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Old 07-14-2010, 11:58 AM   #183
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Here are the pictures of the brake controller installation. I considered other locations, such as in the space in front of the shifter, or under the USB port, but in the end, I went with ease and simplicity. Note that it does somewhat cover the tire pressure button, but I felt that I did not need to access that on a regular basis.

We took used the Tundra for the first time week before last for a camping trip to Aspen Difficult Campground. It did very well. Much more stable than our Land Cruiser. The Tundra is just set-up better for towing.
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:20 PM   #184
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love the cap on your Tundra. When I bought my truck June last year, a 5 1/2 foot cap wasn't available so I had to go with the fiberglass tonue (sp) cover
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:40 PM   #185
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Looks good Steamy. I see that you still haven't changed the mirrors yet.
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:43 PM   #186
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I know; on the "to do" list.
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:04 PM   #187
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Steamy, check out www.trdsparks.com,
Part numbers are
87910-0C221 $199.19 1 Tow Mirror, Right Side COMPLETE ASSEMBLY
87940-0C221 $199.19 1 Tow Mirror, Left Side COMPLETE ASSEMBLY

These are the one's that I put on and are genuine toyota parts.
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:24 PM   #188
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Thanks for making it easy! Are they difficult to install, or should I have the dealer do it?
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It took me 30minutes on one and 15 on the other(learning curve). the mirrors are held on by 3 10mm nuts. No wiring to be done. Just plug in the new mirror. Very easy. Shoot me an email when ready and I'll get you instructions on how to change them.
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:12 PM   #190
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Mine is a crewmax 4x4 with 20" tires. I'll be picking up my 28ft INT this weekend. Toyota recommends 30psi in front and 33psi in rear for normal operations. I run 32 front and 35 rear. Do I need to pump them up to tow?
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:54 PM   #191
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It took me 30minutes on one and 15 on the other(learning curve). the mirrors are held on by 3 10mm nuts. No wiring to be done. Just plug in the new mirror. Very easy. Shoot me an email when ready and I'll get you instructions on how to change them.

Thats great!!!
Many thanks for the help. I'll send you a note when I get the mirrors and ready to start.

All the best!
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:14 PM   #192
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Bob, we are not far north of you, but the Black Canyon is in the way. Our '07 Tundra tows a 25' Safari over the mountains with no problem. Go fast over the passes and it uses a lot of gas, but you can go very fast is you want.

pip', Tire pressure. With the OEM tires on ours (Goodrich) I ran them at 42 front and 45 rear, but the ride wasn't very good and they wore fast. At 18,000 miles (still tread left, but I wanted better tires) I replaced them with Michelin A/S2, Load Range E. The ride was much smoother and I run them at 45 and 48 when towing, about 3 lbs. less when not. We have the 18" tires. I can't imagine why we need bigger and bigger tires, but that's what is now popular. Do they still put a slightly smaller tire on as a spare? I need to replace that one too.

I didn't mount the brake controller, the dealer did. It's lower than the one pictured above, but I can't think of anywhere else to put it. I can see the voltage readout through the steering wheel, and if I bend down a bit, can operate the manual lever. It's not the best, but the only, location.

Good to have the tow mirrors because the lower mirror shows you what's happening beside you and the lower side of the trailer. I don't remember all that comes with the tow package, but the transmission cooler certainly works because the transmission temp hardly ever moves even when screaming up a pass. We have both 4 and 7 pin plugs and I think the battery and alternator are bigger.

We have covered 8,000 miles in 7+ weeks to Alaska and mostly back and the Tundra has been faultless, certainly better QC than the Airstream.

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Wow gene, you run your tire pressure that high? What is the point in Toyota telling us to inflate them to 30 and 33. Like I said before I run them 2 above recommended, but they always seem a little flat(the look of the tire I mean). What's the norm, 5-7 above recommended by Toyota?
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Love my Tundra! Was considering downclassing to a 5th wheel for the room, but in all reality there is no way we would want any tow rig but a Tundra. Plus, most 5th wheels look like a Super 8 motel design catastrophe.
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Ummmm, I'm pretty sure that Tekonsha recommends that their brake controller is mounted so that the unit is horizontal. Mine is in the pretty much the same spot, but a tad lower and it is mounted horizontally. Does your system operate OK? Your mount spot is slick.
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Toyota's tire pressure recommendations are for Load Range C tires without towing. LR C tires can take up to 45 lbs. When I got Michelins in LR E, I called Michelin and got 3 different answers about how much to put in them and took the answer from what I thought was the most knowledgeable guy. That doesn't mean I've got it right. Like a lot of things, you have to do your own research and hope you get it right. So far the tires are wearing evenly after more than 30,000 miles, a lot of it towing. You are better off being wrong by putting too much air in them rather than too little. If they wear too much in the middle, reduce pressure a bit; on the sides, add air. I use a tread gauge to check wear periodically and to tell whether I need to rotate tires. Simply rotating tires as recommended in the owner's manual is just an average and doesn't reflect what's really happening.

Toyota's recommendations are for a moderately loaded truck, not for towing. I didn't call Toyota because the people that answer the phone are reading off a sheet of frequently asked questions and know next to nothing if it's not printed in front of them.

I haven't read the mounting recommendations for the brake controller in a long time, but I think there's some leeway off horizontal or there would be nowhere you could mount them on most trucks.

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