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Old 07-31-2022, 06:16 AM   #1
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Just curious about how many here tow with older vehicles? 10-20 years old, or more?
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Old 07-31-2022, 07:09 AM   #2
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2014 Ford F150 not 10 years yet but it's getting close. We are heading out on a 2000 or so mile trip in a few weeks. If you have good maintenance than no more worries for me than when it was newer. By the way I drive a 2004 Tacoma with 244,000 miles . It takes me to work 90 miles round trip 5 days a week.
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Old 07-31-2022, 07:13 AM   #3
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Just curious about how many here tow with older vehicles? 10-20 years old, or more?
Me also 2004 Tundra (access cab). Best vehicle I've ever owned and a perfect fit for the E19.
Sadly, mine is starting to feel the effects of our heavily salted roads and will soon be due for replacement.
I've been waiting for info on the 2023 Colorado and Ranger. GM just announced the 2023 Colorado will only be available in one configuration. No more extended cab long box. I'm disappointed with that!
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2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee, we'll be pulling our E19 to Colorado next week, 1000 miles. Then to Portland, OR in Sept, 2500 miles. Finally spending 4 months in mainland Mexico starting in Nov, 2500 miles. The jeep has 180,000 miles on it. Our daily driver , a 2004 VW Passat, has 245,000 miles on it. Both are diesels
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Old 07-31-2022, 07:41 AM   #5
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Although 2014 model, I only have 46,000 miles on the odometer. Garage kept, the Ram with the hemi engine is a great tow vehicle. Mainly used as a tow vehicle so most of those miles are towing. My daily driver is the "fun" car to drive, a Mustang GT !! But it is a 2016 model and less than 6,000 miles. I'm not looking forward to replacing the tires which may be soon!
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Old 07-31-2022, 08:05 AM   #6
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Our faithful 1998 Ram pulled our previous camper all over the country for several decades and 240,000 miles. When we ordered our 2019 Escape I decided it was finally time for a new tow vehicle and got a 2019 Ram. Since I keep vehicles for a long time, usually 20+ years, I was thrilled to get a lifetime unlimited mileage extended warranty on the new Ram - they stopped offering the unlimited warranty soon after that. Little did I realize at the time that my own personal warranty would soon be running out....hard to plan for everything!
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Old 07-31-2022, 08:16 AM   #7
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In Sept of ‘21 I bought a new Ranger for long trips, but still tow with my ‘98 C2500 as well. It’s been all over North America many times, and I continue to use it over the Ranger except for the trips that are more than 2 weeks long or more than 2000 miles.
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Old 07-31-2022, 08:37 AM   #8
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Our faithful 1998 Ram pulled our previous camper all over the country for several decades and 240,000 miles. When we ordered our 2019 Escape I decided it was finally time for a new tow vehicle and got a 2019 Ram. Since I keep vehicles for a long time, usually 20+ years, I was thrilled to get a lifetime unlimited mileage extended warranty on the new Ram - they stopped offering the unlimited warranty soon after that. Little did I realize at the time that my own personal warranty would soon be running out....hard to plan for everything!
David, you and I still have a long, enjoyable, time left for camping, hopefully together one day......
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Old 07-31-2022, 11:51 AM   #9
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Towed my 2005 Casita and my 2021 Escape 5.0 with the 2005 F150 SuperCab XLT which I still own and will keep as my backup vehicle (I live alone in a rural area, will always have a backup because 'stuff happens'). That 17.5 years old truck has ~130k miles on it.

The 2022 F150 Supercab Lariat delivered a couple of months ago is now my daily driver and primary tow vehicle.
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Old 07-31-2022, 12:32 PM   #10
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I've been towing our E19 with a 2001 Tundra extra cab,135,000 on the odometer. With clean oil and tranny fluid this thing might go on forever. Per mafg. specs tow with the overdrive off so the engine revs a bit but doesn't seem to mind at all. 11 -12 MPG towing.
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Old 07-31-2022, 12:36 PM   #11
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Me also 2004 Tundra (access cab). Best vehicle I've ever owned and a perfect fit for the E19.
Sadly, mine is starting to feel the effects of our heavily salted roads and will soon be due for replacement.
I've been waiting for info on the 2023 Colorado and Ranger. GM just announced the 2023 Colorado will only be available in one configuration. No more extended cab long box. I'm disappointed with that!
Thanks for the input , I also tow with my 04 tundra DC and it has been a great vehicle. Do you disable overdrive when towing?
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Old 07-31-2022, 12:53 PM   #12
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I've been towing our E19 with a 2001 Tundra extra cab,135,000 on the odometer. With clean oil and tranny fluid this thing might go on forever. Per mafg. specs tow with the overdrive off so the engine revs a bit but doesn't seem to mind at all. 11 -12 MPG towing.
Thanks, I do tow with overdrive off but I am occasionally tempted to use it on some of the flat lands of Louisiana. I usually run about 65mph.
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Old 07-31-2022, 01:03 PM   #13
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Old 07-31-2022, 01:08 PM   #14
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We tow our 5.0 with our 02 Tundra and while it is dependable and gets the job done it's a pretty miserable tow here in the mountains. With the four speed automatic which is really only a three speed with overdrive you are in second gear a lot and revving the engine more than would be necessary and often going slower than you could if there were more gears. We both like the truck and and it does fine towing at lower elevations and flatter terrain but that's not where we live. We are working on buying a new truck and we are going with a Ford F150 this time as Tundra's just don't/can't have as much payload as F150s can.
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Old 07-31-2022, 03:02 PM   #16
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We tow our 5.0 with our 02 Tundra and while it is dependable and gets the job done it's a pretty miserable tow here in the mountains. With the four speed automatic which is really only a three speed with overdrive you are in second gear a lot and revving the engine more than would be necessary and often going slower than you could if there were more gears. We both like the truck and and it does fine towing at lower elevations and flatter terrain but that's not where we live. We are working on buying a new truck and we are going with a Ford F150 this time as Tundra's just don't/can't have as much payload as F150s can.
I found a tremendous reduction in sag after installing a roadmaster active suspension on my 04 tundra.
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Old 07-31-2022, 04:27 PM   #17
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It's not about sag, I installed an air bag kit on the 02 and it caries the weight just fine.

I'm talking about legal payload, our 02 SR5 4wd 4.7L V8 has 1,500lbs of payload which for towing the 5.0 I consider the bare minimum. All of the new or newer Tundras we have looked had between 1,100 to 1,300lbs payload.

If you have a pin weight of 800lbs, and your total payload capacity is only 1,300 that only leaves you 500lbs for the hitch and everything else which is not enough in our opinion.

Ford F150 have a mostly aluminum body and so their total dry weight is around a thousand pounds less than most other trucks in the same class. This allows F150s to either have more heavy goodies or more payload.
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Old 07-31-2022, 04:32 PM   #18
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I found a tremendous reduction in sag after installing a roadmaster active suspension on my 04 tundra.
Hi: RBRV... I have a tremendous amount of belt line sag too!!! Would it work for that also?
Apart from the age of the tower, what is the age of the towee? Alf
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crew cab trucks have a large reduction in payload. that back seat and extra doors weigh 100s of lbs.
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Old 07-31-2022, 07:30 PM   #20
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Hi: RBRV... I have a tremendous amount of belt line sag too!!! Would it work for that also?
Apart from the age of the tower, what is the age of the towee? Alf
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