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Old 01-03-2011, 09:27 PM   #29
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Well here are the numbers....
Fully Loaded the trailer was #6,300. The total weight with the Sequoia and people inside with the trailer was just under #12,900. On the trip to Big Bend on the two lanes towing 60 mph we averaged 8.2 MPG. On I-10 from Ft Stockton to Junction at 75 MPH we got 7.2 MPG. Then from Junction to the house at around 60 MPH we got 8.2 again. No issues. No problems. I say again the Sequoia is a great tow vehicle.
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That's great to hear - but the gas mileage is tough to accept - if they only offered a diesel....
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:20 AM   #31
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I don't know what year Lance's Sequoia is, but I get an honest 12-13 mpg towing my 66 TW using my 08 Tundra 5.7L. I drive gently usually 60-65 mph. Plenty of power with the motor and the 6 speed transmission is a joy to drive. Try one.

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My Sequoia is a 2002 with a 4.7l. I get about 16mpg on the highway when not towing if I stay under 65 MPH.
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We had a 2002 Sequoia with the 4.7 L and gas mileage was between 16 and 17 at high altitude. We never towed anything with it. Our 2007 Tundra with the 5.7 L engine gets about the same mileage when not towing, but when towing it runs 10-11 most times. It will be higher or lower depending on speed, wind, altitude and whether climbing a lot. It's more often higher than lower and that's usually because of slow driving on 2 laners and in traffic.

I don't think the 4.7 L engine is well matched for towing 6,300 lbs. and that the gas mileage drops so much seems to confirm that. I think it's a strain on the engine and transmission and will result in a lot of wear. I also think that towing up Rocky Mountain grades would be a lot for that combination. I'm sure everything feels good because Toyotas are engineered for comfort and quiet. I know others tow with Sequoias and Tundras with the 4.7 L engine and are happy.

I think in the long run, it could be costly. I hope not for your sake, but I wouldn't do it. And, in fact, I didn't do it. We also had a 2002 Tundra in very good condition when we bought our Airstream in 2007, but sold it and bought the 2nd generation Tundra.

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That's about the same mileage I would get with my V8 Cayenne S when not towing - my Touareg TDI - with the Diesel has more torque than the Cayenne (both similarly equipped) and is almost as fast to 75 mph as the Cayenne BUT I'm averaging 22-26 mpg with zero loss of power at altitude (even 14,000 feet towing going back and forth from Denver to Steamboat Springs)......

These modern diesels are great - more efficient than gasoline engines with less emissions - wish more vehicles were available with them...
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Diesel tow vehicle

I would love for the Sequoia to have a diesel engine. I knew a guy who put a diesel engine from an Oliver tractor in his 1974 Chevy Silverado. Maybe I should look into a transplant for the Sequoia. There looks to be a whole lot of room under the hood to fit a small Cummins or Cat diesel with an Allison automatic and a heavy duty rear axle. Of course this would probably take a whole bunch of time and money. It would be cool though!
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JFScheck, what kind of MPG does that VW get when you're towing the Airstream?
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When going flat cross country averaging 70mph I have gotten 17mpg (my average when I would drive up and down the I5 from San Diego to Malibu for example) which is my "average best" when I encounter minimal traffic during the drive.

My average from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, or the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic via the Appalachians, Rockies & Sierra Nevada Mountain ranges at average speed of 70mph was 15mpg.

When heading through Utah into Colorado and up into Steamboat Springs, or from Denver up to Steamboat Springs - I drop down to 9-11 mpg depending on how heavy my right foot is...

NOW REMEMBER - I have NOTHING in the Touareg other than 380lbs of human, full tank of diesel at 26 gallons, and only 40lbs of luggage. The Airstream has ONLY 40lbs of propane (keeping cognizant of my tongue weight out of a possible 80lbs with the upgraded tanks) and perhaps no more than 150lbs of luggage and 50lbs food, dishes, towels, etc. When towing with the Touareg I have to keep an eye on my weight (especially tongue weight) and as I always maintain my "20% cushion" staying within my weight limitations.


With the addition of my F-350, I'm gonna be able to really "load her up" and "get the heck out of Dodge", looking forward to some remote "Boondocking" and the ability to use some of that awesome GVWR available to me via my Airstream...
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380lbs of human
Is that one "human"? Two? Three? Two adults and 2 kids?

No matter, with your new truck, you'll be able to bring the neighbors too.

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Two adults (I'm 6'1" and 240) but I forgot the dog at 45lbs....

With the F-350 I can not only bring more folks along - but more toys as well while still maintaining a nice safety cushion...

Oh, and any "toys" that might be accrued during the journey....
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Oh, and any "toys" that might be accrued during the journey....
The bigger the tow vehicle, the stronger it's toy magnet (The Truck Corollary) of Gene's Law: the more storage, the more toys. Our 1,800 shop/garage was empty when we bought this property, first came the 4Runner, then work benches, then, items with small gas engines (snow blower, pressure washer, mower, etc.), etc.

Therefore, no truck is big enough. Enjoy that space while it lasts.

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I think that one of the corollaries to Murphy's Law applies here ... no matter how large the space in you r TV or trailer, "stuff" expands to fill it.

You will love the diesel pickup, but if your experience goes like mine, you'll say, "Gee, of course I can take along a barbecue grille. And since I'm gonna' be boondocking, I better take some extra tools and that high lift jack and a good axe and shovel, just in case. And the generator. And an extra Jerry Can of fuel. And a couple jugs of water. And ... And ... and then you're heading to the scales all the time again, just to be sure ... but that '350 will let you get away with a LOT of that! Have fun!
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So my 1966 30' Sovereign is less weight than the newer models. Will a 4.6 be enough, or would you all recommend the 5.7?
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