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2009-2010 Truck Maximum Tow Rating Guide – Part Two

Last week, we listed off all the maximum tow ratings for 2009 and 2010 half-ton trucks. The ratings ranged everywhere from 6,000 lbs to 11,300…and most manufacturers ratings are inconsistent. Ford’s 5.4L F150, for example, is rated anywhere from 7,700 lbs to 11,300 lbs depending on the presence of a tow package. That’s a difference of 46% for the same engine – how can this be?

There's something fishy about manufacturer's maximum trailer tow ratings.

There's something fishy about manufacturer's maximum trailer tow ratings.

There are a lot of factors that go into determining a truck’s tow rating, but generally speaking we can boil all the factors that determine maximum trailer tow ratings down to five categories:

New Accessory Review System

We’re happy to announce a new system for reviewing accessories that allows everyone to contribute their opinion – please take a moment to check it out:

The new accessory review system

The new accessory review system

You can find it by clicking on the “Tundra Accessories” link in the menu bar or by clicking on the “Tundra Accessory Reviews” link in the drop-down menu.

This system is brand new and relatively un-tested. SO – if you find something that’s broken, or something that doesn’t look right, please let us know.

Also, if you don’t see a part or accessory that you’d like to review, please send us a quick note and tell us what you’d like to see us add.

Finally, if you haven’t done so already, please leave a review for your favorite parts. Sharing your opinion will help all Tundra owners figure out what parts they should or should not buy. Your opinion counts!

Special thanks to Cache for your development work and Justin for helping us get this thing up and running – we really appreciate all your efforts.

5 Ways Toyota Is Screwing Up The Tundra

Toyota needs to stop being so damn conservative when it comes to the Tundra. Since 2007, Toyota has built a truck that can stand toe-to-toe with the best that Ford, GM, and Dodge had to offer. Never before has Toyota offered a truck with so much capability at such a great value. Consumers responded strongly to the new Tundra in 2007, and that response stayed strong through the debut of the TRD supercharger in 2008. After that, enthusiasm started to sputter. Toyota started out winning the battle for the hearts and minds of truck owners, but then they pulled back. What gives?

While it’s easy to blame a downturn in the truck market (and aggressive incentives from struggling domestic rivals) for the Tundra’s loss of momentum, the problem is deeper than that. The problem, plain and simple, is Toyota’s poor management of the development of the Tundra. Here’s what they’ve done wrong:

Black and Decker Electromate 400

It’s happened to almost anyone who lives in a cold climate. One day, you go out to start your car or truck and all you get when you turn the key is a weak whirring sound from under the hood, a click from the starter relay – or nothing at all. Whether it is because the dome light was left on, an accessory was plugged in all night, or simply the result of a battery giving up the ghost in very cold weather, the end result is the same: you’re not starting under your own power.

Black and Decker's Electromate 400 is a nifty emergency battery.

Black and Decker's Electromate 400 is a nifty emergency battery.

Jumper cables are the obvious option (and everyone should have some in their vehicle), but sometimes when you need a jump-start there is absolutely no one around who can help you. Jumper cables also require a vehicle that can maneuver close enough to your front end to make a solid connection – which is hard sometimes when you’re driving a big bad truck and all your friendly Samaritan has is a little econo-box. There’s also the fact that some cars just don’t have the juice to jump a big vehicle. But there’s some good news here…

Improvements in battery technology over the past couple of years have created a new class of product that enables people to jump-start their own vehicles without the need for third-party assistance.

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TundraHeadquarters April 25th Meet-Up

Our first-ever TundraHeadquarters meet-up took place yesterday, and while turn-out wasn’t as high as we had hoped, it was a good first effort.