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Tips for towing

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by MrBill757, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. Aug 24, 2016 at 7:56 PM
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    MrBill757

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    Just bought a brand new Tundra Platinum! Put the 1st 500 miles on er and ready to tow! Except I don't know much about towing. We have towed a few times prior with our Pathfinder, but the Pathfinder wasn't hacking the towing program so we bought a Tundra.

    Could someone explain to me what a 1000 lb sway bar means along with airbags and suspension criteria for towing?

    Also how does one determine if your tongue weight of the trailer complies with the specs in the owner's manual of the towing vehicle?

    Will my standard shocks handle towing my 4300 lb Jayco travel trailer? The trailer does have anti-sway bars and its own anti sway system, though the whole system is being deactivated due to a recall. The Tundra has a tow package.

    Tanx. MrBill
     
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  2. Aug 24, 2016 at 8:10 PM
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    Sean266

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    Welcome! I saw your other thread you created so some will chime in soo
     
  3. Aug 24, 2016 at 8:12 PM
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    Welcome to the site! Someone who does a lot of heavy duty towing will give you some input.
     
  4. Aug 24, 2016 at 9:36 PM
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    ColoradoTJ

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    https://www.etrailer.com/faq-how-to-determine-trailer-tongue-weight.aspx

    With the trailer as you have, you will not need such a heavy load distribution hitch system. Getting acurate tongue weights fully loaded will help you calculate what bars are needed.

    Air bags are needed if the Load Distribution Hitch doesn't level or bring the truck back up to ride height. With your trailer, I would not even worry about it.

    Hope this helps a little and have fun. Your new Tundra will pull that trailer with ease and safely do it.
     
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  5. Aug 24, 2016 at 10:39 PM
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    FERGIEYOTA

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    I just bought my truck two weeks ago. We tow a 28 foot Travel trailer up into the sierras does just fine. Use tow haul mode and don't be scared to down shift on your own if you are coming down steep hills.
     
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  6. Aug 25, 2016 at 8:38 AM
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    bj46-taco-tundra

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    Use caution when towing with a 2016 tundra as all of toyotas intergrated brake controllers are not working properly. Talk to your dealer and spread the word so that Toyota can rectify the issue.
     
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  7. Oct 4, 2016 at 8:27 PM
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