I had no idea dead pigs would be happy in sunshine....
We had the same experience, Rob, with our 2011 Tundra. My husband had a 96 Ford Ranger and I had the 99 Taco, and we knew neither one would pull the 17' SD so we went 'big' with the Tundra.
At first I was astounded..this thing is a behemoth. It's the freaking Queen Mary. Much too much? I felt embarassed...but then we took our big trip to Rice. That's when she proved herself. We drove down to Rice from WA through the Blues, which were snowy. No one gives much credit to the Blue Mountains but there are spots that scare me spitless, and I'm used to driving in the mountains. The Tundra had no problems whatsoever.
Two days before our pickup appointment at Casita, in Kearney, NE, my husband's back went out BIG time. He was bent over like a paper clip and could not straighten up. My poor dear man, there was nothing I could do to ease his pain. So he crawled in to the big back seat of the Tundra and I drove to Rice where we picked up Grus Egg. If we'd not had all the room in the back he wouldn't have been able to heal up. You know when they take your picture of you with your new Casita at the factory? In it, my husband can barely stand up straight, you can see the pain on his face but only because he was able to ride in the back seat was he able to function at all.
Then on the way home to WA, we took the western route through Big Oil country in TX. I have never seen such insane drivers in my life. These huge oil tanker trucks PASSING us on a two lane road, going 85 miles per hour, and the Tundra hardly budged. You could not...and still can't...tell you're towing the Casita.
So, yeah, it's a big a$$ truck that we use virtually only to tow the Casita (and to get us through heavy snow) and I wouldn't be without it for anything.
Edited by Meadowlark, 24 September 2016 - 07:10 PM.