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Old 06-03-2010, 08:05 AM   #141
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We just returned from an 850 mile trip to the Outer Banks and the Tundra performed flawlessly. We got 13.2 mpg and the transmission rarely downshifted out of 6th gear. I really never knew the trailer was back there- a genuinely easy towing experiance. I also used the back seat and covered bed cargo capacity. My son in law's Jeep blew a transmission seal so I had to pick him up along with my daughter, grand daughter and grand dog along with all their stuff. They rode in the back seat and we put all their stuff with our stuff in the covered bed. It worked fine. Everbody was comfortable- 4 adults, one infant and two dogs, all our gear and towing the Airstream. The Tundra is a great tow vehicle. I could not have asked for more.
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:17 AM   #142
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We just returned from an 850 mile trip to the Outer Banks and the Tundra performed flawlessly. We got 13.2 mpg and the transmission rarely downshifted out of 6th gear. I really never knew the trailer was back there- a genuinely easy towing experiance. I also used the back seat and covered bed cargo capacity. My son in law's Jeep blew a transmission seal so I had to pick him up along with my daughter, grand daughter and grand dog along with all their stuff. They rode in the back seat and we put all their stuff with our stuff in the covered bed. It worked fine. Everbody was comfortable- 4 adults, one infant and two dogs, all our gear and towing the Airstream. The Tundra is a great tow vehicle. I could not have asked for more.
Dan,

Which of your two trailers did you tow on this trip? Approximate weight?

My TV is a 2010 Tundra Crew Max 4x4 Limited. It's stock, loaded but stock, except for a cold air intake and air bags. Other than two trips to the dealer, 9 hour drive, I haven't really gotten a feel for how's she's going to do. I know one thing... I don't want to buy a different truck. ;>) As soon as my Pro Pride hitch comes in, I'll put the entire package to the test.

If I get anywhere near 13.2 mpg, I'll be a very happy boy.

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Old 06-03-2010, 12:33 PM   #143
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If I get anywhere near 13.2 mpg, I'll be a very happy boy.

Cheers,

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We get anywhere from 9 to 13 but averages around 10.5 with an '08 Safari 25'. It tows quite easily and has lots of power, so you won't have to buy another truck.

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Old 06-03-2010, 01:50 PM   #144
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We get anywhere from 9 to 13 but averages around 10.5 with an '08 Safari 25'. It tows quite easily and has lots of power, so you won't have to buy another truck.

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Gene,

Good.... I can live with those numbers. My Classic might be a bit more because of it's weight, but I doubt it will be much of a concern.

In any case, I just received word that my PP3 Hitch is on the way!! It should take about a week (an eternity) to get here and after we get it set up, I'll be headed out for the first real test.

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Old 06-03-2010, 02:34 PM   #145
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I just purchased a 2010 Tundra Crewmax LTD last Saturday. Have not pulled our 19' TT yet.

We went camping through Utah in May , using our 96' Landcruiser. I felt that the trailer just pushed it around too much, even though we have stiffer springs and a supercharger. After talking to several fellow campers while on our trip that had Tundras, I went for it.

There was a guy in Moab from Vancouver who had an 07, pulling a 27' SOB. He said he has traveled in over 100 degree heat, and the temp guage did not move at all. He said it had plenty of power and handled great.

Considered a F-150, but liked the Tundra.
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Old 06-03-2010, 03:10 PM   #146
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We have towed our 19-foot Bambi with a 2008 Tundra CrewMax in 110+ degree heat in the desert southwest for the past two years with absolutely no problems. The larger radiator and transmission cooler keep the temperatures normal even on long grades. However, our 19-foot is a lightweight compared to the larger Airstreams. You don't even know it's behind the Tundra, except for the extra width in the mirrors.

As an aside, when we had our Marathon tire problems the first year, the Tundra sat idling for about 4-5 hours in 110+ heat while we were stranded on the side of the road. The air conditioner performed flawlessly, and the engine maintained normal operating temperature for the entire afternoon.
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I just purchased a 2010 Tundra Crewmax LTD last Saturday. Have not pulled our 19' TT yet.

We went camping through Utah in May , using our 96' Landcruiser. I felt that the trailer just pushed it around too much, even though we have stiffer springs and a supercharger. After talking to several fellow campers while on our trip that had Tundras, I went for it.

There was a guy in Moab from Vancouver who had an 07, pulling a 27' SOB. He said he has traveled in over 100 degree heat, and the temp guage did not move at all. He said it had plenty of power and handled great.

Considered a F-150, but liked the Tundra.
I can tell you right now, your greatest problem is going to be remembering that you are towing. I have the same truck... I doubt that it would even notice a 19 footer.
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We have towed our 19-foot Bambi with a 2008 Tundra CrewMax in 110+ degree heat in the desert southwest for the past two years with absolutely no problems. The larger radiator and transmission cooler keep the temperatures normal even on long grades. However, our 19-foot is a lightweight compared to the larger Airstreams. You don't even know it's behind the Tundra, except for the extra width in the mirrors.

As an aside, when we had our Marathon tire problems the first year, the Tundra sat idling for about 4-5 hours in 110+ heat while we were stranded on the side of the road. The air conditioner performed flawlessly, and the engine maintained normal operating temperature for the entire afternoon.
They do seem to be very incredible trucks... I sure love mine.
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Old 06-03-2010, 03:56 PM   #149
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We have been on a few trips now with our new Tundra and have also been very happy with it.
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Do you folks find that the payload of the new Tundras is a limiting factor at all?

We have a 2000 Tundra, which has been a fantastic truck, but it's pretty limited on payload so we have to be very smart with our packing. Even with the canopy off, I'm up to 85% of my capacity with only two passengers, two fairly light kevlar sea kayaks, paddle gear, Reese W/D dual cam hitch and 19' (Dry) Bambi on the hitch.

I look at the kind of payload that the latest Fords, Rams and GMCs can handle and they seem to be in a totally different league of "half-ton". I've driven toyotas for 30 years but I'm having a hard time making the numbers work on our next truck purchase...
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I've only seen temp guages move up very slightly while going up mountain passes in Colorado; otherwise they are normal all the time.

Depending on the Tundra model payload on 2nd generation Tundras varies. I think it averages around 1,500 lbs. We don't have any problems towing. A limiting factor is the 26.3 gallon gas tank which makes us stop for gas more often, but it's a good idea to stop anyway and walk around. I carry 2 5 gallon gas cans just in case.

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I have 06 tundra with a 4.7 in it and she pulls my 31' AS just fine. I always pull with the overdrive off and she will still down shifts from time to time running up hills. I’m getting about 11 MPG's, not bad for pull about 6000 lbs so no complaints here.
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:23 PM   #153
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I'm towing a new 20' Flying Cloud with a 2010 Tundra 4x4 and it's doing great. We have a month trip planned for July so I'll know more then, but I've pulled in high wind and steep grades without any problems. Mileage varies 11-13 so far. The 6 speed automatic does just what it should.
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Freeheel, I think the older Tundras were rated at a little lower than the newer ones. We waited to buy until after 2007, when the rating went over 10,000 pounds, because of our boat. Also, the short bed on the CrewMax is kind of self limiting, as you can't get quite as much stuff in it.

The bed on our 2008 CrewMax lowers to level when we put our 19-foot Bambi on the ball. You can get a few hundred pounds more capacity and a full size bed, if you don't get the CrewMax (unless you need the big back seat).
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