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Old 10-10-2010, 07:21 AM   #21
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i chose the duelly for the extra rubber on the road to stop the trailer with. the neg to a long base crew duelly is parking it at a store.
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:26 PM   #22
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I just became a member yesterday and after reading these replies I thought I would share my experiences with the Tundra. I have a 2007 Tundra 5.7 4x4 DC with towing package. We left western Michigan Aug. 1st. 2010 with four other couples for Alaska. I was towing a fifth wheel which with all the contents for the trip weighed about 8000 lbs. Our trip which was 9500 miles thru Canada including the Alaskan Highway and much much more and then on to Fairbanks, Anchorage, Valdez, Skagway and our return trip was over some great roads and some rough sections as well. For any that have made this trip you can appreciate all the mountains and wind that you encounter along the way. My Tundra handled the fifth wheel remarkably well. The only issue I had with the truck was a couple of dings from stones along the way. The power was never an issue, and I averaged just over 11 mpg. for the entire trip. The closest mpg. to my ntruck was a 38' diesel pusher which got just over 10 mpg. The hitch weight of the fifth wheel was 1,124 lbs. dry. I have the stock suspension and never had a problem handeling the bumps and dips along the way. We had a great trip and trouble free vacation. We arrived home the end of september
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:51 PM   #23
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Great Post

That was a torture test if I ever heard one and a real testament to the ruggedness of the Tundra. Good job on the mileage too.

You stated your rig weighted approximately 8000 pounds loaded and that is pretty light for a 5th wheel. What model and GVW was the 5th wheel?

you also stated the dry pin weight as 1124 pounds. I am curious as to what the loaded pin weight was. Did you get a chance to weigh your rig before you left?
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:51 AM   #24
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It was a 1996 Terry 24 5P which has a small slide. I purchased the unit used and the only information as to weight was the title which showed 6335 lbs. However units back then were not actually weighed as they are required to be now. A dealer that used to sell them told me if I weighed it I would be surprised how heavy it actually is and it did surprise me when I put it on the scales as the dry weight was 7120 lbs. and the hitch weight being 1124 lbs. I did not weigh it loaded so the 8000 lbs. is a bit of a guess, but we were packed to full capacity. We had been thinking about getting the Rockwood 8265 WS for sometime, so after I cleaned and polished the Terry after returning I decided to put it up for sell this fall and it sold within five days so we have that unit on order now.
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Old 11-28-2010, 02:00 PM   #25
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The 8526 WS might be a bit too heavy for your Tundra.
Make sure you don't overload the pin.

No matter how hard we try, we seem to carry about 1500 pounds of "MUST HAVE" every time we go camping. We have even kept a log as to what we actually used. Does not help.

You may be looking at a newer TV after you have pulled the new camper for a while.
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Old 11-28-2010, 03:41 PM   #26
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Actually the 8265WS that I looked at with the options we want is a few pounds less with the same hitch weight that the Terry had, so it should match up well. Thanks for your imput. This seems to be a great site with lots of useful information.
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Old 11-28-2010, 03:54 PM   #27
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We do try.

Everyone seems to have an opinion about TV load limits. Seems many of the most vocal have never weighed their rigs loaded for camping.

I was totally shocked my first trip to the scales. I have a 3/4 ton TV with a 9200 pound GVW and a camper with a 9300 pound Max GW limit.

With it loaded for a one week jaunt, I headed for the scales and discovered my camper was at its max and my TV was overloaded by 1100 pounds. I do have a diesel and that adds quite a bit of weight to the TV that is not reflected in the "curb weight" in the documentation.

Still I would have thought I could haul a bigger camper than that since the "max trailer weight" in the GMC booklet would lead you to believe I can tow a 15,000 pound camper with my engine.

That might be true if I was able to CARRY the 2500 pound pin weight required of a 15,000 pound camper. Which I can't.
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Old 12-22-2010, 01:46 PM   #28
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Yea your Tundra will tow it with the right hitch. Great stuff here !!!

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Old 12-22-2010, 07:12 PM   #29
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I towed a 31 foot prowler fifth wheel for some time I had a 2500 dodge diesel and it was not a dually.Later I got a 2500 that was a dually and also cummings diesel. My feelings are only buy a dually if you want to buy 6 tires instead of four. Could not tell any difference.
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A newby here, tow a 2011 Sabre Silhouette 290 RES with a 2007 Toyota Tundra reg cab TRD. The 5er has a listed dry weight of 7910 and the actual weight shipped was 8187. Anticipate actual weight loaded will be around 9500.
The tundra tows this unit great, independent tests have the rear axle rated at 5500 lbs and the brakes are as large as any 3/4 ton on the market. The weak points of the tundra are the P rated tires and rear springs. By upgrading these you will not increase the GVWR set by the manufacturer but it will increase your towing experience.
Last trip of 1500 miles averaged 10.5 mpg (US) and both TV and 5er worked perfectly.
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