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Old 05-12-2014, 02:52 PM   #1
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Feedback from Tundra 5.7L TV owners

I am interested in hearing feedback from those of you who use the 5.7L Tundra (Double Cab or Full Cab) as a TV and their experience (power, stability). In my case, I'd be towing 7,500 max. I like the idea of considering a Toyota (reliability) as my TV but wouldn't want to cut myself short on towing capacity.
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:11 PM   #2
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Worth a watch.

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Old 05-12-2014, 04:23 PM   #3
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Worth a watch.
I'm curious, how is this Ford commercial relevant to towing with a Tundra? I don't about you or the OP, but unless you're an off roader, no one ever puts their trucks though that kind of punishment.
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Old 05-12-2014, 05:39 PM   #4
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I've seen this video before. I have to agree that I'm not sure the point of this video since I would never put any of my vehicles through that abuse, especially at that speed.
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:24 PM   #5
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This video would be more relevant to you I think....(I don't know how to paste video links here)

http://youtu.be/jyt49D-v2Ho

It's a new Tundra towing a big load up a mountain pass in Colorado Springs.
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My trailer is #6700, a tad under #6000 on the axles and #720 on the hitch. As you can see from the video that j_shoe99 has posted, the truck has no problem towing your weight. I have had no problems with sway. My pervious Tundra, a 2006 had 86k on it when traded in and never had a repair of any kind made to it. Didn't even have to replace the front brake pads. I traded it because the smaller engine was working too hard. This is the 7th Toyota I have owned starting with a 1971 Corolla that I paid $1900 for brand new! Mileage when towing is between 8 and 9 mpg @ 60 to 65 mph. I think there is way more quality in the Toyota products than the domestic brands.
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It's a demonstration of frame strength and axle control. It takes extreme conditions to make the differences visible, even though they are always there at certain levels. There are lots of vids out there showing the EcoBoost out-towing the competition, but this video was most remarkable to me showing the quality and strength of design.

This is coming from a huge Toyota fan. I drove a 1987 Supra Turbo for 11 years and it was one of the best cars built in that class. That being said, I'm not sold on their trucks. The frame design was one of the factors that steered me away from them. I prefer a boxed design for several reasons and the riveted support pieces seems shotty. I fully suspect that the Tundra will go to a boxed frame design soon, if not next year. That may sway me over a bit, but until then I can't recommend it.
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This video would be more relevant to you I think....(I don't know how to paste video links here)

http://youtu.be/jyt49D-v2Ho

It's a new Tundra towing a big load up a mountain pass in Colorado Springs.

I just towed that hill with our camper last week, it's a nice one. Try it with snow and wind makes it even more fun haha.

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I absolutely love mine for towing. It out pulls my old Ram 2500 Hemi all day long! It does have soft suspension but all 1/2 tons do. I would recommend getting the TRD rear sway bar and upgrading to LT tires. This would be true of any 1/2 ton as well. I get around 9 mpg and it pulls hard as fast as I dare go. Accelerates with relative ease towing our 26BH loaded including all 90 gallons of fresh water! The 4.30 gears and 6 speed tranny combined with the 5.7 engine do make a wonderful combo. About the only downfall of the Tundra is the gas mileage while empty. I get around 14 - 15 mpg mixed driving. My overall mileage over 16,929 miles is 13.51 mpg. I have about 4,000 miles of towing. The worst mileage was towing in 50+ mph winds and I got 8.46 mpg. The best was when my wife drove to Iowa this past winter. She got almost 18.5 mpg on one tank.
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toyotas have been quality

family on fifth toyota and all have been excellent quality. had 07 tacoma and pulled a 22fb for four years with great results except for the uphill towing. upgraded to a 2013 5.7 tundra and didn't even consider any of the big three. hardly notice tt is behind truck, although it's not too heavy. love the tundra, especially with the towing mirrors. toyota make great products and have had excellent service. everyone has their preference.

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