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    Thread: If a Touareg can tow a 747, a Tundra can tow the shuttle

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      10-08-2012 09:13 PM #1
      In doing some family planning (Highlander), I happened across an interesting snippet on Toyota.com. Apparently, the Tundra is going to be towing Endeavor to its final resting place. They currently have one video up about a Tundra about to tow 307000lbs (but dont show it doing so yet).

      Anyways as the kid of a Toyota engineer, I hope it doesnt flop in real life (apparently its going to be televised live). But MAN, 307000 lbs in what is claimed to be a stock Tundra with stock gears?

      Discuss if you wish, or not.


      The first primer video is on youtubehttp://www.youtube.com/user/ToyotaUS...?v=9huNSUY6s_4

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      10-08-2012 09:16 PM #2
      It proves definitely that the diesels are SO limited. j/k.

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      10-08-2012 09:16 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye(OH) View Post
      In doing some family planning (Highlander), I happened across an interesting snippet on Toyota.com. Apparently, the Tundra is going to be towing Endeavor to its final resting place. They currently have one video up about a Tundra about to tow 307000lbs (but dont show it doing so yet).

      Anyways as the kid of a Toyota engineer, I hope it doesnt flop in real life (apparently its going to be televised live). But MAN, 307000 lbs in what is claimed to be a stock Tundra with stock gears?

      Discuss if you wish, or not.


      The first primer video is on youtubehttp://www.youtube.com/user/ToyotaUS...?v=9huNSUY6s_4
      747-100 Weights 358,000lbs.

      VW 4 LIFEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!


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      10-08-2012 09:22 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by 03GTI4Me View Post
      747-100 Weights 358,000lbs.

      VW 4 LIFEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Yeah but come on, give the Tundra some credit. A V10 diesel vs a V8 gasser thats a bit long in the tooth?

      And honestly, that probably wasnt a 747-100 they towed. Those ****ers are few and far between these days. Id have to rewatch the video but, I just gave you some more ammo.

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      10-08-2012 09:22 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by 03GTI4Me View Post
      747-100 Weights 358,000lbs.

      VW 4 LIFEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!
      That was a mock-up for movies with no engines. Much less than 300000lbs I'll bet.

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      10-08-2012 09:29 PM #8
      But what if the frame rusts and breaks while towing?
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      10-08-2012 09:31 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Saintor View Post
      That was a mock-up for movies with no engines. Much less than 300000lbs I'll bet.
      How much do you want to bet?

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      10-08-2012 09:39 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Shomegrown View Post
      How much do you want to bet?
      you by any chance work for vw or audi?

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      10-08-2012 09:47 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by apizzaparty View Post
      never thought once to use my lefty for the brake. sorry in my opinion it is dumb.

    11. 10-08-2012 09:54 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by 71DubBugBug View Post
      you by any chance work for vw or audi?
      BTW, the 747 that lugs the shuttle around is hollowed out to allow it to take off with more weight. Even empty it still weighs more than the shuttle...

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      10-08-2012 10:30 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by mikegilbert View Post
      But what if the frame rusts and breaks while towing?
      Came to post this. Leaving amused but bitter.
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      10-08-2012 10:35 PM #14
      It would be cooler if they pulled it with a 1952 International pickup.
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      10-08-2012 10:39 PM #15
      But the question is... the shuttle is with or without boosters? =P

      Either way I believe the toaureg could tow more seeing how it towed the 747. But props to Toyota.

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    15. 10-08-2012 10:53 PM #16
      This is such a crap 'advertising' way, but the public eats it up.

      As long as you can break the initial friction it is an easy job, trucks don't get their tow rating from pulling and object at 3 mph.

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    16. 10-08-2012 11:00 PM #17
      meh the Touareg nor the Tundra hold a candle to this


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      10-08-2012 11:14 PM #19


      Its all about gearing. I can tow the an aircraft carrier with a 1/2 hp single cylinder engine out of a leaf blower if I have the right gearing. It'll be slow, but it'll work.
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    19. 10-08-2012 11:16 PM #20
      Whatever, i'm sure some Belgian can tow a 747 with his nipples, it's not going to make me buy a belgian dude to haul my car trailer around.

      EDIT: Or the hairy dude using his balls. That video is validating exactly what I just said.
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      10-08-2012 11:16 PM #21
      Call me crazy......but shouldn't a truck made by one of the big 3 doing this job?

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      10-08-2012 11:18 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye(OH) View Post
      Yeah but come on, give the Tundra some credit. A V10 diesel vs a V8 gasser thats a bit long in the tooth?

      And honestly, that probably wasnt a 747-100 they towed. Those ****ers are few and far between these days. Id have to rewatch the video but, I just gave you some more ammo.
      If I recall correctly, It was a 747-100 (or -200) that is stored at the Top Gear test track. I think its used as a mockup for one of the BBC shows. It does have engines, but I think that they are engines from a different aircraft (VC-10 style).

      For the record, I am a Toyota (truck) fan. I loved my Tacoma.

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      10-08-2012 11:36 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by apizzaparty View Post
      never thought once to use my lefty for the brake. sorry in my opinion it is dumb.

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      10-08-2012 11:37 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Cubster View Post
      Call me crazy......but shouldn't a truck made by one of the big 3 doing this job?
      Its southern california, not middle america. It was designed and its built here = American

      Plus Toyota has its HQ in LA county so im guessing they got first dibs?

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      10-08-2012 11:48 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Cubster View Post
      Call me crazy......but shouldn't a truck made by one of the big 3 doing this job?
      Clearly you have to leave the RAM out of towing capabilities.

      It would be pretty bad if it fails so I'm assuming Toyota just planned it right...

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