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Old 08-31-2008, 10:51 PM   #85
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Dpandorf that is a video I saw at the detroit auto show. and cleveland show. good vid
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Old 09-01-2008, 01:53 AM   #86
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PS - I use my HD 3/4 ton for daily driving, it handles the same as the tundra, in fact, I feel it handles better and it is very comfortable.

I'll second that. I only drive one vehicle - my truck. It was the same way with my 2003 Tundra (which, as stated above, was smaller than the new Tundras) and I felt very little sacrifice in going into the HD truck. There are a few u-turns I can't make, and a few tight parking lots, but that's nothing compared to being thrown around the highway by a heavy trailer or driving around with the butt end of the truck bottoming out on the stops.

I too think Toyota makes some pretty good vehicles, and I liked the service department. I just feel that they over rate, or over state their capabilities.

Today's 3/4 tons are pretty darn comfy. And work super hard.

One other thing I did not mention on my previous post. There was a good side wind one day of that last trip. It hardly bothered me. I was impressed. And, the tail of my truck was carrying all of our gear, 10 gals of water, some tool bags, emergency road gear, and my generator.
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Old 09-02-2008, 10:01 PM   #87
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I'll second that. I only drive one vehicle - my truck. It was the same way with my 2003 Tundra (which, as stated above, was smaller than the new Tundras) and I felt very little sacrifice in going into the HD truck. There are a few u-turns I can't make, and a few tight parking lots, but that's nothing compared to being thrown around the highway by a heavy trailer or driving around with the butt end of the truck bottoming out on the stops.

I too think Toyota makes some pretty good vehicles, and I liked the service department. I just feel that they over rate, or over state their capabilities.

Today's 3/4 tons are pretty darn comfy. And work super hard.

One other thing I did not mention on my previous post. There was a good side wind one day of that last trip. It hardly bothered me. I was impressed. And, the tail of my truck was carrying all of our gear, 10 gals of water, some tool bags, emergency road gear, and my generator.
Amen!

31 foot trailer?-if you have to ask......
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Old 09-02-2008, 10:05 PM   #88
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I did some research today on actual tow amounts, and weight distribution hitches, I was amazed at actual axle capacity. Axle meening suspension and all for the axle. Clearified alot of actual tow amounts with out overloading
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Old 09-09-2008, 04:18 PM   #89
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only 1/2 right

With such a wide range of statements, clearly 1/2 of you (us) must be wrong.

I have an F250 and a Tundra...

I guess I should follow my AS owner's manual as a guide and purchase a '73 Torino as a TV.

I'm sure we'll find plenty of faults with the factory recommdation so at that point we should all agree to not tow an AS ever with any vehicle.
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Old 09-09-2008, 04:30 PM   #90
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I have an F250 and a Tundra...
That could be telling us a lot about the Tundra AND the F250.
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:02 PM   #91
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I guess I should follow my AS owner's manual as a guide and purchase a '73 Torino as a TV.
You got yourself some cool points.

Good advise to consider the Airstream recommendations in conjunction with vehicle ratings, rather than focusing on the vehicle ratings only.

1973 vehicles tow very well. They're just plain cooler than the late-model stuff.

Ask me how I know.
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:43 PM   #92
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OK gang, I pulled the 88 29' Excella 1100 miles this week from Appleton WI to Cedar Point in Ohio and it did a great job. Now for the details, 10.7 MPH with the 5.7. I pulled in a headwind to the Point and not home. I was running about 65-73 MPH most of the miles, and pulled through Chicago (as I always do) with no problems. The truck performed great I was even able to set the cruise control for a number of the miles on the flats.

With a cross wind the dual cam did well, and I had some side gusts up to 45 mph and the truck held the trailer on the pike.

This was the first true test of the Tundra and it did well, glad I purchased it.
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Old 05-25-2009, 10:16 PM   #93
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I have a 2004 titan with 9500 lbs towing capacity (BT package) and it pulls great and I know the new tundras have that capacity. I would have bought one if it was not so pricey . As far as towing with my Titan NEVER had a problem I have a 31 foot 1976 sovereign I can feel it there but plenty of power.I have towed next to tractor trailers,over sized trailers and no real notable drag or pull or sway.
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Old 05-25-2009, 10:22 PM   #94
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Ok Ok remeber folks what kind of tow vehicles did we have in the day ford LTD's Build skylarks , I forget most of the TV but non of them were ever ment to be TV's at all but were converted to TV (adding trans coolers,oil coolers) . So what I am saying is the TV today out do the TV of yesterday by being smaller and handling more weight than yesterdays TV's .That is what I think at least
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April 2008, I returned to the RV life style. I purchased a light weight trailer for a trip out west. (8000 mile) Ala to CA in a wide circle. I also purchased a new 2008 Tundra ( my son-inlaw suggestion) I was so dissatisfied with the performance, gas consumption, etc out west and in the mountains. Upon return to AL. I traded the TR for a Dodge Ram 2500 HD Turbo Diesel. I installed the high performance cool air system. I also purchased my new AS 30 2009 C. I have had the Dodge over a year, and if needed would purchase another one without hesitation. woppa4
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Old 05-26-2009, 08:12 AM   #96
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I hope the "light weight trailer" for the trip out west was not the 2009 30' Airstream. The 2009 Classic weighs over 7k pounds and has a GVWR of 10k. I can't speak for anyone else, but that's more than I would want to tow with any 1/2 ton truck.
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I forget to add: My daughter drives . 5.7 Toyota. After 50,000 miles (out of warranty) transmission replacement. ($2,000 plus repair bill)l. Toyota had the highest recall rate last year.(world wide)the company CEO stated that TO quality had slipped . I owned a small toyota diesel 6, in AZ 1981. Pile of junk. The second week after delivery I received a recall notice for total valve replacement. Toyota in the past was like MisuB (MB was heavily fined by the Japanese G, for not reporting recall problems) TO practiced the same attitude. They can't get away with the practice now as in the past.woppa4
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The trailer was a 19 ft Fun Finder by Cru .woppa 4
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