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Anyone else tow 90%+ of the time?

I got this truck to work it hard. It really wasn't a fun purchase I was looking forward too. I was just tired of multi thousand dollar repairs on my Ram, plus I needed another write off for work. The Tundra simply trounced every other truck we drove while shopping for a replacement. While the Ram Hemi does have more of a "performance" feel. The rest of the truck I new just wouldn't hold up for long.

I tow about 4,500lb trailer with tools and add another 1,000 or so with materials a few times a week. So I'm well under the tow rating. I fully expect the Tundra to last a while. I'm on a 5 to 7 years replacement cycle, but I'd like the Tundra to go longer.

I have good trailer brakes, but I expect I'll be burning through Tundra brakes pretty quick anyway, and I'm ok with that. Towing MPG is poor, but I'm ok with that too.

The wife LOVES riding in the Tundra as opposed to the Ram 2500 ridged truck she hated.

We also pull the boat on weekends and I empty my tools out and load my PA System in for weekend sound jobs. I rarely DON'T have a trailer hooked to the truck.

We'll be pulling a small camper around the country as well.


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@JumboJet pulls a work trailer around daily if I am not mistaken. His is a little heavier.
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Indeed I do. This is my old rig, but I pulled this daily for 8 years with out a single issue with that truck.



3 weeks ago I took delivery of my new 2015 DC Longbed, and last week I ordered my new trailer. It's an 8.5 x 18' car hauler. Tandem 5200lb torsion axles with a bunch of extra upgrades. It will be silver as well, but I'll put up some pics when the trailer is finished in a few weeks.

My new Longbed pulls so much smoother than the old truck with the smaller bed. There is no substitute for a long wheelbase when towing.
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Very true on the towing part JJ. My next truck many moons from now will most likely be a LB CC something.
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Towing 60% of the time

2004 F150 5.4 CC FX4 towed 8,500 lb load around 60% of the time. This truck got 9MPG empty and 4mpg towing. The truck was toast within 2 years then changed to Super Duty. Heck a 67 Buick Wildcat or a 65 Olds 88 with the chevy engine 350 cu.in. towed much better than that Ford by a wide margin, all while getting much better MPGs.


2006 Super Duty CC 6.0 FX4 pos: I use to tow 8,500 lbs around 60% of the time. Virtually all highway in the 70 to 90 mph range. 40% of the time it was in the shop.


Then in 2011 my towing requirements went almost to zero; less than 5%; so I went with an EB Ecotoot 4x2. It spent more than 90% of the time in the shop. Fundamentally useless for transportation much less towing. Towed with it once, about 3,000 lbs on one trip from Houston to Dallas. It choked on water three times on that trip and had its normal barf fit and CEL fit.


I had borrowed a couple of friends Tundra's (2007 DC and a 2008 CC)to tow with my normal 8,500 load. Yes it was a big load for a half ton, but the trucks never broke.


Been in the Tundra now for close to two years and have never been in the shop for powertrain issues, steering, or brakes. Guess you could say I am completely sold at this point.


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I had all four rotors and pads done at 45,000 miles when I bought the truck. I'm at 85,000 miles now on the same set. I live at the top of a mountain too, so I am either always on the gas or always on the brakes, no flat for me. Had the fronts turned once in the middle of that mileage, still holding up. I don't tow every day, but when I do it's not light. I probably hook up at least twice a month. I run a business where we often haul cars, trucks, heavy equipment, scrap, etc. And I also tow my father's 26' Travel Trailer for him (roughtly 8,000 curb weight).


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Haha, I've got a similar picture. This was my buddies old Chevy that finally died. I think we pulled this about 80 miles to its final resting place. Tundra pulled it great.




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My previous truck was a 1990 F150 that was mainly used for towing a 5th wheel trailer. Kept it for 25 years because of the low mileage, but just sold it at 100,000 miles. Had no unusual maintenance except for an exhaust manifold that warped. Possibly due to running hotter due to towing? I believe the Toyota has a stainless steel fabricated manifold instead of a cast iron like the Ford, and should be better.

On brakes, you should spend some time to set up the trailer brakes properly so you don't unduly load the truck brakes. The secret of minimizing brake costs on the truck is to inspect often and not let the pads wear down to make metal to metal contact. If you avoid that, all you may ever have to do is replace pads. I only resurface/replace disks when I have an "oops".
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Good question. I bought my Tundra to tow a 4000 lb cargo trailer. We put on about 300 miles a week with truck and trailer. Over the last year my Tundra has towed the trailer over 15,000 miles. Other than really bad gas mileage (around 8-9 MPG), it's hard to say if there's been any ill effects on the truck. I wish the trailer was fairing as well as the truck! I guess I'm putting more wear and tear on the engine and drivetrain than I would if I were driving it empty because I normally stay in 4-5th gear towing on the highway, hence higher RPM's. I have the stealer change the oil every 5000 with full synthetic and I have them do whatever other routine maintenance they suggest.
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