2016 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro – On the Road to Michigan Towing the 1963 International C1200

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In what will likely go down as one of the crazier press loans and career stories, I’m hitting the road to Michigan after Labor Day with a 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro towing my 1963 International C1200. Why? I sold it and you are never going to believe the buyer.

On the Road to Michigan With the International Towed by 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

These two trucks will be East bound soon.

Now that I have your attention, the buyer is none other than Toyota’s Tundra and Tacoma Chief Engineer Mike Sweers. Yep, Mike is buying the International from me. Turns out, Mike and I have talked about this truck off and on over the few years I’ve gotten to know him at various events. As most of readers probably have guessed, I spend a lot of time seeing various engineers, executives and PR reps at different events. This is pretty invaluable since we can quickly get beyond the “corporate speak” and get further in-depth on topics. One of those topics that keeps coming up is my old International. People really seem like they want to talk about it a lot including Mike. At the Million Mile Tundra unveiling, I told him I was selling it and he agreed to buy it.

On the Road to Michigan With the International Towed by 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD ProToyota graciously offered to loan me a 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro as the tow vehicle. I ended up booking a trailer through U-Haul after being unable to find another option.

I’ll be loading the International up after Labor Day and making the 20 hour drive East bound to Michigan.

It will “sorta” be like this:

My plan is to stop for one night along the way since I’m not a young kid anymore plus a long-distance tow is going to wear me down.

On the Road to Michigan With the International Towed by 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD ProAs I travel, I’ll be posting updates here on THQ. Truck Trend will be publishing a review of the long-distance tow.

If this Tundra looks familiar, it is the same one I reviewed back in March.

Finally, before I leave, I’ll be using the Tundra quite a bit. More to come on this.

On the Road to Michigan With the International Towed by 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Never mind the sand on the bumper.

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  1. hemi lol says:

    Uhaul trailers SUCK!! they have surge brakes and the tongue weight is set heavy so your mpg’s will suffer because of it. I’m sure that’ll be a fun trip though. Tell mike I said hi! see if he’ll give us any hints to whats coming next year!

    • Tim Esterdahl says:

      I’m not liking the UHaul option either. If you have any lines on a trailer, let me know! I’ve emailed and called everyone I know.

      Should be a fun trip for sure.

      -Tim

  2. hemi lol says:

    I have one…… but being in Cincy don’t help you lol.

  3. mendonsy says:

    It’s a real shame to see the old International go. Maybe Sweers can learn something from it (like how to build a reliable truck that can actually be repaired)?

  4. If I could ask Mike Sweers one question, cuz he has some pull and connections, it would be “Was the lack of QDR my Tundra had an anomaly?” If so, then why wasn’t it properly addressed?

    These are two tough questions, but if Mike can convince Toyota to issue a new truck for a million mile Tundra owner, then I figure he can answer my questions, especially the first one since the Tundra’s QDR is his domain.

    Please no koolaid responses cuz my former Dodge Ram 2500 with a Cummins and GM trucks were way better in terms of QDR.

    Anyway, good luck with the road trip; I look forward to reading about it.

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