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Old 02-14-2015, 03:32 PM   #1
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Using a Toyota Tundra

As a follow up question to my one on pulling an Eagle Premier, does anyone use a Tundra to pull a lighter weight 5th wheel?

If so, pros and cons of it. As well as which model/year you pull.

We're in the thinking and research stage.

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Old 02-14-2015, 06:13 PM   #2
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I just got back from New Zealand and it's amazing what they use to Tow trailers, saw 5th wheels being towed by Ford Rangers.
Depends on your truck specks and the trailers. I go with the trailer gross weight not the dry weight. Even if you can pull it, should you. I think you cant have too much truck, you may want a larger trailer in the future. My truck pulls my trailer great no issues. I haven't felt the need for a dual rear tires.
I would spend a day or two with the wife and go to truck dealers and compare brands, models, options and the dealers service. The new diesels are quieter, more power full and won't smoke. If your Toy is paid off, keep it for a daily driver. Have fun, don't be in a hurry.
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I presently have a 2010 Double Cab Shortbox 4X4 Toyota Tundra that I was planning to use to pull the Eagle HT 29.5BHDS 5th wheel. On researching more after purchase I discovered that I would likely end up being over weight by about 700 lbs over my payload capacity not counting the 4 passengers in the vehicle. I have since ordered a 2015 F350 SRW 4X4 5.7L Powerstroke to keep me legal and to allow for any future upgrades of trailers. From reading many threads from multiple forms it seem that a lot of people do tow these trailers with Tundras with airbags added to rear suspension with no problem. In my case I guess I don't want to risk ruining my vacation after being scaled and forced to leave my trailer behind or to have to deal with what would happen if I was in an accident while being over weight with my rig!
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FYI, I think its the 6.7 diesel. Your Tundra was a 5.7
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5er on semi-floating axles just seems like a bad idea.
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Nobody will put you on a scale that only applies to commercial.
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:23 PM   #7
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Nobody will put you on a scale that only applies to commercial.
Yes scales do usually apply only to commercial but.....I'm in On. Canada and our MTO do blitzes where they target different vehicles and that includes pickups with trailers and a person I work with who traveled through NH last summer had to go across the scales with a pick up pulling a tent trailer! Also that doesn't even mention what would happen if you got into an accident and hurt someone! Your insurance likely wouldn't cover it and you would be out of pocket for your vehicle, not to mention the lawsuit!
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I would spend a day or two with the wife and go to truck dealers and compare brands, models, options and the dealers service. The new diesels are quieter, more power full and won't smoke. If your Toy is paid off, keep it for a daily driver. Have fun, don't be in a hurry.
I'm the wife! The hubby is the smart one and says whatever works for me works for him! He's far less picky than I am. He also knows that if I'm not happy, he's not happy.

Yeah, I'm taking my time to do lots of research and all that ahead of deciding what to get and what to tow it with. Joining this forum is part of that research. Lots of great info on this forum, to put it mildly.
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Do you already own the Tundra and/or FW trailer? The limiting factor on the Tundra is the cargo capacity which will be eaten by the pin weight of the FW. I run about 1,000# over weight with my Tundra pulling a 26BH. I load heavy though but am still well under the GCW. The Tundra pulls the load quite well so power won't be the issue. The Tundra has 3/4 ton sized drivetrain so stopping won't be the issue either. I have a double cab 6.5' bed 4x4 and my cargo capacity is around 1,400#.
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Nobody will put you on a scale that only applies to commercial.
It's true here in some parts of Canada, the police will do a blitz and randomly check vehicles of all types for weight, often with a portable scale. Gives new meaning to the term "weight police".
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