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Old 10-20-2010, 09:18 PM   #1
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Iam looking at a 26ft Argosy and was wondering if my 05 Tundra Crew Cab could tow that big of a trailer?
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:56 PM   #2
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The short answer is probably yes, but it all depends how much stuff you want to bring with you and where you are going. For starters, find out what are the specs are on both the TV and the trailer.

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Old 10-20-2010, 10:19 PM   #3
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Check the specs for sure then tow less then the tundra is rated. I have an 05 Tundra and the heaviest coach I have towed is a 64 tw wt 3480. I had no problem and felt like I could have handled a LITTLE more,but I didnt pull it up any big hills either. dont know officially what the tundra can handle, the GCWR is 11,800.
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Old 10-20-2010, 11:08 PM   #4
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Oops be careful! It MUST have the larger 5.7 l engine. I had an '05 tundra crew with the 4.6 to tow a 23' International and it was a struggle. A real gasping struggle. Its gone now and I have a Dodge Hemi :-)
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:35 AM   #5
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'05 did not have the 5.7L option. I pull my 31' excella 500 with my 04 crew cab with no problems. Keep in mind that I live in Texas where it is flat and I only tow at 55. Granted TX is no where close to as flat as LA.
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:13 AM   #6
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Oops be careful! It MUST have the larger 5.7 l engine. I had an '05 tundra crew with the 4.6 to tow a 23' International and it was a struggle. A real gasping struggle. Its gone now and I have a Dodge Hemi :-)
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Really was being careful, as stated by tschat no 5.7 in 05; and the 4.7 tow capacity with tow pkg is 7000lbs trailer and cargo (5200 w/o tow pkg)
I would not want to pull a 7 thousand pounder up hills but I was very comfortable towing the tw.
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:58 AM   #7
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thanks for the advice, i will look into it
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:22 PM   #8
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It's more about the weight of the Argosy than the length. Determine what the Argosy weights and it's tongue weight. What is the payload, max tongue weight, and gross weight of your truck with the double cab. Plan on using weight distribution sway control. I had a '05 Tundra V8 Access cab and it was fine with the '73 Excella (fully loaded about 7,000 lbs). The truck performed very well on our shorter lighter trips on flat highways but was just shy of being at capacity. Keep in mind I also had an F250 for any trip that would heavier or steeped, when we had the choice we always used the Tundra. This summer I sold both trucks and bought a 2nd generation tundra with tow package and love it.
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Old 10-21-2010, 02:43 PM   #9
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It looks like the dry weight of a '76 26ft Argosy is 3960lbs. Add 150lbs for AC, maybe 250lbs for fresh water, another 60lbs for propane (just a guess) and your at 4420lbs...Let's call that 4500lbs for simple math. Now I'm guessing you're going to bring along another 500-1000lbs of "stuff" which puts you at 5000-5500lbs. That's pretty much the limit of what I'd be comfortable towing with my '06 Sequoia. Of course I haven't factored in what you would like to haul in the Tundra. From what I could find the Tundra is rated to tow 6500 lbs with a gross combined weight rating of 11,800 lbs (2005 Toyota Tundra Double Cab Review). If this is the tow vehicle and trailer that I have then I say TRAVEL LIGHT!! Scour the trailer and put it on a diet.

I wish my Sequoia had the 5.7L powerplant, but I'm not about to go out and drop another $45K on a new one. At least your '05 Tundra has 42 more horsepower than the previous year's model. Good luck.
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Old 10-21-2010, 03:09 PM   #10
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Smile ah ha!

[QUOTE=tschat;908872]'05 did not have the 5.7L option. I

Ahhhh thats why I didnt get the larger engine! Thanks for that!! I knew there must have been a reason :-)
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I towed my 75 TW with a 2004 Tundra Access Cab for a couple of years. It was almost the same setup you are talking about. It was a good tow on the flats, but a little short on power on the steeper hills.

I did upgrade to a 2007 Tundra 3 years ago...
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:54 PM   #12
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I just towed our first AS back from AR 750 miles to OH with our 05 Sequoia built on the Tundra frame and easily towed our 70 Overlander at about 4200 pounds, with our whole family and about 200 pounds of additional gear-only time I felt the trailer was running up hills-not bad and could take it but could feel it-otherwise, towed like a charm with a little sway. I'll be getting a sway control before more trips.
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i see some tundras pulling some big campers this year camping, must do ok.
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We pull ours with an 06 Tundra. Did some hitch adjustments. Will switch to LT tires when these wear out. Tried towing in overdrive first few thousand miles on somewhat level terrain, but kept shifting down with wind or light grade changes. So I keep it out of overdrive, cruise control works good and seldom shifts down without loss of fuel economy.

Its a nice truck, smooth and trouble free, limited payload but we don't travel with a lot of stuff, two bicycles and a generator in back. Also a nice "daily driver" when we set up camp for awhile.
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