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    Default Who tows a toyhauler with a 1/2 ton?

    I have a opportunity to pick up a small TH for real cheap and might do it. The weak link in the Toyota Tundra being a 1/2 ton, tires payload etc.

    TH = 4500 dry and a GCVW of 7000 by the time she is loaded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Driver View Post
    I have a opportunity to pick up a small TH for real cheap and might do it. The weak link in the Toyota Tundra being a 1/2 ton, tires payload etc.

    TH = 4500 dry and a GCVW of 7000 by the time she is loaded.
    The Tundra is rated to tow 10,000 if I remember correctly...

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    Cole Trickle tows a WW super lite with a Chevy 1500 1/2 ton. He is at the river with it now or I am sure he would chime in.

    He said it does OK when i asked him about it. This was when he bought it last year. I think he has a 23' trailer.

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    Did you get the 5.7, or the 4.7? You will be fine with the 5.7 I towed a front sleeper 30 Warrior pretty loaded up with mine. I towed it with no problem what so ever.

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    If you decide to pass on the trailer let me know cause I am looking for a good deal on one. But you Toyota should tow it just fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by 26LAVEY525 View Post
    Did you get the 5.7, or the 4.7? You will be fine with the 5.7 I towed a front sleeper 30 Warrior pretty loaded up with mine. I towed it with no problem what so ever.
    I got the same truck we talked about (SR5 5.7 4x4 crewmax) a guy on Craigs drove it to my house from Nor Cal just to get it sold.

    The numbers align but as you start to load the bike, rzr gas firewood it starts to creep the TH can't handle more than 7K.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brokedown View Post
    If you decide to pass on the trailer let me know cause I am looking for a good deal on one. But you Toyota should tow it just fine
    It's same as new but basic and 20' with 8x13 cargo. It will be south of $10K for sure.

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    that thing is a beast youll do fine. Isnt half of that rating for braking as well? Does that figure in trailer brakes?

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    Tow rating is fine. It is starting to be a capacity thing with payload of the Tundra and trailer.

    Tundra = 1600
    Trailer =2000

    RZR, 1 dirt bike, gas, propane, water tank, some gear, food, firewood. You are there faster than I thought as I just finished short spread sheet on it. Do-able but at the max unless I am doing somehting wrong.

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    I went to hook up a hauler to my tundra with the 5.7 and it dropped the ass to the ground. Acutally the frame of the trailer was on the ground with load levelers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joker View Post
    I went to hook up a hauler to my tundra with the 5.7 and it dropped the ass to the ground. Acutally the frame of the trailer was on the ground with load levelers.
    Geez, what was the rated tougue weight? This one is 800.lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joker View Post
    I went to hook up a hauler to my tundra with the 5.7 and it dropped the ass to the ground. Acutally the frame of the trailer was on the ground with load levelers.
    Helper springs?

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    700 or so lbs tongue weight. If I had air bags, it probably would have worked. But as I said the stock setup put the frame on the ground.

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    I regularly tow a toyhauler with a half ton truck. More specifically I tow a Ragen 2008 FK2100 xtra-lite that is listed as s 21'er. According to the weight sticker in the cabinet, it is just shy of 6,000 dry. Since the listed weight is not a rounded off number, I am assuming they actually weighted it at the factory.

    I tow this rig with a 2007 Toyota Tundra Crew Max 4X4 with the 5.7L V8 and 6 speed auto.

    I do have a Reese dual cam HP towing system with the built in anti sway.

    The truck tows this rig very very well. I get now sway or ill handling.

    Pulling grades is a piece of cake. I've yanked this trailer to Bridgeport, Ca over the grades on the 395, up and over Onyx Summit to Lake Isabella, Cajon Pass both directions, the Grapevine both directions, to Bass Lake, Ca, etc.

    Weights have varied depending on the trip. But on trips to Dumont Dunes, I estimate the trailer weight at about 9,000lbs. The contents include a Rhino, Quad, 100 gallons of fresh water, 40 gallons of Gas, plus the normal other stuff typically necessary to dry camp for a number of days.

    The truck has not met a grade that maintaining at least 55mph was any noticable strain on the drivetrain. 3rd gear at 3200-3500 rpm up the grades at 55-60mph have only required about 1/3rd throttle.

    Good luck with your choice of trailer and tow vehicle. If you make the right choices with the correct safety gear, a 1/2 ton is a good choice (assuming the trailer you choose is to large or heavy).

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    Whats the tow rating on the Tundra?
    It should have no trouble at all if the loaded trailer is under that.

    We tow a 5800# WB boat with the Tacoma pre-runner with no issues at all.
    We just lock out overdrive (5th).

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