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Old 07-08-2018, 09:46 AM   #21
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We tow a 1999 25 Classic with a 2007 double cab with the 5.7. Never had a problem. Went out west up and down the Rockies never a complete concern.
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Old 07-08-2018, 09:57 AM   #22
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Tundra as tow

We pull a 25í FCFB with our FIFTH Tundra, and use it as a family vehicle. It is a 5.7L extended cab 4WD with tow package. At 65 mph it gets average of 16-17 on highway, 14-15 around town, and 10-12 towing. With our last three Tundras we have pulled our trailer approximately 100K miles, never a flat, never a problem. This travel includes Canada, Alaska, Newfoundland, and much in the Rockies. The 2018 has a bit more strength but each/all have been strong tow rigs.
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Old 07-08-2018, 10:43 AM   #23
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I have a 2011 Tundra 5.7L 4x4, tow package, dual cab, 6.5' box. What has been said above.

Did not think about the extra weight of the aftermarket gas tank. Transfer Flow has a 46 gal replacement tank for the Tundra....sure would be nice. But I do not want to decrease my payload capacity.

I have checked out OEM extended mirrors. About $500 for each side, about that to have it installed. So about $1K on each side for mirrors. But they do not shake, for which the stick on mirrors have a reputation.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:06 AM   #24
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I get 10.5 - 11 mpg with my Dakota 4.7 Pulling a 25 classic. My standard range is about 250 miles and I have never had a problem filling up with only 70 miles left on the tank.
I think once you get comfortable with a vehicle you can extend your range beyond half a tank. The Dakota has a 20 gallon tank ( with maybe a 2 gallon reserve when it registers mt)
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:10 AM   #25
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I bought 2 OEM (genuine Toyota) tow mirrors for my '08 Tundra. From a dealership in Ohio for less than $500 for TWO mirrors. I still have the boxes they came in. Use them to store the mirrors I removed. The cost included shipping.
Installed them myself in less than an hour.
Look for a video by Taco Tunes. This pretty young women shows how to remove the door panel.
I watched the video 3 times before I noticed the truck. LOL
If you do the job yourself. Have a few new door panel clips on hand. They are plastic. Depending on their age you might break some.
$1K per mirror is a rip off.
There is a set of New OEM mirrors on ebay for $448 including shipping. The seller info is. "partscontainer" (641026)
Hope this saves you a few bucks.
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Parts are in Nashville, TN
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:19 AM   #26
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Does anyone use this truck in the Rocky Mountains? Do you have problems with over heating?
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:41 AM   #27
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Yes, I tow thru the Rocky Mountains. Have crossed every high mountain pass in Colorado.
Also thru the desert SW. With temps as high as 125F.
Never had a problem overheating. Engine temp and tranny temp have never shown a sign of overheating.
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Old 07-08-2018, 12:03 PM   #28
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I have towed a 23 foot with a 2006 4.7L Tundra 4x4 and have no complaint. The capacity is close to comfortable towing, but no braking issues, no mechanical issues on the 4.7L and no sway.

I have towed the 23 foot with a 2008 and 2014 5.7L Tundra 4x4 and effortless. This was a Crew Max with the short bed and a shell.

I have towed the 25 foot with the 2014 5.7L Tundra Crew Max 4x4 with shell and the Tundra has no problem towing, with the equalizer hitch, '5 washers' and 1,000# bars. The oversized brakes and pads are very reliable. Quicker stops, used the 'paddle shifter' between the seats as a reliable extra braking option.

Both the 2006 4.7L Tundra and the 2008 5.7L Tundra never had one problem towing. Never regretted the towing ability, but the weight was at or near max towing the 25 foot.

I went, on purpose, to overkill with a F350 Diesel 4x4 and the comparison is not even a fair comparison to a 1/2 ton vehicle, but for most towing, not necessary who are not traveling a lot in the Rocky Mountains and driving BLM and Forest Service roads. As long as the F350 is as dependable as my Tundras, it was well worth the cost. It the F350 becomes a less than reliable vehicle... I will go back to a Tundra and hope there is a 3/4 ton model available at that time.

As TG Twinkie commented on post #27... same experience. I owned a 1957 Ford Pickup in my youth and now a 2016 Ford. Yes, I could have done less expensive improvements on the 2014 Tundra... but, what the Hell. You have to try something new, why not just go... nuts in the process.

Good luck. Toyota Tundra's I rate as a 10 out of 10 on the Ford Survey sent to me recently, and my F350 as an 8 our of 10.
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Old 07-08-2018, 12:11 PM   #29
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I have a 2017 Tundra Double Cab 5.7L and two a 25 foot 1973 Tradewind. I use the blue ox sway pro hitch. Without towing I get 15-18 mpg. While towing I get 12-14 mpg depending on how fast I drive. I recommend the larger gas tank. I got mine brand new for about 32k in December 2016. Has the Sr5 package. Central Florida.
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Old 07-08-2018, 12:20 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by Madarain View Post
We have a 2014 Toyota Tundra Crewmax, with the 5.7 litre gas engine. It tows great...a very comfortable ride with plenty of power and the full size back seat makes it easy to do long trips with our full size Aussie. The one complaint I have is not the power, or the size of the's the gas mileage, and the range!

At least once a year we take a fairly long trip...4000 miles or more. Stopping for gas every time we dip below 1/2 a tank, (cause you just never know) means stopping every 150 miles or so. That really puts a damper on doing some serious roadwork and it's expensive, too.

Towing our 23D, we average 10.5 to 11.5 MPG, which makes fuel the most expensive component to any trip we take. (trailer & car payments not withstanding). The fact that we have to stop every 2-3 hours just adds insult to injury.

I'm now looking at either installing an auxiliary gas tank or moving to a diesel for better range and fuel economy. If I could choose only one improvement, I guess it would be the fuel economy.

None of this is a flaw in the performance of the Tundra...other than fuel cost and range, it does a fabulous job, and I am sold on Toyota's in general...they are in a class all their own for reliability, and resale.

Move to a diesel. We have a 17í Ram 2500 and average a steady 14-16 mpg @65mph while on the road with our 30FB Bunk. We usually stop every 350-400 miles depending on the fuel station.
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Old 07-08-2018, 12:50 PM   #31
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Love our 2010 double cab 5.7

We have 70 k miles on our doublecab 5.7 2010 tundra, we tow a 25 ft flying cloud with it up passes over 12,000 ft, on knarly dirt roads using 4x4 and even pulling airstream out of mud in 4 lo . Agree gas tank is a bit small but it is a good idea to stop every 2-3 hrs anyways.

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Old 07-08-2018, 12:50 PM   #32
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Personally, Iíll stick to a Toyota product. I like the stone-solid reliability Iíve always had with them.

Supposedly they are testing a Tundra diesel somewhere in Texas. That I would seriously consider if itís also enough of a ďCowboy CadillacĒ trim...
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Old 07-08-2018, 12:53 PM   #33
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Tundra = Fundra

We bought a new 2017 and tow our 19í Bambi. We forget itís being towed. We had a Chevy Avalanche that we bought new and got 12 mpg now with the Fundra we averaged 14 mpg and 100 horse power more!
My friend also bought a new 2017 and toes a 25í Flying Cloud. I towed it and you can tell youíre towing but it was great, he is on a road trip to Wyoming as I type 😊
If you get 4X4 keep in mind your mpg will be less but that might be in your budget. And be prepared to have a very long and happy relationship with your troublefree truck! Enjoy

Does anyone have experience towing 23-25ft with this truck? The numbers I've looked at lead me to believe it won't be a problem, but real world experience is where the real info is.

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Old 07-08-2018, 01:52 PM   #34
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We have a 2007 double cab with the big V8. We towed the Airstrsam 25 FB 63,000 miles with it and have towed another trailer about 5,000 more. It runs like new despite 123,000 miles total. We never have had any problems towing ora going through the Rockies. You should, with any truck, downshift going down hill to save brakes from overheating. The brakes on the Tundra were just about totally rebuilt at about 110,000 miles—towing is hard on brakes. We have had one catalytic converter go (there is more than one) and replaced the oxygen sensors since it seemed time to do so. I change the oil with synthetic regularly and grease it at the same time. Payload is not too great. Half ton trucks are all like that.

Gas mileage is poor. With the 25 FB we got around 10.5 towing. On many trips, has was the biggest expense and I think this is true of any gas engine. The small gas tank can be solved cheaply with some 5 gal. gas cans, something I have only had to use once in the middle of Montana. I know the appeal of driving 500 miles or more without stopping, but a break every 200 miles is a very good idea, especially since I am no longer young. Diesels get better mileage, but are expensive to buy and maintain. Modern gas engines can equal the power of diesels.A If you want to keep an engine for 300,000 miles, maybe the expense will even out with a gas engine, but you may need to put the engine in a new body.

My biggest complaint is Toyota has done nothing significant to improve this very good truck since it came out in 2007. The new ones are very expensive and not worth it. Even the used ones are expensive. I am waiting for a recession and will look for a used one. Where we live people love the Tundras so much there are hardly any used ones for sale. ma

The road feel is not the best (CR described it as “numb”), but it is acceptable. The SR 5 seats could be more comfortable, but with sheep skins on them, they got better. Now we have old people cushions on them too. The ride is like a car more than a truck. The tow package does not includes tow mirrors, something that has angered a lot of Tundra owners. Aftermarket mirrors are cheaper. There are different wiring harnesses for tow mirrors depending on the model, so make sure you check on that.

If you are not used to a full sized truck, they are really big compared to cars and most SUV’s. This is no avoiding that if you want to tow a medium sized trailer. We got the dohble cab because it had a 6.5’ bed and we use the truck as a truck too. The crew cab has a small bed and is not for people who need a truck. It has an even lower payload.

I’d buy a Tundra again if I were starting out towing a trailer. Extremely reliable, powerful, fairly comfortable (very comfortable for a truck, less so for a car).

The Airstream is sold; a 2016 Nash 24M replaced it.
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Old 07-08-2018, 02:05 PM   #35
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I loved mine and you won’t have any trouble towing; but that 38gal tank won’t get you very far. I rarely got above 14mpg empty, towing would be in the 6-8 range.
I have a 2018 Tundra Limited Crew Cab. I've gotten as high as 20.4 mpg with camping gear in the bed. I've gotten as high as 12.4 mpg towing. I tow a 2016 FC26U. I generally tow around 62 mph on the highway. Not sure why your mileage is so low... ��

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Old 07-08-2018, 02:40 PM   #36
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very happy

We just got done towing our 2008 28' with our 2010 Tundra (crew cab) through the mountains of North Carolina.

Averaged 9.9mpg for 1600 miles and had zero issues with towing, it really is a very capable vehicle
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Old 07-08-2018, 03:19 PM   #37
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hmmmm, slamming diesel

1993 12v cummins, 25 yrs. old, besides the nom. of tires, brakes, oil
about 500.00 in repairs in all those yrs. 121,000 now, with 900,000 to
go....not towing 19 mpg. , towing 12-13 mpg, NO electronics to deal with,
and is very comfortable.

just saying......Toyota makes a great truck, but when it comes to
towing 12v cummins diesel is hard to beat ! It loves to work, LOL
unlike ..........
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Old 07-08-2018, 03:34 PM   #38
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We also tow a 25 foot Flying Cloud with a 2014 Tundra Limited 5.7L V8 extended cab.

1-Tundra-my favorite feature is the fully rolling down rear window. Be sure to look at this feature.

2-Tow Mirrors-We went to the McKesh tow mirrors with convex spots on both sides. Purchase from the Hensley Hitch website. Once you get the hang of it they go on in about 2 minutes and offer really good visibility. Not cheap, but also not $500 -$1000, and now we have them for our next Tundra several years from now.

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Old 07-08-2018, 11:03 PM   #39
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Oh I appreciate all this information!
I had someone tell me that Tundras can't tow anything longer then 16ft (I work in a male dominated field, they like to tell me things ) I knew I needed to find the true experts.
Hubby went and looked at the lot and agrees that this is the direction we should go in. We'll be trying to take advantage of the end of year close outs.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:26 PM   #40
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Hereís a video from TFL trucks, where they test a 2016 Tundra TRD Pro with a 5.7L V8 4:30 R/E towing a 9k trailer up through the Eisenhower tunnel in Colorado - and back down again (7% grade). Itís a test they do with nearly every truck - and a good real-world example of just how these different vehicles behave under load.

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