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Old 09-10-2013, 11:59 AM   #1
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Towing with a Toyota Tundra

Hi all, Is anyone out there towing with a Toyota Tundra 4.6 Ltr. Double Cab with factory installed tow package. I am looking for some suggestions on wdh, sway control, and break controller.
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I do not have a Toyota, but we have pulled travel trailers.

Get a W/D hitch with the integral sway control. The Caddy of these hitches are the Hensley Arrow and the ProPride. A really good and well proven hitch is the Reese Dual Cam HP or Straightline. The Dual Cam is a bit more trouble to install and set up, but it is an excellent hitch.

As for a brake controllers you have 3 classes or types.
The least expensive is the Time-proportion type.
Next up the ladder is the inertia sensing type.
and the best is the hydraulic based units.

The proportioning type and the inertia type typically require some adjusting between city and highway driving and work OK MOST of the time. Personally. i'd spend the extra money and get a hydraulic based system by MaxBrake.

The dealers do not like MaxBrake as they can't make as much money on them and they take longer to install. Last I checked, a MaxBrake was about $350.00 in the box. The MaxBrake is a set it and leave it along type.

My last two TT's had a Reese Dual Cam and MaxBrake controller.

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Old 09-10-2013, 02:59 PM   #3
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Ken, Thanks for the suggestions. The Reese dual cam is what my installer recommended. I am having trouble finding the MaxBreak controller online. The only site I found stopped carrying it August 24, 2013. That site is www.plugitright.com
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While I defer to the Iceman , his experience being greater than mine, many of us have been well satisfied with the Prodigy brand controllers. We tow with your rig's brother, the 5.7 Tundra, and we have a P3 model that works nicely with our 24' TT.
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Don't waste your money on a Maxbrake. Yes they are the best, but for the occasional tower a Prodigy works great. Maxbrake is for the guy's that tow for a living or fulltimers.
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I just came back from a 4000km road trip. And really like and recommend the P3 brake controller. I set it once and did not touch it the whole trip.

And as far as which hitch to go with I went with just standard spring bars and added a single friction sway control. All this works well for me.

But maybe if I had joined this site first I might have bought a better hitch set up.
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Don't waste your money on a Maxbrake. Yes they are the best.....
After sinking $40-$50K in a truck and another $20-$???K in a towable that potentially weighs more than the truck, I'm amazed when people quibble over an additional $200-$250 that would provide them with the best braking available. To each his/her own, I suppose.....

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I echo Rusty's comment. When towing only the best will do,

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One thing I try not to skimp on is brakes (system components). Stopping is nice.
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Rusty and Ken, I absolutely agree. Any info on where I can purchase the MaxBreak would be greatly appreciated. I can't seem to find it anywhere online.
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I'm like MarkQ towing with a Tundra 5.7 and a Prodigy P3 Brake Controller. I have the Crewmax cab with factory tow package. I did add the Toyota sway bar to the truck; that seems to help. I also have the Reese Trunnion Dual Cam WD on a 29' TT. In 2 years & 8K miles - no trouble. Initially had a lot of TT bounce on rough roads and the trailer was walking behind the truck a little bit. After installing the Morryde SRE4000 suspension, the bounce was significantly reduced and my set up now tracks like a dream behind the truck.

As a note, I asked the Toyota service department their experience with transmission oil changes - they recomend 20k miles between changes when towing TTs. The Toyota manual recomends transmission oil changes more often; just letting you know there are different opinions and experiences.
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max brake is here some where
sorry cummins fan you are wrong this time ,if you try a maxbrake you will only then understand what a POS the prodigy is.
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Looks like MaxBrake is out of business...a real shame. BrakeSmart may still be arounf.
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Looks like MaxBrake is out of business...a real shame. BrakeSmart may still be arounf.
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It looks like BrakeSmart is as well. www.thoroughbreddiesel.com has them listed as discontinued. It looks like it's the P3 for me. Thanks to all for your input it is much appreciated. Thumb.
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