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Who runs a 4x4 Tundra with 8 foot bed and standard cab....?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Exact Rototilling, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,362

    So I checked into this and it turns out they are very rare? There are 3 on order now.... nationwide.

    I guess I’m not understanding why there is not more demand for the 8 foot bed? Why buy a full size work truck and not have a 8 foot bed? Even the longish double cab 8 foot bed option is is not terribly common?

    And where is the 3/4 ton option....?


    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,443

    There is no 3/4 ton option but in my opinion it is inbetween a half ton and 3/4 ton. I have a crew max, shortbed, 4x4 and it is an awesome truck. The most common work truck tundras here are double cab, standard bed, 2wd.
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  3. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    How is it with payloads at max rate 1600+ up to 2000 pounds....?

    Any real need for an airbag assist to level the load?

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,443

    I put 2000 lbs in mine all the time while pulling 6000lb mowing rig. It doesn't squat much at all. All in all its a great truck.
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  5. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,362

    This is good to know since I really don’t have a need for a 3/4 ton per say. If the Tundra can handle a ton of cargo in the bed and still pull a trailer with ease I don’t need a 3/4 ton.

    Not to start a raging debate here but I had my doubts about the Chevy, Ford & Dodge 1/2 tons being enough truck to justify the upgrade form my current smaller Toyota truck with 6 foot bed.
  6. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Posts: 3,334

    Personally, I think any of the major brand's trucks will serve you well. If your preference is Toyota you will have a very nice truck. Use to run them 20 years ago. They were tough and got great mileage. Only reason I switched is the domestics were so much cheaper used. Toyota sure holds it's resale value.
  7. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    I can't even find a single cab on their site. I looked at Toyota but their financing was not good and 4% through my credit union was the best I could get. Also, they were a couple more grand than the Fords.
  8. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    I don't think that the Tundra is any more truck than other 1/2 tons, except maybe in the engine department. Look at the frame, it's tiny. It's about 1/2 the size of a 3/4 ton pickup, small enough that I would have concerns of excessive frame flex when hauling much over what the truck is rated for.
  9. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes the regular cab is not even listed on the site. I even pulled up their chat function and I was told single cab, 4WD & 8 foot bed was no longer offered....:confused:

    When I called the dealer they said only one 2011 in that configuration in current dealer inventory and (3) 2012 on pending order….?

    Ok nobody laugh but my main work truck is a 1985 Toyota extra cab 4x4 with a 22r solid front axle. This truck has been in the family since new. It does struggle pulling my 6 x 12 enclosed on the highway above 55 mph but around town does fine. E10 fuel has been an issue but I use Startron and I do occasionaly fill up with ethanol free gas. Very few issues with this truck…someone tried to steal it spring before last. No intention in selling it and I’m condissering putting one of these UTE beds on it,

    Either way I'm putting an airbag system to help with the loads. The UTE bed would give me 6 feet across and roughly 7 feet in length. It’s getting very frustrating dealing with the smallish bed these days. It can be debated back and forth whether it is worth putting that kind of $ into it. Except for some bed rust truck is in really solid shape.
  10. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 2,517

    I haven't posted much about this because my 07 Toyota was a beast at towing and overall it was a joy to drive, but since you specifically asked about payload.

    When I traded my 07 at the end of 2010 the frame was very slightly starting to bend at the C channel part of the rear frame. Right above the leaf springs where the bump stops are. I had airbags installed.

    I'm sure it would have been fine, but I overloaded it all the time (payload was only like 1450 lbs or something). At one point I had a 200 gallon skid sprayer in it + bags of fert. It also towed my 24 foot enclosed which has major tongue weight.

    I wouldn't load the bed like a 3/4 or 1 ton all the time.

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