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Old 12-04-2016, 12:37 PM   #1
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Toyota Tundra as a Tow Vehicle

I recently purchased a 30ft Flying Cloud bunk and am researching my TOW Vehicle options. Any feedback on Toyota Tundra V8, 5.6L 4x4 as a tow vehicle for a trailer this size?
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Old 12-04-2016, 12:46 PM   #2
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There is a recent thread on this topic lots of good information.
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Old 12-04-2016, 12:47 PM   #3
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It should work fine. Just watch your payload. If you want to carry a motorcycle in the truck bed, this might not be the best choice. But if its you and your significant other and your knick knacks, it should work fine.
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There is a recent thread on this topic lots of good information.
Here is the link: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...ra-160063.html
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I had a Tundra V-8, 4x4 ...I dont recall the displacement but I think it was a bit less that what you cite..

I towed a 23' International and after a couple of trips though the BC Rockies and Washington / Oregon highways, I dumped it. The engine could not cope with the load. Climbing hills to the Kootney Pass or Siskayous Pass at 3,500+ rpm and 25 mph was nuts.

I traded it for a RAM 1500 with Hemi engine and have never looked back. I can accelerate up the same hills that were a struggle before, even with the interior and the bed of the pickup loaded with equipment.

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Old 12-05-2016, 12:57 PM   #6
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I've had a 2012 tundra since 2012 and have pulled a 25 ft airstream over 50,000 miles down the east coast, up to New Foundland, Alaska and all over the southwest, the US and Canadian Rockies.

Never have I had a problem.going up
Or down mountains. Correct brake setting on the as will greatly extend truck brakes.

Have traveled with friend pulling 34 footer with his 2014 tundra with no problems as well.

Replaced smaller gas tank with a 40+ gallon one giving me 400 mile range.

Now have 78000 miles on truck and she is still humming along. Plan three more
Wbcci caravans before thinking about trading.
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Replaced smaller gas tank with a 40+ gallon one giving me 400 mile range.
Never even thought to ask if that was possible. Would solve my #1 complaint about our Tundra. Did you do that yourself?
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When I replace my 2007 Tundra with a 2016,I ordered it with the 38 gallon tank.
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It is actually 5.7L engine...
I tow a Classic 30 with a 2007 Tundra.
It does well.
I love my truck.
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TO RMB.
I would expect your Tundra with the V8 was the 4.6 liter engine. The 5.7 is the same same as the 5.7 Hemi that works so good for you.
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Depending on the year model-
The Tundra had a 4.7L until '12 or '13 then switched to a 4.6L that actually has a little more horsepower and torque- somewhere in the 300 hp range.
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I pull a 27FB International up the Conejo Grade (7%) going 65 mph with the pedal only half way down. Been all over the West and never had a problem pulling the trailer up mountains. Have a 2011 5.7L Tundra.
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change in towing states for 4.6L Tundra

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Depending on the year model-
The Tundra had a 4.7L until '12 or '13 then switched to a 4.6L that actually has a little more horsepower and torque- somewhere in the 300 hp range.
Toyota lowered the tow rating for the 4.6L with the new body in 2014
2013 curb weight - double cab 5085/5385 ( 4x2/4x4).
2014 curb weight - double cab 5185/5185
GVWR was unchanged, at 6900

2013 payload is 1410/1335 for 4x2 non tow/tow, and 1330/1255 for 4x4
2014 payload is 1410/1310, non tow/tow, no change for 4x4 vs 4x2

2013 max towing 8200 (4x2) and 7900 (4x4)
2014 max towing 6800 (4x2) and 6500 (4x4)

I have a 2013 double cab with the 4.6L and tow package and I tow a 6,000 lb when loaded Argosy 28'. I have pulled 7%-8% grades at 50 mph at 3500 rpm in lower gears without difficulty, however, If I get caught behind a slow moving truck half way up I can't speed back up. I would not want to tow anything heavier with the 4.6L. The last time I looked a a Tundra brochure it indicated that the tow package is now only available with the 5.7L.
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Tundra

I had a 2010 Tundra and it was fine. Pulled a 30 ft. Classic.
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