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Old 02-20-2012, 12:52 PM   #51
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Hi Hob, we also end up in the mountains, BC, Montana, Colorado. So the turbo diesel is the only way to go. But many do stay on relatively flat country, and can get by with a light-duty gas job.
And most are forced to compromise, as they can only afford one truck that has to be both a daily driver and a tow vehicle. Even though our diesel is an old girl, she is in perfect condition and still low miles. She will last us as long as we need a TV.
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:21 PM   #52
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Hi Hob, we also end up in the mountains, BC, Montana, Colorado. So the turbo diesel is the only way to go. But many do stay on relatively flat country, and can get by with a light-duty gas job.
We go there a lot too but only 5,500 pounds. So we are hoping that the turbo's on our gas engine will be helpful there too! We'll see this summer. I do think turbo's make a world of difference in high altitude situations.
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Crocus,

I shouldn't have been so short with my reply. I didn't mean to hurt anybody's feelings. I got rid of a perfectly good 350 chevy with overload springs and 4.10 gears in the rear-end. My reason was the first time I went over the 8640 foot pass on I-80 in Wyoming trucks pulling doubles were passing me. That convinced me I needed the 7.3 Ford 250 to pull to the places I wanted to go. I think the 7.3 is a good mountain truck. If I was pulling only in the flat lands of Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa I would probably still be really happy with my Chevy. So what pulls a trailer in a satisfactory manner is strictly in the eye of the person behind the wheel.

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acadianbob, if your camper is only 5500 lbs, that EcoBEAST will pull the begeebers out of it, even in the mountains. And yes, those turbos should make all the difference at altitude. I would imagine that everything is compensated for altitude, boost, timing, fuel misture, the works.
My best friend pulls a 28-foot KZ fifth with his new EcoBoost, and he has no issues at all, and there are a few hills to climb where he lives.
I think you will be all smiles!
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acadianbob, if your camper is only 5500 lbs, that EcoBEAST will pull the begeebers out of it, even in the mountains. And yes, those turbos should make all the difference at altitude. I would imagine that everything is compensated for altitude, boost, timing, fuel misture, the works.
My best friend pulls a 28-foot KZ fifth with his new EcoBoost, and he has no issues at all, and there are a few hills to climb where he lives.
I think you will be all smiles!
Thanks Crocus! I DO have high (altitude) expectations for it!!
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:05 PM   #56
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I have 2010 Tundra, pull a 33 foot Rockwood ultra lite, easy towing.
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I have 2011 Tundra and it tows real nice! For me its the right truck. For others it could be a Ford, Chevy or something else. We all have different tastes or needs. For my RV style the Tundra small payload isn't a problem at all.

If down the road I end up with a different RV I might need to consider a different truck. Right now I'm going to live in the present instead of the future. This is where my age comes into play - if I were younger my view on the future could be different.
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"It will probably stick with the old 7.3 but not gonna happen with the newer Diesels."
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Is English your second language? I have no idea what that is supposed to mean.
No, English is my first and only language although it might be a little country at times.

What I was saying is I have an '11 Hemi and an '05 Cummins and the Hemi won't stick,hang, or even come close to the MPG, towing or everyday driving I get out of the Cummins. I get the same MPG pulling 18,000# with the diesel as I do pulling my 4,000# bassboat with the Hemi. It gets 1.5 MPG on the interstate better empty and 3 MPG better everyday commuting than the Hemi. That's just my Hemi I guess.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:38 PM   #59
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For me its the right truck. For others it could be a Ford, Chevy or something else. We all have different tasts or needs. .
Roger that Terier.

The 'right truck for the right needs.'

My Dad has a new Tundra and is very happy with its performance, etc. I just traded my Titan for an F150 and couldn't be happier. (both are great trucks)

If you are behind the wheel and it puts a smile on your face, I say "enjoy" and be safe out there.

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A tow vehicle not only has to tow it also has to stop.
haha, better go check your facts. The Tundra has as big or bigger brakes than pretty much all the 3/4T and 1T out there. You can also get the TRD brake kit (about $2500...ouch) that gives you even larger brakes. Every piece of the drive train on the new tundras (07+) is pretty much as big or bigger than the 3/4 and 1T. The only thing you'll get over the Tundra with a 3/4 or 1T is wheelbase and a diesel option.

FWIW, I absolutely love my 5.7L CrewMax. It has more than enough oomph to yank my ~9K lb trailer around (and stop it just fine). My mileage does suck while I'm towing, won't deny that (average around 9-10...have gotten as low as 6 when I was trying to keep pace at ~80 up one of the canyons here in the Rockies, I've also gotten as high as 12). The Tundra isn't a truck I'd want to tow across the country with, but I have been to neighboring states with my trailer in tow and it didn't even flinch. My truck has a little over 10K lb capacity, so I'm pushing it a little with my trailer, but I still have about a 10% safety margin. My biggest complaint about the Tundra for towing (as has been mentioned previously) is the small gas tank.

I do use airbags on my truck, the WD hitch only levels you out so far. As long as you readjust your WD hitch once you have the airbags on, it does fantastic. I initially didn't readjust my WD hitch after I added the air bags and it made it a little squirrely. I only run 5-10psi in my airbags.
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