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Old 07-08-2012, 04:28 PM   #15
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I towed with an 06 DCab 4.0 and it was fine... the rear springs are too soft for anything more than 400lbs on the hitch - you'll either want to add a leaf, or get something like the Timbren springs or air bags. Mileage? 22-25 empty at normal highway speeds... 12-15 with the trailer in easy towing, a bit less in big winds or hills.

Don't go to a Ridgeline as a step up from a Tacoma... it isn't... it's a step down as far as a tow vehicle.

A 2nd gen Tundra with the 4.7 is a nice compromise... but the new Tacoma isn't that much smaller than the 'old' Tundra. I've had 3 Tacoma's... loved every one.

Went to a Sequoia just because we have a munchkin, dog, and bigger trailer.

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Old 07-08-2012, 05:27 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by DKB_SATX View Post
65CV, Chaps and TBRich: Please put some numbers around "terrible mileage."

2003 Tacoma V6 Extended Cab without 19' FC got about 18 straight Highway. I don't know what the gear ratio was. Pulling the 19' FC caused mileage to drop to 11.

2012 F150 5.0 Extended Cab without either trailer, straight Highway 24. With
25' FC I am getting 17 straight highway running about 60. About the same pulling the 19'.

My biggest issue was not really mileage as it is just an expense, my biggest issue was up and down the mountains which is every trip for us.

I use the F150 exclusively for a TV.
Wow, that performance from the 5-liter F150 is impressive. Do you know the rear axle ratio offhand? The only time my '07 5.4 liter w/3.55 lsd sees 24 mpg is coasting downhill!! I tow about 65 mph most of the time, and get 11ish towing. I knew the 6-speed would get better mileage, but that's crazy! I need to figure out how many miles it would take to justify the cost of a new truck.


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