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Old 11-07-2018, 05:33 PM   #1
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Who tows with the Toyota Tundra 5.7? What size AS do you tow? Would you recommend the truck?
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Old 11-07-2018, 06:01 PM   #2
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Who tows with the Toyota Tundra 5.7? What size AS do you tow? Would you recommend the truck?
Great truck. Very limited payload though.
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Old 11-07-2018, 06:53 PM   #3
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Who tows with the Toyota Tundra 5.7? What size AS do you tow? Would you recommend the truck?
2017 Tundra towing a FC 25' FB equalizer hitch. Without exaggeration the setup and truck are a dream. Chris "the hitch whisperer" at Colonial AS setup the hitch. I did install a P3 brake controller because the factory controller is just ok. The truck is a beast and has excellent brakes. It is a Toyota they under promise and over deliver.


Previous comment regarding payload is not inaccurate however there is plenty of payload to allow a genny, 2 bikes, grill and a cooler...easily.


What is your thinking?
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Old 11-07-2018, 07:04 PM   #4
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Thinking about getting one to tow my 27 FC My wife has a 2008 Toyota Highlander and we have had no problems. Really like Toyota and it will be my daily drive also. Seems they have not gotten crazy with the pricing
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Old 11-07-2018, 07:11 PM   #5
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I tow 23 Safari with 2010 Tundra SR5 5.7. Works very well.
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We tow a 27 Tommy Bahama with our 4 wheel drive 2018 Tundra 5.7 with Equal-I-zer hitch. Worked great on our trip to Colorado last summer. Payload might be less than other trucks, but too tall is right, plenty for a normal load. I put the genny, chairs, camp mat, tools, power cord, a few odds and end in the bed. If you expect a super heavy load, Iíve heard there are suspension upgrades.

My biggest complaint, the built in nav is worthless.

Bottom line: Awesome truck and rock solid reliability.
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:14 PM   #7
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On my 3rd Tundra. A 2003 which I traded when the bigger motor became available. A 2007 SR5 (bigger motor) which I put 130K towing miles on and now a 2016 Limited which had 55K towing miles. The trailers have both been 25 feet and it is a great setup. Currently using a Blue Ox SwayPro which has worked very well.
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:15 PM   #8
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Who tows with the Toyota Tundra 5.7? What size AS do you tow? Would you recommend the truck?
I do. I tow a 26 U and it's a dream. I use an Equalizer brand hitch and have not an iota of sway.

Unless it's hilly I put it on cruise control in the "tow/haul" mode. I average between 11.5 and 12 mpg towing.
I cruise at 63 mph, in my comfort zone.
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:45 AM   #9
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Our 1794 Edition does a decent job towing our little 16 Sport. The brake controller is marginal, gas mileage is pitiful, and it just doesn't have the grunt of the F150 Ecoboost. Be sure to check the payload stickers on the door before you buy. The main one reads 1190 lb, but there is another little one that reduces that number by 96 lbs for the TRD exhaust and sway bar. Plenty of payload for a generator, grill, cooler, and a couple bikes as long as your not towing a 7000 lb trailer with an 800 lb tongue weight. (She didn't like the Ford)
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:02 PM   #10
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Solid truck for an Airstream. Biggest problem seems to be terrible on fuel and small fuel tank. Lot of people get 9 or 10 mpg towing. If you don't tow drive big miles its a good pick. Any 1/2 ton Mfg will work well with proper engine & gearing.

Main thing with a larger AS is to get a WDH with built in sway control and to set it up by scale results to stay within Mfg specs for the safest most stable tow.

Too many people don't take the time to do this and then end up saying their rig wiggles when semis pass sways and don't stop. Often blaming it on the truck when it was their poor setup. Some go buy a bigger truck when all they needed was to invest less than $20 and a lil time at a CAT scale.
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:14 PM   #11
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I tow a 27FB with my LX570 and she tow's with aplomb. With an Equalizer hitch.

Sure it's not a Tundra, but it shares the same driveline, along with the LC and Sequoia. My LX is full time 4WD and another 400-900lbs curb weight depending on the model Tundra. All this is to say that the 5.7 is a brute. It's easily got the motive power to tug a full size AS.

As stable as my LX is, the Tundra should be that much better on account of its longer wheelbase. I don't think I'd hesitate to tow a 30' AS with a Tundra.
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I tow a 25' FB with my 2012 Tundra using a Reese dual can hitch and it has been great. It will downshift a couple of times on long grades. My mileage for the last 5years has been good, 11-13mpg.
I added air bags because my driveway is uphill and I remove the wd bars prior to backing in because of the angle. The bags will raise the truck so the hitch won't drag. When towing I drop the pressure in the bags.
Use a P3 controller.
The only complaint is that Max torque is at high rpms which you will never see. But that is normal for non turbo gas engines.
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Check out the gauntlet test on the Tundra 2016. Toyota is a reliable truck. But gas mileage is low, and noise is high. Unless they have improved it considerably since 2016.
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The only complaint is that Max torque is at high rpms which you will never see. But that is normal for non turbo gas engines.
Right. It's not a diesel motor. I find torque to be solid down low. Anyone driving a gas motor shouldn't be afraid to rev it when powering up a hill. Especially a Toyota, as it'll do the deed without ever a complaint. I find I can maintain and accelerate on even the steepest of hills to the degree I'm willing to burn gas.

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Check out the gauntlet test on the Tundra 2016. Toyota is a reliable truck. But gas mileage is low, and noise is high. Unless they have improved it considerably since 2016.
I looked this up and the noisiness is a result of the test is really due to it being a TRD Pro model, with sports exhaust. The 5.7L motor on the contrary, when fitted to my Lexus is a buttery and soft spoken mill. Even when powering up a hill at 4k+ rpm. Toyota has continued to refine the Tundra NVH through the model years of the current generation, so I'd expect a trim like the 1794 to be more refined than say a TRD Pro extroverted model.

I'll take a conservative, if not more fuel thirsty design, over a motor tuned to a higher degree like the Ford ecoboost. I tune vehicles. Extra fuel is a measure of added margin for cooling and knock, hence reliability. Anecdotal, but look at the stock 5.7 as fitted to a baja race truck. The motor absolutely delivers steadfast reliability under extreme conditions over 10s of thousands of race miles.

https://youtu.be/AdYeolH6F6Q?t=323
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