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Toyota

Postby Mike Clay » Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:04 am

Guess we should all go out and buy a Toyota truck. Maybe its just me but that commercial of it towing the space shuttle kills me. Does not take a whole lot of torque to get that much weight rolling on a flat smooth surface. I guess you have to give Toyota credit to make future truck owners think they can go buy a Tundra and take the space shuttle camping but for some reason it cant be used pull my 5th wheel? :roll:
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Re: Toyota

Postby RetiredFifthWheeler » Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:27 am

Have you seen charity events where you get teams together to pull an airplane? We've seen a number of those advertised when we were in the DC area. So if a bunch of people can grab a tow rope and pull on an airplane, I can see how a truck could pull a space shuttle.
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Re: Toyota

Postby snoking » Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:35 am

If it would have towed the one of the Space Shuttle travel dollys from Bullhead City to the top of Union Pass then they would have done something! Other than that it was just meaningless grandstanding! Chris
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Re: Toyota

Postby Mike Clay » Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:41 am

Not to mention all of the strobe lights used to simulate camera flashes :)) Oh well the big three would have done the same thing but Toyota beat them to it.
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Re: Toyota

Postby honker » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:54 am

You would get excellent mileage at 3-5 mph too. :))
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Re: Toyota

Postby Don Wilson » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:05 am

Mike Clay wrote: Does not take a whole lot of torque to get that much weight rolling on a flat smooth surface. I guess you have to give Toyota credit to make future truck owners think they can go buy a Tundra and take the space shuttle camping but for some reason it cant be used pull my 5th wheel? :roll:


It may have been fairly flat but there was nothing about the route they took that was smooth! =))

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Re: Toyota

Postby Olbird » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:20 pm

The travel dollys have motors that moved the Shuttle own its own, Toyota worked out some deal to look like it pulled the Shuttle across that one section of bridge.
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Re: Toyota

Postby campswithcritters » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:28 pm

Working on a plan now to fit the Smart Car on one and then still hitch the trailer. Do ya'll think I can get by without investing in air bags? :ymcowboy:
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Re: Toyota

Postby sew2bhappy » Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:27 pm

I can hear the RV salesmen now....'Mr. Smith, your Toyota will pull any trailer or 5th wheel we have on the lot...after all, it towed the shuttle with no problems!'
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Re: Toyota

Postby EAW » Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:46 pm

campswithcritters wrote:Working on a plan now to fit the Smart Car on one and then still hitch the trailer. Do ya'll think I can get by without investing in air bags? :ymcowboy:


Put the Gentle Giant on a dolly and pull the whole thing with a Toyota. =))

Actually I'm surprised Toyota hasn't hit the market with a 1 ton pickup yet.
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Re: Toyota

Postby campswithcritters » Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:57 pm

Toyota does make some larger vehicles in other areas of the world. Example: In Nigeria my company owns 2 ea 40 passenger dually buses, they are eqipped with 2.8 liter non-turbo diesel engines. They work fine in city traffic as long as it is not moving too fast or going uphill! :thumbrt:
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Re: Toyota

Postby bop11 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:48 pm

Mike Clay wrote:I guess you have to give Toyota credit to make future truck owners think they can go buy a Tundra and take the space shuttle camping but for some reason it cant be used pull my 5th wheel?


You haven't been to Michigan for long enough yet! I've seen some awful small vehicles pulling some awful big trailers and boat trailers.
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Re: Toyota

Postby campswithcritters » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:35 pm

bop11 wrote:
Mike Clay wrote:I guess you have to give Toyota credit to make future truck owners think they can go buy a Tundra and take the space shuttle camping but for some reason it cant be used pull my 5th wheel?


You haven't been to Michigan for long enough yet! I've seen some awful small vehicles pulling some awful big trailers and boat trailers.

So true Bill, last I was up there in both WI & MI about 1/2 of the 5vers in the 36 ft range were pulled by 1/2 ton trucks. :-ss
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Re: Toyota

Postby dfredendall » Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:31 am

The two days it took to move the Shuttle 12 miles was mainly because of size and girth. They hemmed and yawed through many obstacles, staying under two miles per hour. The transporter was an amazing engineering feat. They were afraid of too much momentum even at 2 MPH. At that speed, they were afraid they could not stop it if it went faster. Pickup truck owners always brag about power, but can they stop the load. Ironman competitions have mere men pulling tractors and locomotives which seems impossible. Some E=MC2 going on there. Beyond my math skills. Advertising sells, and we all fall for it. I wish I looked like the guy on the BowFlex commercials...
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