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Old 01-29-2011, 01:59 PM   #253
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I think the biggest problem is the 5.7L V8. It's really hard to keep off the throttle when the Airstream isn't in tow.
It's true the Tundra requires a light foot on the pedal. Put the hammer down and you'll be close to flying. That's especially true after towing all day and then unhitching and driving unencumbered—then my right foot has to be re(s)trained. It's easy to go too fast on expressways and that's why cruise control helps. All that power is necessary for towing heavy trailers up mountains.

While it's tempting to challenge Porsches at traffic lights, I have so far avoided doing so. I do know when passing someone on a 2 lane road, by the time I am abreast I am usually going 85 before I notice and have to back off a bit.

Some tests show 0-60 in 6 seconds and with a supercharger, 4.4. I don't know how many gallons of gas you use in that 6 seconds.


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Old 01-29-2011, 05:56 PM   #254
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My experience is much the same as others. Original tires were replaced at 25K. I have 12K on the Michelins and they are looking great.



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Old 01-30-2011, 04:14 PM   #255
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I have the Tundra with the 4.6L and the tow package. I just purchased our AS and was excited to see that the previous owner also had a Tundra, though his was the 5.7L. No problems towing over Snoqualmie Pass in Washington on the way home in some windy and rainy conditions. Plenty of power, length of trailer not a wheelbase issue according to RV Consumer Group standards (110 WB for 20' trailer, add 4" of WB per foot). Handled like a dream.
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:48 AM   #256
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Be thankful that you have the 2010 Tundra with the smaller V8. The 4.6 has the six speed tranny with 310 ft-lbs of torque and 327 hp. The 07-09 versions had the 4.7L with the five speed tranny and 276 ft-lbs torque and 313 hp. I think the fuel economy is better also with the 4.6L and the six speed.

That said, if you are towing I think going with the 5.7L motor is a no brainer. Lots of torque, minimal downshifting on hills and reasonable fuel economy (if you can keep your foot out of it).

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Old 02-01-2011, 02:08 PM   #257
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Tundra as a Tow Vehicle

I bought a 2010 Crew Max w/ 5.7 liter engine w/ 6 speed tranny, TRD suspension, cool box ram intake (adds approx. 20hp and 2mpg) and have been happy replaceing my 1998 5.4 (245 hp) liter Ford Expedition with it. I pull a 25' FB Safari (2007) fully loaded. As compared to my old Expedition its great. But as Dan noted you have to keep your foot out of it and keep the towing speeds to 65 mph (10-12 mpg) otherwise gas mileage goes into the basement (5 mpg or less). Actually, I would prefer a larger gas tank the 26 gallon tank is a bit too small, would prefer at least 30 gallon tank.
Have had some balancing difficulity with the BF Goodrich tires that came with. But persistance with Toyota worked that out. When worn out will replace with better tires.
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:31 PM   #258
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We'll see how the Michelins do- I was just in to the Honda dealer for something on our S2000 (too bad that won't tow) and I was looking at the Pilots.
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:43 PM   #259
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I purchased a new 28' Flying Cloud last season and needed to upgrade my TV. My first choice was a Tundra; we have a Toyoto car and couldn't be more satisfied with it. I spoke with a "truck guy" neighbor who gave me a couple of web sites(sorry can't locate the one now) and found a video comparing Ford, Toyoto and GMC(?) where they were run over a course that looked like staggered railroad ties. Toyoto's bed/frame flexed much, much more than the others. The video bothered me enough that I ended up with a new Ford 3/4 ton which is serving me well. I wish that Toyoto would bring out a 3/4 truck which would probably drive improvement in our U.S. brands.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:20 PM   #260
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sailor', is that the video that was made by Ford?

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Old 03-29-2011, 05:29 PM   #261
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This is great to here because I just upgraded my Tacoma for a Tundra 5.7. Can't wait to try it out as the TV
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:36 PM   #262
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Few mods and they can go about anywhere. North Pole. Now what mods would the AS need?"><param
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:21 PM   #263
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We have an 08, 5.7 Crew Max Tundra and pull a 1984, 27ft Soverign. From Okla., we have been to Grand Canyon and back. To the mother ship in Ohio, to the Smokies and back We have been to South Dakota and two parks in Utah. No problems at all with power. Loaded out at about 6400 pounds. My next TV will be another Tundra. Yes, I wish the fuel mileage was better, but what the heck. Still figure it is cheaper than motels and ALOT more fun.
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:22 PM   #264
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cold air intake


I am considering adding the cold air intake. My only hesitation is that I heard that it can be noisy, especially when you're accelerating. A less common complaint is that it does not deliver an appreciable increase in power/fuel efficiency. Any thoughts or experiences?

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Old 04-01-2011, 06:34 AM   #265
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TRD Cold Air Intake

I have had the TRD cold air intake on my 5.7l crew Max for three years. I don't perceive any increase in noise, but also if the mpg improved it wasn't by much.
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:05 AM   #266
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I have a 05 TUNDRA with the 4.7 I put a Volant air intake/cold air on. Around town I get about 17.

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