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Old 06-09-2019, 11:53 AM   #1
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1st time towing our new Grey wolf alone

hey hey! HELP-im a newbie. I am buying my mothers 2018 Cherokee Grey Wolf 29te. Its 36.5 in length. We bought a 5.7 Toyota Tundra for pulling. Heres my question....The rv is in the Keys and I am druvung from Austin, TX to pick it up...ALONE. I will be driving it back 1600 miles with me myself and i. I am a confident driver and have driven big uhauls and stuff across the country but im sure i could use some solid advice. I got this right? Any advice, tips majorly appreciated.
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Old 06-09-2019, 11:58 AM   #2
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Good luck and drive slow...that is a bunch of trailer for that truck.
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Welcome to the forum its a great place to get your questions answered. I assume you have a WDH with sway control if not get one. Keep the speed below 65 and if it gets windy (like it does in that country) pull in somewhere and camp. check the tire pressure before you start out each day fill to the max sidewall pressure. Good luck
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Old 06-09-2019, 12:30 PM   #4
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Good luck and drive slow...that is a bunch of trailer for that truck.
X2 on needing a more heavy duty truck. Also WDH would be a must for me.
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Old 06-09-2019, 01:03 PM   #5
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I wouldn't drive that trailer 1 block without a WDH. Make sure you get one and set up properly. Even dry, that trailer will drop 850 lbs on the hitch. I'd bet that the Tundra's hitch is rated to only 500 lbs without a WDH.

Driving it empty and alone will probably be OK, with a proper WDH, of course.

Not sure what the TV payload is, but the loaded trailer will be putting ~1,000 lbs on the truck. Most 1/2 tons are going to struggle with this kind of load, after adding in passengers, hitches, and other gear. That's a quad-bunk floorplan, so I'm guessing a wife and at least 3 kids?

Filling it up with camping gear and adding the family will not work safely with that Tundra. It will take a specially outfitted 1/2 ton to be able to tow it all and be within specifications (e.g., F-150 3.5 EB Max Tow HDPP).
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Old 06-09-2019, 01:21 PM   #6
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I suggest you do internet searches on how to properly adjust the wdh. That combination of tv and to makes the setup critical.
Ps youíll need some good wrenches to do it.
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Also be sure you've got a trailer brake controller in the Tundra and that the trailer brakes work properly. If you need to stop fast you'll want the camler to stop itself. Otherwise it will push you somewhere you dont want to go.
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If you do not have towing mirrors, get them now. You will need to be aware of larger vehicles coming up on your left and then plant your right front tire on the white line in your lane. That will give you the best advantage on not getting sucked in by trucks. I cruise at 60-62 to get best mileage and everyone else can go around. Get gas at truck stops so to have plenty of room being you are 55 ft
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hey hey! HELP-im a newbie. I am buying my mothers 2018 Cherokee Grey Wolf 29te. Its 36.5 in length. We bought a 5.7 Toyota Tundra for pulling. Heres my question....The rv is in the Keys and I am druvung from Austin, TX to pick it up...ALONE. I will be driving it back 1600 miles with me myself and i. I am a confident driver and have driven big uhauls and stuff across the country but im sure i could use some solid advice. I got this right? Any advice, tips majorly appreciated.
You likely need a WDH. Unless you have experience setting up a WDH I'd try to make an appt at a nearby RV dealer to set up the WDH. There are a lot of RV places in Florida. I'd also think about staying over at your mother's the first night to make sure its set up right, including the brakes.
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Old 06-10-2019, 02:27 PM   #10
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When I travel across country, I reserve pull-through sites in KOAs. Makes it easy to stop for the night and I don't have to unhitch.
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Carmenroams,

I used to tow a Rockwood 2902WS with a Tundra. The Tundra is a lot better than a lot of people on here give it credit for but it does have its limitations. The biggest is payload capacity at about 1500 lbs +/-. Your tow rating is around 10,000 lbs so you are within limits there. The UVW numbers on the 29TE are not too bad but you will run into an issue with your payload capacity. The Tundra is rated at 800 lbs for your hitch weight. The 29TE has a 837 lb tongue weight empty. Add propane and a battery and you will be making that situation worse.

My personal experiences with the Tundra is it towed our trailer fairly well but I was never really comfortable with that much load behind me. Higher winds messed with me a bit more than I cared for. It towed well but stopping and stability was always a bit of a concern.

Two must haves as mentioned by others are a WDH and a brake controller. I also added aftermarket towing mirrors and Michelin Defender LTX light truck tires (huge difference in ride)

Sorry for the long winded response but I have personal experience with what you are trying to do. In short, your truck can handle it but it will not be the most comfortable ride possible. I recently decided to jump into the diesel market with a used F-350 and although it is way overkill for what I am towing, the comfort factor cannot be beat.

Good luck,be safe, and remember, keep it at a reasonable speed, watch your tire pressures, and above all, happy travels.
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Every reply on here has been dead on. I drive a Tundra 5.7 towing about 8,000 33ft and can tell you the WDH hitch is a must as is trailer brakes, tow mirrors and sway bar on your trailer. Be sure not to back up with sway bar tight. Although you will be stopping more often, I donít let my tank get much below 1/2. The Tundra will suck the tank dry fast and the last thing you want is to get caught in traffic jam with little gas. As one reply here stated make sure you stop at the big box gas stations, they usually have more room to maneuver. Only go to the outside pumps, I doubt you would get in or out of the inside pumps. Good luck and good RVing!
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Bigbear- how do you come up with ďthe tundra is rated at 800 tongue weight?ĒI didnít see any mention of which specific year or trim he has. Toyota manual (2011) says 11% of trailer weight. At 9000 that number is 990.

Granted, he will be REALLY close to that 990 number when fully loaded.
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My 2014 tundra had the specs on the door sticker. It listed mine as a 800 lb capacity. I am sure there are differences based on packages.
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My 2014 tundra had the specs on the door sticker. It listed mine as a 800 lb capacity. I am sure there are differences based on packages.
YIKES! 800lbs payload capacity
Must be a crewcab with extra bling.
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The payload capacity was 1500 lbs. The tongue weight capacity was 800 lbs. My writing is sometimes hard to follow.
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hey hey! HELP-im a newbie. I am buying my mothers 2018 Cherokee Grey Wolf 29te. Its 36.5 in length. We bought a 5.7 Toyota Tundra for pulling. Heres my question....The rv is in the Keys and I am druvung from Austin, TX to pick it up...ALONE. I will be driving it back 1600 miles with me myself and i. I am a confident driver and have driven big uhauls and stuff across the country but im sure i could use some solid advice. I got this right? Any advice, tips majorly appreciated.
You are likely to have some challenges navigating the pumps at gas stations. Most are not RV friendly and I have yet to find an app that truly helps. Not sure your fuel tank size and MPG when towing will be but a little research and pre-planning can help. Also a GPS properly configured for your set up can help keep you on roads you can navigate.
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I hope mom is giving you a good price. Looking at prob $1000 in fuel both ways and almost 4k miles of wear and tear and depreciation on the truck.
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I would be concerned with the total weight of the travel trailer and the max the truck mounted hitch is built to withstand. Most all half ton trucks come equipped with a 5000 lb. weight limit hitch. If the trailer overall weight exceeds that 5000 lb. limit, you could be asking for trouble. I own a 2500HD Chevrolet work truck that has a factory installed 10,000 lb. receiver hitch installed.
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Bigbear- how do you come up with ďthe tundra is rated at 800 tongue weight?ĒI didnít see any mention of which specific year or trim he has. Toyota manual (2011) says 11% of trailer weight. At 9000 that number is 990.

Granted, he will be REALLY close to that 990 number when fully loaded.

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