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Old 12-16-2018, 05:29 PM   #1
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Time for a new TV - Tundra or Sierra?

So we have a 03 F-150 currently with 95k on it. I decided we need a new truck when the brakes went out while towing our 25ft classic. We were coming off the highway when they went out. Only thing that saved us was the brakes on the trailer. That has been the only time that I've really been shook up while pulling. Ended up the hydraulic line running to the rear had been rubbing on the frame all these years and finally broke. Lost all pressure. Peddle went all the way to the floor.

I've really been looking at the 1/2 ton 2018 sierra. I really like the looks of it. And I've towed with my dads 2015 duramax. I fell in love with the built in trailer brake control.

I stopped by the Toyota dealer tonight. The new tundra isn't bad either. And we have had good luck with our Camry.

Anyone tow with both? How does the built in trailer brake compare?
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Old 12-16-2018, 05:33 PM   #2
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I can not say anything about the Sierra, but I am very pleased with my Tundra. It is my 3rd Tundra and they have all been extremely reliable.


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Old 12-16-2018, 06:39 PM   #3
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you may want one with the new Trailer support
the ford f150 has that option.
may be ram 1500 also

i don't know of others

some have said that the new trucks with built in WD are still not as good as the aftermarket products
that's too bad
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Old 12-16-2018, 07:00 PM   #4
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Time for a new TV - Tundra or Sierra?

Just purchased our first Tundra, a 2019. Only made a few tows, but so far the trailer brake worked as it was supposed to.
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Old 12-16-2018, 07:58 PM   #5
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Either one would work. My son-in-law has a tundra and loves it. I have an 2017 F150 and love it. Tundra probably not as good on MPG as the Sierra due to the GM technology of shutting down pistons when cruising for every day driving. Not sure how much that is a concern for you.
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Old 12-16-2018, 08:11 PM   #6
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My vote - Ram Crew Limited, 4x4, 3.92 rear, Hemi - non eTourqe -

Just under 4k miles - 3,500 tow miles and love it.

Warranty appt to check infotainment system for some reason my Apple CarPlay won't initialize other than that - smooth, quite, powerful - and looks good doing it. The interior is top notch in the Limited as well as lower trims as they did a great job.

Now, I'm coming from 10 year relationship with Land Rover/Range Rover and 5 vehicles in that time frame. I also had a '14 Ram EcoDiesel and not one issue in 22k miles (2 year lease)

Any questions just ask!

Good luck with your search!
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Old 12-17-2018, 08:38 AM   #7
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Im not interested in a Chrysler product. I've known too many people that have had major issues with theirs. Out of all of them I do think dodge has the best looking truck.

I think I'm going to check out a tundra some time this week. Its pointless to make a decision until I drive one.

Thanks for all the help!
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:00 AM   #8
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Sierra ?

We pull a 25ft Intnl CCD with 2014 Sierra crew 5.2 4x4 Denali 1488 payload but may recommend either the 1500 with 6.2 or the 2500 preferring Denali trim.

Having 4 Range rovers over the years as reference point and like the GMC fit/finish and quietness. TT is 5300dry/6300 wet 800 tongue. Your classic is 1000 lbs + more ?

Towing up steep grades we can hold at 60 loaded up at 3000-3200 rpm.
Always wondered how much easier if we had that higher HP corvette engine (that seems to net same mpg as the 5.2).

Our 1500 on left and a 2500 on right.... Lots of choices !
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:11 AM   #9
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I've pulled my 7000 lb SOB with both a 2016 and now a 2018 F-150 with the 3.5 EB. Engine has more power than I've ever needed and easily holds 65 MPH on 12% grades. Integrated brake controller has worked flawlessly on both with over 18k miles on the road. The adaptive speed control is especially nice on longer drives.

Only complaints I've had on the trucks were the nanny warnings - door ajar, you left the truck with the engine running, etc. These were particularly annoying while hitching or unhitching. Picked up a gizmo and downloaded Forscan to update the computers and turned off the ones I don't like. $25 later, I have no other complaints. One other nice setting - you can't shift my truck into gear if the key fob isn't inside the truck.
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:24 AM   #10
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Proven, buy American.
Ford is best for safety. F 150 or F 250.
Foreign are the worst for safety. Safety should be your first concern.
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:25 AM   #11
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Short answer. If you want the quietest cab experience, get the Sierra. If you want reliability, get the Tundra. I have a Tundra but road noise is noticeable. I knew this going on and still bought the Tundra.
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:28 AM   #12
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My vote is Nissan Titan XD. Love mine also love the 5year/100,000 warranty. Gas or Diesel. All bells and whistles are available. Built in trailer brakes work perfect. Also all American made!
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:37 AM   #13
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2017 Silverado 1500

So FWIW...

We have a 2017 Silverado 1500 with the 6.2 (but not the heavy duty tow package, so only the 3.23 rear). We have a 2019 27' GT. Although we've only got about 1000 miles towing, I can honestly say that it was a very comfortable ride, plenty of power, felt stable (we have a Equalizer 4 WD hitch). Our 1500 is basically a Sierra in Silverado clothing.

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Old 12-17-2018, 09:38 AM   #14
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Toyota Tundra TV

We tow our 2005 Safari S/O 28' with a 2010 Tundra It has an aftermarket brake controller installed. We have towed 17K miles over the past 4 years including 2 trips through the Rockies, and a couple of runs through the Appalachians, and the Blue Ridge. We co-drive and many times go 600+ miles / day Extremely comfortable ride and tows like a dream. The only downside to the tundra is a well documented average 10 mpg while towing. The Tundra is also my daily driver and - dependable, reliable, comfortable and versatile All of your possibilities will do the job -suggest you drive each of the trucks and see which ones speaks to you
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:54 AM   #15
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I would stick with the Ford F150. I have ran the numbers on all the 150/1500 series trucks including Ford/GM/Toyota/Dodge AND THE NUMBERS DO NOT LIE. Ford out preforms teh rest. If you purchase the F150 with the total towing package and the EcoBoost 3.5 engine you will not be sorry.
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:55 AM   #16
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Ah, the question that starts the arguments; which TV is best!

I loved my F150Echoboost for my 25' AS's and put 125K miles with no issues. When I was looking for a new TV 1.5 years ago, I drove Toyota, Sierra, and Ford F150 EB. Loved them all except the Toyota still got terrible mileage with the 6 speed transmission and payload was just not above 1200lbs if you got a loaded up model. I don't know about the 19 models and I know the reputation of Toyota in general. Most Toyota folks I talk with love the truck, hate the mileage and payload.

The Sierra 6.2l with 10 speed, I really liked a lot and now getting a descent size payload above 1400lbs is not unusual with GM's, so I that is sure one I would strongly consider. The new F150 EB is also very impressive; I took one overnight before getting my F250 diesel and would have purchased until my wife argued for the larger 3/4T for the 28'AS.

I would consider looking at the new Ram also with the Hemi...mileage and payload on any of these is key these days...find one you like, check the payload, how you like the way it drives, then it's just a matter of getting a great price...
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Old 12-17-2018, 10:04 AM   #17
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I’m currently towing my Sport 22fb with a 2013 Tundra 4x4 with 5.7 liter and tow package. Works great but it’s a light trailer. This is my 4th Tundra, never had an issue with any of them and I have run 300,000+ miles on all. Only complaint is road noise.
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Old 12-17-2018, 10:08 AM   #18
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Which tow vehicle is bets? The one you have. You know it. You know its idiosyncrasies.

When you buy a new vehicle of any kind there will be small, or large, issues. Look up the recall notices for any new vehicle you are contemplating. Compare that list to the vehicle you have.

Repair the brake lines. Replace all of them. Rust is also an antagonist to brake lines. Do the required maintenance as if it will be your last tow vehicle.

Then drive on in bliss.
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Old 12-17-2018, 11:18 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by StreamNTyme View Post
Proven, buy American.
Ford is best for safety. F 150 or F 250.
Foreign are the worst for safety. Safety should be your first concern.
Arenít both of these vehicles made in the US? Can you cite the independent safety reports you are referring to? I would be interested in comparing the data. I have never heard that before. Thanks
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Old 12-17-2018, 11:24 AM   #20
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We went with 2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD Duramax Diesel and after putting on 48,000 miles so far have no regrets. The Duramax engine and the Allison transmission work great together, especially when using the exhaust brake. We tow a 25' Flying Cloud and going through Canada and steep grades you can stay at highway speeds. The truck weighs more than the trailer and that alone helps control. You also get ONSTAR which we use all the time. GMC
is coming out with a half ton diesel that you might want to check out too. Also keep in mind that diesel has a better resale value.
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