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Towing my Tundra
« on: March 16, 2019, 08:23:51 PM »
I'm pretty sure I know what to expect but I need to ask: I have a '04 Pace Arrow and I want to tow my '05 Tundra 4wd. Because it's 4wd I must tow on a trailer. The RV has a the 8.1 liter V8 with 340 HP, a GVWR of 22,000 with a base weight of 19,500. It has a GCWR rating of 26,000 lbs with a hitch weighting of 5,000 lbs. The Tundra has a GVWR of 6,600 lbs along with a Leer truck topper of 200+ lbs and stowed geer of another 100 lbs. The weight of the trailer, (100 lbs per foot) would be added into this. Can I safely tow my Tundra?   


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Re: Towing my Tundra
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2019, 09:10:27 PM »
I don't know how much a trailer weighs, but probably around 1500-2000 lbs.  You can flat tow your Tundra with a driveshaft disconnect.  I am going thru the same issue with my Tacoma.  I am having a driveline shop in Las Vegas to the work.  Around $1400.  I am installing a baseplate and wiring myself.  Baseplate is approx $400.  By the time you buy a trailer, the cost in install disconnect/etc is about the same.


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Re: Towing my Tundra
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2019, 10:07:03 PM »
I pull a 4,000 lb toad 4 down and weigh in at about 25,000 total with my 2004 W22 with the 8.1 engine.

You'll be over the weight limit and based on my experience you'll be pretty slow going up the mountains with that much weight.

I think retusn is right on the cost of a trailer vs a driveshaft disconnect.
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Re: Towing my Tundra
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2019, 09:26:01 AM »
Are there any other options besides a driveshaft disconnect?


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Re: Towing my Tundra
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2019, 09:38:11 AM »
Are there any other options besides a driveshaft disconnect?

http://www.remcotowing.com/Towing/Store.php states that some Tundras can be towed if lube pumps are installed but it depends on the specific transmission serial number.  I find it interesting that driveshaft disconnects aren't mentioned since they often are for other vehicles.  I would suggest calling Remco since they are experts on this topic.
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Re: Towing my Tundra
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2019, 09:51:08 AM »
I don't think a driveshaft disconnect is practical for a 4WD or AWD vehicle.   From what I see, the Tundra has an electronic control system, so it's hard to tell whether engaging the 2H mode actually disconnects the front axle or simply changes the split of power between the axles. It's a shift on the fly system, and those typically do NOT have a physical front axle disconnect.  I'm not familiar enough with the Tundra to say for sure, though.

As far as weight, the Tundra plus a trailer will surely exceed the 5000 lb hitch rating and the total will also exceed the coach GCWR.   From what I see online, a typical Tundra alone is 5000+ lbs curb weight, and the trailer adds another 1200 lbs or so.
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Re: Towing my Tundra
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2019, 03:43:09 PM »
As Gary has so wisely noted more than once, owning an RV requires making compromises. I would add that the more money you are willing to spend the fewer compromises you need to make.

So, if it is very important for you to take your Tundra, then the options I see are to have someone drive it for you on your RV trips or get a bigger motor home. On the other hand, if you are willing to take a lighter off road vehicle with you, then you might consider getting a lighter weight used off road vehicle. Some that come to my mind are Suzuki Samurai or Sidekick, Geo Tracker, and Suzuki Grand Vitara. My former roommate had an old Sidekick that had exceptional off road capabilities. Plus, it got great mpg. Just my opinion.
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Re: Towing my Tundra
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2019, 09:20:55 PM »
Thank you for all your replies. I always appreciate your feedback.