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Old 04-07-2013, 10:08 PM   #11
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Yeah those knee airbags eat up all the good space. At 6'8" my shins are as thankful for it being in the dash as I am!
Seeing how you are almost a foot taller than me I wouldn't want it anywhere near my knees either. Being vertically challenged has it's advantages

You mustn't have a sunroof or maybe you just stick your head out it if you do!
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:12 PM   #12
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08 double cab 5.7 here. We have a 2014 couchmen freedom express 320bh on order. We are new to the TT scene. I believe we will be about 9K lbs ready to camp. As we have never pulled the camper, I am considering installing air bags before we even pick it up. What are thoughts on this. Now or wait?
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:27 PM   #13
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08 double cab 5.7 here. We have a 2014 couchmen freedom express 320bh on order. We are new to the TT scene. I believe we will be about 9K lbs ready to camp. As we have never pulled the camper, I am considering installing air bags before we even pick it up. What are thoughts on this. Now or wait?
Man that's a lot for a half ton. Make sure you get a really good WDH with sway control. And ya puttin on air bags might not be a bad idea.
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:31 PM   #14
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Yeah wow...isn't 9k over your towing capacity even without passengers?
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With towing pkg 10,600 towing capacity. We also have the prodigy brake control that was installed prior to us purchasing the truck. Our typical camping is done within 1 to 3 hours of home.
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:37 PM   #16
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08 double cab 5.7 here. We have a 2014 couchmen freedom express 320bh on order. We are new to the TT scene. I believe we will be about 9K lbs ready to camp. As we have never pulled the camper, I am considering installing air bags before we even pick it up. What are thoughts on this. Now or wait?
Way too much trailer. I am a Tundra owner. Mine is 6900 and is at the limit of my GVWR on the Tundra. I have 1380 of payload. Add 35 lbs for me, 350 for the family and dog. That leaves me 995 for the trailer. I am sitting at about 880 for my tongue weight (12.7%). That leaves 115 lbs left over.

Truck has plenty of power, but the rear end is squishy even WAY under towing capacity.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:20 PM   #17
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I am sure the actual gvwr is higher than 7200 pounds. If the f150 with max payload can have a gvwr of 8200 pounds and as far as I know all it is is a different rear end ratio. I have looked under both trucks and the beef of suspension is no more on the f150. And the rear axle of the tundra is bigger which are bearings. The leaf springs are about the same. But the tundra has a rear axle of 4.30 and highest on f150 is 4.10 which I think comes with max payload package. Considering almost all half tons gvwr is around the 7200 pound mark. If Toyota wanted I am sure they could go higher on gvwr. But are the only manufacturer that is following new tow standards. I am confident the tundra could handle more payload but if an accident was to happen then insurance would have a field day.
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I think it needs stiffer springs and LT tires. That would make it a tow monster. But that would take away the cushy ride 95% like over being a tow monster.
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I will be running real close to the gvwr of my tundra but I am somewhere around 400 pounds under my rawr and well under the fawr. So I'm not over loading the axle at all and will be about 1500 pounds under gcwr so I'm not worried anything with my tundra. It's a lot more truck that my old Titan ever was. My father in law has a 2006 Chevy 2500hd with 6.0 and my rear end on my tundra is the same size as his and could out pull that truck all day and he has a lighter camper than I do. I was told the a tundra is the closest thing to a 3/4 ton truck without actually being one.
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You will be fine wyo. Cobra with the 9k trailer....not so much.
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