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Old 06-27-2017, 03:18 PM   #1
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MPG towing with 4wd Toyota Tundra

Looking to replace my 05 Diesel Excursion. Who has experience towing 28'-30' AS? What fuel mileage can one reasonable expect? Of course the Tundra will have the tow package & oil & transmission cooler.
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Old 06-27-2017, 03:21 PM   #2
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MPG towing with 4wd Toyota Tundra

Hm. Given that V8 Tundra at best does 17 mpg or so unladen, I'd bet 10-12 towing. It's gonna depend on how tarted up it is. If course my dear wife wants ours fully loaded and big crew cab...

Also planning to go Tundra from current 4x4 crew cab Tacoma eventually, but I'm pulling just a 23' international...
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Old 06-27-2017, 03:49 PM   #3
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Also planning to go Tundra from current 4x4 crew cab Tacoma eventually, but I'm pulling just a 23' international...
I just traded my Tacoma in for a Tundra. I'll be pulling my 23FB for the first time this weekend. Looking forward to feeling the difference. The 38 gallon fuel tank will be nice for sure.
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Old 06-27-2017, 04:03 PM   #4
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MPG will always depend a lot on how fast you try to run, the traffic (or lack there of), the hills, and the wind. You might get a "bragging rights" 13.001 MPG one day and average 9.6 mpg for the next four days.

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Old 06-27-2017, 06:42 PM   #5
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We have a '08 25' Safari & a 2012 Tundra. Try to stay around 65 mph and usually get 12-13 mpg. Best was 14.18 in Georgia! These are real calculated numbers, not trip computer.
Everything depends on speed and terrain. Without the AS I have gotten 19 mpg at 70 on the interstate.
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Old 06-28-2017, 11:03 AM   #6
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12 mpg average towing a 30' Classic with my Tundra-
Has gone as low as 10-
Has gone as high as 13 mpg-
That is keeping it at no more than 65 mph.
Tried going 70 mph with my prior sob trailer and got 7.
Decided to try going 55- got 10 mpg towing the sob.
Towed the sob to Little Rock to trade for the Airstream-
Got 10 mpg going with the sob and 12 mpg coming with the Airstream.
I never exceed 65 mph solo or 60 mph in a caravan.
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Old 06-28-2017, 11:33 AM   #7
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My 2wd 2010 Tundra towing our 2008 Classic 25fb averaged, hand calculated, 11.9mpg towing in 2015 out to Utah from Missouri via the North Rim Grand Canyon and returning via I70 through Colorado trying to keep 60mph. Not sure having 4x4 takes a hit on mpg.

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Old 06-28-2017, 11:37 AM   #8
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Personally, I'll take the 4x4 mileage hit. It's one of those things that you only have to have when you really need it, if that makes sense. A nice wet grass area, airstream in tow, and 4x4 low range with the diff lock engaged is a piece of cakewalk...

Otherwise, it's an unintended slip 'n slide adventure.
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Old 06-28-2017, 11:38 AM   #9
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With my setup in Colorado mind you, I get about 10. What's really annoying is my Tundra only has a 20 gal tank. At low altitude and flatter terrain 12 - 13 is probably the best you can expect but it depends on what year of truck.
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Old 06-28-2017, 11:40 AM   #10
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Newer ones can be had with a 38 gallon tank. That's what we plan to get possibly next year. In silver to match the AS
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Old 06-28-2017, 11:46 AM   #11
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We get anywhere from 9-13 mpg with our 2013 2wd Tundra towing our Intl 28. Take your time and keep your speed around 55 and you'll do fine.
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Old 06-28-2017, 11:55 AM   #12
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We have a 2014 Tundra Limited with 4WD and the 5.7L. We drive "65-ish" on travel days with the trailer... 70 in barren stretches of good pavement. Our trailer is fairly heavy for a 25 and normally tips the scales at 6,600 lbs loaded for travel.

Experience tells me that we get 10 MPG "all in" including idle time at campground offices while I check in and my wife and the dog stay warm or cool in the truck, dump stations, lunch stops, parking, hitching, etc.. Sure, I can measure higher rates for specific segments (the truck seems to like 45-50 MPH the best), but if I'm heading out for a 5,000 mile trip, I figure I'm going to burn 500 gallons.
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Old 06-28-2017, 01:24 PM   #13
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We tow our 28' Safari S.O. with a 2010 Tundra 4 W.D. 5.7 with tow package - last fall we toured from Indianapolis, IN to Southern Utah including Grand Canyon North Rim, Bryce Canyon and Zion N.P. I 70 thru Colorado on the way out and I 40 South return - For the trip 4500 miles 450 gal 10 mpg average traveling 65 ish to 70 Great trip we love our Airstream S.O. with the Tundra towing only down side is the puny 20 gal tank on our 2010 but that gives us a break every 2 1/2 hours so it all evens out
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Old 06-28-2017, 02:02 PM   #14
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2007 Tundra...5.7 TRD 4x4...tow and cold weather pkg. NOT flexfuel. Pull 31 classic. Just did 6000 miles...mostly with camper with some short bobtail tours. Lots of wind in April and early May...WV to Bolder City nv...out by Rt 50 then 70. A lot of Utah...return mostly US 64...several passes. Intend to be at 60 to 65. With 430 gears and 6 sp auto, pulls like a mule...right at 12 mpg all in for the trip. Handles great. So very reliable. That's a comfort. Now at 110k and has had good routine maintenance. Feels like new. I see no reason to trade. You won't be sorry.
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Old 06-28-2017, 02:07 PM   #15
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Forgot to add my empty driving in the hills and some short trips as daily driver...15mpg at Aprox 55-60. Part of my everyday drive is on a 9 percent mountain.
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We have a 2007 4x4 Tundra limited double cab and tow a 25 ft Excella (7300 gvw). We get 10 mpg towing and 17 without. Those of you claiming 12-14 should recheck your math. I have had ours dyno-tuned and I'm a stickler for correct tire pressure and proper maintenance. I am happy with 10 mpg knowing that I'm driving a safe dependable truck that I can easily get 200,000 miles plus before trading it on another Tundra.
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Old 06-28-2017, 04:55 PM   #17
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I have done the math.
Fill up.
Set trip odometer to zero.
Drive.
Fill up again.
Miles divided by gallons = mpg
From 7 mpg-13 mpg depending on trailer, wind, mph...
12 mpg consistently at 60 mph.
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60% of EPA Highway per their method. Any TV.
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Old 06-29-2017, 06:32 AM   #19
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Thanks for the useful information. My Excursion was 4WD and used it several times hooked up. Truck weighed 8900# received similiar MPH as reported with gas. Mine was diesel, 44 gal tank. Will miss the truck greatly, was totaled (trailer also) June 12 south of atlanta, due to rear tire BF Goodrich blow out . At 34K miles never expected it. Tires were proper pressure for towing, 60 mph. Real pisser!!! I go off road locating fishing spots. 4WD is very convenient when needed in the back country. Once in Jan 2010 towed thru blizzard in Tennessee pulling 30' AS 4WD all the way @ 30 mph. Accidents at each exit! Couldn't pull off I 65. Wouldn't have made it w/o 4WD. Don't recommend this condition to anyone. Quite and experience.
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Old 06-29-2017, 08:54 AM   #20
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I just traded my Tacoma in for a Tundra. I'll be pulling my 23FB for the first time this weekend. Looking forward to feeling the difference. The 38 gallon fuel tank will be nice for sure.
I pull a 22 Safari with a 2014 Tundra 5.7 4x4 and doing 60-65 mph I get 12.2 MPG consistently towing that trailer. Uphill for 150 miles a little less, downhill for 150 miles, a little more, for example Lordsburg, NM to Tucson, AZ gets me 150 miles and I still have half a tank left. (No large tank available in 2014).
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