyone?

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Old 08-29-2010, 09:55 PM   #2
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In 2002 I bought a 2000 Tundra 4-wheel drive Limited model with the 4.7 liter engine. The manual claims I can tow a maximum of 7000 pounds. I pull either my '66 Globetrotter (dry weight is 3000 lbs.) or my 27-foot '84 Sovereign (dry weight is 4800 lbs.) without any trouble. Obviously, I don't have the same acceleration when pulling the larger trailer, but I'm not interested in 0-60 times. I think you'd be quite happy with the Tundra; I recommend the 4-wheel drive model. I've driven mine for 70,000 miles without any problems, and I plan on driving it for many more years.

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Old 08-30-2010, 08:43 AM   #3
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Thanks Paul..
It would definitely be the 4wd model, v8.. and the Limited.. My 99 4runner is the Limited model, and I love it. Im hoping I can get a 04-05 crew cab with a 140" wheelbase vs the 128" of the access cab model.. I like the power back glass and the optional sunroof of the larger Tundra too. Ive been reading on some other Toyota sites about towing with these Tundras.. Seems air bags or equivalent in the rear along with a larger capacity transmission cooler are the high recommends. I would do both. Have you towed any long trips? Say 1000 plus miles, over mountain passes.. Wait, you dont have mountains in Iowa!
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I would try and get the crew cab. IIRC, they haven't been prone to the chassis rust problems that affected the earlier Tundras.

If you get a 2004+ Limited crew cab, you might also be able to find one with the rare stability control (VSC) option, something that's nice to have.

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Old 08-30-2010, 09:36 PM   #5
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Jason,

I've taken two long trips with the Tundra pulling the Globetrotter—west to Denver, Colorado, and then to Colorado Springs; and east to the Smokey Mountains. Also, last spring I pulled the Globetrotter to the Buffalo River in northern Arkansas where I camped at Kyle's Landing. The three-mile drive down to and up from Kyle's Landing has the steepest grade I've ever encountered (in fact, the park says that trailers are not recommended) but I had no problem.
I haven't taken the heavier Sovereign on any long road trips yet, but I believe I could take her on any of the trips I've had with the GT.

When and if I need to get another tow vehicle, I'll probably look for a newer Tundra. I don't really like the newest ones, but the model you're talking about is exactly what I'd try to find. Good luck!

btw, My wife and I are excited about our next trip—we're taking the Sovereign to a Vintage Airstream Rally at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. We'll be camping at Road America (a four-mile racetrack north of Milwaukee). The total mileage on this trip will be over 600 miles. I expect no problems!

Paul

another btw: I've had the Globetrotter for 11 years and the Sovereign for only 3. Once a person buys an Airstream, he or she wants another one! We now consider the GT our weekend trailer while the Sovern. is for extended stays.
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I towed my 75 TW for a few years before I bought an 07. The 03 with the 4.7 did fine, but lacked power on the bigger hills. You should be fine with it if you do not want to race up the hills.

The 07 is a much better towing truck. It has much more power, better brakes and a 6 speed transmission (vs the 4 speed). It also gets better gas mileage.
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Yes.. I wish I could afford one. I dont want a payment tho.. 3 times the money.. probably 3 times the truck..! I like the older Tundras.. Power and weight wise, I bet its close to what the new tacoma would be like.. Ive towed my Safari with a Tacoma, did very well.
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