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Toyota Tundra Towing Questions



  • First with a trailer that big, im guessing the tongue weight might be a little more than that tundra can safely handle even with a weight distributing hitch. Also, since you're traveling cross country, I would imagine there will be hills to traverse. This will tax your engine to the max. Also, since it's a V6, i doubt the rear gearing is set up for towing from the factory. One of the most over looked parts of towing, is the brakes. That model year tundra already has brake problems on its own, add to that a 5,000lb trailer, and you're just asking for trouble. Accomplishing this task with a 4.7L V8 Tundra would be hard enough, let alone one with a V6. For this task, I would rent something bigger or ask a buddy with a larger truck.
  • Does anyone know if any other 2007 Tundras come with this towing package?

    According to the "Tundra 2007" brochure (38 pages), on page 32, the Tow Package has a footnote #5 that says, Standard on Long Bed.

    Footnote #5 is for Reg Cab: Base V8 and SR5 V8, Double Cab: SR5 V8 and Limited V8.

  • mule2mule2 Posts: 11
    To the person that said Gm transmisson was the best. I bought a new 2004 chev.z-71. Had a Rear end put in it shortly after i bought it.Had To Use lemon law to get it replaced. The transmisson made a noise when it shift from 2nd to 3rd & when it shifted back from 3rd to 2nd.they gave me a bulletin stating the noise & stating that it had been doing the same thing for several yr. models including 2007 & do not attempt to repair. I bought a new tundra hope i will never have to buy again.
  • GM transmissions have generally been thought of as the best over the years. Lately this has not been the case in the 4L60E trans they put in the 1500's like the one you had. The '98 and before 4L60's usually averaged about 150,000 miles before any major maintenance was required. They tried to save a buck with the '99 and up light duty transmissions and they've had problems ever since. But the 4L80E's are still rock solid and their Allison line is pretty stout as well. I wish you luck with your new Tundra as it looks like a winner on paper, but the new trans have already been reported to be having some problems, and the previous Tundra had plenty of problems with their trans as well.
  • ltdan2ltdan2 Posts: 17
    i have a 07,longbed,5.7 4-door,loaded 8ft. sunlite slidein, 2h-d roadkings on a 10ft. trailer towed from n.georgia to sturgis s.d. with no problems
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,231
    If you've got the towing package, you should be fine. I'm not positive what the tow limits are for the V6 model, you'd have to refer to your owners manual. But I've pulled 5,000# trailers with less powerful V6's before and they were alright. It won't be a fast trip, but you'll make it fine assuming the rest of the truck is rated for it. I have the 4.7L V8 so I've got alot more power, but the truck itself handles 5,000# as well as any of my previous 1/2 tons. In fact, I've had 9,000# behind it before and it was just as stable as my other 1/2 tons (which were overloaded as well...). And while some early model Tundras had brake problems, I've seen no issues on anything as new as an '05. Mine do a find job, but with 5,000# you need a trailer with brakes anyway.
  • I tow a 5500 lb boat and when I retire,soon I hope, intend to purchase and tow a 27' to 30' camper trailer ( I don't know how much they weigh). I am considering purchasing either the new Tundra with the 5.7L V8 or a GM
    Duramax diesel. I know that the Duramax will tow anything I purchase but I don't know how much weight the Trundra will tow comfortably--I know it is rated for over 10,000 lbs. but was wondering if anyone had actually towed, over a variety of flat and hilly roads, 8,000 to 9,000 lbs trailers with the new Tundra?
  • I am moving to Phoenix, AZ from Charleston, SC and i want to tow my 20' boat with a rough weight of about 3500 lb with dual axled trailer evenly distributed weight. I have a 2006 Tundra 4.7L V8 with towing package. It's roughly 2200 miles to Phoenix from where i live. But i'm worried about the transmission being able to tow it that long of a distance. It pulls the boat with no problem, hardly going over 2,000 rpms stop and go. Any thoughts on this? I really appreciate it.
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,231
    Your truck is rated to tow 6,500# so I don't see any reason to be concerned with this. If the transmission can't handle such an easy job, then it was destined to early failure so you might as well get one while it's under warranty.
  • mule4mule4 Posts: 36
    I have a 07 tundra 5.7; 4 wheel drive off road. I pull a 34' jayco eagle dry weight 7700, Loaded weight 9500# I had it pretty much loaded. we went to the Ozark did a good job.I had a dodge cummins diesel 4 wheel drive that was a good truck . I beleive the tundra will pull with it.The reason i went for the gas burner was the higher price for diesel.I would buy the cummins motor over any other diesel engine.
  • The route i'm taking is pretty flat, I-20 all the way, and my transmission is good. So, i shouldn't worry about the load?
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,231
    3,500# right?? A minivan can tow that and some do all the time without problems. You've got plenty of truck there, I wouldn't even blink. I've pulled similar/bigger loads with mine several times. In fact, I'm pulling around 3,000# from Maine to TN next month and there are gobs of mountains in between. I could take my diesel pickup and tow it like it wasn't even back there, but 3,000 on a 1/2 ton is very comfortable. Particularly the direction I'm traveling empty and driving around little coastal towns. Not good for a dually pickup!
  • Just watch the mpg's while towing. Trailer boats did a test and driving at 65 mpg towing a Sea Ray 220 sundeck witch is a bit less than what you got it gets 8.1 mpg.

    In our “Double Nickels” scenario, we towed a Sea Ray 220 Sundeck completely empty, and covered its bow and cockpit to reduce drag. We made sure the boat and trailer were level with the truck, and checked that all the tires were filled to their recommended psi. We also never drove faster than 55 mph on our test route.

    In our “Speedy” scenario, we kept the same setup, but drove 65 mph instead of 55. This change in speed will answer whether it’s worth resisting the temptation to travel at the rate you are accustomed to when not towing.

    In our “Does It Matter?” scenario, we really messed with our rig. First we dropped the air in the Tundra’s tires to 25 psi, down from their original 35 psi. Then we took off the Sea Ray’s covers, and even latched the door separating the bow area from the cockpit for some extra wind resistance. Finally, we added 500 pounds of weight to the boat, in the form of a dozen 5-gallon buckets filled with water. The 220 Sundeck has a 50-gallon fuel tank, so this weight is the equivalent of driving with a full tank of gas and 200 extra pounds of gear.

    The Tundra’s computer confirmed what we experienced on our test route. In our “Does It Matter?” scenario, we achieved only 8.0 mpg, compared to 9.3 and 11.1 mpg for our “Speedy” and “Double Nickels” circuits, respectively. The actual numbers showed the trip computer was being a little generous, however. Our data, based on gallons burned and the miles we traveled, showed only 7.3 mpg for the “Does It Matter?” loop, 8.1 mpg for the “Speedy” scenario (an 0.8 mpg or 11 percent improvement), and 9.9 mpg for the “Drive 55” setup (a 2.6 mpg or 36 percent improvement).
  • ebenhebenh Posts: 1
    I have an 04 tundra reg cab long bed 4.7L V8 and want to tow a 2000 21.5ft nash 5th wheel which has a dry wt of 4500 pounds. I see a lot of travel trailer towing in discussions. Has anyone towed a 5th wheel or know of problems? I expect to get airbags, brake package. My tundra has a tow package.
  • I am really putting this new 2007 dbl cab 5.7 v8 4x4 toyota tundra to the test. Installed a supergliude 5th wheel hitch. To tow a 10,000lb 5th wheel RV Tongue weight ( payload ) is aprox 500lbs over trucks rating. Added air bags to help take the load of the suspension and level out the truck. A little extra air in the rear tires. Tire max load is 2601. I think I am ok with this. What do You think ? Hitched up and pulled this combination home. Only 7 to 10 miles on flat florida roads, But did go up and over a good size incline overpass. Truck handled well, torque was doing a good job and the power was there. did get up to 60 mph. Stopped well. Hope it will do a good and safe job when I take this combination to N.C. This June. This will be the true test. Anyone have any suggestions ? Iwill keep us posted on this trucks abilities. It is pushing her limits and might be a little out of its weight class. But I owned this truck only 4 months with 3500 miles on it. To trade it for an upgraded ford F 250 I would have to get the v10 gas engine and a 4.10rear axle . And this really does not even give me much more torque or horse power. Just gives me a heavier truck and frame over all. It will cost me about 14,000 out of pocket expense with the trade in of my Tundra which I really like. So I opt to give the Tundra a chance. Hope and pray it will stay and be my towing choice. Will keep you posted on this. I am sure u will be interested in the results. I would also like anyone else experiance with towing big loads. Thanks Until whenever I am Richard B
  • I own a 07 tundra 5.7 tow haul,auto,4x4 I tow a jayco eagle 314 bhs t/t.O.K. it`s a 31 foot travel trailer with a 14 foot slide,it`s our 7 th t/t My f-250 super duty 5.4 gas couldn`t handle the jayco the way my new tudra can.Just keep in mind that you want the longest wheel base that you can get in the truck.My trailer weighs 8900 loaded,tongue is around 876.My tundra is rated to haul 10300 handles it got a long way to go to beat this truck.381 horse with 400 lbs foot torque and 430 gears ford chevy,dodge can`t even come close.....oh yea i got a 7.5 foot boss plow on the front during the winter .trucks are made to work not to look at,and it`s snowing rite now......
  • What do you think? I have a V8 5.7L 1-ton double cab extended bed with tow package. I want to pull a 39' camper that weighs slightly less than 8200 lbs. dry. I read previously that a truck is meant to work, not just to look at. Well, the truck is under an extended warranty, just want to hear some thoughts.......
  • ahedgesahedges Posts: 9
    with a 39 footer your going to get sway,what`s the tongue weight? loaded your probably be at around 9800 lbs.,Make sure you have lift bars on it and a good sway control on the hitch.The truck should handle it o.k. But 39 feet is alot of trailer to tow.I wouldn`t want to tow that long.Another thing is it a t/t or fifth wheel?To try it out go to a campground close to home and see what it does.It`s a work horse with the 5.7/430 gears. have fun!!!!!!!
  • cbarton4cbarton4 Posts: 1
    We are considering purchasing a Toyota Tundra 5.7L double cab (with the tow package.) We would like to tow a toy hauler with an estimated GVWR of 9,000, GDW of 5,449 and hitch dry weight of 764. Is anybody doing something similar? If so, what has been your experience with the Toyota Tundra. Thanks.
  • mule4mule4 Posts: 36
    I pull a 34ft. Jayco Eagle bumper pull 9500# loaded weight 1125# tongue wt. It does a good job even in mountains.I have a 2007 4-wheel drive off road.very strong truck. I get 19 to 19.4 miles per gal not loaded on interstste driving to conserve fuel. Lots of people must drive like they are racing.that their mileage is bad.
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