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Old 04-29-2017, 02:22 PM   #1
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Hello our names are Fotis and Linda from West Palm Beach Florida.
We have a 2015 Kodak 200qb travel trailer .
It's 24 foot long and dry weight is 3980 lbs
The cc is 1420 lbs. the gvwr is 5400lbs.
Our tow vehicle is 2010 tundra crew max 5.7 v8 with towing packages.

4.3 rear differential with 10.5 ring gear. Maximum tow capacity is 10400 lbs,

The weight of the truck ( I did on public scale) is 5820 lbs.
The front axel is 3240 lbs and the back is 2800
Lbs.the gvw of truck is 7000 lbs. I have weight distribution hitch E2 round bar with 800 lbs maximum tongue weight 8000 lbs loaded trailer weight.
(That's 2600 lbs more than my trailers gvw rating.
With that being said can I tow my trailer safely?

Ps : my brake control system is Prodigy 1 to 4 axels.
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In my opinion yes, the experts may be by later, they normally are resident in the towing and tow vehicle forum.
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Hi Fotis & Linda



Glad to have you here in the forum with us.

I don't tow a trailer so I'll defer to someone else who will be along.
If no one comes along there is a Travel Trailer forum under RV forums where you may get more answers.

Good luck.

Happy Trails!!!
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Welcome. It sounds like you have a great set up.


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I would say the Tundra can handle it.
The only way to know for sure is load up for camping and go to a CAT scale and get axle weights. Make sure no capacities are exceeded.
You'll also want your hitch set up properly for a level trailer and proper weight distribution. Many threads on here about how to do it. Don't trust that the dealer set it up right, mine did not.
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Hi Fotis & Linda! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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We have a travel trailer... the gvwr is 5400lbs.
Average tongue weight with a wet and loaded trailer should be around 700 pounds. Add 100 pounds for a good weight-distributing hitch and your total hitch weight should be about 800 pounds.

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...Maximum tow capacity is 10400 lbs,
That tells you your drivetrain has plenty of power and torque to drag that 5,400-pound TT over the mountain passes.

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...The weight of the truck ( I did on public scale) is 5820 lbs...the gvw of truck is 7000 lbs.
If the weight of the truck included a full tank of gas and everybody and everything that will be in it when towing, then you have up to 1,720 pounds of payload capacity available for hitch weight. That's plenty of payload capacity for the 800 pounds hitch weight of your wet and loaded trailer.

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I have weight distribution hitch E2 round bar with 800 lbs maximum tongue weight 8000 lbs loaded trailer weight.
That's the proper size WD hitch for that trailer. But the Fastway E2 is a relatively inexpensive hitch that is lacking in trailer sway control for severe sway-causing conditions. If you were my kid or grandkid, I would suggest you sell that hitch for whatever you can get for it, and buy a WD hitch with much-better sway control, that will cost you about twice the price of that E2.

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With that being said can I tow my trailer safely?
Other than the questionable sway-control capability of your WD hitch, you're good to go with good margins of weight capacities. The biggest problem with most newbees is inadequate payload capacity of the tow vehicle to haul all the people and stuff in the truck, plus the wet and loaded hitch weight of the trailer.

Your WD hitch is probably adequate to control sway caused by about 95% of all towing conditions. What can get you upside down in the barrow ditch is a combination of slick wet pavement on a curvey road with a chug hole right in front of you that you cannot avoid because of the 18-wheeler meeting you at 70 MPH. Your trailer tires hit that chug hole just as the 18-wheeler blows past dragging lots of wind, and your trailer goes into a big uncontrollable sway. Yeah, that is a rare combo of conditions, but it has happened to me, other than the uncontrollable sway part. Thank goodness I had an expensive WD hitch that prevented the trailer sway, even under those rare conditions.
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I would say the Tundra can handle it.
The only way to know for sure is load up for camping and go to a CAT scale and get axle weights. Make sure no capacities are exceeded.
You'll also want your hitch set up properly for a level trailer and proper weight distribution. Many threads on here about how to do it. Don't trust that the dealer set it up right, mine did not.


Thank you for your input. I will weigh the trailer and the truck when they are fully loaded. Hopefully in the near future--I am working six days a week in a restaurant.
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