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Towing with a 2017/ 2018 crewmax 4x4

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by harleydad, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. Feb 21, 2018 at 9:55 PM
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    harleydad

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    Looking at getting a new truck and I was wondering what people like or dislike about their rigs while towing. We have a 21' travel trailer and it weights 3200 lbs unloaded. I figure this truck should tow it just fine but are there some things that I should pay closer attention to on the toyota? I currently have a 2002 silverado 1500 that we have owned from day one and it has been our tow rig the whole time but with 295,000 miles its time for a new rig. Thanks for any advice and we cant wait for our new rig.
     
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  2. Feb 21, 2018 at 10:53 PM
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    Tundra is a very good truck for the weight you will be towing!
     
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  3. Feb 21, 2018 at 11:46 PM
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    ARamirez73

    ARamirez73 RIDIN' THEM RAILS TO ANYWHERE

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  4. Feb 22, 2018 at 12:34 AM
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    These trucks tow really well. Biggest issue most have is that the factory brake controller isn't responsive enough, make sure to test your truck before you head out for a trip.
     
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  5. Feb 22, 2018 at 1:18 AM
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    TTund16

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    just make sure you get the chrome package!
    everyone posted so far loves chrome ... lol
     
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  6. Feb 22, 2018 at 3:10 AM
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    I tow. 7500 lb travel trailer have about 7000 towing miles on my 16. It tows great, just change brake controller to a p3
     
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  7. Feb 22, 2018 at 5:53 AM
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    In my opinion, you could double your current towing weight and still be just fine.

    Tundra highlights and why this would be my choice as well:

    - Drivetrain.
    Motor. Great power/torque where it matters most. Some other manufacturers have higher numbers in the power/tq, but totally in the wrong rpm range.

    Transmission is designed for towing. I can’t remember where I read this design was first made for power delivery, fuel economy was a secondary concern. Shift points while under load just works well.

    Braking- 4 piston calipers, 13.9” rotors up front, 13.6” rotors out back. Brakes are not an issue in my experiences while towing heavy.

    The Tundra really has a great overall package. Looks like you had great service life off your GM, you should expect nothing less from the Tundra.
     
  8. Feb 22, 2018 at 5:59 AM
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    SR5TRDTUNDRA

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    Welcome!
     
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  9. Feb 22, 2018 at 7:09 AM
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    I towed a 24 foot enclosed trailer fully overloaded fine 850 miles with no problem other than the factory brake controller. I would suggest tow mirrors.
     
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  10. Feb 22, 2018 at 7:20 AM
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    Welcome! I have '17 dc 4x4 and tow a 22' tt with it. It tows great, no problems. Make sure your truck has the tow package and hit the tow/haul button.
     
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  11. Feb 22, 2018 at 7:24 AM
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    Welcome from Arizona. It might sound silly but make sure that you buy a truck with the tow package.
     
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  12. Feb 22, 2018 at 9:23 AM
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    How do I bypass the stock brake controller ? I have the prodigy p3 in my current truck and love it and that is what I will put in the new rig too.
     
  13. Feb 22, 2018 at 10:10 AM
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    Just for fun hit the Tow/Haul when not towing but be careful with the right foot. I tow a 22' bay boat that scales at 5000 lbs with gear and 1/2 tank of gas. No problems at all. Passed a big rig (no trailer) with ease on 2 lane road doing 70.

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  14. Feb 22, 2018 at 10:20 AM
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    Gem of a Champion bay boat, wish they were still in business. Charger is making a couple of the Champ bass boats under the Charger name. I looked at the 210 Elite at a boat show, identical to the Champ.
     
  15. Feb 22, 2018 at 10:24 AM
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    https://www.esptruck.com/product-page/p3-brake-controller-mounting-kit

    Look into that for a clean way to mount your p3. I'm pretty sure you just disconnect the stock unit and connect up your p3 with the required harness. I haven't done it though so maybe someone who has will chime in.
     
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  16. Feb 22, 2018 at 3:31 PM
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    I had the stock brake controller, just unplug it buy harness for p3 and just plug it in, I have the esp mount also looks good. Only thing after you take out factory one you will get error message on dash. No big deal you just disconnect neg battery cable and your good to go.
     
  17. Feb 22, 2018 at 5:54 PM
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    I traded my Tacoma, which towed my 21’ travel trailer and 20’ boat just fine, for the 2018 CM 4x4 Tundra. The Tundra tows like a dream. I have the TRD Off Road with tow package for a towing limit of 10,800lbs. It will certainly do the job.
     
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  18. Feb 22, 2018 at 6:17 PM
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    I tow a dump trailer weekly. usually with around 8000lbs total on it. tows like a dream. when I push to 10-11k lbs I do feel a little bumpy when driving and usually drive a little slower at around 60-65 on the highways. I use the P3 brake controller and am really happy with it. would definitely recommend the P3 vs the toyota factory from what ive heard.
     
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  19. Feb 25, 2018 at 5:28 AM
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    hikertrash

    hikertrash All Purpose Grunt

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    Tundra can pull that weight with ease, but will tend to run out of payload faster than other 1/2 tons. Don’t believe the payload numbers on the website/brochure...check the driver door panel of the truck you’re buying. I’ve got a 2017 SR5 Crewmax 4x4 and it’s payload is only 1260. Once you account for passenger weight, gear and hitch weight you can quickly find yourself over rating.
     

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