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post #1 of 8 Old 12-31-2019, 03:46 AM Thread Starter
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Is there a horse owner here with a Toyota Tundra?

The new 2020 Tundra SR5 2WD Crewmax with tow package and 5.7 motor can tow a trailer weight up to 10,100 pounds!
This truck can also tow a gooseneck with proper 5th wheel equipment.
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-31-2019, 04:07 AM Thread Starter
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Here is something that might surprise you:
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Yep, you witnessed the Five T's! Ummm, make that 7 T's. No, 9 T's even yet.

Tough Texas Toyota Tundra Truck Trailering Torture Test (8 T's)

Toyota passed that test right down to a T. (the 9th T). The only thing replaced during 100,000 mostly off-road miles was oil, filter and one battery. Is 100,000 miles par for the course for any automobile battery these days?

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My 2011 4WD Tundra CrewMax (crew cab..?? full backseat with full doors, don't remember the correct term used) ,5.8 L has a tow capacity in the 10000 lb range, don't remember the exact number, it's been 3 years since I did my research. However, having a 5.5 ft bed, in my opinion, rules out a gooseneck or 5th wheel. It tows my little 2 horse bumper pull with 2 horses in it like it's nothing. It's just about to turn over 200,000 miles and I hope to get at least 50000 more. I don't abuse it though, never been 'muddin' etc.
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My 2011 4WD Tundra CrewMax (crew cab..?? full backseat with full doors, don't remember the correct term used) ,5.8 L has a tow capacity in the 10000 lb range, don't remember the exact number, it's been 3 years since I did my research. However, having a 5.5 ft bed, in my opinion, rules out a gooseneck or 5th wheel. It tows my little 2 horse bumper pull with 2 horses in it like it's nothing. It's just about to turn over 200,000 miles and I hope to get at least 50000 more. I don't abuse it though, never been 'muddin' etc.
I would never buy a truck with anything less than a 6 1/2 foot box. Most of my trucks have been 6/1/2 foot except for for 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe that was an 8-foot long box. I had a 1986 Dodge Ram D50 compact and I think that was 6'. Nothing less than 6' for an older compact pickup anyway.

Toyota's standard box for both Tacoma and Tundra is 6 1/2". You can get an 8' box for a Tundra too. Par for the course on most pickups.

I never understood a 5 1/2-foot box on any truck. Makes no sense to me.
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My pat comment about truck beds is that anything under 8 feet is an urban toy and not a real pickup truck:)
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I have a 2010 Tundra; 2WD, 5.7l Crew Cab, ~90K miles. Mine has a flat bed (very rare to see in this part of the world; I have only seen one other) and full TRD suspension with in-cab adjustable air leveling, and is set up to handle gooseneck as well as BP.
I bought it like this, the only thing I have added is the TRD suspension; got that cheap from a young man who put a huge lift in his brand-new truck. On that note, I will comment that the majority of Tundras I see around here are "dress-up" off-road look-a-likes; I'm sure most of them never go wheelin', they are far too pretty to risk scratching the paint or getting mud up in the wheel wells :-P
Mine works for a living, and handles my BP flatbed car hauler, or the 2-place horse trailer effortlessly, and a GN 3-place -w- LQ trailer w/o undue effort, tho you can definitely tell it's back there. I haul hay and what-not on the flat bed; standard load is 24 2-string bales (1200 - 1500lb). I could probably stack another layer on, but 24 bales fits just right.
And I bought it cheap. Cheap-cheap; you'd cry if I told you how little. I bought it with issues; random check-engine light, and it would sometimes go into limp mode. But it was running great when I test-drove it, and I'm a pretty good mechanic; "How much trouble can it be?"
That was naive on my part; It is an e-truck, and CEL's can mean a lot of very expensive trouble if you have to take it to somewhere for a fix. However I'm stubborn (why George and I get along so well :-), and have managed to sort most of the problems, the remaining ones being related to the evaporative emissions system, and so relatively unimportant to the overall scheme of things. I have come to the conclusion that they are being caused by the flat-bed install, as the installer had to rework the filler neck, and the venting isn't quite right. I just reset the CELs when they come on; maybe some day I'll look into them, but it's low on my to-do list.
It is a comfortable truck, and has handled every task I have put it to gracefully. It's reasonably economical to operate, and fairly thrilling if you tromp on the go-pedal. About my only gripe is that visibility from the drivers seat is not real good, the the huge rear-view mirrors exacerbate this problem. It's a handful in a parking lot, and I just can't imagine doing any serious off-road in one, 'cause ya gotta be able to see it before you can drive over it.
Overall I like the truck, but if I'd have known what I was getting into before bringing it home, I would have bought a mid-'90s F-250 with the big 460 engine and primitive ECU instead. I feel far more confident of being able to keep an older Ford on the road than the new-fangled Toyota machine.
And I would have looked for one with a flat-bed; I really prefer a flat-bed on a working truck. "Really."
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My pat comment about truck beds is that anything under 8 feet is an urban toy and not a real pickup truck:)
Honda RidgeLine has even a 5' box.

It's an urban shopping cart for women to load new shoes in and nothing more.
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