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Old 09-13-2012, 02:38 PM
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Default Tundra to tow Space Shuttle Endeavour

Waiting for all the flames on this one....

Who says the RAV4 can't tow a boat?

http://blogs.insideline.com/straight...-endeavor.html

On October 13, the Space Shuttle Endeavor makes its final, 12-mile, tree-clearing voyage from LAX to the California Science Center.

Assuming, of course, that the 2012 Toyota Tundra slated to pull Endeavor the final quater-mile holds up and makes it. Why would we question such a short tow? Well, because when outfitted with all of the rigging, dollies, bolsters and miscellaneous, the Space Shuttle Endeavor weighs 292,500 pounds which is 282,500 pounds heavier than the Toyota's tow rating.

The stunt is part of Toyota's larger partnership with the California Science Center. Currently, Toyota has a Tundra on exhibit which, after this, will be replaced by the Tow Tundra.
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Yeah right!
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if you've ever seen a full size semi try and move 150k lbs with multiple extreme Lo range gears, this shall be interesting.

I say the Tq convertor won't have anything to do with it from a dead stop if it's a factory geared 4wd/4lo Tundra.
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Only in America would it be possible to even posit the idea that a Japanese truck will pull an American space shuttle. Sigh...
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Only in America would it be possible to even posit the idea that a Japanese truck will pull an American space shuttle. Sigh...
That is a funny point ;?
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They should check outthe Rave 4 posts it can do it
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Sure why not. Put it in low and make sure the truck has the highest gear ratio available. No incline, decline or overwhelming tongue weight and any truck in that class can do it. The tranny will probably need to be replaced after the big pull.

Seen a guy tow a 30' Scarab Sport with a Toyota Corrola once. Not quite the same comparison but you get the idea.

One post on that page took the words out of my mouth so I will just quote it.

That is cool as hell for Toyota. It's kind of sad to see a Japanese company capitalizing on such a great American Icon, but what the hell, they had the balls.

Would have been nice to see a Chevy, Ford or Dodge do it instead.
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Back in the day when the family business distributed wheel horse garden tractors the first hydrostatic model 12 horse pull a Lear jet for TV commercials.
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Originally Posted by mymojo View Post
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I'm with ya!

Pretty sad isn't it?
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Originally Posted by mymojo View Post
Only in America would it be possible to even posit the idea that a Japanese truck will pull an American space shuttle. Sigh...
My 2012 tundra was made in America while my friends Chevy silverado was made in Canada.
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Here. 80% American parts.

http://www.tundraheadquarters.com/bl...most-american/
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anything can tow anyhting with the right gear ratios = maybe .01 mph but it'll work
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As long as 300 men are pushing the space shuttle from behind the Tundra should have no problem. Lol
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My 2011 Tundra was built in a plant in San Antonio Texas that cost $1.2 billion dollars to build.
Both the Tundra and Tacoma are uilt at that plant

There are also 21 separate manufacturing facilities inside the plant making assemblies for the trucks as well as for other Toyota products.

I bought my first Toyota truck back in 1971. They have been the only trucks I have owned. I have never had a major failure on any of those vehicles in these past 40 years.

Hell, my last Tundra was 7 yrs old, had 97k on it and never had anything but a $12 rear transmission seal go out.

They are the most reliable of the four trucks being built today.

No reason to hate on Toyota.

But I cant say the same about anything Govt Motors makes.

And I do own Ford stock...how the hell could anyone pass on F at $4.20 a share??
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Originally Posted by mymojo View Post
Only in America would it be possible to even posit the idea that a Japanese truck will pull an American space shuttle. Sigh...
Ignorance.
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Originally Posted by nate. View Post
And designed in America - built by non-union Americans...
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christ, there are guys that pull jet liners,trains and all manner of other crap with their teeth. course it can do it.
I just bought a tundra, my 4th toyota truck. I love the damn thing. no serious troubles with any of them.
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christ, there are guys that pull jet liners,trains and all manner of other crap with their teeth. course it can do it.
I just bought a tundra, my 4th toyota truck. I love the damn thing. no serious troubles with any of them.
I agree it will do it, and Toyota is more American than GM which is now a government subsidized communist car company. Controlled by unions and used a political pawn.
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How much money in license fees leaves the country when you buy a Toyota? Who gets it?

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