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Old 06-23-2010, 10:08 AM   #11
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Thanks Masonga.
I've received a great deal of information on this forum concerning the purchase of our trailer as well as with my towing concerns. I'm looking forward to getting on the road this weekend and seeing exactly how it goes!
I assume with the 7300 pound rating you have, that you have the access cab?? I have the Double Cab which is rated anywhere between 6800 and 7000 lbs, depending on what you read! I'm going with what is in the manual, so 7000 lbs it is! I'll be weighing the trailer on the way out of town, but I think we are going to be in the 5800 lb range. No problem getting near the maximum tow rating. Where I'm getting close is the gross combined weight!
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Old 06-23-2010, 10:18 AM   #12
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Yes, access cab, AND also depends on where you read. My owners manual says 7300, and it DOES come close on the gross combined weight. I have never stopped to weigh the set-up...always in a hurry to GET CAMPING...lol. Do I just stop at a truck weigh station for weighing, and do I include the truck on the scale?
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Old 06-23-2010, 10:48 AM   #13
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I have a CAT scale just down the road from me, so it's pretty easy for me to stop for a weigh. Around here, it costs $9 to weigh. I'm pretty picky when it comes to the numbers, so I have done a lot of weighing. At first I weighed the truck with a full tank of gas and me, then I added to that the weight of the rest of the family and what stuff would be put in the back for a camping trip. That got me my GVW. That also determined, based on what was left from my GCVW, how much trailer I should be looking for. After that decision was made and we picked it up last week, I went back and did a combined weighing, putting the trailer axles on one scale and the front and back axles of the truck on the other two scales. That gave me my combined weight as well as my axle weights with the WD hitch attached.
This next time I think that I will get the combined weight again with the camper loaded for camping and us in the truck, then I'll go back around and get the trailer weight by itself by unhooking the trailer on the scale. If you do a re-weigh within 24 hours they only charge a dollar.
For me, it is money well spent to know that I fall within my tow limits. In case of an accident I want to do as much as I can, and document it, to keep as much liability off of me as I can. It's kind of that 'measure twice, cut once' mentality!
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Old 07-09-2010, 02:29 PM   #14
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Well we returned from our first trip pulling the 2701SS with the Tundra and things went pretty good. I stopped by the CAT scales on the way out of town since we loaded it with everything we think we will have for each trip we take. All of the numbers came in a little closer to the max numbers than I would have liked, but at least they were all below!
With the WD Hitch in place, my truck GVW was 6380 (Max. 6600); steer axle: 2880 (max. 3500); drive axle: 3500 (max. 3760); Gross Combined Weight: 11720 (max. 11800). I would prefer a larger margin on all of those!
But that being said, the 04 Tundra Dbl Cab w/4.7 iForce engine and 4.10 rear did a pretty good job of pulling. Ran about 3200 rpm's running 65mph most of the way, jumping to 4300 rpm going up about five long, steep grades and dropping down to about 55mph. I averaged about 9.2 mpg, which is much better than I was expecting!
Although I couldn't see it in the mirror, there was definite sway when being passed by vehicles. Not even big trucks...all vehicles in general! I think part of the problem is that I didn't have the sway control tightened down enough. I adjusted it during a fuel-up and it seemed to do better. I read somewhere on this forum that a trailer this long probably should have two friction sway control bars. I think I will opt for getting another. Luckily we didn't have much wind to deal with. Of course, all of that 'sway' feeling could have been in my head since this was the first time pulling something this long and heavy and me thinking that every little 'thing' was because of the truck/trailer combo!!
I know most of this info probably doesn't excite most of you, but I thought that I'd include it in case someone out there has a similar setup. I know Masonga and Steeljag are similar.
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