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4.6 Towing with no Tow Package

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by hudrock, Nov 4, 2018.

  1. Nov 4, 2018 at 12:20 PM
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    hudrock

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    Never towed a trailer so wanted to pick the brains of the smart guys on here. I searched around here a bit and found some answers and some more questions, I love these forums but sometimes to much infomation lol. I have a pretty basic 2018 4.6L Crewmax, no tow packing but has the standard tow hitch receiver with 4/7 pin connector and 3.91 gears.

    It’s just the me, the wife and a dog and have no wants/desire for a big trailer but would I have any issues towing a small camper as is? Looking at max weight of like 1500 -3000 lbs - like a Jayco Hummingbird or Little guy Trailer. I’m assuming It can since my model is rated for like 6,700 lbs but I know the devil is in the details. It could be my own ignorance but I didn’t think I would need a "tow package" for a little type travel trailer as its more for more for heavy duty towing with HD oil & transmission cooling - big trailers and boats, etc.. One thing I’m not certain on is the braking. Can the Tundra handle a little trailer as it or would that be one of the things I’m missing with out the tow package? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Nov 4, 2018 at 12:44 PM
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    First find out if the camper you want to purchase has a braking axle.

    If yes:

    Brake controller, from the aftermarket world is best.

    Since you don’t have tow haul mode, you just became the computer. Shift into S mode and do the manual shifting yourself. I’m sure you will find yourself in 3-5 most days at freeway speeds depending on where you travel.

    Enjoy your new camper, truck, and travels.
     
  3. Nov 4, 2018 at 8:45 PM
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    Hook on to it and see what happens! If it says max is 6700 don't go over that. 3k pounds shouldn't bother your truck. Just make sure all your lights work and don't do major grades without practice!
     
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  4. Nov 16, 2018 at 8:40 PM
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    Makes sense about the manual shifting. I was looking at something like the Tekonsha for the brake controller http://a.co/d/dm7uWZB
    Any opinions on tow hitches?
     
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    The P-3 is one of the better controllers. I forgot to take mine out of the 4Runner we recently traded in on the Tundra and am kind of kicking myself in the butt for forgetting due to the issues that people are apparently having with the integrated controller.
     
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    Question: Do you think if towing with 4.6 w/o tow package. A transmission cooler is good idea? I found some with thermostats to regulate temperature.
     
  7. Apr 11, 2019 at 5:23 AM
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    With my 4.6L, I would expect no harm from occasional short-range, short duration local towing without a transmission cooler. I am thinking of adding a trailer brake controller regardless of duration just for the safety considerations.

    If you're planning to tow longer distances and durations at rated loads, I suspect you would be happier with a 5.7L, but I would definitely add a cooler to help the transmission as much as possible.
     
  8. Apr 11, 2019 at 8:24 PM
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    Yep. Regardless 5.7 or 4.6, a trans cooler if towing decent weights is good idea.

    The 4.6 transmission isn’t immune to heat anymore than the 5.7 trans.
     
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  10. Apr 11, 2019 at 8:51 PM
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    the 4.6 is no slouch, if it makes you feel better i towed 1k with a 4 cyl Camry from CA to TX. 3k shouldnt be an issue for the 4.6, but as others have suggested a trailer brake is a good idea to avoid extra strain on the brakes. a tranny cooler would be ideal if you plan on towing up hill for hours at a time or long distances. im not a towing expert but its simple physics.
     
  11. Apr 11, 2019 at 9:47 PM
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    Spent a month in Europe a couple summers ago. Rented an RV and drove it around to “camping” parks all over. Was shocked at the tow vehicles I saw. Like a BMW 323 coupe towing a trailer with two horses. Small 4 cyl econoboxes towing travel trailers. Common.

    The 4.6 is great. Don’t exceed the stated limits by a bunch, have working trailer brakes. And a trans cooler is a really good idea. And enjoy it.
     

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