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Old 01-20-2015, 08:06 PM   #11
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Aren't we all conscientious? Awfully big word? I also don't kmow about those bowtie trucks so.... I pull my 5r with the truck capable of towing the space shuttle, don't ya know.... Or 10.5k which ever comes first. I do have full servicing done (tranny/diff) every other year. Many talk about that pin weight thingy and their probably right to refer to it from time to time. I think if your stating 9.5 then it's prob for a 5r. Their is a difference for TT or 5r. The RV dealer will sell at what he thinks you can tow and if your not tackling the rockies, keeping your speed at 55, you should be ok.
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Old 01-21-2015, 01:14 PM   #12
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Well then you have to be very conscientious driver and pay very close attention...
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Can't tell you how many dented cabs I have seen over the years...those end caps will sneak up and BITE your TV
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Aren't we all conscientious? Awfully big word? I also don't kmow about those bowtie trucks so.... I pull my 5r with the truck capable of towing the space shuttle, don't ya know.... Or 10.5k which ever comes first. I do have full servicing done (tranny/diff) every other year. Many talk about that pin weight thingy and their probably right to refer to it from time to time. I think if your stating 9.5 then it's prob for a 5r. Their is a difference for TT or 5r. The RV dealer will sell at what he thinks you can tow and if your not tackling the rockies, keeping your speed at 55, you should be ok.

Excellent points Don & Dona!

That "Rockies" comment and/or tooling around the high mesas in New Mexico has got me to thinking.

How has your Tundra handled these areas? Thinking back to when we lived in NM, I remember seeing RVs struggling to make it over the St Augustine pass outside Las Cruces (for those who don't know this is a long steep grade that crosses the mountains)

Other areas I am thinking about would be crossing the Rockies at Colorado Springs.

Comments and thoughts from those who have been there, done that?
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Like climbing up out of Phoenix towards Flagstaff. Tows great if you watch the rmps (keep it below 25-3000) that is. I just slide in behind a semi and try to bump draft. (I seldom if never pass) It's no different than 53 on I-80 (53 is best mpg for me). Most everybody is blowing past me anyway. My shuttle tow'r is in tow haul mode and manual shift. Even with 4-wheel disk brakes I gotta watch my speeds downhill. I installed ceramic disk pads for heat reduction. All in all I still ain't go'n into those rockies till I get my diesel.
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Oh yea, struggling to some is just another lower gear for me.
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Like climbing up out of Phoenix towards Flagstaff. Tows great if you watch the rmps (keep it below 25-3000) that is. I just slide in behind a semi and try to bump draft. (I seldom if never pass) It's no different than 53 on I-80 (53 is best mpg for me). Most everybody is blowing past me anyway. My shuttle tow'r is in tow haul mode and manual shift. Even with 4-wheel disk brakes I gotta watch my speeds downhill. I installed ceramic disk pads for heat reduction. All in all I still ain't go'n into those rockies till I get my diesel.
Yeah that is what I was thinking too. 2-ish years out to retirement and we will at least be 1/2 timers and DW & I want to travel out west.

I love our EcoBeast and have had no complaints with towing in the "mountains" East of the Mississippi.

But, having lived in NM, I know what a mountain REALLY is (Phoenix-Flagstaff being a good example & driving around the 15k's in CO is a torque-muncher for sure!)

So, yeah, after talking EcoBeast smack for the past couple of years, we are thinking about getting a 3/4 ton diesel.

Maybe we should open up that can of worms and innocently ask which diesel 3/4T pickup is best
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We have a '14 8528IKWS (our second Flagstaff 5r) and have had absolutely no problems with it. My wife and I both love the floor plan and all that room. Only problem is the space between the mattress and wall is very narrow. We have vacationed in the Canadian Rockies and plan on becoming snowbirds this fall. I tow it with a '99 F250 Super duty with the 7.3lt diesel no problems even at 65 mph through the mountains and get 13 to 15 mpg. 😃
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We have a 2103 8528IKWS and yes we love it! The Cat Scale shows loaded weight at about 9500 lbs and pin weight at about 1800 lbs - and I tow with a Ford F350.

You will really appreciate being able to have both parties working around the center kitchen island when preparing dinner.

Also, if you can...get the Diamond Package!

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