It had to be fate. Our trusty 2006 6 cylinder Toyota 4 Runner was 10 years old this summer. Typically we replace vehicles every 10 years. So we went truck shopping. Both of us would have preferred another 4 Runner (this is the 2nd one we’ve owned and loved), but the prices were a bit outlandish comparatively. For the same price as a new 4 Runner, we could upgrade to a pickup truck, giving us more towing capacity & allowing for the option to upgrade to a Lance 1985/1995 in the future if we decided we wanted a slightly bigger travel trailer.
So we started looking at pickup trucks. I loved the GMC Canyon Duramax Diesel (Chevy version is the Colorado), but David hated it. So much for that idea.
The full size pickups with the full size back seats were similar to riding in David’s old Chevy Tahoe – we sold it and consolidated to just my 4 Runner 12 years ago and have never given a thought to a different vehicle … until now.
David wanted a GMC Sierra or a Chevy Silverado. I still liked Toyotas. So we drove all three and then decided we should also drive the Ford F150 EcoBoost. Prices were similar on the Sierra/Silverado/Tundra, but the F150 (which we also liked) was more expensive at least at our local dealers.
Then we put the whole idea on hold. After all, our trusty little 4 Runner was the proverbial “little engine that could” and we loved it, both for pulling our Lance 1685 and everyday running around.
A few weeks later, David dropped me off at the dentist for a routine cleaning. His cleaning appointment wasn’t until an hour later, so he just “happened” to drop by the local Toyota dealer where we had already looked at trucks, allegedly “just to see” if they had anything different on the lot.
It must have been fate.
The dealership had literally just then taken in a 2016 Toyota Tundra equipped almost exactly we wanted in trade. It had a whopping 800 miles on it as well as a bed liner/running boards and an aluminum folding bed cover (worth a couple thousand dollars that we’d have to add to any new truck).
When David picked me up from getting my teeth all pearly, he informed me we were headed to the Toyota dealer. Huh? Not what I had planned for the rest of my day. But we went, test drove the Tundra, the dealer made us a deal and the rest is history.
So we no longer tow our Lance 1685 with a 4 Runner, although I miss it every day and wouldn’t hesitate to pull our Lance 1685 (3800 lbs dry weight, 5000 lbs loaded) with another 4 Runner, even out west through the mountains.
Having said that, the Tundra does tow the trailer easier and we enjoy the added room in the bed for storage. Gas mileage sucks, but as David says, you don’t buy a pickup truck thinking about the gas mileage…. I didn’t remind him that the little GM Canyon Duramax Diesel would have provided the best of both worlds. 🙂
Cheers! Jan & David