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For those on their first Tundra, first truck

I'm about to ink the deal on my first truck, which will be a Tundra. Currently I drive a mid-size SUV.

I know the Tundra isn't the most gigantic truck out there, but it's pretty big and bigger than what I'm used to. I've done several test drives and WOW, it drives like a dream.

Any of those "I wish I would have known" tips for me?

I posted in the garage door thread as well, I don't plan on modifying, is this going to fit into a 7' garage door? Like I know it will based on the dimensions, I just need someone who has one to make me feel better about it The garage is 24' long so I'm ok there.
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I park in parking garages marked 6'6" so I would think you are okay.

i bumped a warning boom at 6'2" and had to back out


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You'll have plenty of clearance on a 7' door.

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Didn't add the original post...but there are a couple of good threads about the 4WD. One thing I've already learned here, NEVER ON DRY PAVEMENT! I saved a thread that explained when/how to use what. I live in Ohio so fortunately no mountains, just snow.

As for the garage door, thank you for telling me 7' was plenty, I've been having ajada about it LOL even thought I *know* it will fit. I just needed to hear someone say it

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Didn't add the original post...but there are a couple of good threads about the 4WD. One thing I've already learned here, NEVER ON DRY PAVEMENT! I saved a thread that explained when/how to use what. I live in Ohio so fortunately no mountains, just snow.
I drive 4WD on dry pavement about once a month to roll things around in that portion of the front drive system. Just for a little short way out of the subdivision. The dry pavement advice is in specific reference to sharp turns. As in: going to full steering lock while in 4WD on dry pavement and the truck is moving/driving. Otherwise you'll be just fine.

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Any of those "I wish I would have known" tips for me?
I wish I would have known about the tow/haul button sooner. Took me 6 months then one day I said... what does this do if im not towing.
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Any of those "I wish I would have known" tips for me?
I wish I would have known about the tow/haul button sooner. Took me 6 months then one day I said... what does this do if im not towing.
And what does it do if you're not towing?
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My Tundra was my first full size truck. Came from a tiny little VW GTi.

1) If you have kids or plan on having kids, get the Crew Max. The backseat is limo sized.

2) Don't waste money on navigation or rear seat DVD. Smartphone + mount + Waze/Google Maps/whatever is better and cheaper, and two iPad Minis/Kindle Fires/Android tablets is cheaper and no arguments.

3) Get used to just parking in the back of the lot. Easier to pull/back into spaces without cars on both sides.

4) If you get the Crew Max, and you crack the rear window on rainy days, the back seat passengers will get soaked when the rain rolls off the back of the cab and gets sucked in on top of them.

5) The "miles to empty" is very conservative. At 0 miles remaining to empty, you probably have 3-4 gallons left in the tank. That said, don't get cocky, and the last bit of fuel likely keeps the in-tank pump from overheating, so treaty it as truly emergency reserves and you're good.

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3) Get used to just parking in the back of the lot. Easier to pull/back into spaces without cars on both sides.
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My Tundra was my first full size truck. Came from a tiny little VW GTi.

1) If you have kids or plan on having kids, get the Crew Max. The backseat is limo sized.

2) Don't waste money on navigation or rear seat DVD. Smartphone + mount + Waze/Google Maps/whatever is better and cheaper, and two iPad Minis/Kindle Fires/Android tablets is cheaper and no arguments.

3) Get used to just parking in the back of the lot. Easier to pull/back into spaces without cars on both sides.

4) If you get the Crew Max, and you crack the rear window on rainy days, the back seat passengers will get soaked when the rain rolls off the back of the cab and gets sucked in on top of them.

5) The "miles to empty" is very conservative. At 0 miles remaining to empty, you probably have 3-4 gallons left in the tank. That said, don't get cocky, and the last bit of fuel likely keeps the in-tank pump from overheating, so treaty it as truly emergency reserves and you're good.

Enjoy the truck!

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And remember to always double check that it is rolled up.

It really sucks to have to pull the rear seats and carpet to dry everything out the next day if it had rained...


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My Tundra was my first full size truck. Came from a tiny little VW GTi.

1) If you have kids or plan on having kids, get the Crew Max. The backseat is limo sized.

2) Don't waste money on navigation or rear seat DVD. Smartphone + mount + Waze/Google Maps/whatever is better and cheaper, and two iPad Minis/Kindle Fires/Android tablets is cheaper and no arguments.

3) Get used to just parking in the back of the lot. Easier to pull/back into spaces without cars on both sides.

4) If you get the Crew Max, and you crack the rear window on rainy days, the back seat passengers will get soaked when the rain rolls off the back of the cab and gets sucked in on top of them.

5) The "miles to empty" is very conservative. At 0 miles remaining to empty, you probably have 3-4 gallons left in the tank. That said, don't get cocky, and the last bit of fuel likely keeps the in-tank pump from overheating, so treaty it as truly emergency reserves and you're good.

Enjoy the truck!

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This is the most solid advice around. I only have a double cab, but it's a long bed. Parking away from it all is common now. With cars on both sides, combined with a narrow roadway, can make for some nerve racking situations. The backup cam has bailed me out quite a few times, but with a wheelbase of over 16 feet, it can get a bit scary no matter what.

Oh, and the tow mode - It just makes it shift much later in gears. Revs the motor nicely. I rarely use it though.


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All good advice here. I will add that even with a leveling kit and one size bigger tires the truck will still fit in a 7' standard garage door with several inches to spare.

I've had a double cab and 2 crewmax's now. If you have kids, especially in car seats, go crewmax. The smaller bed is a drawback but the interior space is so much better. Yes, a double cab will work, but its a world of difference when you swap to the CM.

Other good advice is to stay away from this forum. You start reading about what everyone else has done to their trucks, and suddenly your truck is cooler and your wallet is lighter.

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I recommend the nerf style steps. This is the first vehicle I have had for a year and a half and still haven't got my first door ding. Uh oh, now I done it


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