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Old 02-17-2013, 06:45 PM   #421
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My truck is rated to tow 6500# with 650# tw. I live in MO. I believe the 19RR is 4200# Dry.
Tongue weight of 574lbs & with the Harley the trailer will be just over 5000lbs, keep your gear/water to less than 1000lbs, install a transmission cooler and you should be good to go. Might want to add Firestone airbags to the rear end & take a look at the current tires. You'll be close to the limits (closer than what I'd like to be) but if you are not travelling in terribly hilly country you should be ok
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:06 AM   #422
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Tongue weight of 574lbs & with the Harley the trailer will be just over 5000lbs, keep your gear/water to less than 1000lbs, install a transmission cooler and you should be good to go. Might want to add Firestone airbags to the rear end & take a look at the current tires. You'll be close to the limits (closer than what I'd like to be) but if you are not travelling in terribly hilly country you should be ok
Thanks, I think I'm going to drop to a lighter trailer. I really don't want my towing experience to be miserable where I constantly feel like I want a new tow vehicle. I'd rather sacrifice some amenities to have more fun and increase safety.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:34 AM   #423
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not sure which part of mo you are from, but it gets hilly quickly around me when i cross the mississippi from illinois.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:59 AM   #424
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Thanks, I think I'm going to drop to a lighter trailer. I really don't want my towing experience to be miserable where I constantly feel like I want a new tow vehicle. I'd rather sacrifice some amenities to have more fun and increase safety.
It doesn't hurt to consider a lighter trailer. There are pretty nice lite weight trailer out there so you might pleasantly surprise even with compromising.

Good luck.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:47 AM   #425
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For me I thought the numbers were in check for my tundra so I pulled the trigger. I even got the dealer to let take it for a test ride dry. It pulled it fine.

I bought my 19rr in October so my first experience towing was me pulling it home, loading the goldwing into it and it making sure that fit well then towing it empty again out to storage 30 minutes away.

On that trip I realized that pulling it up any hill put a lot of strain on the truck, the trailer pushed the truck around when driving, when even an SUV would pass me I could feel it, braking was scary, and even the slightest wind would make my day horrid. I couldn't see around it either. I had to buy extension mirrors and they were horrible and noisy.

That was here in town, I couldn't imagine going into the ozarks six hours from home like that. I would also have to calculate the weight of every little thing I packed in the truck or trailer. Inquiring with her over her weight is not something I wanted to go to.

I knew one or two years towing with my tundra would do it in. The rotors were warped after towing that trailer too.

I tried it and it didn't take much to convince me I was needing to either upgrade or sell my trailer. I got a new f150 eb and now I pull that thing very comfortably. Trips are much easier and I can fill up the tanks, add the wing and even some firewood and still pull that thing through the ozarks at highway speeds. I loved that tundra but its a safety issue. Easy call.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:58 AM   #426
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For me I thought the numbers were in check for my tundra so I pulled the trigger. I even got the dealer to let take it for a test ride dry. It pulled it fine.

I bought my 19rr in October so my first experience towing was me pulling it home, loading the goldwing into it and it making sure that fit well then towing it empty again out to storage 30 minutes away.

On that trip I realized that pulling it up any hill put a lot of strain on the truck, the trailer pushed the truck around when driving, when even an SUV would pass me I could feel it, braking was scary, and even the slightest wind would make my day horrid. I couldn't see around it either. I had to buy extension mirrors and they were horrible and noisy.

That was here in town, I couldn't imagine going into the ozarks six hours from home like that. I would also have to calculate the weight of every little thing I packed in the truck or trailer. Inquiring with her over her weight is not something I wanted to go to.

I knew one or two years towing with my tundra would do it in. The rotors were warped after towing that trailer too.

I tried it and it didn't take much to convince me I was needing to either upgrade or sell my trailer. I got a new f150 eb and now I pull that thing very comfortably. Trips are much easier and I can fill up the tanks, add the wing and even some firewood and still pull that thing through the ozarks at highway speeds. I loved that tundra but its a safety issue. Easy call.
That's odd.What year was your tundra?I have a 2012 crewmax 5.7 liter v8 with the towing package and I've experienced none of that.
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Mine was a 2000 4.7 v8 which is one of the older ones. It's closer to the newer tacomas which is what I believe he is using now. He said v6 4.0 if I remember correctly. I'm on my iPhone as I'm away from home now. The new tundras would pull that 19rr similar to how my f150 eb does now I'm sure.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:38 PM   #428
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I picked up my 19rr two weeks ago in Clinton, NC and pull it with my 2012 Nissan Frontier. I had about a 5 hour trip back to the Jacksonville, NC coast. I had already installed trailer brakes and the dealer installed the 4 point weight distribution/sway control system. Out of the gate in Clinton it is a little hilly and the truck kicked down a few gears but once I got to the flat lands of Raleigh it was clear sailing. I set the cruise to about 60 mph and switched the overdrive back on. I mile 'o' meter registered about 9.5 MPG.

Last weekend my neighbors and us traveled down to Myrtle Beach for a colder than normal weekend. They own a 30 ft Class A so I more less hung to their bumper and drafted the 120 miles. The cargo area was empty but it was full of clothes, food, dishes and anything else my wife thought she may need. With my drafting I was able to get 12 MPG.

The engine in the frontier is a 4.0 V6 with and 6200 lb tow rating and a 650lb tw (when using weight distribution). Since we live on the coast, I believe most of our camping expeditions will be within 4 or 5 hours of here so I will most likely stay out of the mountains. Eventually we will probably get a golf cart so my son can cruise the campgrounds.

Last year I did tow my mother's 2004 Forest River 27ft bunk house from Tabor City to my driveway (approx 120 miles). She had some major water damage to the rear to I tore out the entire back wall, replaced the last three foot or roof to include the trusses and the floor under the bunk. Needless to say I will never do that again. Camping World quoted her $7,000. I got it done for about $450 in materials and many many many hours of labor.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:39 PM   #429
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Thanks, I think I'm going to drop to a lighter trailer. I really don't want my towing experience to be miserable where I constantly feel like I want a new tow vehicle. I'd rather sacrifice some amenities to have more fun and increase safety.
I've got a different truck and trailer, but similar weights and ratings.

Yeah it'll do it, but it'll be stressfull, sketchy, and your truck won't last as long. With the right truck, you won't even know the trailer is back there. With your current setup, you'll have the tail wagging the dog.

Transmission cooler, also, get your shop to put a shift kit into the trans, that'll make it last a lot longer, too.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:03 PM   #430
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I was wondering if you had any long term issues with mounting the hitch to the rear bumper. I have been reading some blogs that say the aluminum bumper may not be strong enough to hold the weight and some people reported losing their hitch along the road along with the bikes. Also, do you carry anything other than bicycles like maybe one of those flat mesh gorilla racks?
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