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Old 03-29-2013, 07:11 PM   #309
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Speed will increase pitting and the cousin with the RAV4 is certainly someone who drives fastóbut that was a brand new vehicle. And I do drive 65 when I can and higher when I can (not with the trailer). But I've never had problems with a grille until the Tundra. Our '06 4Runner is fine, but they went to this cheap plastic in '07. Our '02 Tundra has no problems either.

One cause of pits is sand used on roads. When we lived in the mountains just west of Denver, the sand on I-70 plus the speeds on that highway, meant most people living there replaced windshields every year or so. But no problems with grilles.

Your Tundra is a year newerócould they have changed the grille? But, the RAV4 was much newer than '08, so I guess not.

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Mine was new as well and at that time we did no towing with it. The dealer told me the pitting was common in CO.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:17 PM   #310
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...I should add that my Tundra had a 46 gallon tank.
Can you provide details on your 46 gallon tank

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Old 03-30-2013, 12:56 AM   #311
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No matter the TV my preferred range is 500-miles towing. I'd like to fill up once daily (the four-hour, 200-mile mark when best safety practice is to be out of the vehicle for one hour), and an extended range tank fits that bill. As in an above post, having to search out stations based on short ranges takes some of the fun out of a day of driving . . one should have options. I may not wish to fill at some retailers. Or, in some areas of some states. Or, some states altogether.

This company, Transfer Flow ought, IMO, to be the default for comparison on larger capacity tanks for any brand of vehicle.

46 Gallon Midship Replacement Tank
Part No. 0800114225
$1,200

80% capacity (maximum) would be 37-gls. One would need to see 13-mpg towing for the magic 500 number, but I'd say it's close enough.

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Old 03-30-2013, 09:05 AM   #312
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No doubt sand, speed and traffic (lots of vehicles—as on the Front Range—in front of you kicking up sand) will increase the chances of pitting. But I've had lots of vehicles and only the grille on the Tundra has pitted badly—then it tore and I had a flap of plastic waving in the breeze. It is just a shiny plastic coating too soft to stand up to the abuse of being on the front of a vehicle. Don't use a high pressure spray on it when washing the vehicle—it increases the likelihood of problems.

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Old 04-03-2013, 06:51 PM   #313
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Anyone notice if their Tundra headlights are clouding up a little bit? Headlights don't seem to be covered by Certified warranties.

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Old 04-03-2013, 07:37 PM   #314
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I have heard of this happening, but my 2007 Tundra has no clouding at all.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:44 PM   #315
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No clouding on the headlights on on our 2008 Tundra, either. However, our 2002 Prius headlights have been cloudy and yellow for several years.

I use some special cleaning polish that cleans them up, but it only lasts a couple of months. Then, they are cloudy and yellow again.

I have read that the 3M kit works restores them to like-new, but I've still got a half-bottle of the stuff I am using currently using.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:29 PM   #316
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Our '07 got cloudy last year and after buying a cheap lens cleaner at the supermarket that didn't work, I bought one at an auto parts store that did work.

Our Tundra is parked outside and it gets more sun, therefore, more deterioration. Our '06 4Runner is parked inside most of the time and those headlights are fine.

The sun is not good for plastic, rubber and skin.

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Old 04-04-2013, 08:15 PM   #317
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Isn't the clouding on the inside and not the outside?

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Old 04-05-2013, 01:17 AM   #318
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The headlights turn cloudy due to deterioration of the exterior surface of the headlight housing. Buffing the rough surface with extremely fine polishing compounds removes all of the minute pits and scratches, restoring the original clarity to the Lexan (or whatever plastic these are made of).

I don't know for sure, but I suspect this is caused by the sun's UV rays. Our Prius is not frequently driven at highway speeds, nor subjected to excessive rain or dust (we live in the desert, but don't drive off-road). However, it is parked outside 100% of the time; so my guess is that the sun causes the deterioration.

By the way, I use Meguiar's PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish; and it restores the headlight lenses. However, the polished surface doesn't last more than a couple of months before it needs another treatment.

I have not used the 3M Headlight Restoration System (see below), but I have heard that it gives much better and longer lasting results:

http://www.amazon.com/3M-39008-Headl.../dp/B001AIZ5HY
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:32 PM   #319
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Took my first longish trip towing my new to us 2008 Classic 25FB. Equalizer 4pt hitch. Tundra seems to have the power to tow OK since the Classic is heavier than the Flying Cloud or International. The weather was little raining traveling to our destination and there were some hills so the Tundra was able to keep 60 mph with no problem. On the flats the transmission stayed in 6th gear and when the hills came then I shifted from D to S and kept it in 5 and manually shifted down and up as needed. I seemed to average 11 mpg between tank fill ups (odometer divided by gallons pumped). On the way back we were against strong head winds and had to use the AC. Still the mpg was about 11. One tank it was 10.8 and the next 11.2 so a wash. I've got a safe range of 240 miles.

I ended up purchasing a Bakflip VP bed cover and a Spacepak cargo adjustable divider for cargo management. I also installed the Toyota tow mirrors prior to this trip.

Equalizer is getting pretty noisy so I've ordered the Sway Bracket Jackets from eTrailer.

I think I have the trailer brakes set up pretty good and the trailer and Tundra slow down well together. No sway or adverse affect of wind or trucks passing by.

I'm pretty pleased with the truck. I just wish I could park it in my garage.

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I'm pretty pleased with the truck. I just wish I could park it in my garage.

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Ha! I thought I was bad off.

I just bought a fairly new house (2003) and I can barely fit the Tundra in the garage. I have 1/2" on each side, so I pull in the driver's mirror since it is easier than being perfect. I never thought something built in 2003 wouldn't have wider doors. I'll make a notch in the trim for the mirrors and gain another inch. Maybe in the board under the trim and gain another inch. I'll never try to back it inótoo risky.

The truck will pull the Classic well I would think given how quick it is with a Safari.

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Old 05-05-2013, 06:25 PM   #321
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My Tundra is 1.5 inches too long to fit in my 2000 era garage
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:00 PM   #322
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That's a surprise too, Dana. I thought with all the big trucks people buy, garages would be bigger. But if building codes don't call for it, I suppose most contractors won't build them bigger.

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