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Ford F-250 Super Duty, Toyota Tundra, Engine, Suspension, Truck
Dec 28, 2002 (6:09 am)
I am a very happy Toyota owner. My T100 has 157 K, and besides regular maintenance and tires, I have only replaced a starter, clutch, and battery. I fully expect to see 300 K with no difficulty. I am looking at the Tundras but feel it will not be big enough for my needs.
We will be towing two horses and a modest size trailer. My guess is that towing weight would not exceed 8000 lbs. I really donít think the Tundra will handle that, so I have been looking at the Ford F 250 5.4 L 8 cylinder. I like the feel and drive of the truck but I am afraid it will not even come close to giving the faithful, trouble-free service that Toyota is so noted for.
I had also heard that this engine in the Ford is not that reliable and durable. Any info any one can provide will be greatly appreciated.
OK Ford F 250 owners. Convince me this is the truck to buy.
Dec 28, 2002 (8:58 am)
If you are towing that kind of weight, get a F250 with the V10 (or a diesel if you can afford it).
However, hopefully a Tundra will tow that weight maybe in 2004 or 2005.
I will add though that Tundras to tow well at the limit, but I would not suggest it for everyday use. My experience being with my first V6 Tundra towing 5100 lbs.
#3 of 16 2 horses ?
Dec 28, 2002 (3:44 pm)
Weigh your trailer fully loaded,or get the dry weight from the manufacturer of the trailer you want.I wouldn't think you'd be over 6000 lb.Good luck getting over 300k.I think a satisfied owner of a T-100 would be happy with a v8 F250 but a tundra MIGHT do the job.
#4 of 16 Just add some airbags to that Tundra
Dec 28, 2002 (10:16 pm)
its rated at 7200lbs towing with the airbags who knows? Course I'd go with the f250 no doubts about it.
#5 of 16 Why not get an f-150 if you are going to get the 5.4L motor?
Dec 29, 2002 (3:58 pm)
Will probably be cheaper.
#6 of 16 f150
Dec 29, 2002 (7:45 pm)
I have a friend who's daughter has a f150 that she tows a 2 horse trailer with one horse.She loves it but it's not that much more truck than a Tundra.Mr Stubblefield is a die-hard Toyota fan.If he's not going to upgrade to bigger brakes and more suspension he's sure to go for the toyota.I have another friend who tows a 4-horse "slant" trailer with a chev 2500 with a 5.7.Not enough motor for MY tastes (I tow less with my 8.1)but he's happy.To each thier own I guess.
#7 of 16 Tundra for towing
Dec 30, 2002 (7:39 am)
A couple of things to consider. First, the Tundra is only rated to tow 6,500 lbs. So an 8,000 lb trailer is going to be over that limit. Also, what is the time frame that you're looking for? They have a "superduty" model of the Tundra in the works that are expected probably sometime in '04 or '05. From some people that I've spoken to, look for a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup offering 4 full-size doors and a 6 foot bed. Probably with a towing capacity of somewhere to the tune of 10,000 lbs. There isn't alot of info on it right now, but as we get more, I'll be sure to post it for you.
#8 of 16 how often and how far
Dec 30, 2002 (6:04 pm)
those are the questions I would ask before advising you on which truck to buy. You like Toyotas, so if the Tundra CAN handle it, and you only need to tow the horses a couple times a year for a couple hundred miles, You will enjoy the ride and economy of the smaller truck the rest of the time.
If you tow often and far, Get the bigger truck. Every trip most people think of something else to throw in the truck or trailer that they wished they had last time. If you buy the minimum equipment, the time eventually comes when you wish you had a bigger truck and a bigger trailer.
Dec 30, 2002 (8:08 pm)
The tundra can tow 7200 lbs.
Jan 05, 2003 (1:07 pm)
Yes it can, but is it the best choice for frequent towing of heavy trailers? Talk to horse people and you may be surprised what they say about pulling horses. Horses move in the trailer, and they weigh a lot. There is a reason the Ford Super Duty is the most common truck in the parking lots at horse shows.