Originally Posted by KJRitchie
We've decided there is a need to upgrade our TV from our Toyota 4Runner 4.7L V8 to a pickup. Having our preowned 4Runner has been trouble free, just maintenance items. The main reason for upgrading is we've decided a 25' floor plan is the best long term solution for our first AS. We plan to buy a preowned AS.
So I have come up with a plan. Find a decent preowned Tundra 5.7L double cab that has 50k to 75k miles for under $20k. This leaves more money available to find a wider range of 25' AS and in 4 or 5 years if we have to then get a replacement TV. Maybe by then we are getting 30mpg towing trailers
However, after looking around at some Tundras most that are in the 20k range have higher mileage or have some body damage, the seats are worn, some personal modification has been made etc, etc.
However, there are still a number of 2012 F150 XLT Ecoboost Supercrews around here and I was wondering if there is even more wiggle room. If I have to spend more to get a clean preowned Tundra the prices almost start to get close to a new F150 Ecoboost.
The problem is I've never owned a Ford vehicle so I'm not as confident with Ford as Toyota. My biggest concern the 3.5L V6 twin turbo is a much more complicated engine vs the Toyota 5.7L and how will this affect reliability down the road. I'm I already talking myself out of a Ford?
I tow our Safari with a '07 Tundra. Right now I have roughly 60K miles on the ODO... the vast majority of those the 'stream in tow. I can't speak for the EcoBoost but I couldn't be happier with the Tundra. She has loads of torque and power, she stops incredibly well, and in five years and 60K miles under her belt, I haven't had any issues to speak of. My only critism is that she can be thirsty under a full load, but's going to be an issue with any 1/2 ton truck.
IMHO, how long a truck will last is directly related to how well she's cared for. Personally, I'd go with the Tundra but either one would probably serve you well.