2018 Tundra SR5

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Western Slope

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Curb weight?? 🙃

Yes, it makes my head spin too. The SR5 can tow 9,800. Mine can tow 9,970. Just a much heavier truck empty that's all and it might help with controlling the trailer when swerving to avoid a chicken crossing the road.

"Your curb weight represents your vehicle’s weight with all of the standard equipment and amenities, it doesn’t include any cargo or passengers. Gross vehicle weight, on the other hand, does include the additional weight of your passengers and cargo."
 

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Having owned an SR5 6.5 bed and towed 7000lbs with it, I can say with confidence that it's a stable TV, a bit heavy on the gas but comfortable. A buddy of mine had the same truck and was attempting to tow a heavier toy hauler at 8500 lbs and he was not a happy camper, both of us now drive 3/4 ton diesels for a reason...
 

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I don't think you would enjoy towing 10,000 lbs. with a Tundra. It's a nice truck but isn't up to the job. I strongly suggest you consider a 3/4 ton truck such as a Ram 2500 or a Chevy/GMC 2500. They won't cost much more than a Tundra and you won't be overloaded like with the Tundra.
 

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Although my 2016 Ram 2500 4x4 has the same tow capacity (within 10 pounds) of the Tundra it can actually tow just 9,000. TFL explains why in the video. The road they test on is our local Interstate 70.

We have a 2014 Ram 2500 4x4 Cummins that we use to tow the heavier loads. Both of our 4x4 Crew Cab trucks look the same on 35's, but the Cummins is a much heavier duty truck with heavier duty rear springs, much beefier front control arms, heavier duty front axle, and it has rear air helper springs. It can easily tow 10,000 pounds plus.

 

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Also notice the trailer they're using in the video has a V-nose to lessen wind resistance and is shorter and narrower than a full profile RV trailer. As was the trailer the manufacturer used to set the maximum tow rating.

A full size RV trailer has more wind resistance which means it needs more power to carve a hole through the air as it moves down the highway. If you're at the truck's weight limit you don't have this reserve which means the truck will struggle at highway speeds or facing into a headwind. RV towing is supposed to be a pleasant experience which is one reason many experienced RVers recommend staying below 80% of a truck's maximum tow rating.
 

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I don't think you would enjoy towing 10,000 lbs. with a Tundra. It's a nice truck but isn't up to the job. I strongly suggest you consider a 3/4 ton truck such as a Ram 2500 or a Chevy/GMC 2500. They won't cost much more than a Tundra and you won't be overloaded like with the Tundra.
10k would be my max. no more than 6000-8000 is my target. i figured if i had more than needed, i would be good
 

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I tow a trailer with a 26' 10" tongue to bumper length and a GVWR of 6995 lbs., with a 2012 5.7 Tundra Crewmax. Stick with your target and limit the length to 27 feet and you will be fine.

For me it is pretty much an ideal setup, however I would not want to go any heavier or longer. Towing in the hills or mountains I just lock out 5th and 6th gear and have a stress free towing experience.
 

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I tow a trailer with a 26' 10" tongue to bumper length and a GVWR of 6995 lbs., with a 2012 5.7 Tundra Crewmax. Stick with your target and limit the length to 27 feet and you will be fine.

For me it is pretty much an ideal setup, however I would not want to go any heavier or longer. Towing in the hills or mountains I just lock out 5th and 6th gear and have a stress free towing experience.
agree and thanks. my current TT is about 6800
 

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I tow a trailer with a 26' 10" tongue to bumper length and a GVWR of 6995 lbs., with a 2012 5.7 Tundra Crewmax. Stick with your target and limit the length to 27 feet and you will be fine.

For me it is pretty much an ideal setup, however I would not want to go any heavier or longer. Towing in the hills or mountains I just lock out 5th and 6th gear and have a stress free towing experience.

Our 25 foot TT is 9,995 GVWR. It depends on the manufacturer.
We don't have hills. Just mountains and more mountains. 😆

 
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So we test drove a Tundra, not the one I posted. Looking at the door sticker it says 7100 gvwr. Do i ignore that? On rvcamping website it said 10,000 towing for SR5s.

Also it has the built in brake booster and some kind of air shocks in the rear. In guessing good for fixing squat?
 

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I think tongue weight vs trailer weight has more to do with tail wagging than the ratio of weights of tow vehicle and trailer. I recently read the rule of thumb but don't remember it. Isn't it 10% gross trailer weight as tongue load? Less? More? 980 on the ball seems an awful lot.
10% is the minimum, 12% is the recommended tongue weight, 18% maximum.

For skister777, This online trailer towing calculator will accurately and impartially match a tow vehicle and trailer. It eliminates salespersons hype and other Toyota owners chest thumbing.
You will note some blocks require actual scale weights instead of published figures.

While I'm here; this is the most accurate and complete directions for accurately setting-up an W/D hitch I've ever read: It is a compilation of several different W/D hitch mfgrs.
 

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10% is the minimum, 12% is the recommended tongue weight, 18% maximum.

For skister777, This online trailer towing calculator will accurately and impartially match a tow vehicle and trailer. It eliminates salespersons hype and other Toyota owners chest thumbing.
You will note some blocks require actual scale weights instead of published figures.
Wanna make my head spin more lol
 

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Found this below on the Tundra air springs...

I still believe that the tow capacity is 9,800, not 9,900.

"Ride and Handling
Options include air springs in back and adaptive shocks all around, the latter a worthwhile upgrade for body control.

The air springs and passive shocks grant acceptable unloaded ride quality, with soft impacts but a degree of jittery reverb on par with most other body-on-frame pickups. (Adding payload can often improve how pickups ride, but I didn’t evaluate a Tundra thus outfitted.) The adaptive shocks clean up the jitters appreciably, though not completely, with a driver-selectable Comfort setting that mutes impact harshness further. At that, the Tundra approaches the very good ride quality in the light-duty"
 

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Wanna make my head spin more lol
No head spinning please. That website is for when you decide which TT you want, then match it to a tow vehicle; OR visa versa.
You have a choice, either buy a TT then use the calculator to learn how much truck to buy, or buy a truck then use the calculator to learn what size TT you are limited to tow.

You do not want to end up like this:
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Purchase a Rivian. Tows 10,000 pounds in near freezing temperatures on flat SLC freeways. Doesn't matter if the range is approximately 100 miles.

 
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We like what we have but may want to get one with the things this one doesn't have. But I'm keeping under 8000. I want more wiggle room so I don't have to worry about weight.
 
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