What do you tow with your Toyota Tundra?

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  1. cabranch47

    cabranch47 New Member

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    I am thinking about may be getting a late model Tundra, either 4.6 or 5.7. I am interested in feedback from people that actually have one of these and what do they tow with it. Presently have a Flagstaff HW27SC high wall pup (about 3800#) and my current 1999 F150 with 4.3 V8 does not have the power or gearing for a trip out west through the mountains. At 70 yrs old I do not anticipate getting anything larger. Any opinions would be appreciated.
     
  2. austinm48

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    the 2005 tundra with the 4.7 had the most power of tjat uears truck with 7000 lb towing capacity the 4.6 has a 6200 lb towing capacity if you the 5.7 had the most ... and from trd you csn get a bolt on supercharger for the 5.7 i have an 05 with the 4.7 and i tow a pup and also a 4000 lb tt both i can pull ok
     
  3. lkc

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    I would think that a Tundra would have plenty of power and towing capacity for 3,800 lbs. I can tow that much with my Nissan Frontier which is the equivalent of a Toyota Tacoma, a step down from the Tundra. My Frontier is rated for 6,500 lbs I believe (although I would not tow that heavy).
     
  4. nhlakes

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    My 2015 Tundra (5.7 4x4 doublecab ltd) tows my 7K+lb pleasure boat up very steep and long hills quite easily. Close to a 10klb tow limit. I don't tow the big boat far, but it goes up and down very significant hills in NH. It barely knows my 3klb fishing boat or my 2klb Aliner is back there. I tow those up and down the east coast without blinking an eye. Only downside is the mileage. ~15-16mpg without towing (I make up for it with my Prius ;) )

    Love the truck though. Last Tundra was a 2000 and it made it to close to 200K mikes before I decided I wanted a new one. It still ran great. My wife drives an Avalon, sons drive a Highlander and a Camry. We like Toyotas.
     
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  5. ricko

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    I've got a 2007 Tundra Crewmax with the 5.7l and tow a Fleetwood Niagara highwall - ~3500lbs. We've taken it out west, up east and to beaches south and east.

    I also towed scout troop trailers (up to 7000lbs) around the region without issue.

    It never ran out of power.

    Love my Tundra!

    Ricko
     
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  6. shuang2

    shuang2 Well-Known Member

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    Pics of my Tundra + trailers:
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  7. thethird152

    thethird152 Active Member

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    I have a 2005 Tundra and I pull my E1 with it all over the place (appx 3k lbs). I've never been out West with it, but it's done plenty of time through the Appalachians and recently drove from Durham, NC to Mt. Pleasant, MI without issue.
     
  8. giadiep

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    I have a 2014 Tundra Crewmax with the 5.7 liter engine. You'll have plenty of towing capacity and power, and the reliability is tops. However, gas mileage is abysmal. When I tow our 5000lb HTT, I get about 9-10mpgs. Normal is still bad at about 15mpgs. One thing that you need to keep an eye on is the payload capacity. The Tundra has a relatively conservative payload rating of approx 1350 lbs (varies based on model and configurations). My HTT has 550lb tongue weight, plus family of 5, plus bikes and stuff in the bed = max out payload.

    It's still the truck for us, but my friend has a new f-150 with the turbo 6 that has plenty of power, plenty of tow capacity, a payload of 400 lbs more, and about 2-3 mpgs better.
     
  9. kgesiako

    kgesiako New Member

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    I have a 2011 tundra with a 2017 rockwood 2716G. I’m at about 115,000 miles on my truck and have no concern about going anywhere with it. Fully loaded it’s between 5-6 grand. I have a little bit of a lead food so I run between 70 and 80 mph ( I got the higher speed rated trailer tires) and I found the sweet spot is around 70 at 2000 rpm I’m getting around 12-13 mpg. Also a lot of people don’t realize the Toyota 5.7 is really a Chevy 350. I absolutely love this truck and if you have a family the crew max is unbeatable! By the way I have the 4.6 and get around 18-20 mpg empty when I’m being careful or 16 running harder.
     
  10. xxxapache

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    Fully loaded that popup weights between 5k and 6k? Seems like a lot.

    The Toyota 5.7 has nothing in common with a Chevy 350 other than the displacement.
     
  11. kgesiako

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    Sorry was thinking of different trailer I have. My pop up is about 3 grand dry plus gear and passengers. And the Toyota platform for the 5.7 is the Chevy 350. Not talking about sensors or anything, but block design
     
  12. xxxapache

    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    The Toyota 5.7 is a DOHC engine. The Chevy 350 is a OHV engine. They are in no way related.
     
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  13. nhlakes

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  14. giadiep

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    Agree - they are not related.
     
  15. f5moab

    f5moab Retired from the Federal Government

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    I believe the chevy 350 (5.7L) LT5 was a DOHC engine.:D
    However, the Toyota 5.7L is based on the Toyota 4.6L UR engine. But I have seen this comparison noted before on some sites, and in all cases, the person making the comparison was shown to be totally incorrect.
     
  16. xxxapache

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    A LT5 would be fun in a pickup.
     
  17. gladecreekwy

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    image.jpeg Just about anything.
     
  18. kgesiako

    kgesiako New Member

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    I was mistaken then. My apologies. I was told that from a mechanic friend of mine that works for Toyota
     
  19. silverfz

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    2008 tundra crewmax
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    I have not towed in the mountains out west but Vermont, NH, PA mountains it was fine.
     
  20. cabranch47

    cabranch47 New Member

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    Hi,
    Just wanted to thank everyone for their responses. I had originally settled on a late model Tundra with the 5.7 engine because of the additional power, gear ratio, and towing package. I am thinking that the smaller 4.6 V8 might also suit my needs and would be less expensive and easier to find (Super Cab). My PUP is about 3800# and I really want to go "out west" through the mountains (Colorado, Montana, etc.). Anybody have any experience with towing and the smaller 4.6 V8 on steep grades?
     

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