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Old 01-03-2016, 08:25 PM   #1
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7200 lbs TT

Looking to tow a 7200lb TT.
Any one have the Toyota Tundra?
Specs look good but does it haul well?
"The 2016 Tundra features a 4.6-liter V8 base engine that puts out 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque. A 5.7-liter V8 that produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque is available. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. The Tundra gets an EPA-estimated 15/19 mpg city/highway, which is below average for the class."

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Old 01-04-2016, 12:03 AM   #2
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For a guy asking advice you sure have a way with words. Why don't you ask the TT dealer.
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What do I need to tow it and please no Detroit junk. Toyota handle this?
Thx rB
Well, let's be fair. Have you thought about asking the trailer salespeople yet? They know a lot about their products.

I'm sure there are some very nice used toyotas available.
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My opinions are my own and do not reflect your choice of truck! Ive reposted the question without the opinion. Anybody drive a Tundra?
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I had a 2013 Tundra Crew Cab 4x4 with the 5.7 and Tow Pkg. I towed a 21 ft Jetboat - est 6500# fully loaded with trailer. Going forward is not an issue - plenty of power. The boat trailer had surg brakes and with that and the truck was able to stop safely. This was my first gas truck since 1997 - been in Dodge diesel. Now I own a Duramax 3500. No comparison between the trucks when it comes to towing. Your asking asking about a 7200# trailer and a Tundra. Are you towing mountains or flatland? Windy conditions, freeway ... etc. Numbers might be ok but... I have a 27ft TT at the same wt and would not have wanted to tow it with the Tundra here in Idaho mountains.
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I don't own a Tundra, but I have been looking at tow vehicles for the past month, including the Tundra. The problem with the Tundra is its low payload rating, which was roughly 1,150 for the model we were looking at. That took it out of the running.

An approximately 8,000 pound trailer x 13% = a tongue weight of 1,040. That's most of your payload without even adding in family or other cargo. That's too much trailer for a Tundra, IMO.
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Looking to tow a 7200lb TT.
The strongest Tundra they make is still a half-ton pickup. Only one normally optioned and loaded half-ton pickup can tow a 7,200-pound TT without exceeding the payload capacity of the pickup, and that is the Ford F-150 with the rare heavy duty payload package.

So if you don't want to be overloaded when towing, stop looking at half-ton pickups for towing that trailer.

Most half-ton pickups can be optioned up to have enough power and torque to PULL a 7,200-pound trailer, but they will all exceed the payload capacity of the suspension and brakes when loaded with the wet and loaded hitch weight and normal weight of people and stuff in the truck when towing.

My half-ton pickup is rated to tow a TT that weighs up to 8,400 pounds, but it's overloaded over the payload capacity of the pickup with my small TT that grosses only 4,870 pounds when wet and loaded for the road. So word to the wise.

If your trailer actually weighs 7,200 pounds when wet and loaded on the road, it will have average tongue weight of 900 to 1,000 pounds. That much tongue weight, plus another 50 to 100 pounds that your WD hitch will add to hitch weight will take a big chunk out of your payload capacity. So do the math so you don't buy "not enuff truck" for your needs.

Toyota doesn't make what you need. Stick with the "Big Three", and consider only three-quarter-ton or one-ton pickups to tow that much trailer without being overloaded.
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I think you will need more truck. Nissan just released a diesel. Check that out. Otherwise the big 3
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What is the advertised hitch weight of the trailer you are interested in? The GVWR of the trailer (7200, or more?)

I haven't tried Toyota myself, as I knew I wanted more than a 1/2 ton truck when I went looking, but I have heard that getting true capacities from Toyota has not been easy. For example, one can go to the Ford website and get a chart of all kinds of information on weights, capacities, specs, etc.

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If you are looking at brand new, there seems to be just enough info to see if you can keep from overloading a Tundra on the Toyota website.

Toyota Tundra Interior, Exterior & Safety Features

But no info on RAWR. I suppose this info is on the door frame sticker, so go look at some and see if they are all the same or if the RAWR changes with tow packages.

I suppose now you have some homework to do for this asignment. After you get the numbers you need, you can go to RV Tow Check | Salesperson Fact Checker and double check the marketing with the real world for safety.

Just FYI, this process is the very same for Detroit junk ( ) and off-shore junk.
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Look at payload sticker on the door.

Quick google search of 2WD half ton payload comparison shows:
2WD Engine Max Towing Max Payload
Toyota Tundra 4.6 V8 6,800 1,605
Toyota Tundra 5.7 V8 10,500 2,080

It did not indicate which trim levels or options were considered in this, so I would assume this is the MAX numbers you can get in the truck.

The 4.6L V8 is out due to the 6800 Max Towing limit.

A 7200lb TT (assuming this is wet and loaded weight) would indicate you need to use 864 lbs of payload for the tongue weight. Avg another 100 for the WDH. Then add in all people, stuff, and after market parts on the truck.

The 5.7L V8 might work, depending on what you put in the truck and what trim level you get. Check the door sticker for actual payload because trim levels can take up a couple hundred pounds of payload.
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Tundra's made by U.S workers so what's the big deal?
Tundras are gas hogs. Pretty easy to validate that. Just Google Tundra mpg.
I wouldn't tow 7200lbs with a 1/2 ton. BTDT with a more capable F150 with MaxTow. I'd recommend a 3/4 ton gasser. 99% of Tundras will run out of payload when you load everything up for camping.
A Tundra won't get any better mpg than a 3/4 ton truck. A properly built Ford F150 will out tow the Tundra and when not towing deliver better mpgs and at a cheaper price tag. Tundra doesn't discount their trucks as much a Ford does.
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