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#1798 of 1986 Re: Tundra for Towing...5000# [sebring95]
Feb 27, 2006 (4:05 pm)
I just traded my 2000 GMC Sierra Ext. Cab 4x4 with the 4.8L engine in on a 2006 Toyota Tundra Double Cab.I always wished that my GMC had more power when pulling my 3500# camper.I have not pulled the camper yet but I did pull a snowmobile trailer to Canada.With the trailer,sleds and gear I probably had about 2000-2500#.I could barely tell it was there.I'm looking forward to pulling the camper.The one thing that is bothering me is my fuel mileage.I only get around 14mpg back and forth to work and that's not stop and go traffic.It's all country roads at 60-65mph.A friend of mine who's had his Tundra for about a year says he gets 17-19mpg running back and forth to town and up to 22 on the highway.I've heard from other people too that my mileage will get better.I hope so.I was also looking at a 2006 Chevy Ext. Cab 4x4 with the 5.3L when I decided to buy the Tundra.A couple of people I know with the new Chevy and GMC 5.3L say they get around 17mpg.The Tundra measures about three inches narrower inside from armrest to armrest than the GM trucks but legroom in the back is much better than the GM's.You would have to go with the crew cab at much more cost.Toyota quality, reliability, warranty and price were my deciding factors in choosing the Tundra.Hopefully the mileage will get better.You will be very impressed with the power and torque in the 4.7L and I think that it will tow 5000# without any problem. Many Toyota and non-Toyota people have told me the same.As soon as I tow my camper I will post again.
#1799 of 1986 Re: Tundra for Towing...5000# [bill_viverette]
Mar 01, 2006 (5:47 pm)
Have a 2003 Tundra extra cab. I live in CT and we have a lot of hills. Towed a friends 4500lb boat just this summer and we quite impressed with it. On average I towed a trailer with 2 quads on it max weight about 2500lbs. The boat itself according to the tag weighed in at 3500lbs but was informed by owner this was the weight without fuel engine (it was an outboard) along with other ods and ends. Plus trailer(not sure what that weighed on its own. But he assured me it was around 4500-4800lbs combined. He happend to have the ford F-150 with the 5.4 but it was at the dealer. Was able to tow no problem buddy was actually impressed said the Tundra felt like it was having an easy time of it. Also stopping just as if not more important was excellent. Not saying I didn't know the trailer was on but she towed it with no fuss. Hope this helps.
#1800 of 1986 tundra 4L engine
Mar 02, 2006 (4:15 pm)
I just test drove a Tundra extended cab with the V6. I was pleasantly surprised with it's power and performance. Can anyone with the 4 liter post how their Tundra has performed? More specifically: gas mileage they are actually getting, power on hills, towing ability, reliability, etc., and if they have any regrets not getting the V8?? I was pretty set on the V8, but given my uses for the truck, and the small, but not insignificant gas mileage improvement with the V6, I am questioning things a bit. Any input would be appreciated to help with my buying decision.
#1801 of 1986 Towing and Tundras
Mar 06, 2006 (9:19 pm)
Mine is a 02 SR5 V8 extended cab. I did own a 00 V6 regular cab with manual before. I am an avid camper and I have towed my camper which weighs around 4850 dry and 5400 wet on several long trips. Last year, I went to Vermont from my home state of NC. The tundra is a great towing vehicle. In the Pennsylvania mountains, it never lost a beat. I have also towed it to Disney as well as the Gulf Shores in my other longer trips.
Actually I towed the same trailer with my V6 before I traded, but never took to the mountains. I had people in disbelief when I told them it was a base V6.
My V8 currently has 26,000 on it. It is used mostly for towing and the occasional trip for hiking. My daily driver is a xB. The truck has two recalls that were fixed for free. I have a third one when the oxygen sensor goes out as I have heard from other people.
I have driven the truck in 17 states and it averages 19 without towing and 9.8 at 60 mph and 7.8 at 70 mph while towing. With gas prices being higher, I never go over 60. The back seat (extended cab) makes a great bed for the wife on those long trips and the truck is especially comfortable. The only thing I have done to it in terms other than regular maintenance is I put some 245/75 16 Michelin tires on it which are much more stable while towing than the Dunlop Grandtreks that came on it. I gave those away.
The only downside (other than the recalls) is that the truck's gas tank is too small. Otherwise, when you reach 160 miles, you need to find some gas while towing. I always put gas in at 1/4 left in the tank while towing especially when you are traveling at night.
The truck has done what I have wanted it to do and it only has lost (retail) 2000 in value. I would really like to have one of those 10000 plus towing capacities on my next truck and I really hope the new Tundra will NOT have the independent front suspension which make the truck very sensitive to potholes and such.
The funny thing is that I still can out accelerate (normal nor racing) about any truck (other than a Titan) up a hill while towing and the other truck is towing as well. However, I have noticed that the secret is to the gearing. I don't let the transmission hunt and the low and second gears are used for extreme climbs up and down to be constantly in saftey. I always tow normally in third (mine is a four speed) if its on normal grounds.
#1802 of 1986 Re: Mild vibration, 2005 Tundra [victor3]
Mar 07, 2006 (7:11 pm)
On one of the other forums I came across some info on vibration in the Tundra.
One of the checks was to take a piece of string and attach it to one of the flats on the front "vibration" joint aft of the transmission and then run it back to the rear "U" joint at the rear end. Tighten the string, then check for out-of-alignment of the split drive shaft. If the drive shaft is not in alignment from side to side within 1/8" it will cause a slight vibratrion.
Another item that came up was that some of the Toyota wheels would not grip the tire bead sufficiently and over time the tire would rotate on the wheel and cause an inbalance which will cause vibration.
It only took me five years to find all this out on my 2000 Tundra Extended Cab 4x4.
#1803 of 1986 Re: Tundra for Towing...5000# [bill_viverette]
Mar 07, 2006 (10:16 pm)
I own a 2004 Tundra Double Cab with 25K miles, and I tow a 6000# 27' travel trailer. With gear, kids, dog, full tank of gas, etc., I'm sure I'm very close to the towing capacity of the vehicle. I've easily put 8K miles on that trailer with the truck. Some notes:
- With that kind of weight on the truck, it must be driven with the overdrive off, otherwise the transmission is constantly trying to jump into 4th gear with marginal success. Overdrive off driving results in very poor gas mileage. Even in flat road situations, I have been as low as 6 mpg when heading into the wind. At best, you can expect 9 - 10 mpg when pulling big weight.
- Even at or near maximum towing capacity, the vehicle feels safe and stable. I do tow with an equalizer hitch, and there has yet to be a time when I felt at risk. In particular, I blew a tire on the trailer (double axle, so 4 wheels) on a rough track of I-15 between St. George, UT, and Mesquite, NV, and I was able to go several more miles to bring us to a safe spot to pull over with no difficulty.
- I lived in Salt Lake City, UT, for a couple of years, and I pulled that trailer all over the state...not exactly the flattest place on the planet. The bad news: I was routinely passed by larger Ford 250's, Chevy 2500's, and Ram 2500's. The good news: I made it up several nasty, 7%+ grades while doing 45 mph and I was NEVER passed by a 150 or 1500.
I shopped Chevy 1500 and Nissan Titan against the Toyota, and, given the same conditions as early 2004, I would make the Toyota purchase all over again. At the time, Titans were very new, and I don't buy first year vehicles as a rule. The Chevy was a nice truck, and I could get more towing capacity out of it, but the value (resale, in particular) was suspect at the time, and I think with GM's rebates and pricing models of late, my decision has borne out well for me.
Good luck in your decision!
#1804 of 1986 Help with a 2006 Tundra
Mar 15, 2006 (8:29 am)
I just bought a 2006 Tundra double cab with the TRD package and towing package.....so far, I LOVE IT.
However, I am feeling a weird sensation in the gas pedal while driving. How to describe it. It isn't a transmission grinding but more a roughness. Sort of like if you were to put two sets of gears with rough teeth together and make the gears spin. It isn't grinding but just feels like a small vibration. It usually happens under loads (i.e. starting out or around 50 MPH when I start up a hill).
I am curious to know if this is the way Toyotas feel or if I have a dud on my hands. It seems to be shifting well with no problems although that first gear is REALLY REALLY LOW!
Anyone else have this? Ideas what it could be?
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#1806 of 1986 Re: Tundra for Towing...5000# [bill_viverette]
Apr 08, 2006 (9:03 pm)
I met up with a guy down in Colorado Springs at Peterson AFB(elev 6500) with a Tundra and a good size 5th wheel camper. Asked him about the Tundra (cause I had one) and the guy would not stop talking about how he loved the truck and towing ability. Had better than 30K with the trailer in tow. Said he had been from CS to sea level and back half a dozen times with excellent response. I have a tendancy to believe a 70+ year old veteran.
#1807 of 1986 03 Toyota Tundra & Towing
Apr 16, 2006 (6:59 am)
We are evaluating and hoping to purchase a 6600# travel trailer. Love our Toyota, hoping it will tow OK for weekend trips through some (southwest) mountains. Just me & spouse.
I'm reading all kinds of thoughts & experiences - anyone have experience with this kind of weight? Or are we crazy and need to buy a bigger truck?