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Old 11-14-2018, 12:44 PM   #41
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We have a 2012 SR5 5.7 towing a 2013 FC 25FB with Equalizer hitch and P3 controller. Over 50,000 miles around the US and Canada with no problems. Easy to hold speed up and down grades. 10-11mpg so I carry two 5 gallon gas cans if I feel refueling will be a problem - as in some parts of Canada.
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:48 PM   #42
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I have a 2007 5.7L Tundra with 175,000 miles on it. We towed a 27' travel trailer with it all over the US and Canada. About 50,000 miles worth. The trailer GVW was about 8,000 lbs. I used Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution Hitch that has a 800 pounds tongue and 10,000 pounds gross trailer weight. Before that hitch, I had some trailer sway if I got over 60mph. After I installed the Reese, I never had any trailer sway even if I was going 70 mph, although I usually tow about 65 mph.

My Tundra has performed flawlessly as a tow vehicle. If I had one complaint, it is the mileage. The best mileage I have ever gotten was about 17 mpg on the freeway and 12 city without towing. But once that trailer was hooked up, it dropped to about 9-10 mpg no matter what I did. It has plenty of power and can pull any grade, but unlike a diesel (I also owned a 2002 Duramax Silverado 2500 4x4 double cab long bed), it tachs quite a bit higher. The Duramax was a beast and even pulling three horses in a slant trailer up into the Sierras, it acted as though it wasn't pulling anything. With the Tundra, you know it is towing, but that 5.7L, with double overhead cams and 4 valves per cylinder is no slouch. Mine is chipped and had a larger air cleaner and I think it is around 400 hp.

We now have an Airstream Interstate Mercedes Sprinter RV, but are considering trading it for an Airstream trailer. If we do, we're going to use our Tundra. A similar Tundra (4.7L V8) in Louisiana went 1,000,000 miles! So mine is just barely broken in! Here's a link:



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Old 11-14-2018, 01:02 PM   #43
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Driving our fifth Tundra pulling 25’ FCFB Totally satisfied after 100K plus miles
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Old 11-14-2018, 01:04 PM   #44
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Set up our 2000 Tundra TRD with an aftermarket 7 pin and trailer brake added just to go and pickup a 2007 25ft Safari in Grand Rapids MI (Woodland Travel Center) in September. It worked and towed it back to PA but it did labor in the PA mountains. That changed our thinking and we found a 2013 gas GMC 2500 to tow the AS. What a huge difference between the two. The HD model makes it all come together along with the tow/haul feature. The AS just pulls right along with little/no effort. Size does matter.
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Old 11-14-2018, 01:43 PM   #45
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Great truck, but waiting for improvements

I have a 2008 Crewmax 5.7 4x4, slightly oversized tires, pulling a 2018 27FB Serenity on an E2 hitch. Usually it's great. Had a bit of a scare coming through western CO through the Rockies -- even though I babied the brakes and geared low, I managed to crack a front rotor. Can sometimes feel a little underpowered in the mountains, but those times are few and far between. It's been mostly trouble free, and I'm at 130k. I'm waiting to see if they make some improvements before committing to another 10 years. Tundras are highly criticized for lack of innovation since 2007, with only one slight body change in 2014. It looks like new gen Tundras will still run the 5.7, same frame, a few minor interior changes. I was really hoping they would address the awful gas mileage. Towing I get 9.9 MPG on average. Non-towing is 13.5 MPG.

Previous GMC 1500 had numerous issues before 100k, and after the engine started knocking after towing a 7200lb SOB for a couple of years, I traded to the Tundra and will not go back to a GM product.

I might look at 3/4 ton Fords if Tundra doesn't step up a little bit, although I would hate to break brand loyalty.
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Old 11-14-2018, 02:29 PM   #46
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Who tows with the Toyota Tundra 5.7? What size AS do you tow? Would you recommend the truck?
I have a 2015 / 5.7 and tow a 23D. Just returned from 9100 mile trip to east coast. Got 13.6 mpg and not a problem with the truck (love it❤️ Now have 73000 miles). I have heard several people complain about the factory installed brake control on the 2016 - 17 trucks. My 2015 doesn’t have factory installed control, I installed the P2 unit and works great.
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Old 11-14-2018, 02:37 PM   #47
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We tow a 25' Flying Cloud with a 2013 5.7 Tundra. I am very pleased. Has the power to go up significant hills without losing speed and good handling including braking. Gas mileage is not good (12 mpg average when towing; 15 mph when driving around town) but you can't have everything I plan on buying a new one when in several years.
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Old 11-14-2018, 02:37 PM   #48
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2012 Double cab 2 WD 8’ bed. We haul a 27FB. Tows like a dream. 18MPG no tow, 11MPG towing. Not concerned about range. Wife likes to stop every couple of hours. Carry 5 Gal of gas for emergencies and for the generator. Typically bring a canoe on top and carry bikes. Every now and then the motorcycle in the bed. Upgraded to LT tires and added air bags to firm the ride. 108,000 miles and would do it again.
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Old 11-14-2018, 02:52 PM   #49
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Just got back from Alaska, with 13,000 miles, towing a Signature 25A. Yes, you do a little shift management on the mountain grades..... but my brother was towing an SOB (around same weight/size) with his 2017 F-150 ECO Boost (bigger engine), Max tow package --- he overheated twice! DO THE MATH ON RELIABILITY!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:09 PM   #50
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Towing my 89 34 limited with an 08 sequoia limited. Mpg is about 9 at highway speeds (70-75) and tank is a bit small. I find I get about 200 miles before I want to stop for fuel (20 gallons used of 28)as I like to have a nice buffer for emergencies. Plenty of power and I have never seen the temp guage climb above 50 % on the Trans temp light even to towing in the triple digits. I like the independent rear suspension for towing as it doesn't seem as harsh as a lot of the straight axle setups. Turning radius is so tight I have actually hit the trailer with the rear light when just turning...
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:21 PM   #51
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Set up our 2000 Tundra TRD with an aftermarket 7 pin and trailer brake added just to go and pickup a 2007 25ft Safari in Grand Rapids MI (Woodland Travel Center) in September. It worked and towed it back to PA but it did labor in the PA mountains. That changed our thinking and we found a 2013 gas GMC 2500 to tow the AS. What a huge difference between the two. The HD model makes it all come together along with the tow/haul feature. The AS just pulls right along with little/no effort. Size does matter.

Read the OP's post again. Your experience with an older Tundra with a MUCH smaller engine will not help him make a decision. There is a world of difference between the older 4.7 and the 5.7 271 vs 381 in horsepower and 313 vs 401 in torque and, the 5.7 gets better towing mileage too. I would imagine that yours "did labor" in the PA mountains. I am sure your GMC is a great truck and connected to a 25ft. Airsteam it must be a really good combo. The 3/4 ton does give you some more room when it comes to payloads too.
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:49 PM   #52
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Tundras are rather tough vehicles. Great story out of the CA wildfires:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news...ire/ar-BBPG8IR

And Toyota stands behind them.
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Old 11-14-2018, 04:10 PM   #53
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I tow my 25' with a Reese Dual Cam, and my 4.0 Litre Toyota Tacoma
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Old 11-14-2018, 04:31 PM   #54
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On our second Tundra towing our 27FB International. Does great...haven't tried the Rockies yet
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Old 11-14-2018, 05:12 PM   #55
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I love my 2010 Tundra! It's a 5.7 and I tow my '66 Safari, which weighs around 3300 lbs.
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Old 11-14-2018, 05:27 PM   #56
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I replaced a 2007 Armada with a 2018 Tundra Crew and I tow my Flying Cloud 27FB just fine. I carry a couple of chairs and bikes. No issues, although I have not towed in higher elevations yet with the Tundra. The Tundra far surpasses the Armada, so I don’t anticipate issues. Also use this as my main vehicle to/from work. Had an 01 International 23’ and am much happier with the extra room. Happy trails to all!
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Old 11-15-2018, 06:19 AM   #57
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I have a 2008 Tundra Cew Max 5.7L (160,000 trouble free miles)and pull a 28’ International. Both weigh about 7,000 lbs ready for camping. Reese straight line, love it. I am close to axle limits, but I am a frequent flyer to the CAT scales and would suggest the same for others.
I have been over the Rockies several time with this combination. Brakes are good as long as you have American made rotors. Plenty of power as I’m ok going 40-50mph up 7-10% grades. Only problem I ever had was loss of power on the Teton Pass which is 10% @ 10,000’ for 6 miles. On that pass 30mph was my max at the peak.
I have added “E” rated tires, Bilstein shocks and a rear sway bar. All of these modifications have made this a great towing combo and a great daily driver. Towing average is right around 10mpg.
In closing, if the Tundra had 2,000lbs of payload it would be my perfect tow vehicle. Still a little miffed that Toyota dropped the 5.0 Cummins they were slated for as I would have been first in line. Although, the Titan 5.0 deisel does not have the 2,000lbs of payload that I would like either.
I have been thinking of upgrading to a newer 1/2 ton GMC Max Tow. But, the more research I do I think I may be disappointed in the long term reliability.
In a few years, I am taking my family to Alaska. If I cannot find a better 1/2 ton to do the job, I will keep the reliable Tundra I currently have.
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Old 11-15-2018, 06:55 AM   #58
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2007 AS Classic towed by 2015 Toyota Tundra 5.7 with Blue Ox hitch--everything works very well and we get 13.9 mpg.
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Old 11-15-2018, 08:29 AM   #59
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I tow a 22' Airstream Sport. Works great. I had hitch ball shaft shortened at CanAm and tows well.
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Old 11-15-2018, 01:42 PM   #60
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I tow my 16’ Bambi Sport with my 2010 5.7 Tundra. Love it.
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