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Old 03-15-2013, 01:01 AM   #85
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I made my decision and went with a 2010 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5, 39K miles
Congrats... now onto the Airstream.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:48 AM   #86
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I made my decision and went with a 2010 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5, 39K miles, very clean, 1 owner vehicle Toyota Certified and the transmission shift on the floor vs on the steering console, bed liner. I'm also getting the running boards installed as part of the deal.

I went with the safe route. I've owned Toyota before, never Ford, and the Ecoboost is nice but despite all the testing Ford did we still have to see what happens when real owners reach 100,000 miles or more.

I'm now looking at getting a hard folding or a rolling tonneau cover. I don't think I want a fiberglass shell as there are times I may need to carry a larger item.

Thanks for everyone's comments. They were very helpful in making a decision.

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I hope that you are as happy with your Tundra as I am with mine. Glad to hear that yours has the floor shift. It makes it really convenient to downshift manually and quickly which really helps when driving in the mountains when you come upon a sudden curve or downhill section of road.

I have a Leer cap and I am not really happy with it. It is really my fault as I did not research all the cap options. My cap just does not fit as well as it should. I have seen an ARE cap that is designed and fits much better. I wish that I had gone with it.

Ocassionally, I take the cap off when I need to move something in the truck bed or decide to take my motorcycle with me on a camping trip. When I do this I remove the cap using a web sling to raise the cap under my garage/deck structure. I can do this by myself and it only takes about 30 minutes. It works for me.

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Old 03-17-2013, 07:50 PM   #87
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Here is something else to consider on pickup trucks and I don't know if there is a lot of noticeable difference among brands; ride quality. We took our Tundra on a 900 mile round trip this weekend to Missouri to look at a 2005 Safari 25 Front Couch/Rear Bed. Highway 75 north from Dallas turns to Highway 69 in Oklahoma. It is a rough road in both states as they use a lot of concrete vs asphalt and the concrete is patched, the slabs have settled etc. We been driving this road a long time to visit family in Missouri and over the years its gotten worse as traffice, especially trucks has increased. It seems the south bound lanes are rougher than the northbound lanes. The Tundra is a rough ride. It was fine during the test drive and the overnight they let me have it. I've never owned a 1/2 ton pickup before only a 4 cylinder S10 and it was softly sprung. Not sure in Ford or Dodge would've been better or the same for ride quality.

We didn't buy the Airstream.

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Old 03-17-2013, 09:04 PM   #88
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Forgot to add we got 19.6 mpg driving solo last tank. Cruise control on most of the time at 70mph. This is about as good as the 2005 Toyota 4Runner 4.7L that was replaced. I measured the tank by dividing the mileage with the amount of gallons pumped.

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Old 03-17-2013, 09:09 PM   #89
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Tire air pressure has a big effect on ride quality. You may have to try several settings to get the cushy ride. My tires are LRE Michelins and I had to run them at or just below the numbers found on the Drivers Side door jamb to get them to ride somewhat decent. I almost never carry anything in the truck bed.
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:16 PM   #90
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Tire air pressure has a big effect on ride quality. You may have to try several settings to get the cushy ride. My tires are LRE Michelins and I had to run them at or just below the numbers found on the Drivers Side door jamb to get them to ride somewhat decent. I almost never carry anything in the truck bed.
Most trucks don't even come from the factory with true lt tires anymore...and forget aboud d or e rated sidewalls....if you upgrade your tires upgrade your shocks at the same time...your fillings will thank you.
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:54 PM   #91
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Now you have me curious. How do you upgrade new shocks to make a better ride? I understand when shocks are all worn out and leaking, but tell me more.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:54 PM   #92
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Now you have me curious. How do you upgrade new shocks to make a better ride? I understand when shocks are all worn out and leaking, but tell me more.
Manufacturers are notorious for putting really bad shocks on (ie the cheapest) from the factory. Ride is largely determined by unsprung weight, low quality shocks do not afford a good level of rebound and compression resulting in a fair amount of "unsprung" weight (wheels and tires) transferring to the other suspension components. Good grade shocks minimize this effect thru better valving, nitrogen pressurization, bypasses etc. A poorly designed shock can also overheat quickly causing cavitation, or basically a void in the system whereby the shock is not actually doing its job for a few seconds.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:41 AM   #93
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I am a stockholder in Toyota. The profits go to us shareholders in the form of dividends. I live Salt Lake City, not Tokyo. Toyota trucks are made in the USA, in Texas in fact. Their USA content percentage is higher than Fords. The days of nationalism in business are long gone, I'm afraid.

BTW, I own Ford stock as well, so I don't care which truck you buy, they are both great trucks.
Interesting piece in this mornings' Detroit News on the fact that Japan's closed market results in only one US made vehicle is sold in Japan vs. 120 vehicles made in Japan that are sold here. While I would agree with FlashSilver and other posters that both trucks are great, I still would not support Japan's 80 year record of protectionism on vehicle imports.

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Old 03-20-2013, 09:54 AM   #94
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I'm considering the BakFlip VP. No exposed joints, maybe less water intrusion then with exposed joints along with the BedRug mat. I had a camper shell on an S10 for toting around RC model airplanes. It was always hard to get to the back with cargo stored near the tailgate. Also the tonneau won't be as heavy taking away from the payload.

I found this for cargo management
Truck cargo gate bed divider: Msp-04. Bed width range: 56.75" to 60.75" (under the bed rails). SpacePac a GREAT GIFT IDEA FOR PICKUP ENTHUSIASTS! See all seven sizes to select the best fit for your truck. : Amazon.com : Automotive

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Take a look at the low profile truxedo as well. We have one on our tundra and it has held up well.
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we are looking at the F150 with Super Crew Cab 4x4 with the Eco Boost engine. I drive a Rav4 and have had a few Toyota vehicles that I have been very happy with. Can anyone tell me if the back of the Toyota Tundra is as big as the back of the F150, and can the seats be folded up like the F150. We travel with three large dogs and need the back area for the dogs. We are a little concerned about payload, as we carry kayaks, and a bit of gear. Also want a cap on the back, which will add weigh. We cannot go to the F250 because the back seats fold up, with there are gear compartments under the seats which take up the space even when the seats are folded up. So not enough room for the dogs.
The truck we are looking at has a payload of 1840 and towing capacity of 11,000.
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As a 40 year Ford driver ... I have to ask if you looked at the Rams ... my wife is still enthused ...
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My husband is set on Fords so I did not look at the Rams. But I do like the look from seeing them on the road.

We did purchase the F150 EcoBoost 4x4 with the Super Crew Cab yesterday. And today we ordered a ARE cap for it. Hope it does the job!

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i think you'll be over your payload limits. did you deduct the options from the payload?
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