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Old 09-22-2015   #31
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a V6 tacoma should work just fine, I see a ton of them hauling multiple rafts around here (Idaho) see a lot of guys with the 5.7L Tundra's too... I personally tow with a Chevy 2500 Suburban. with a 6.0L but I have 4 kids so a Tacoma or Tundra wasn't really an option. if I had two less kids, I'd probably be driving a Toyota.

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Old 09-22-2015   #32
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What ever you run get a good cooler for your transmission and change your fluid and filter often. Use a synthetic fluid, don't bitch about the price. New fluid and filter is way cheaper than a smoked tranny, and more convenient.

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Old 09-22-2015   #33
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03 Chevy suburban with 4x4. Everything fits inside, and the 4x4 has gotten us out of some steep take outs

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Old 09-22-2015   #34
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+1 for 4-door tundras. Gen 1 gets better mileage and has adequate power. Gen 2 has passenger room for days...super nice for family trips.
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Old 09-22-2015   #35
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Old 09-22-2015   #36
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I Have towed with the 4.7 Dakotas and Durangos, they do okay. We had a 98 Sienna with 200K, and it towed a single loaded raft with a plenty of car camping gear in the bed of my utility trailer just fine. The mileage didn't suffer too much, and it would go over Mt. Hood (about 4400 ft elevation) at 55-60 with more power on tap, but I never pushed it. The only thing I didn't like about it was it was only front wheel drive, and that can be a pain in the ass on steep gravel ramps. I never got stuck, but I came close. That got totaled and now we have a 2002 Sequoia, we love it. Plenty of power, 15 mpg towing stacked rafts with overnight gear, and 4wd is very nice. I can easily fit 7 people, and 8 if I stack 3 kids in the 3rd row. I'm a big fan of Toyotas, my wife drove a Yukon Denali with the 6.0 liter (lots of power) but she like the interior and ride height of the Toyota better. I am longing for a 1st generation Tundra 4 door.
Hey Shapp, what brand of header and edu upgrade did you get for your truck? My exhaust manifold is cracking, and your MPG claims sound better than what I'm getting
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Old 09-23-2015   #38
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!995 Geo Tracker..... It adequately provides all the power a real man could ever need or want. 119 coked up horses on this bad boy STOCK straight from the factory... Sweet aluminum rims drop the unsprung weight for top notch cornering capability at speed.

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06 Toyota Tundra Double Cab with 4 full doors and a 6' bed. With two kids, you are going to want some serious cargo room, in the trailer or in the vehicle, or both.

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