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Old 12-19-2014, 06:44 PM   #407
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What Tundra has a 26 gallon tank. I get 15 empty and 10-13 towing. Nothing else has a back seat that big and doors that big that open to 90 degrees instead of 45 degrees. Love my Tundra. If I had to get another truck I'd get another Tundra- white or silver Platinum 4x4 with black leather-
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Old 12-19-2014, 07:13 PM   #408
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i got rid of my Tundra. 26g fuel tank, 15mpg unladen, 8-9 towing, no thanks. not enough truck for my tastes as a tow vehicle. but, still a nice 1/2 ton if major towing is not in the cards for you.
Dude, you drive with a heavy foot. The highway mileage I get with our '10 Platinum, with ARE fiberglass cap, at 60 on the cruise, is 21. Towing, 11-13. The Crewmax is amazingly roomy! The interior reminds me of the old Checker taxis. Enormous!

One thing that really hurts max rated payload in these trucks with all the goodies is the 6-way electric seats!
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Old 12-19-2014, 10:19 PM   #409
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never came close to those numbers Gnorts nor has anyone else i know who uses a Tundra to tow their AS. having had 2 of these units, both of them '08 and a '14, never exceeded 15mpg unladen. both had snugtop caps, extended cabs, etc. combined with that 26g fuel tank, i was always looking for the next fuel stop. both trucks were 4x4 as well. is yours??
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Old 12-19-2014, 10:26 PM   #410
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What is worse is then just the 26 gallon tank is the computer reading zero and gauge below empty when you have used 22 gallons.

I know I got another 40 miles left in it, but the displays telling me otherwise just make me too damn nervous. Always on the lookout for a gas station. Would love a bigger tank.
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Old 12-19-2014, 11:07 PM   #411
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Lets see. 22 gallons at 12mpg. That's 264 miles. That is more driving than I want to do without stopping.
I don't find the 26 gallon tank to be problem.
My '98 Dodge had a 42 gallon tank. I don't feel like it was advantageous. Many on the forum are concerned with the weight. Another 16 gallons of fuel sure adds to the weight.
I have never had towing fuel mileage below 12 mpg. Most times it's 13-14. The unladened (sp) mileage is always 17.5-20 mpg.
I never let the truck get below 1/4 full. I have always said. "It cost no more to keep the top have full than the bottom half".
I do my best not to travel more than 350 miles in a day. Stopping once for fuel during the day is just not that big of deal to me.


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Old 12-19-2014, 11:18 PM   #412
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What is worse is then just the 26 gallon tank is the computer reading zero and gauge below empty when you have used 22 gallons.

I know I got another 40 miles left in it, but the displays telling me otherwise just make me too damn nervous. Always on the lookout for a gas station. Would love a bigger tank.

an aftermarket 40+g tank is available so long as you don't live in CA. about a thousand bucks and it will reduce your carrying capacity.
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Old 12-20-2014, 10:17 AM   #413
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never came close to those numbers Gnorts nor has anyone else i know who uses a Tundra to tow their AS. having had 2 of these units, both of them '08 and a '14, never exceeded 15mpg unladen. both had snugtop caps, extended cabs, etc. combined with that 26g fuel tank, i was always looking for the next fuel stop. both trucks were 4x4 as well. is yours??
Yes, it's 4WD. So, I will retract my earlier statement and say: Dude, you *and your friends* drive with a heavy foot.
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Old 12-20-2014, 10:19 AM   #414
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What is worse is then just the 26 gallon tank is the computer reading zero and gauge below empty when you have used 22 gallons.

I know I got another 40 miles left in it, but the displays telling me otherwise just make me too damn nervous. Always on the lookout for a gas station. Would love a bigger tank.
So, you'd rather run out of gas in the middle of nowhere? Hey, I'd rather have the early warning and be on the lookout for fuel, than the alternative.
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Old 12-20-2014, 11:38 AM   #415
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Yes, it's 4WD. So, I will retract my earlier statement and say: Dude, you *and your friends* drive with a heavy foot.
i have to say, you are the only dude i ever heard of that gets that sort of mileage out of their Tundra. don't know how you do it but i never even came close to that sort of mileage. 'conservative' driving unladen always got me 15mpg on the highway, cruise control engaged.

if i were once again in the market for a Tundra, which i am not, i'd be waiting for the next release of this particular truck. all the other manufacturers have taken a stab at the new EPA requirements save Toyota. i expect the next release of this particular truck may include some interesting fuel saving steps along with, perhaps, a new body style as this truck has been static for a long time now.

as an all around PU, i really loved the Tundra's i owned, not so much as tow vehicles.
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Old 12-20-2014, 12:18 PM   #416
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I've gotten 19 mpg driving from DFW to Sprinfield, MO solo on my 2wd 2010 Tundra Double Cab SR5. The AC wasn't on, too cold. I measured the tank refills by hand. Don't trust the onboard computer.

Towing seems to be from between 11 and 12mpg, measured by hand but my only driving experience is mid west and southern US. Our longest trip was from DFW to Orlando, October 2013. We seemed be be able to get about a 250 mile range. Best leg was from Lafayette, LA to Mobile, Al and measured 12.9 hand calculated. Got close to 280 miles.
The trailer was loaded and we had my mother in the back but she is only 95lbs. Tonneau cover on the truck. I usually drive 60mph. I plan my gas stops the night before so I have an idea where I can stop on each leg. Would I like a little more gas tank, sure, but the 250 mile range seems to work. Now driving out West I will have to more careful planning. I'm planing a trip to Zion in June and will take the shortcut from Gallup, NM to Page. I can't make Page on a single tank towing but there is Tuba City where I can gas up. Depending how the Tundra works on this trip to North Rim Grand Canyon, Zion then to Bryce then back on I70 over to Denver via the grade up to the Ike Tunnel I may have to reassess my positive opinion of the Tundra.

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19 solo and 13 towing kinda kills the diesel mpg advantage due to price differential. Aren't you glad it's an Airstream since gassers are so much more susceptible to load changes. The aero design is really working well for you.
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Old 12-20-2014, 03:25 PM   #418
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I have achieved 13 towing, but never 19 empty.
The price differential thing- it don't matter when a truck is paid for-
How much gas can I but for $30,000?
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I should have said FUEL price differential. A good diesel will last longer than a gasser so that accounts for initial price difference.
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Old 12-20-2014, 04:04 PM   #420
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it would be helpful folks, when you post mileage numbers if you clarify if your truck is a 4x4 or a 4x2, makes a good sized difference.
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