1. Welcome to Tundras.com!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tundra discussion topics
    • Transfer over your build thread from a different forum to this one
    • Communicate privately with other Tundra owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

2 weeks, 2100 miles towing my Airstream - what I learned

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by sbxx312, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. Jul 8, 2019 at 7:47 PM
    #1
    sbxx312

    sbxx312 [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2018
    Member:
    #14715
    Messages:
    227
    Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2018 Tundra TRD Sport, 2012 Tacoma TRD Sport
    Just got back from a two week camping trip with my wife, son, and dog. I was towing our 22 foot 2003 Airstream International and bought the Tundra last year with this trip in mind. We've towed the same trailer for the last six years with a 2012 supercharged Tacoma. The Tundra kicks ass.

    Route was Boulder to Glendo State Park in Wyoming. Glendo to Grand Teton National Park. Tetons to Madison Campground in Yellowstone. Yellowstone to a ranch in Pine, Idaho with a stop at Craters of the Moon. The ranch to Deer Creek State Park in Utah. Deer Creek to Stagecoach State Park in Steamboat with a stop at Dinosaur National Park. Then home. Two weeks, 2100 miles.

    What I learned:

    1. The IBC did not disconnect or misbehave. I had the dealership do the TSB before I hooked up my trailer this year, so I don't know if it fixed an issue or not. But I was sweating it. Convincing your wife to buy this truck to tow your trailer to Yellowstone with an IBC that disconnects and no P3 plug and play harness kept me up at night. Thanks to Toyota for the TSB. Set the IBC to 5.5 and it worked without issue.

    2. Windoors. My Tacoma's Leer 100XR did not have windoors. This time, based on the advice here, I got them on the Tundra's Leer 100XR. Camping with them is great. Cooler on one side, firewood on the other. We spent a lot of time in bear country and the campsite had to be clean. It was nice not to unload and reload and have three access points.

    3. Big gas tank is great. The other family we traveled with has a 2018 Ram towing a 22 foot Micro Minnie. I have no clue how big the Ram's tank was, but we needed gas at the same time the entire trip. If we were towing with the Tacoma, we would have had to stop for gas all the time.

    4. Factory exhaust for towing is loud enough. My next mods were Victory sliders and a Dirty Deeds exhaust, but I personally wouldn't want it any louder than it is now for towing.

    5. Beast mode is awesome and makes all the difference. I towed without it and that was really a lot less fun and more like the Tacoma.

    6. My cloth seats were pretty uncomfortable until this trip. I either got used to them or they broke in. Either way, there were 7 hour driving days and no back issues. My wife, kid, and dog found the seats really comfortable.
     
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2019
  2. Jul 8, 2019 at 7:51 PM
    #2
    Black Wolf

    Black Wolf AMAROK, Inuit Stealthy Mythical Beast

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2014
    Member:
    #378
    Messages:
    25,052
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Aurora CO
    Vehicle:
    2014 Attitude Black Metallic 5.7L DC Limited TRD 4X4
    None
    Sounds like a great trip. What was your mpg?
     
  3. Jul 8, 2019 at 8:49 PM
    #3
    sbxx312

    sbxx312 [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2018
    Member:
    #14715
    Messages:
    227
    Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2018 Tundra TRD Sport, 2012 Tacoma TRD Sport
    No clue. Terrible probably.
     
  4. Jul 8, 2019 at 8:50 PM
    #4
    Black Wolf

    Black Wolf AMAROK, Inuit Stealthy Mythical Beast

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2014
    Member:
    #378
    Messages:
    25,052
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Aurora CO
    Vehicle:
    2014 Attitude Black Metallic 5.7L DC Limited TRD 4X4
    None
    No doubt :thumbsup:
     
    SnrDisregardo likes this.
  5. Jul 8, 2019 at 8:53 PM
    #5
    equin

    equin Texarican Tundra

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2015
    Member:
    #2230
    Messages:
    969
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ed
    DFW, TX
    Vehicle:
    2015 Silver Sky DC SR5 5.7L 4x4 TSS Package
    TRD Rear Anti-sway bar, TRD Pro skid plate, Bedrug bed mat, Icon Rebounds 285/75/17 Cooper Discoverer XLTs, Bilstein 6112s/5160s, Diamondback SE, Dirtydeeds Industries 8" stainless BAMuffler, aFe dry air filter, TRD air intake accelerator
    No Airstream towing experience, but the Dirty Deeds exhaust should come with a resonator that should get rid of any interior drone that might develop.

    Anyway, no pics of your Airstream and scenic National Parks?
     
  6. Jul 8, 2019 at 9:01 PM
    #6
    sbxx312

    sbxx312 [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2018
    Member:
    #14715
    Messages:
    227
    Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2018 Tundra TRD Sport, 2012 Tacoma TRD Sport
    My wife says she's creating an album on Snapfish, so I had no photo taking responsibility. Many photos were taken, especially at Yellowstone.

    I did take a photo of my truck and Airstream at Glendo State Park in Wyoming, but it has my license plate on it. For you mountain bikers, that's a nice spot. It has a pump track.
     
    Black Wolf, 2ndgenny and equin like this.
  7. Jul 8, 2019 at 9:06 PM
    #7
    2ndgenny

    2ndgenny RENOVATING MY BASEMENT :(

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2018
    Member:
    #13002
    Messages:
    2,593
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dan
    Hinton Alberta, Canada
    Vehicle:
    Oh8 Limited DC Bush Beater!
    OME 3.5” 613’s & Dakar leafs, SPC UCA’s Daystar bag cups and bags. Arb bumper/2” rigid led fogs. Debadged. Smoked tailights/3rdbrake. Magnaflow catback. aFe Magnum stage 2 intake. Official Dirty Seven Club Member!
    Well you wouldn’t want the licence plate monsters to come get you ;):worthless:

    On real, sounds like a great trip. Glad the Tundra is good at doing what it’s meant to do! I love towing with mine too :)
     
    Tundyfundy, shellshock and SR5 AZUL like this.
  8. Jul 8, 2019 at 9:11 PM
    #8
    sbxx312

    sbxx312 [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2018
    Member:
    #14715
    Messages:
    227
    Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2018 Tundra TRD Sport, 2012 Tacoma TRD Sport
    Here's my truck after I got the Leer shell.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Jul 8, 2019 at 9:22 PM
    #9
    sbxx312

    sbxx312 [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2018
    Member:
    #14715
    Messages:
    227
    Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2018 Tundra TRD Sport, 2012 Tacoma TRD Sport
    Eleven Mile State Park early June.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Jul 8, 2019 at 9:39 PM
    #10
    STE4DY

    STE4DY New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2019
    Member:
    #23821
    Messages:
    57
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Anthony
    Vehicle:
    2017 Limited TRD Off Road
    i love my leather seats but they can get sticky after sitting on them for a while haha
     
    Jrharvey02 and 2ndgenny like this.
  11. Jul 8, 2019 at 9:41 PM
    #11
    2ndgenny

    2ndgenny RENOVATING MY BASEMENT :(

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2018
    Member:
    #13002
    Messages:
    2,593
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dan
    Hinton Alberta, Canada
    Vehicle:
    Oh8 Limited DC Bush Beater!
    OME 3.5” 613’s & Dakar leafs, SPC UCA’s Daystar bag cups and bags. Arb bumper/2” rigid led fogs. Debadged. Smoked tailights/3rdbrake. Magnaflow catback. aFe Magnum stage 2 intake. Official Dirty Seven Club Member!
    Nice. Rad setup
     
    awq735 likes this.
  12. Jul 9, 2019 at 11:10 AM
    #12
    sbxx312

    sbxx312 [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2018
    Member:
    #14715
    Messages:
    227
    Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2018 Tundra TRD Sport, 2012 Tacoma TRD Sport
    If someone can sufficiently damage my cloth seats, I'm going to get Katzkin leather seats. I'm stuck for now and it's the lighter grey color, which is also unfortunate. I prefer leather.
     
  13. Jul 9, 2019 at 2:19 PM
    #13
    STE4DY

    STE4DY New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2019
    Member:
    #23821
    Messages:
    57
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Anthony
    Vehicle:
    2017 Limited TRD Off Road
    my buddy has the grey cloth in his tundra and took his truck to mexico and when he came back he would slap them and poof, dust clouds haha i couldn't go back to cloth seats
     
    jewsNbrews likes this.
  14. Jul 9, 2019 at 2:23 PM
    #14
    Jrharvey02

    Jrharvey02 Meh.

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2018
    Member:
    #19822
    Messages:
    442
    Gender:
    Male
    Skyland Village, Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2010 Tundra CM 5.7FFV Platinum Dark Black
    A.R.E. Topper, Clifford Remote Start/Alarm, Pioneer Avic8200-NEX Entertainment System, Passport 9500ix Radar Detector, Compustar Dash Front and Rear View Cameras, ADVX Rear view mirror camera, front grille camera, JL Audio 10” sub, Focal 6.5”, Thule Rack Mounts & Rocky Mounts Basket, Dual Batteries, Bedrug Bedliner, LED Bed Lights, TRD Sport Shocks, TRD rear sway bar. Custom Fitted Denver Outfitters Fly Rod Vault, BreezeGuard rear pet screens, DTMoto Headlights, color-matched aftermarket grille
    platinums come with seat coolers...just sayin’...
     
  15. Jul 9, 2019 at 2:36 PM
    #15
    STE4DY

    STE4DY New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2019
    Member:
    #23821
    Messages:
    57
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Anthony
    Vehicle:
    2017 Limited TRD Off Road
    definitely gonna get all the gizmos when i decide to trade in my limited
     
  16. Jul 11, 2019 at 10:14 AM
    #16
    sbxx312

    sbxx312 [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2018
    Member:
    #14715
    Messages:
    227
    Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2018 Tundra TRD Sport, 2012 Tacoma TRD Sport
    Another thing I learned is bring Neopectin if you have a dog and go on this kind of trip. Lewis is big and has a stomach of steel, but swimming in the lakes and reservoirs and he got the shits. Our vet of 20 years gave us a bottle knowing we were going to Yellowstone and would have to leave him in the trailer at times. It's for diarrhea and vomiting.

    Lewis is four and has never pooped in the trailer. He did in Utah, felt bad about it, and then got three days of Neopectin and all was well. Having a poopy dog doesn't work well in the truck during the long legs between stops. Finding a vet on the road is a pain.

    I got a refill last night just to leave in the trailer. Your dog would prefer not to shit in the trailer. That's what Lewis said.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Jul 11, 2019 at 6:28 PM
    #17
    Rfick15

    Rfick15 New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2019
    Member:
    #33105
    Messages:
    1
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ryan
    Vehicle:
    2017 Quicksand Tundra SR5
    OOOOO thanks for sharing that photo. I actually created my account to reply. We just upgraded from a Tacoma to a Tundra on monday. I sent that park info to my wife and she loved it. Pretty sure I'm making that trip next June.
     
  18. Jul 12, 2019 at 9:21 AM
    #18
    sbxx312

    sbxx312 [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2018
    Member:
    #14715
    Messages:
    227
    Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2018 Tundra TRD Sport, 2012 Tacoma TRD Sport
    Rocky Ridge campground. Stay away from the electric sites if you want space. Dump station on the way out. Big trout in the reservoir.

    I towed my trailer to Eleven Mile a few times with the Tacoma. First time last month with the Tundra and it was a world of difference.
     
  19. Jul 12, 2019 at 1:20 PM
    #19
    TacoWuzzaTurd

    TacoWuzzaTurd Loving my Tundra

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2018
    Member:
    #17907
    Messages:
    532
    Gender:
    Male
    Scottsdale AZ
    Vehicle:
    2018 SR5 4x4 Crewmax, TRD Offroad
    6112s @1.9", TRD Dual Exhaust, rims, tires, jl audio system
    I've towed travel trailers in the range of 3500lbs to 8000lbs. My fuel economy has been relatively static at about 8mpg. :eek2:
     
  20. Jul 12, 2019 at 2:15 PM
    #20
    SnrDisregardo

    SnrDisregardo New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2018
    Member:
    #13125
    Messages:
    292
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2018 Platinum CrewMax 4x4
    TRD Sport Suspension, TRD Front & Rear Sway bar, TRD Pro Shift knob, Charcoal Filter Delete, aFe Pro Dry S w/SABM, LineX bed, Remote Start, OEM tonneau cover, DIY pop'n lock.
    Eh, more like seat vents. There is much to be desired over the "cooling" with them. At least that is compared to the Explorer we rented in NM.
     
  21. Jul 12, 2019 at 2:16 PM
    #21
    SnrDisregardo

    SnrDisregardo New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2018
    Member:
    #13125
    Messages:
    292
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2018 Platinum CrewMax 4x4
    TRD Sport Suspension, TRD Front & Rear Sway bar, TRD Pro Shift knob, Charcoal Filter Delete, aFe Pro Dry S w/SABM, LineX bed, Remote Start, OEM tonneau cover, DIY pop'n lock.
    Good looking pup too. Poor ole guy and that face.
     
  22. Jul 13, 2019 at 8:05 AM
    #22
    sbxx312

    sbxx312 [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2018
    Member:
    #14715
    Messages:
    227
    Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2018 Tundra TRD Sport, 2012 Tacoma TRD Sport
    I don't want seat warming or cooling.

    On the way home from Steamboat, I also learned the Tundra talks to you and does navigation that shows up on the dash. It only took 5000 miles to figure that out.
     
  23. Jul 13, 2019 at 8:17 AM
    #23
    cmiller219

    cmiller219 New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2019
    Member:
    #25873
    Messages:
    452
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Chris
    Nashville, TN
    Vehicle:
    2018 Cement CM Tundra
    Am I missing something or am I not getting the pun? What is this beast mode??

    Man this sounds like so much fun I can not wait to do things like this. Very few families do these things anymore. Your kid is going to appreciate this so much in the future.
     
  24. Jul 13, 2019 at 8:26 AM
    #24
    sbxx312

    sbxx312 [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2018
    Member:
    #14715
    Messages:
    227
    Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2018 Tundra TRD Sport, 2012 Tacoma TRD Sport
    Thanks. It was a ton of fun.

    Push the tow/haul button.
     
    NewImprovedRon and cmiller219 like this.
  25. Jul 13, 2019 at 8:56 PM
    #25
    STE4DY

    STE4DY New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2019
    Member:
    #23821
    Messages:
    57
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Anthony
    Vehicle:
    2017 Limited TRD Off Road
    they should change it to haul ass button
     
  26. Jul 15, 2019 at 9:58 AM
    #26
    agent319

    agent319 New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2019
    Member:
    #31719
    Messages:
    13
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Stuart
    Vehicle:
    2015 Red 1794
    no mods
    I'm sure your dog will have no problem tearing those cloth seats up so I see Leather in your future. You might want to set back more money because nothing lasts w/ a dog on them.
     

Products Discussed in

To Top