Originally Posted by jeremy123
So right now I'm pulling my TT with a '13 Toyota Sequoia. I take it from the replies that pulling 7k lbs with any of these trucks will be a big improvement from what I have now?
Pulling power is not your primary problem. You have enough "tow rating" to pull
a 7,000-pound TT. But your SUV is overloaded over the GVWR of the tow vehicle if you have anything inside the SUV more than a skinny driver. And I'll bet you have a lot more in the SUV than a skinny driver.
Weigh the wet and loaded rig on a CAT scale. Add the weight on the two SUV axles and compare to the GVWR of the SUV.
For the replacement tow vehicle, don't worry about "tow rating" or GCWR as long it's higher than the heaviest possible combined weight of your wet and loaded tow vehicle and trailer. Instead, get a tow vehicle with enough GVWR (payload capacity) that you can haul all your family and stuff and a full tank of fuel, as well as the weight-distributing hitch and tongue weight of the TT, without exceeding the GVWR of the tow vehicle.
It's certainly not obvious by looking only a the tow rating or GCWR. For example, my F-150 EcoBoost has a tow rating o 8,400 pounds, and it has plenty of power to tow a TT that grosses 8,000 pounds. But the suspension is overloaded when wet and loaded on the road with my small TT that grosses only 4,870 pounds.
I'm a Toyota fan. My cars have been Toyotas since 1986. My current "car" is a 2013 Venza. The Tundra (and the Sequoia which is a Tundra chassis with a heavy station wagon body) is a dependable half-ton pickup, but it's only a half-ton pickup, and not enough GVWR to haul a 7,000-pound TT plus a family and tools without being overloaded. So forgetabout a Toy and look to the "big three" pickups with at least a so-called three-quarter ton weight rating. They will all three have enough GVWR to tow a 7,000 pound TT without being overloaded.
The 2015 F-250 with the smallest gas engine (6.2L) and stock rear axle ratio has GVWR of 10,000 pounds and tow rating over 12,000 pounds. That's enough to tow your 7,000 pound TT without any concern with being overloaded.
If you insist on a half-ton pickup, then the only one with enough GVWR to tow a 7,000-pound TT plus family and gear without being overloaded is the F-150 with the factory HD Payload package. Those are rare, and you probably won't find any on dealers' lots. You can order one and wait 6 to 8 weeks for it to be built. My last several vehicles had to be ordered to get exactly what I wanted. The 6 to 8 weeks is frustrating, but it beats driving a vehicle for years that's not exactly what I want. Even my latest runabout had to be ordered - Mazda MX5 Miata with power retractable hard top (PRHT). Fun little car, but it won't tow erven a tiny trailer.