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Old 03-23-2015, 09:23 AM   #575
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I have the Limited with leather and steering wheel controls. I bought it used with 8,000 miles for $30,000. I could probably sell it for $25,000 now. If I ever have to buy another truck I will get another Tundra.


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I am presently towing a 23 foot International with a 2013 Tundra--the big boss Tundra. I am in Colorado and the truck is packed with four young men and all of their hiking gear...let me just say, I LOVE THIS TRUCK!!
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Old 06-03-2015, 09:43 PM   #577
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The options don't take away from payload as much as cab size. In 2007 I think the regular cab tow capacity was 10,800#, the Double Cab tow capacity was 10,600#, and the Crew Max tow capacity was 10,400#. The bigger the cab, the lower the tow capacity.
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Old 06-03-2015, 09:45 PM   #578
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Big Boss Tundra? Do you mean the 5.7 iForce, 381 horsepower, and 401 ft. lbs. of torque?
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:53 AM   #579
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I am presently towing a 23 foot International with a 2013 Tundra--the big boss Tundra. I am in Colorado and the truck is packed with four young men and all of their hiking gear...let me just say, I LOVE THIS TRUCK!!
Ha! Tundras are great trucks! Have fun in Colo. I hope you have great weather. Are all the passes open? I'll be there in August.
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Our Toyota Tundra double cab (2004 model) was recently totaled after being T-boned and rolled by a new teen driver who ran a stop sign. Fortunately, my husband lived to walk away but the truck was a total loss. This was our second Toyota truck (had a T100 prior).
We replaced it with a new 5.7 L Toyota Tundra extended cab (as big as the 2004 double cab inside) with the tow package. This new Tundra is getting 18 mpg in town and 18-19 mpg pulling our vintage Silver Streak (about 3500 lb) versus the 11 mpg the 2004 model got.
Needless to say, pulling a trailer with this new truck is so easy! We normally set cruise control to 65 mph and the truck takes over.
The rear view camera is so clear, we can literally back up the truck to couple the trailer without the assistance of another person.
The new Tundras are a great improvement over the earlier models. The turning radius is better, the mph is much better, and the engines are more powerful. You don't even know you are pulling a trailer!
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Big Boss Tundra? Do you mean the 5.7 iForce, 381 horsepower, and 401 ft. lbs. of torque?
Bingo!
Big Boss Tundra did great today crossing the continental divide! I, on the other hand am wiped out!
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Our Crewmax Platinum is the third "Rhino" we've owned. The first was an early 70's Jeep Wagoneer, the White Rhino - what a beast, with awful brakes! The second was an '86 F-150 4x4, the Black Rhino - pulled a '71 18ft Caravel once around the planet (25K miles) back in the 90's, at about 9mpg. The Tundra is the "Silver Rhino," and we love it!

We also refer to the Tundra as "the Locomotive." The thing is just massive. It's so big inside, especially the back seat, that it reminds us of a Checker taxi. It's not really a daily driver, but I enjoy driving it when it's unloaded with no AS behind it. I wasn't happy with the ride unladen, though. Just had a set of Bilsteins and a TRD swaybar installed - the difference is stunning! Much smoother ride, much less body roll in curves. Now it just might become a daily driver!
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The Tundra is huge. It is tall. It is wide. It is long. I love those full opening mini-van-sized rear doors. I like the comparison of the back seat room to a Checker Cab. I always compare it to old Cadillacs, Buicks, and Oldsmobiles from the 50's, 60's, and early 70's.


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Gettin', I think all the paved passes are open, though late spring snows slowed opening on Trail Ridge Rd. Cottonwood Pass is paved only on the east side, but I don't know if it is open. All those passes and whether they are open can be found on Colo. DOT website. It is not the easiest to navigate, but the info is there.

Old mining passes may not open 'til June or July or maybe not this year, depending on the pass. We had lots of late season snows in the high country and rain below, so there can be a lot of snow up there and the rivers are high now too (not good for fording). Of course taking a trailer on a mining jeep trails is not a really good idea.

Taking a Tundra isn't either because it is too wide for some trails. Length can be a problem at times and turning around a long truck has its issues as well. I wish I could tow with our FJ Cruiser so we could explore, but, alas, it would strain it too much.

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Gene, thanks for the info. I've been across many of the Colo passes. In either a Tacoma or a Landcruiser, or my preferred method, a motorcycle. (Big dirt bike, street legal)
When we come out to Leadville in late August, I'm thinking the only pass I want to try with the Tundra will be Hagerman. From what I've read, it isn't as bad as some of the others near by. (Mosquito, Tin Cup, Tomichi, we've done on the motorcycles)
We will be bringing the kayak, and spending some time on Turquoise Lake.. :-)
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The west side of Hagerman can be done in a car if I recall correctly. The east side is a bit more of a challenge, but careful driving with any high center vehicle or a Subaru or even some cars would be ok. TinCup may have a snow plug at the top late into this summer. The one near to it with the long, long shelf road doesn't open some years either, but I've never tried it. I think it is Pearl Pass. Mosquito is pretty popular and probably will open since someone plows it—or did years ago. Tomichi isn't all that high, so it should be ok.

The Tundra can handle any pass except it is big—wide and long make switchbacks sometimes challenging and squeezing by someone on a shelf road is not fun (not fun with any other vehicle either, but less dangerous with a smaller truck).

We did our 4wd mining roads thing decades ago. Even in the '80's, it was getting crowded up there. Some seem to think beer and exploring go together (I did too 40 years ago, but not for a long, long time). We don't bother much anymore, partly because it is too busy, some people are crazy (always true, but there are more of them now) and we moved on. I'm glad we did it, but I don't think we'd enjoy it now.

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I've never done any of the passes on weekends, and leave the beer in camp. We just have never run into that many people. Maybe it's also our timing, coming out later in the summer.
For us flat landers, it's pretty fun. We did run into someone going the other way on Imogene (down near Telluride) on a shelf section. I had my wife and three little ones in the Cruiser with me. I waited for the other driver to decide to back up to a wide spot... ;-).
I took my wife across Pearl from Crested Butte to Aspen a few years ago, in the Tacoma.. Never again! We made it, but it took hours, and we had to come back! There was no way I was going to cross Pearl again, so I drove all the way around to Keebler in order to get back to camp.
We mostly fish and hike. (And eat out, and buy T shirts..) but usually, one day, my wife will humor me and let me "explore."
The Tundra is no where near as capable off roading, as a Tacoma or Landcruiser. They are just too long, and much wider than our older cruisers. It may have the same ground clearance, but I'm not taking it across any boulder fields. I'm not modifying (lifting) it, I intend to keep it for a long long time. (Plus at 60, I'm showing signs of developing a small amount of common sense.)
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Plus at 60, I'm showing signs of developing a small amount of common sense.
It does happen even if our parents never thought it would ever.

We did most of our exploring with a 1990 "Base Model" 4 cyl. Nissan pickup. That little guy would go anywhere. We also did some in an '86 Izusu Trooper—ungainly thing, but it also would surprise me and others when they saw it in some remote area. And 4Runners have always been a really good off road truck.

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