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Old 05-05-2013, 07:18 PM   #323
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Especially here on pickup world of Texas.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:39 PM   #324
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But Gene lives in liberal Colorado, and Dana, you're in liberal Dallas . . you all are supposed to driving Priuses.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:05 PM   #325
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All my friends and coworkers drive Priae, so i can drive my big honking Tundra lol
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:35 PM   #326
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My second car is Prius

I used to be a liberal but today's liberals are too liberal for me.

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Old 05-05-2013, 08:40 PM   #327
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I believe the plural is "Prii" since it is 2nd declension, or something like that.

Besides Prii being too small causing my back and knees to scream when I try to get in and out of one, they are just plain ugly. Trucks are never ugly.

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Old 05-06-2013, 07:22 AM   #328
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Prius plural was looking too much like moose on first and second consideration. Priae is flat funny, and I'll use it again.

A Texas garage ought to be able to fit a lifted FORD F350 crewcab with 8' bed. I believed that to be the "largest" pickup. Alternately, one could fit a Class B in in the same space, ha!

My old '71 Chrysler was just a bit longer and wider than a current Suburban. So maybe a home from the '60's or '70's had the larger garages.

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oops gas light just went on in the tundra
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:16 AM   #331
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2013 Toyota Tundra: Totally Tested Review Video - AutoTrader.com

This link might help out your decision.
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:03 PM   #332
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I don't care if Prii are "ugly", I don't think they are any uglier than other Asian autos, but so were the VW Bugs. It puts a smile on my face when I only spend $25 on a tank of gas knowing I'm good for another 400 miles of city driving.

Getting back to my Tundra, I thought the 6 1/2 bed was going to be pretty large enough. I purchased a couple of lounging reclining chairs from Costco and folded up the take up alot of room in the front of my bed. I can't store them on edge because my bedcover can't be closed so they are stacked on top of each other behind drivers side cab along with a folding chair in a bag and a folding aluminum table in a bag. I've got the space behind the wheel wells to the tailgate for my 50 qt cooler, BBQ, 5lb propane bottle in a 5 gal bucket, plasitc bin for my outdoor carpet, camp stove and various loose odds and ends. The only free space now is behind the passenger side cab.

Maybe I won't need to take anything more.

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Old 05-08-2013, 08:35 AM   #333
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I'll agree that many cars are ugly. The beetles were kind of cute I suppose, though cheap is what sold them too. A dollar a pound around 1960. I prefer some of the 1930's classic cars.

A 6.5' bed can fill pretty fast, but I don't want a longer truck—compromises are tough.

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Old 06-10-2013, 09:08 PM   #334
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16.5 mpg towing!

I have a 2008 Tundra double cab, 5.7L, 6 speed, 2wd. I tow a 1966 Tradewind that weighs 4,800 lb loaded and ready to camp. I normally get about 13.5 mpg towing. I went down and up the Blue Ridge Parkway tow years ago and got 14.5 mpg towing at 45 mph. I have not gotten that since until now.

I was headed to a music festival two weeks ago about 100 miles from Lynchburg. I was driving at a gentle pace and checked my fuel economy during an early part of the trip and I was getting aver 16 mpg. I was very surprised. I decided to continue my gentle driving with a constant throttle opening. This means that I would slow to 50 mph and slower going up the hills and accelerate to 60 mph going down the hills. I ended up with a fuel economy figure of 16.5 mpg for the 108 mile trip from Lynchburg, VA to Madison, VA. No traffic, no lights, my average speed was about 54 mph. I was shocked that I was able to get 16.5 mpg. I tried to match it on the return trip home, but only got 15.2 mpg. Go figure. Here are photos of my towing rig and the trip computer mileage.

I don't think I would want to drive 400-500 miles a day at this speed, but it was an interesting exercise and shows what can be achieved.

On a recent trip from Chesapeake, VA to Lynchburg (about 200 miles), I was able to average 20.8 mpg solo (no Airstream, see photo). Average speed was about 60 mph.

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That's impressive! Way better than my thirsty Chevy!
What is the payload on your truck.
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Payload of my SR5 Tundra is 1,680 lbs. See photo 1 below from the detailed 2008 Tundra brochure.

Max occupant and cargo loading is 1,475 lbs. See photo 2 below from the door jamb sticker. This is 205 lbs less than the payload. I believe this may account for a full tank of gas.

The GVWR is 6,900 lbs. The RAWR is 4100 lbs. The FAWR is 3900 lbs. See photo 3 below of the door jamb sticker.

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