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Yeah, it was a haul, but the Tundra made it with no problem.


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Have a 2015 Tundra 5.7 Double Cab. I live in Northern Ca. and when we tow our 19 ft trailer and we don't pack lite and have the bed loaded we travel to Fort Bragg through mountains we achieve 10+ mpg both ways. I travel about 55 to 65 mph and have some grades at 10%.This is the first time towing and love the experience. I have p3 brake control. Our trailer weighs about 4500 unloaded. Have so much power that I don't even feel the trailer. Love the shifting and use tow/haul feature. Can;t understand why you only get 8 mpg.
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what do you normally get in terms of MPG?

I normally get around 13mpg. Mostly around San Diego about 50/50 city/highway.


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Have a 2015 Tundra 5.7 Double Cab. I live in Northern Ca. and when we tow our 19 ft trailer and we don't pack lite and have the bed loaded we travel to Fort Bragg through mountains we achieve 10+ mpg both ways. I travel about 55 to 65 mph and have some grades at 10%.This is the first time towing and love the experience. I have p3 brake control. Our trailer weighs about 4500 unloaded. Have so much power that I don't even feel the trailer. Love the shifting and use tow/haul feature. Can;t understand why you only get 8 mpg.

The trailer I rented was 6500 dry, 30' total length. I filled the 30 gallon water tank (250lbs) and had it loaded with gear. Maybe that's why I only got 8mpg.


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I didn't mention the 6% grade on several miles of my 90 mile trip which accounts for the gpm.
Yup, hills will definitely impact your MPG. I average around 8.5 mpg pulling my 23' Springdale over the Cascade mountain range. Driving fairly flat terrain will get me 9.5 mpg. Trailer weighs about 5200-lbs loaded with supplies and water. That's driving with GY Duratracs, which are heavier, taller, and more aggressive than stock tires.

When towing during the summer months, I run stock size highway tires, which gets me a about 1.5 mpg better. When I know we'll be traveling several hundred miles over the summer, it just makes sense for me.


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Wind resistance is the big problem. 8/9 mpg all day long
Bike 900# and a little water in tank you only feel that starting and going up grades.
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Nice setup. I was always of the "never trailer your bike" crowd. Then I rode across west Texas. This would be a great way to get where you want to ride and then set up a base camp.
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Boxer 1200 How big is that trailer and how much does it weight? I'm just curious because I want to by a 28ft 6500lbs trailer and I'm not sure if its too heavy for my tundra 4.7l or not.
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I was in the same situation. I Bought a 28 ft Forest River to tow behind my 2006 DC 4.7. The trailer is about 6000 pounds empty. I added the usual 400-500 in incidentals inside the trailer. Then water..... Trailer is now about 7000 pounds. The 2006 Tundra was rated at 7200 towing. So I figured it would be a little close. Pulled the trailer pretty well. The braking was a little concerning. The Gen 1 tundras don't have the best brake setup to begin with. Then I did a little more research. I did not realize there is a GCVW (Gross Combined Vehicle Weight) limit that I was at the limit. If I remember correctly, the 2006 Tundra had a tow limit of 7200 Pounds. The GCVW limit is 12,800. The empty Tundra is about 5000 pounds. Add 3-4 passengers at 150 each and 26 gallons of gas 182.......I was at the limit. That is without any additional items in the bed of the truck. I could not get notion out of my mind "What if something happened." Do I think the set up would have worked? Yeah, just at the limits on almost everything. I upgraded to a 2016 Tundra. If I were to keep the 2006, I would have upgraded the front brakes to better calipers, rotors and pads, installed disk brakes on the rear and kept the speed below 60.

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Have you towed your rig yet with the 2016 yet? Am thinking of getting a tundra5.7 crew max and am considering getting 27 ft tt 6500# dry which sounds kinda close to what you had to tow hoping to retire in fall and am trying to map it out thanks
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I tow a 37 ft 9500lbs dry TT. Averaged about 9mpg and that's doing some 6 percent grades too. Cruise set at 60mph, never dipped below 3rd gear going up hill
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Wow, you tow that with a tundra?
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Wow, you tow that with a tundra?
It is not like they won't tow more BB; you know that. Not like your Ram wouldn't tow more either. Should....well that is debatable...

Remember that before the new standard came out, 10800 lb tow rating was available.
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Ya I get that, I would just want some reserve especially after you load it up and put people in the truck, but I freely admit I am conservative with those things. I kinda have my own row ratings which anything over 7500 would be 3/4 ton time but like I said I like a lot of reserve.

And I don't know if my ram would handle a trailer up at 9500 lbs dry, I wouldn't try it but they do make bigger trucks like I have as well.

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Nothing wrong with your line of thinking BB. I like having some reserve as well. I'm still holding out for a HD Tundra. I only have 64K on my truck now, so there is plenty of service life left before another truck is needed...hopefully. Damn all these trucks are getting expensive.
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Have you towed your rig yet with the 2016 yet? Am thinking of getting a tundra5.7 crew max and am considering getting 27 ft tt 6500# dry which sounds kinda close to what you had to tow hoping to retire in fall and am trying to map it out thanks
Yes, several times. It tows so much better than the 2006! I never had a close call with braking on the 2006, had 1 with the 2016. Braking was excellent.

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