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Old 02-10-2014, 11:01 PM   #1
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Towing with a Tundra

Anyone tow 233S Roo w/ 2nd gen Toyota Tundra? Our TV is 2013 5.7L V8 with factory tow package (9900lb tow capacity). I'm just wondering how the Roo will handle behind TV. When pulling a large popup (empty 3055lb) you couldn't even tell it was back there. I know the wind resistance will make a huge difference but wondering if we will need the WDH & sway bar.
Tundra comes standard w/ TRAILER-SWAY CONTROL (TSC)
When a vehicle is towing a trailer, conditions such as
side winds, load undulation or the driverís steering
input can result in dangerous trailer sway. Tundraís
TSC is a system that detects trailer sway and applies
brake pressure at individual wheels and controls engine
torque to help stabilize the trailer.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:16 PM   #2
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What does the hitch say for capacities? That Roo has 623 pounds of dry hitch weight that will do nothing but go up.

That 623 pounds is 14% of the unloaded vehicle weight (4,365 pounds). Which means, your actual loaded weight (my guess is 5,000-5,500 pounds at least) is going to give you a loaded tongue weight of 750-825 pounds.
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judging by your tow capacity I would assume it is a crewmax model, being over 500lbs a WDH would be needed for sure. I would suggest the sway bar more for the added comfort.

I Just recently towed a smaller trailer home for some friends of mine (truck wasn't tow ready yet) of around 5k lbs. it was breezy and the sway control was not installed being a short tow home, but I could still feel it pushing around a little bit. as for motivating, the 5.7L has no issues there, it knows its there, but holds 5th really well. (much better than my Salem which is 1K+ heavier)
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:28 AM   #4
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Just because your tundra has tsc doesn't mean your shouldn't use a good WDH with sway control. I the same truck you but tow a toy hauler that weighs about 7000 with a tongue weight of about 1000 pounds. A good hitch was a must and works great in all aspects. Get a good hitch.
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if you read your owner's manual's towing section it should say what hitch weight you should be using a wdh.
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:49 AM   #6
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Always use a wdh ... It makes your towing NOT an experience! I've use wdh with trailers as small as 12' ... Reason is they tow so much better properly setup.
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I just recently upgraded from a 3500 pound popup to a 233S. There is a HUGE difference in towing feel! Also, a pretty severe penalty in gas mileage. As others have said, the WDH is a must. I'm using the 10,000 lb Equal-i-zer, and it does a fantastic job. Good luck!
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Our Ram only has an 8200 lb capacity and I don't even notice our 29' (5700 lb dry) TT behind us. Unless there's a cross-wind of course. 29' turn into a wind sail in a cross wind.

As other's have said having the WDH and anti-sway is a must. I tried once to pull without an anti-sway. Never again.
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Anyone tow 233S Roo w/ 2nd gen Toyota Tundra? Our TV is 2013 5.7L V8 with factory tow package (9900lb tow capacity). I'm just wondering how the Roo will handle behind TV. When pulling a large popup (empty 3055lb) you couldn't even tell it was back there. I know the wind resistance will make a huge difference but wondering if we will need the WDH & sway bar.
We went from towing a popup to a Roo with our half-ton. Not a Toyota, but similar truck. The first time you tow the Roo, there will be no doubt its behind you. The big square front of the hybrid creates a huge amount of drag. Double check the owners manual, but I can't imagine that you wouldn't want/need a WDH to level up the truck. And defintely get some type of sway control. We are using a basic Pro-Series hitch with friction sway control. There are more sophisticated setups out there, but the Roo is fairly short at 23 feet, and the friction sway control keeps it nicely in line when its windy.

Your truck should tow the 233S fine with the right hitch setup. Its a little different than pulling the popup, but didn't take us long to get used to it. We drove in all kinds of conditions on all kinds of roads, and it was all pretty smooth.
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Weight distrabution, sway bar are a must. Be prepared, your gas milage is going to drop, compaired to the pop-up. That big flat front end of the Roo acts like a giant wind resistant sail... Otherwise you will have no issues with the Tundra pulling that camper...
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