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New to Tundras--how well do they tow?

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by Lugerford, May 3, 2021 at 9:48 AM.

  1. May 3, 2021 at 9:48 AM
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    Lugerford

    Lugerford [OP] New Member

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    Hi all, I'm on the fence about a 2014 Tundra Limited with 85K miles (5.7L). I have a 25' bumper pull travel trailer that weighs about 5500 lbs when loaded.

    Honestly, how well will a Tundra tow a trailer like mine? I will be using a hitch leveler and sway bar. I'm not worried about fuel mileage, because I know it won't be great--I'm more concerned about ride stability and climbing power (but I won't be climbing anything too crazy).

    I just haven't owned a bumper pull trailer for years and before I pull the trigger on this truck, I'd like to hear your opinion.

    Answer fast, before someone else buys the truck!! Thanks!
     
    Last edited: May 3, 2021 at 10:12 AM
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  2. May 3, 2021 at 9:53 AM
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    Jim LE 1301

    Jim LE 1301 Camaro Lover, SSEM # 11

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    Welcome from NY.

    Hurry up and buy it!

    I tow my Camaro with no issues.
     
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  3. May 3, 2021 at 9:55 AM
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    Terndrerrr

    Terndrerrr it's good to get lost once in a while

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    It has more than enough power for that load, and it looks like you'll be within your payload ratings.

    The Tundra is a heavy truck compared to other half tons. It will be more stable than these super lightweight half tons towing the same load.
     
  4. May 3, 2021 at 10:12 AM
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    Bakershack

    Bakershack Critical of Noncritical Thinkers

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    Welcome from LA (Lower Alabama)! That is about 60% of the typical Tundra towing capacity. You really should not have any issues with it.
     
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  5. May 3, 2021 at 10:14 AM
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    RRR1C0

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    Riding on 275/70R18 Toyo AT3s w/ 1.75” RC leveling kit.
    They can tow a spaceship ;)
     
  6. May 3, 2021 at 10:21 AM
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    Lugerford

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    Thank you for quick replies! Follow up question for all of you: the owner has taken really good care of this truck and kept up with oil changes, but I don't think he's kept up on the transfer case or differential fluids. Is that a huge deal in your opinion?
     
  7. May 3, 2021 at 10:23 AM
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    Ely010606

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  8. May 3, 2021 at 10:24 AM
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    Jim the Jarhead

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    Night and day difference with my old Taco. That Taco would cry when hooked up. I now like going the speed limit up hill. 5000lbs total, single axel trailer.
     
  9. May 3, 2021 at 10:43 AM
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    hagrid

    hagrid Ich habe sie gespritzt

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    Good Lord, I hope not. Need to save money for fuel.
    OP has a 2014 so hes in good shape.

    If he had a 2019+ I would have responded with:
    :annoyed:
     
  10. May 3, 2021 at 10:58 AM
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    A-A-Ron

    A-A-Ron Done messed up

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    I believe the transfer case and differentials are supposed to be every 30k. Do you know for sure that it hasn’t been done? Was he doing the maintenance himself or was he taking it somewhere? If he happened to use the dealer for maintenance you could stop by any Toyota dealership with the VIN# and get the records.
     
  11. May 3, 2021 at 11:09 AM
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    Lugerford

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    Yeah, he had the dealership do all of the work while it was under warranty or part of free maintenance agreement. If we get serious, I'll get the VIN and do just that.
     
  12. May 3, 2021 at 11:15 AM
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    When I bought my Tundra it had 20k on it and no maintenance on the Carfax report. Went to my local dealer and got the report showing all of the on-time oil changes. Since the dealership was doing the maintenance it would seem likely to be close to the required intervals.
     
  13. May 3, 2021 at 11:17 AM
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    In my opinion this is the perfect sized trailer for a Tundra. Get much bigger you will start to run into payload overage issues.
     
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  14. May 3, 2021 at 11:18 AM
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    Cpl_Punishment

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    Surprised no one has mentioned how nice the 4.30 rear end is for towing.
     
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  15. May 3, 2021 at 11:18 AM
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    ColoradoTJ

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    Welcome. With that weight, you will be in the sweet spot for towing.
     
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  16. May 3, 2021 at 11:23 AM
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    Towed the space shuttle just fine. :)
     
  17. May 3, 2021 at 11:26 AM
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    My trailer is the exact size as yours and it tows great! Get it!
     
  18. May 3, 2021 at 11:28 AM
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    Tows and climbs with power to spare. I tow about 6500-7k with mine and I love it! Avg about 9mpg @65mph
     
  19. May 3, 2021 at 12:18 PM
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    I would not worry about it. When I owned Fords the recommended mileage was 100k. My Fords did not have drain plugs only fill. I changed T case fluid on my last Tacoma at 50k and it looked brand new. I change diff fluids on Tundra but will not mess with the T case. I might have a 500 miles on it with 4wd engaged.
     
  20. May 3, 2021 at 7:15 PM
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    mibpf

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    Tundra’s tow great. I can’t even tell when towing my boat.
     
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  21. May 3, 2021 at 8:53 PM
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    1/68AR Ventre A Terra

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    Nope
    They tow great and I don’t watch the mileage gauge as towing our Rpod is the Tundra’s mission. The Rpod weighs 4,500 loaded and the hitch weight is around 560/570. Pulled it 900 miles without a stabilizer hitch and one is not needed. Had Chevy Z71 half tons before and I like how the Tundra is not front heavy.
     
  22. May 4, 2021 at 11:01 AM
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    BulldogDan

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    My Lance 2285 weighs about the same as yours OP and no issues.....even without a transmission cooler. But there again I have only towed in Ohio...no mountains here. I am sure you will be fine.
     

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