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Old 09-10-2014, 02:31 PM   #1
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Help! Need Real World Towing Experiences with Tundra 5.7 4x4

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Family (wife & 1 infant) are looking to purchase travel trailer. We have it narrowed down two separate trailers. Note:, weight distribution and anti sways will be purchased.
  1. Jayco Jay Flight 19RD
  2. Jayco Jay Flight 24FBSC
I have a 2012 Toyota Tundra 5.7ltr Double Cab 4x4 that has a towing capacity of +-10,000lbs. Both trailers are within the trucks towing capacity, but I'm not 100% convinced it can be correlated back to real world driving experiences. The Tundra is a beast, but I don't want to push the Truck too hard, and if camping in remote areas, I want to ensure it has plenty of power to get through tough situations (sand, washouts etc). I live at 5,500 feet and most of my TTing will be done in the mountains of New Mexico & Colorado. My intentions is to have the unit fully self contained for boondocking.

My questions to those that have experience are:
  • Can the Tundra handle the towing in mountains?
  • Recommend a slide out or non for type of TTing?
  • With a slide out, is it more difficult to find accommodating campgrounds (not RV Parks, but campgrounds)?
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-10-2014, 03:08 PM   #2
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Just keep in mind that you will lose ~3% of your available power for each 1000' of elevation.
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Old 09-10-2014, 03:24 PM   #3
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1) Your Tundra will handle either of those trailers like a boss. The 5.7 has good engine braking ability as well.

2) We went from a 23' Coachmen 230BH with no slide, to a 28DSBH with a slide. Having a slideout does wonders for in-coach comfort, especially when everyone is inside.

3) Issues with campgrounds that's we've been to have never been about width, but length and being able to physicaly maneuver around tight roads that were never made for longer trailers.

I recently saw some Springdales that had mud tires on them stock with the "offroad package'. These are slightly taller and look like it may handle rough roads and approach/departure angles better. One even had a front porch for hauling quads or bikes.

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I pull a 11,000 lb 2014 Jayco Eagle 338 rlts with my Tundra 5.7 with no problems at all. I really can't even tell the difference between the Tundra (which has 3/4 ton running gear) and a 2500HD my friend drives tow wise. I did add the Roadmaster Suspension which made a huge difference. Put the tranny in Tow Mode to handle the mountains and use stab braking technique like big trucks. A rule of thumb is that you can go downhill at about the same speed that you can easily pull the hill uphill.
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If you want a slide, get one. Ours is the couch and only moves out about a foot, but man, what a difference it makes in floor space! I agree with Peter, length is more of a problem than a slide out. Even with our 21' trailer I've had some short driveways where I had to park the truck at an angle.
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If you want a slide, get one. Ours is the couch and only moves out about a foot, but man, what a difference it makes in floor space! I agree with Peter, length is more of a problem than a slide out. Even with our 21' trailer I've had some short driveways where I had to park the truck at an angle.
x2 on this. It may only move out a foot but the room it creates makes it very comfy inside.
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We have started hunting for a new TV. We love Toyotas but I am concerned with the Tundras 1500# payload. With people, fluids, hitch and tongue weight, you don't have much left for other stuff.
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my thought is to go with the slide also go with larger trailer you might be considering that the smaller trailer will be fine but i think in the end your family will enjoy a larger trailer just my two
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My first one had no slide, my current one has the small sofa slide that extends 16", my next one will have a large slide, or two....
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I agree I would definitely look at the space inside a tt with a slide compared to one without .. we had a 2003 with one superslide and now we have a 338 rets with three slides and what a difference in room inside.
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