Extended weekend trip to the Adirondacks and back.
All hitched up:
The upgrade from 1/4 ton to 1 ton means SWMBO's Tacoma will never see towing duties again!
Unqualified success. 5.4V8 vs 3.8V6 and about 3,000# more of TV meant the trailer did EXACTLY as it was told. Including 50 gals of water.
Using a standard cab for a long trip leaves a whole lot to be desired! Especially with the fur baby "Mr. Rambunctious" along. Although that 'picture window' right behind one's head makes backing a breeze!
The list of nits to pick is long and won't be expanded here.
The goal of upgrading the seats to outlast a tank of fuel is still inconclusive. Bladders gave out before 1/2 tank of fuel used.
Fuel consumption change? I'm guessing we used a lot more. But since we never carefully tracked fuel usage with the Taco, comparing it to Montblanc would be pointless. The fact that we didn't have to fill up on the interstate give Montblanc one in the WIN column. The 35 (maybe larger) vs. 18 gallon fuel tank might be behind that.
All-in-all the upgraded truck preformed well. But I'm still looking forward to commissioning a custom old-school 1/2 ton SUV.