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Old 08-29-2016, 03:10 PM   #11
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People pull marginally safe setups all the time. They usually have white knuckles and the smell of fear on them when they reach destination. They also have a DW that isn't real happy either. Eventually you will see the wisdom in having a tow vehicle worth of the job. Go big or go home. Just my humble opinion.

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Old 08-29-2016, 04:39 PM   #12
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I faced the same quandry earlier this year. I have a Tundra 5.7 DoubleCab SR5 and purchased a 2014 Rockwood Ultralite 5'er, Model 8285IKWS dry weight is 7700, and pin weight is 1180 (dry). My Tundra's payload capacity is 1380. With 2 people in the truck, fuel, hitch/rails I am at 1750lbs and that's without any other freight. I try to put more weight in the rear of the trailer to lighten the pin weight I have read about others with the same situation who also claim it's fine but you can see the reality from the numbers.

My "on the road" experience after 3,000 towing miles is that my rig tows/feels just fine but you can see that it is over the recommended payload weight by a good deal. stopping power is good. Transmission seems fine and not overworked except on some very steep hills. My springs are at their limit. The truck is just slightly nose high but there is no impact on steering. ( Some people install airbags to fix the level but this does not increase the payload carrying capacity.) It tows fine in undulating country at 55-60 but on hills with a 6% grade I can only do 45mph.

1.Check the exact specs on your Tundra. The numbers your need are in the manual under specifications. You need the model code off the certification label on the drivers side door frame (mine is USK56L-CRTSGA). Payload capacity is what you want to find. Make sure your Tundra has the factory tow package and look for the numbers * with the tow package. 2WD and long bed versions have substantially more payload capacity.

2. Shop for a lighter trailer - other posters got it right - that one is more than likely way too heavy for a Tundra even if you have a long bed and 2WD.

3. If I was buying a truck, I would have bought a 3/4 ton - mostly for peace of mind, esp as we start to travel more and longer distances.

Hope this helps.
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Old 08-29-2016, 07:43 PM   #13
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All the big hree have problems and all are good trucks,I have a Ford F 350 with the 6.7 powerstroke.It costs twice what my 2002 7.3 did but it is at least four times the truck.Differance between gas and diesel are mainly power and milage.Gas has less of both.If you want a ford diesel dont buy anything but 7.3 or 6.7 the rest are no good.with Ford you want a truck with camper and trailer tow package. (Camper pac gives you overload springs)
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Old 08-29-2016, 07:57 PM   #14
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Yeah don't get caught up in the Tundra towing hype. Some of these guys think they have a lot more than they really do.
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:08 PM   #15
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Yeah don't get caught up in the Tundra towing hype. Some of these guys think they have a lot more than they really do.
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:10 PM   #16
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Okay! That's what we were thinking. We're giving ourselves time to do our homework. We had a F350 dually when we trailered horses. It was nice power wise.

We were thinking if we buy american that maybe new is the answer so that we have the warranty and buy a used 5th wheel to help compensate for the expense. I'd been looking at F250/Ram 2500 but I'll had the F350/Ram3500 to our list of trucks to investigate.

Can't tell you how much we appreciate the help.
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:15 PM   #17
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For a little extra you can buy a one ton instead of three quarter ton. If you don't, in a few short years you will be asking if the three quarter can pull it.

Ask me how I know that.
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:17 PM   #18
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I made the mistake of buying a 2012 Ram 1500 QC,short bed with a towing package, year and a half later I got a Ram 2500 with a Cummins diesel, while the diesel might not be necessary, the towing is so much better with the 3/4 ton, I did love the 2012 thou for everything else.
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:27 PM   #19
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My Silverado 2500 gasser's tow capacity is 13,000 lbs and payload is 2906 lbs, FYI.
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If you can afford it take a look at the 2017 Ford Super Duty. Maybe a couple years down the road for me if I can stomach the price.

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