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Old 08-04-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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We are new to RVing and looking to buy a trailer. We will be towing with 2012 Toyota Tundra crewmax 4x4 that is rated to tow 9000 gross. I think I would like a 5th wheel/gooseneck but a travel trailer might be better suited to this tow vehicle. Any comments would be appreciated about what others have experienced while towing with this type vehicle.

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Old 08-04-2013, 06:44 PM   #2
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you will find a lot of opinions on here about towing a 5'ver with a Tundra. I tow a 35 ft'er ( non-5'ver )with a 09 Tundra.

The long of the short is that your gonna know its back there, being a half ton.

Can you do it, absolutely. You will be the only one to know what you are comfortable with.

I will say this My tundra has 80,000 miles on it, and I will be shopping for a 3/4 ton for my next truck.

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Old 08-04-2013, 06:48 PM   #3
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We tow a 34 foot TT with a 2010 Tundra and a Andersen hitch and it does great. Zero issues towing it. Can't say about a 5th wheel but a good size TT is no issue.
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:50 PM   #4
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We travel frequently with a friend who has a '09 Tundra and tows a Rockwood Ultra-Lite 8289WS (ULVW 7793#) Recently completed a trip with him from Texas to Charleston, SC and another to Mountain View, AR (a couple of 11% grades) without any problems, his truck handled the trip fine. Actually gets better mileage towing the 5ver than his previous TT.
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Old 08-04-2013, 07:19 PM   #5
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I tow a rockwood 8282ws at 7700lbs dry with my 08 tundra. My truck was rated at 10,600 towing cap. I do have (and need) the rear airbags. I have no problems towing. Previous 5er was 8700lb wildcat. Pulling is no problem. Pin weight is the bigger issue. There are a lot of light weight 5th wheels out there. Do your research. Ask on forums for advice. Put a lot of salt on anything a salesman tells you. :-) AND, there are some great floor plans out there in bumper pull models too. You have a great truck, but our tundras do have their limits. Best of luck. I've towed 3 different units with my tundra and loved them all. You'll find what you're looking for.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:22 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the replies. We will continue to look around and make a choice pretty soon. I have already had one salesman tell me he had one customer towing something huge with a truck like mine. No thanks!
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:37 PM   #7
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In the UK, you could tow 15,000 pounds with that truck! They rate the Range Rover for an 8000 pound trailer. They even rate the Ford Focus as a good tow car for a 3000 pound trailer. My relatives back there tow 33' TTs with a Range Rover or a Land Rover Discovery.

I don't know if the vehicle manufacturers in the US market are scared of lawsuits or whether they consider US drivers to be so incompetent as to be a major risk.

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