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Old 08-18-2014, 10:24 AM   #11
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My question is.........for highway driving, what would a very comfortable weight limit be in the new trailers I consider ?
Given this statement, I would limit my trailer to 60 to 70 percent of the truck's capacity; especially if you are traveling any longer distances.

As other posts have pointed out, cargo capacity is your biggest constraint. And don't forget to subtract the weight of your family, pets, bed gear, and hitch from your cargo capacity. You also need to understand that trailer dry weights, as listed by the manufacturer, typically do not include battery, options, etc. Then there is the load that you put IN your trailer.

Honestly, I would limit to a trailer with 600 to 700 pound tongue weight and and 28 feet.

Don't be persuaded by those who overload their trucks and then encourage you to do the same.
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:14 PM   #12
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Old 08-19-2014, 08:26 PM   #13
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I just upgraded from a 4Runner to a 2014 Tundra. I have a Shamrock 23IKSS and weigh 5,500lbs. I have no problems pulling my trailer. I have a 4pt WDH to balance my tongue weight to the front TV axles. Brochure says payload is 1500 minus passengers, cargo. Fuel.
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Old 08-19-2014, 08:52 PM   #14
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Tow with a Dodge Durango Hemi 4X4 Sp189. FR Surveyor and don't even know it is there. Trailer is 3000 lbs with WDH. We load pretty heavy especially since going to be in it for 6 months. MPG is not the best. 11 mpg. Hope this helps.
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:21 PM   #15
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Your biggest limit is fuel range! Pulling 7500 lbs and getting 8 mpg so about 200 miles per tank. Lighter trailer, little better mileage. Main thing is what you are comfortable with towing and what fits your needs ( and maybe a want or two!). And make sure you have LT tires!


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Old 08-19-2014, 11:57 PM   #16
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Old 08-23-2014, 04:55 PM   #17
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Bought a new Rockwood 8289ws last Oct and was planning on pulling it with my 2008 Tundra. It was within weight but I figured about 3-400 lbs overweight on pin weight. I really wasn't comfortable pulling it with the Tundra. I put firestone airbags on it to keep it level which worked out good. But I'm planning trips that are going to include mountain driving. So started looking around and found a 2012 Ram Larimie mega cab 4x4 with 6.7 Cummins. Heated and cooled leather seats power moon roof pretty much loaded out. It had 34,000 on it and I picked it up for $42,000. And about $3400 more on trade then Chevrolet wanted to give me. Truck has built in exhaust brake, integrated brake controller. TV pulls Rockwood like it's not even there. Love pulling with RAM. And the first time I hit a real long down ramp let off the pedal and exhaust brake kicked in. Was down to about 10 mph before I had to use the brakes. A little painful getting the note as the tundra was paid for but feel much safer and more in control. My wife's statement; if I new we was going to have to buy a new truck I would have for a bigger 5th wheel lol. Pulling from Louisiana to disneyworld in June I averaged 11.5 mpg until I hit those rolling hills in Florida and dropped to 10.7. I set the cruise put in tow haul and stay in the rt lane. 60 mph is 1500 rpm. Chinese Bombs on Rockwood have a 65 mph max speed.
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Old 08-27-2014, 04:22 PM   #18
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'14 Tundra and '14 Salem BKIS

Hello all. I am currently deployed, but before I left, I upgraded to a '14 5.7 Limited CrewMax Tundra. I also bought a 14 Salem BKIS (8300 lbs unloaded, 900 TW). My trip home was decent which was about 45min away. The truck had plenty power as others stated, but I honestly felt the rear end was too light for the trailer. The trailer was beating the truck up with sway. I bought the trailer with the dealer installed WDH (cheap). I'm looking at upgrading to a Reese Straight-Line Distribution Hitch. Does anyone have any experience with this WDH with a similar setup? I'm looking at taking a family vacation when I return and I want a proper setup for the rig. Thank you in advance.
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Old 08-27-2014, 05:05 PM   #19
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Two things I would look at-

I know it's a new truck but I would upgrade the tires to LT or extra load and get rid of the "p" tires. When aired correctly your back end shouldn't wander as much.

Second, Toyota gas an TRD sway bar for the rear axle. Might try tgat too.


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Old 08-28-2014, 03:39 PM   #20
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What are LT tires? I've never heard of those. Is it some kind of towing tires?
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