I can get 32 square bales of Bermuda on my Toyota one ton with a 7
foot bed. I could get another 8 bales if I stack one more course. I
have to take turns pretty slow if i go for 40. 32 is not so bad as it
is only 1500 pounds of hay or so. How many bales to others get on
Toyota sold a 7 1/2 foot bed, one ton pickup 'till ~ 1991 in the US.
The original "extra cab" was built on the long bed chassis using a
standard bed. Nowadays, I think the current Access Cab Tacoma, with a 7
1/2' bed, and 3 liter turbo diesel, on the Double Cab long bed chassis
would be cool. They sell it outside the US as the "Hilux"
Toyota loves to confuse people with the current Tacoma. The double cab
"long" bed is actually the 6.3' bed used on every other Tacoma. The
"short" bed double cab is an ultra short 5 footer, built on the Acces
I gotcha now. IIRC some of those older truck did look pretty stiff and HD.
I guess the confusion for me was that the trucks were still relatively small
on "cargo space" rather than cargo weight capacity. IIRC I remember seeing
a dually back then. I think that the T100 which evolved into the Tundra
simply had the benefit of room more so than weight capacity.
First concept is this. Toyota called a truck that carried a ton a one
ton. US makers call a vehicle that can carry a ton a 1/2 ton. The US
manufacturer's current one ton can carry over 2.5 tons.
US. 1987 model that has a 5500 pound gvw and weighed less than 3,000
pounds empty. It came with 8 ply rated tires. Mine came with a 4
cylinder engine. The one ton had bigger brakes, bigger rear end, and
heavier springs. I ordered the towing package so it had larger
radiator and a different rear end ratio. The truck is rather bumpy
empty but pretty ok with 500 pounds or more in the back. It was rated
to tow 5,000 pounds. It did not set any acceleration records when
towing a horse and trailer but it did keep up with the 18 wheelers
crossing the pass in Tennessee. I guess they imported the truck for a
few more years and some had the V6.
My Toyota pickups have never had more than a 6'3" box, and I've never
had problems carrying 8' goods. Most small trucks and aftermarket
liners) have notches for 2x6's in the bed so sheets will sit on the
When I think of my '85 Toyota vs. my '05, I can't believe they still
call them "small" trucks. <G>
I actually liked the looks of the 06 more than the 07 in the beginning. The
car show in Houston did no justice to the truck. So far I am impressed and
perhaps the blaaa American branded trucks will sit up and take notice.
Well, I filled the tank on the new Tundra Friday night, 296 miles on the
odometer and a 26.4 gallon tank. The needle was very close to "E" however
the warning light had not yet come on. I will say that the gas gauge
needle on the 07 Tundra moves fast and immediately off of the "F" mark. I
was thinking 10-12 mpg for in town driving. I was hoping for more. The 97
Silverado, 5.0 was and getting an average of 13 mpg in town.
The pump clicked off at 19.2 gallons. I thought it shut off prematurely and
I squeezed the lever once more, it shut off again at 19.4 gallons. I new
that this was looking pretty good. Apparently with the needle "almost" on
"E" I still have 7 gallons of gas.
So, 19.4 gallons to go 296 miles in town on the first tank of gas. That's
15.25 mpg... ;~)
LOL.... Yeah, with age, I have become a bit more light footed. What's the
darn hurry. Having been in the automotive industry most of my professional
career I am well aware of the first tank results.
1. It's new, you driver easier and naturally get better gas mileage.
2. It's new, the engine is tighter and as it breaks in it will naturally
get better gas mileage.
3. It's new, the on board computer control's a lot of how the vehicles
performs during the first few thousand break-in miles, mileage will probably
4. It's not so new any more, the engine has loosened up and the computer
has adjusted to the higher mileage and gas mileage improves.
5. It's not so new any more, No more babying, put the pedal to the metal,
gas mileage ain't what it usta be.
Fortunately I have been in the "baby the petal" mode on the older truck
since gas prices started going towards "what the market would bare".
Then again, that first tank did have a few demonstrations of "a bit more"
than moderate accelerations. ;~)
One might can squeeze an additional mpg out of that new truck by going
with synthetic lubricants though I do recommend a thorough break-in with
conventional mineral oil. I did two each 4,000 mile stints when my '01
PowerStroke was new; 4,000 with the factory oil and 4,000 with Castrol (or
somesuch). At 8,000 I moved it to Amsoil 15w40 HD Diesel/Marine. I put
about 30k a year on it, the biggest majority being highway miles between
Houston and the San Antonio area. Most always getting 16.5 - 16.75 mpg. Me
thinks the switch was too soon. Suddenly, around 160k my fuel mileage
jumped a whole mpg. Me thinks I may actually have retarded break-in and
that the engine has just now loosened up. I'm pushing 164k now. Whatever,
I'm not complaining.
And, I have an eight foot bed behind a four-door crew cab. Gawd it's a
I am considering using a snthetic for the first time in this truck. The new
vehicle engines use such light viscosity oils these days I want maximum
protection against oil break down. I really do not drive this vehicle too
much and oil changes are usually 1 to 2 times a year at 3,000 mile
intervals. I wonder how a synthetic would do compaired to regular oil in
holding up for 6 months at a time with few miles.
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