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TUNDRA CARGO AND PAYLOAD MANAGEMENT

Saturday, November 20th, 2010
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Cargo and Payload Management Control should be a priority for Tundra Owners and truck owners in general.tundra bed

Ever wonder what those cut outs and slots are in the bed of the Tundra?…And what about “headache racks” and why are they so popular with many truck owners? Some like the rugged look but most appreciate the safety factor.

 

A headache rack is a metal guard mounted at the front of the pickup bed that helps protect the cab and rear window from loose objects. They come in many styles, including tubular cross bars and stout wire mesh. Headache racks serve as a reminder that unrestrained cargo can be dangerous to cab occupants as well as vehicles or pedestrians near the truck.

The Tundra has numerous features to assist in cargo management control. Here’s a quick look:

2-tier loading – This feature is stamped on the inside of the bed. Four horizontal slots–two on each side of the bed–are located on the shelf by the wheelwell. These slots are directly opposite each other and support a length of 2×4 or 2×6 wood cut to the width of the cargo bed. These two pieces of wood now act like crossmembers and can separate cargo from the load floor. For example, PVC pipe can be stored on the floor and a load of 4×8 plywood can go on top of the wood crossmembers with easy access to both.

Bed dividers – Vertical slots–two on each side–are also stamped in the bed sides. These ribs add structural support to the inside of the cargo bed and can be used to divide the bed to help separate different types of cargo. Lengths of 2×8 or 2×10 wood cut to the width of the bed can be inserted into the slots to create partitions. This allows the owner to keep different building materials, such as dirt, rocks and wood chips, separated from each other.

Tie-down loops – D-shaped tie-down loops are anchored at each corner of the bed. These loops are very effective at securing hooks at the end of motorcycle-style tie downs. Some trucks use a bat-wing cleat as a factory tie down.

Deck Rail – This available feature is the ultimate tie-down system. This innovative utility uses C-channel brackets mounted inside the bed rails and along the header rail behind the cab. Large tie-down cleats can be positioned and tightened anywhere along the rails. The system comes with four cleats but additional cleats can be purchased for specific cargo needs.

The aftermarket offers numerous innovative cargo-control accessories that will help a wide range of customer needs. Some of the more popular items, like tie-down straps and spider nets, are strong sellers in the parts department. Other useful items include bungee cords, canvas or plastic wraps (to protect against weather) and even bed-mounted tool boxes. Check out TruckCruisin for more great stuff.

Of course, a locking hard tonneau cover is one of the best ways to secure cargo if the load isn’t bulky or oversized.

TUNDRA 2011, WHAT’S NEW

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
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For 2011 Toyota has simplified the Tundra line-up featuring a new V6 engine & standard electronic trailer sway control that  aligns more evenly with competitive products.2011-TOYOTA-TUNDRA-Pictures

Here are Key changes for 2011 Tundra

  • New 4.0-liter V6 base engine, replacing previous 4.0-liter V6
  • Exterior color choices down from 11 to 9; more paint sharing with Tacoma
  • 10 models deleted, including 9 with 4.6-liter V8 engine
  • Trailer sway control now standard on all models

4.0-liter V6 now has advanced technology similar to Tundra 5.7L and 4.6L V8 engines

  • Improvements designed to improve fuel efficiency, increase and broaden torque range
  • Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i) added
  • Allows independent adjustment of intake and exhaust cam timing to achieve maximum power at different RPM
    o        270 HP@ 5600 RPM
    o        278 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM  

Tundra now shares five colors with Tacoma

  • Tacoma production moving to Tundra plant in San Antonio, Texas
  • Paint sharing streamlines manufacturing, gives truck line consistent family identification
  • Dropped Colors: Tundra dropping Slate Metallic (1F9), Salsa Red Pearl (3Q3), Blue Streak (8T7) and Sandy Beach (4T8)
  • Added Colors: adding Tacoma colors Grey Metallic (1G3) and Tacoma Red Pearl (3R3)

Tundra eliminates following Tundra Grade models:

  • Regular Cab/Standard Bed 4×2 w/ 5.7L
  • Regular Cab/Long Bed 4×2 and 4×4 w/ 4.6L
  • Regular Cab/Standard Bed 4×4 w/ 4.6L
  • Double Cab/Long Bed 4×2 and 4×4 w/ 4.6L

Tundra eliminates following Limited models:

  • Double Cab/Standard Bed 4×2 and 4×4 w/ 4.6L
  • CrewMax/Short Bed 4×2 and 4×4 w/ 4.6L

Tundra adds Trailer Sway Control

  • Additional programming built upon the already standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system
  • If system detects trailer yaw or fishtailing, it takes counter measures such as activating the truck’s individual brakes and possibly reducing engine power
  • Trailer Sway Control is standard on all models, even those without factory tow package
  • Tundra’s standard Trailer Sway Control regains standard tow feature parity to Ford F150