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Old 02-07-2016, 07:55 PM   #1
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Those who tow with a Toyota Tundra

To those who tow with a Toyota Tundra:

What Jayco travel trailer do you tow?

What are your experiences with it?
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:12 PM   #2
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To those who tow with a Toyota Tundra:

What Jayco travel trailer do you tow?

What are your experiences with it?
My dad tows a 23' Dutchman Kodiak with a 2012 Tundra. The trailer weighs 5,000lbs and he has no issues other than really poor fuel economy and the small fuel tank. He gets 6-8mpg and it only has a 24 gallon tank so he tells me that he always has to carefully plan his refueling stops.
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:40 PM   #3
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Used to tow a Jayco 26BH with 2007 Tundra w/ the smaller 4.7L V8. I also recall it being quite thirsty when towing. With or without a trailer, it was still the most comfortable ride of any truck I've ever owned, though.
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I tow an x213 with a tacoma. Most of my towing is above 4k feet and the taco pulls fine until we get into the passes where it'll slow to 45-50mph. It is thirsty when towing...average about 10mpg.

I imagine the tundra would be similar in performance up to it's towing capacity.
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Old 02-08-2016, 01:01 AM   #5
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I towed a 27RLS with my Tundra. It is the 5.7 V8, double cab. I tow mostly in the mountains and get 10mpg, when towing in flatter area it will be a mile or two better. I typically tow about 60mph, which gives me the best mileage and have never had a problem even in the mountains maintaining speed. Yes it will obviously downshift when going up hills. I love the truck, use the "manual" part of my 6 speed auto when going downhill so I don't have to rely on the brakes as much. My tank is 26.4 gal and to be honest, by the time I need gas I'm more than ready to stretch my legs, plus, being retired there is no where I need to get to that fast. I would buy this truck and TT combo again. The truck is very comfortable to ride/drive and tow with.
Towing capacity is 10,100 lbs and load capacity is 1548 (per yellow sticker). I am way below that since it's only my wife and myself. We load little in the back of the truck other than some blocks for under the jacks, tools and chocks. Oh and a propane grill and fire pit.

I've towed all over the west, and back to the Midwest with it for the last 4 years with zero issues. When not towing I average about 17 -19 around town, but have gotten in the 20's on a few rare occasions. I do track every mile and every gallon of fuel. Hope you have a good of luck with your Tundra as we have had with ours. Happy Rving
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Towed a WH 29REKS (~8000 lbs) with a 5.7L Tundra and loved everything about it except for the mpg and small fuel tank. Generally towed at about 62mph and averaged about 10mpg.

I'd still have the Tundra if it could handle the weight of the 5er
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Old 02-08-2016, 07:57 PM   #7
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I have a 2012 Tundra 4X4 4.6L double cab, towing package includes a 4.10 rear end and it has a 26.4 gal tank. I added the TRD rear sway bar kit and factory tow mirrors. I have a Reese Dual Cam Sway WDH and P3 brake controller. Our TT is a 2016 Jay Flight 26BH (5320# empty). Only pulled it home from the dealership so far, about 50 miles. Trip home had a mix of interstate, highway, city, town with plenty of hills and turns. Truck seemed to pull it and handle / ride fine, never felt uncomfortable and have no complaints so far. This is our first TT. We previously towed a pop up camper. The Tundra is also my daily commuter. Been very good to us since we bought it new a little over 3-1/2 years ago.
I've tracked my gas mileage since the day I bought it and average around 15mpg. As you will see in the attached picture the mpg is higher in the summer and lower in the winter. Good luck and happy camping!!

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Just took our first trip 287 bhsw empty weighs 6200 i figure about 7200-7500 loaded trailer, truck and family, 2011 crewcab 5.7 this truck is a beast pulls this setup no problem cruise 60mph in 5th gear. Next teuck will be another tundra. I averaged 9.8mpg
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tow our wh 24rbs with 2013 tundra ltd. owned a 07 tacoma before, that did fine except on the hills. tundra is a great truck. am a toyota fan, so never looked at any other trucks when trading up. can live with the gas mileage and small tank in exchange for the toyota quality and reliability. i travel at 100kmh /62mph ( am canadian ) and get 11-12 mpg (imperial gal.) wouldn't do without the tow mirrors.

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We tow with a Tundra relative, the Sequoia. It has the smaller 4.6 V8 and tows just fine. We get about 10-11mph when towing between 55 and 60mph. We've had the truck since new 10 years ago and it still runs like the day we first drove it home. I don't mind the smaller fuel tank because we need to stop every few hours any ways to stretch our legs and to let all aboard take a "break". We tow a 23MB with ours.
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Thank you for all your responses. We are thinking of upgrading to something a little larger and wanted to see what other's experiences were. We do love our Tundra and hope to keep it for many years.
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Had a 2010 Tundra with the 5.7 and towed a 6500 lbs 22 foot older camper. Truck handled the trailer at any speed with ease (had E4 weight distribution hitch). Towing I got between 9-11 depending on speed.

Bought my 29QBS, 34 feet long and 8500 lbs loaded and really felt the weight. Towing mileage dropped to 7.5-8. That is really poor with only a 26 gallon tank. The deal breaker was my pin weight was too high, had to get a heavier truck.

The 5.7 made tons of power, brakes felt good. With a good WDH it handled fine. I had airbags to help with heavier tongue weight, but it always felt like I was pushing my luck.
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Thank you for all your responses. We are thinking of upgrading to something a little larger and wanted to see what other's experiences were. We do love our Tundra and hope to keep it for many years.
The Tundra can definitely handle a larger trailer, but keep an eye on the tongue and cargo weight vs. the trucks cargo capacity. That is usually the limiting factor with the Tundra. This capacity can be found on the sticker on the driver's door frame and is typically around 1500 lbs. The 1500 lbs. is what you can safely carry which includes the weight of passengers, pets, cargo, and tongue weight. When looking at "dry" tongue (hitch) weights, you have to add the weight of any cargo and water you add to the front of the trailer, plus the propane, (60lbs) battery, (65lbs) and weight distribution hitch (100lbs). As long as you keep the "wet" tongue weight and cargo weight under your listed cargo capacity, you should be fine.
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Not sure what I'm looking at on this sticker? Where is the total weight limit of the truck and trailer combined?
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There should be a second sticker in the same area or in the glove box. I can post a picture later tonight if needed.
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I don't have access to my Tundra right right now, but here is one from a Ford.
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Not sure what I'm looking at on this sticker? Where is the total weight limit of the truck and trailer combined?
For that number you will have to look in the owners manual.
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We tow with a Tundra relative, the Sequoia. It has the smaller 4.6 V8 and tows just fine. We get about 10-11mph when towing between 55 and 60mph. We've had the truck since new 10 years ago and it still runs like the day we first drove it home. I don't mind the smaller fuel tank because we need to stop every few hours any ways to stretch our legs and to let all aboard take a "break". We tow a 23MB with ours.

That's good to hear. We have a 2006 Tundra with the 4.7 V8 and we will be towing a similar TT that we just bought. It's the Jay Feather 23 BHM. Have been wondering what to expect when towing, so this is reassuring.

And my truck has 140k miles and it has had the brake pads changed out. That's it in 10 years. Still have the original battery and everything. Well I should say that's pretty much it. I did the 90k service and they swapped out the belt and the water pump. Neither were bad, it was just recommended. Unbelievable truck!
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We tow a 26BH and run loaded considering it is just 2 of us. Trailer weighs 6800# and combo sits right around 14,000# I use a ProPride hitch so we never have to worry about sway and can tow at pretty much any speed comfortably. We usually tow between 60 and 65 depending on the road. I run in manual 5th gear and am not afraid of WOT! I average right at 9 most of the time. Mine has the 5.7L and 4.30 gears. I also have the factory towing mirrors and a TRD rear sway bar.
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IMHO, the valuable numbers are on the first sticker. Specifically the Front and Rear GAWR (gross axle weight ratings). These are the weights each axle is designed to safely carry.
A visit to a CAT Scale will show you what they currently weigh. The difference between the current weight and the GAWR is the additional weight (cargo) that can be safely added (for each axle).
The weight a TT adds will affect the rear axle more that the front. A full fuel tank will add weight and a hitch can add in the neighborhood of 100# and any "stuff" you load into the bed and people in the TV will use some of your available cargo. Whatever is left will roughly be what you can add in tongue weight.
The next bit is a bit more complicated.
Let's say that you load the tribe, throw some gear in the bed (ice chest, chairs...), fill the tank and hit the scale. Your scale ticket says the rear axle weighs 3200#. Since your Rear GAWR is 4100#, you can add 900# of additional cargo before overloading the rear axle.
Take 100# for a hitch and you are left with 800# of cargo.
Given these numbers (remember this is just an example) I would aim for a tongue weight of around 600#.
The tongue weight should be about 15% of the TT. So, divide 600 by 0.15 and we get 4000#. Again, IMHO, in this example a TT of about 4000# would be the max I would consider (give or take a couple hundred-it's only an example, right?).
So the starting point is the CAT Scale. I've made 3 trips over and the first one was intimidating (I was dancing with the 18-wheelers). But after reading the how-to on this forum I got my weights. The next 2 trips were a snap.
The CAT Scale is your friend.
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