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Old 08-19-2016, 04:06 AM   #11
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Definitely get a weight distribution hitch with sway control.


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Old 08-19-2016, 05:31 AM   #12
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We are very satisfied with our Tundra pulling our 26dbh Grey Wolf.
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:26 AM   #13
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I have a 2011 tundra 5.7 crewmax. Just upgraded my trailer to a 2017 Cherokee 274dbh. About 7200lbs loaded and 32' long. No problems towing. The tundras are over built for a half ton. The key is to have a good wdh setup. I had the Reese dual cam on old trailer and equalizer 4pt on the new one. Both great systems but I like the equalizer better. Easier to set up and adjust. Your son has plenty of truck. Some guys pull 5th wheelers but you need a special hitch for the short bed and you get real iffy with weights. Good luckClick image for larger version

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Old 08-21-2016, 11:10 AM   #14
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Truck manufacturers love to tell you how much their truck can pull (the Tundra can pull the Space Shuttle) but the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and Cargo Carrying Capacity are always the first limits to be compromised. So that's what you need to focus on.

I was looking up the specs on the new Tundras recently and found that it has approximately the same weight ratings as my '09 F-150 with the max. tow package. The critical numbers for any 1/2 ton will be payload and rear axle rating. My F-150's GVWR is 7200 pounds and the rear axle is rated for 4000 pounds.

5th wheels will always put more weight on the truck than the same size TT. Check the GVWR on your son's Tundra. It's probably in the 7000 - 7200 pound range. If he or you are interested in a particular trailer, you'll never be able to know the actual loaded weight so use the GVWR of the trailer and assume the pin weight on a 5th wheel will be 15-20% of that and on a TT the tongue weight will be 10-15% of the trailer's GVWR.

Take the Tundra to a local CAT scale full of fuel and with all the passengers on board and find out what it weighs. Then you can start to figure out if the Tundra can handle the pin weight or tongue weight that the trailer is going to transfer to the truck.

Of course, the above only matters if you care about exceeding the truck's GVWR. I've seen Tundras pulling 30+ foot long 5th wheels, but I wouldn't do it myself.


Toyota was the first and only manufacturer to follow j2807 for years before the "big 3" started following it. I would trust toyotas figures over older domestic towing capacities.
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Overbuilt for a half-ton compared to what. It still depends on your payload and the weight of the camper; don't kid yourself.
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Overbuilt for a half-ton compared to what. It still depends on your payload and the weight of the camper; don't kid yourself.

That's true for any truck.


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Old 08-21-2016, 05:35 PM   #18
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That's my point; some people are fooled by perception over reality.
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Old 08-21-2016, 06:00 PM   #19
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Overbuilt for a half-ton compared to what. It still depends on your payload and the weight of the camper; don't kid yourself.
My question, also. What EXACTLY does "overbuilt" mean?

As an engineer, I would say that if two trucks had the same published capacities, but one of them had more "design margin" built in, then you could say it was "overbuilt" (at least compared to the other truck). But we really have NO idea what the design margins are on any of these trucks.

Sounds like an urban legend statement to me.
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I don't care if a 1/2 ton truck is built to the same exact specifications as a 1 ton, you must follow it's advertised capacities.


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