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Old 08-26-2015, 10:08 PM   #11
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I can't be the only one that's heard of this.
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Old 08-26-2015, 10:13 PM   #12
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Apparently there is a SAE J2807 towing standard now that did away with part-time/full-time ratings that Ram used to do. So now it is all just a max rating. So forget everything I said I guess. I still wouldn't tow a X23b from Michigan to Colorado in a V6 though (unless it was the Ford dual turbo v6).
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:16 AM   #13
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I looked it up, your MAX towing is 6500 pounds if you have the TRD model, 3500 pounds for the 4.0l liter stock package.
Plus it's a gas engine, so the towing capacity should be reduced 2% (?) per 1000 ft of altitude...
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:37 AM   #14
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I pull a 2015 X23B with my V6, 290hp, 2011 Explorer (5,000lb max tow) with tow package and with a weight distribution hitch. It pulls very well, but when you're in hills it does not maintain cruise speed. Meaning say I have it set at 65, it'll lose speed, downshift, get back to 65 and go through that cycle over and over. I'd imagine a V8 may not do that. On flat(ish) ground it does a great job. I wouldn't even consider taking it across country though or into any mountain areas. I live in Michigan and also bought from Gillette in East Lansing. Granted it'll be mainly flat from Lansing until Colorado. Either way that's a long pull.
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Old 08-27-2015, 12:13 PM   #15
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Granted it'll be mainly flat from Lansing until Colorado. Either way that's a long pull.
It'll also likely be a head wind the entire way back too.

Just take it slow and safe....
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Old 08-27-2015, 12:21 PM   #16
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I pull a 2015 X23B with my V6, 290hp, 2011 Explorer (5,000lb max tow) with tow package and with a weight distribution hitch. It pulls very well, but when you're in hills it does not maintain cruise speed. Meaning say I have it set at 65, it'll lose speed, downshift, get back to 65 and go through that cycle over and over. I'd imagine a V8 may not do that. On flat(ish) ground it does a great job. I wouldn't even consider taking it across country though or into any mountain areas. I live in Michigan and also bought from Gillette in East Lansing. Granted it'll be mainly flat from Lansing until Colorado. Either way that's a long pull.

On hills you should drop it down a gear to resolve that issue!
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Old 08-27-2015, 12:36 PM   #17
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Hi : My Tacoma owners manual says not to pull a trailer with the cruise control on.
Also I try to keep speed just under 60mph. Does the WDH help when towing? We try
to travel lite and not bring the kitchen sink. The Tacoma weighs 4400lbs empty. GVWR
is 5450lbs. We wont come close to that. GVWR on x23b is 4950lbs. I have a 6500 lb
tow package on my Tacoma. Owners manual says I can pull 11,100 lbs with our Tacoma 4x4. I have a scan gauge that scans all functions including Tran Temp.
Best device I have ever bought. I plan to talk to my Toyota service manager. Any
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Old 08-27-2015, 12:53 PM   #18
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Not sure where you got that owner's manual, but that's definitely not accurate. The 2009 Tundra with the big V8 isn't even rated for that. If you have the 6,500# tow package, then that is your max trailer weight. The tongue weight of the trailer will likely be at least 600#, so factor that into your payload.
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:01 PM   #19
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It sounds like you'll do fine Ron, best of luck. You've educated yourself and plan to find more info. The advice should always be to follow the manufacturer recommendation, but they also cover their butts. There is conflicting information on towing with cruise online and I think it comes down to personal preference, Blog Post | Okay to Use Cruise Control While Towing? | Car Talk

The WDH certainly helps with towing, 2 main things: transfers weight to the trailer (helps keep your front end on the ground) and reduces sway (however the dual axle will help prevent this as well). Here's some information that would get you familar, but there is lots out there, Common Weight Distribution and Sway Control Questions | etrailer.com

If you buy a WDH system, be sure that you get one that allows you to backup the trailer without having to disconnect the bars first. Some do not allow this and you will break the bars if you backup. I bought mine from Gillette for $500 and that included the install (they installed it while I was doing the walkthrough of the vehicle). Also, if you need to buy a brake controller still I would buy one on your own and do the install before you come to MI to get your trailer. I bought the Tekonsha P3 for $145 off etrailer, then spent another $15 on the controller cable and it took me 20 minutes to install. Gillette will charge you $240 for the P2 model that doesn't have a LED readout. Just call eTrailer and they will ensure you purchase the correct cable.

Hey before you leave/take delivery, make sure that they thoroughly test the battery. I picked up mine 6 weeks ago and there was an open ground from the battery. It would drain dead in 6 hours with NOTHING running. I'd hate to see you have an issue and have to fix on your own on your trip back if you are boondocking at all. I actually just posted on this yesterday -> Open ground - Page 2 - Jayco RV Owners Forum
Also in my post, the wirenut that they use to tie in the positive cables at the 12V battery is JUNK! I'd make them heat shrink butt connector that and shrink wrap it ontop of that before you leave the lot!! If Aaron is your dealer, say hi for me. Nice people at the dealership.
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:04 PM   #20
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Not sure where you got that owner's manual, but that's definitely not accurate. The 2009 Tundra with the big V8 isn't even rated for that. If you have the 6,500# tow package, then that is your max trailer weight. The tongue weight of the trailer will likely be at least 600#, so factor that into your payload.
Either way he's well within range.
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