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Old 11-13-2012, 05:05 PM   #1
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2008 Tundra 5.7 and 93 Excella 34' help?

I am looking at a 93 Excella and my TV is a 2008 Tundra 4x4 Double Cab with a tow package. Any thoughts on if they work together? The tow rating seems to be fine with the GVW of the trailer. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:39 PM   #2
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I have a friend who has a simular rig, seems to do OK, but I wouldn't do it.

Take a look at the maximum carrying capacity of the truck, then subtract everything you will be carrying such as passengers, a cover if you want one, and all the gear you want to carry. Then see if you have enough capacity left to carry the trailer's hitch weight.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:12 PM   #3
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We tow our 30 foot '94 Excella with a 2012 Dodge Ram. With the gearing and t0w package we're rated for 9,900 lbs. On a trip the past summer I stopped at the CAT scales and weighed our fully loaded rig. While we were within the 9,900 lbs., we exceeded the GVW capacity of the truck by 160 lbs.

It didn't take the wife and dog too long to get to the campground after hitchhiking ;-)

Our rig pulls fine, but your Excella weighs 850 lbs. more than ours. I think you'll be pushing safe weight limits.

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Old 11-13-2012, 07:23 PM   #4
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Hey, if the Tundra can pull the space shuttle, it can pull a 34' Airstream...
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:31 PM   #5
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What made me buy my 08 is when I saw a Tundra in Fishing Bridge Campground in Yellowstone hooked to a 34. I asked the driver about the towing and he said no problems. Me, I have pulled my 29, 30, 18 and others with no problem. Fully loaded, coast to coast. I would only buy Toyota and thats after I owned 3 Chevys. At 88,000 + I will need to replace the brakes, first time and first big repair.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:39 PM   #6
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Thanks for the responses. I know the towing capacity is there. Just curious if anyone else has a 34' or knows someone that does and uses a Tundra to tow it. We had a 31' 72 AS and it was fine.

We are looking at using it for full timing. We would like the space with our kids . We are going to try temporary full timing in it.

Thanks again for your replies.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:09 PM   #7
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Thanks for the responses. I know the towing capacity is there. Just curious if anyone else has a 34' or knows someone that does and uses a Tundra to tow it. We had a 31' 72 AS and it was fine.
The 34 would be a big difference from the 31 Airstream 4990 versus 6950 empty, usual to add 1000 lbs so 8000 lbs rolling would be the real world. Use the rule of thumb 80% of tow capacity and you'll love it and not beat it up, over that performance declines exponentially. I bet it pulled the 31 like a breeze no matter what.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:07 PM   #8
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I expect the rear axle rating on the truck will be the limiting rating factor. I had a friend tell me he was over on a Ford 250 with his 34 footer. He did have a lot of stuff in it through. Can you get a actual loaded tongue weight for the trailer?
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:46 PM   #9
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I sympathize with you in this dilemma. I have the 2wd of the same truck and love it. However, I am about 50 lbs over the GVWR of the TV even though my loaded Tradewind only weighs 4,700 lbs. Understand that this includes full water, full fuel, two adults, dog, genny, chairs, bed cap, ramps, spare tire, barbecue and other camping stuff. This shows that the tow ratings for 1/2 ton trucks are pretty worthless. They give you a false sense that you can tow a lot more than you can before you hit the TV GVWR. Having said all that, I have a lot of confidence in my Tundra TV. I would probably tow the 34 ft but tow it very gently, keep away from traffic and be in no particular hurry. I would also make sure the brakes and tires were in tip top shape and drive very defensively. You would still probably be safer than 75% of the tow rigs out there.

The alternative is to go with a 3/4 ton TV. I am not sure how much safer this would be, but at least it should hold up better and be more reliable. But there are no guarantees either.

Good luck in your decision. That is a tough one.

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The alternative is to go with a 3/4 ton TV. I am not sure how much safer this would be, but at least it should hold up better and be more reliable. But there are no guarantees either.

Good luck in your decision. That is a tough one.

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For towing, I doubt that you would regret the 3/4 suspension, brakes, tow capabilities, or tires ... but the fearures generally come at increased fuel costs; even for diesel. Would I do it again? YES !
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:08 AM   #11
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I don't know why they don't make a 3/4 ton version of the Tundra. The truck itself is plenty big enough but heavier running gear would be a nice upgrade and would allow them to compete with the big 3 US truck makers. I would think you are past your limit especially in the mountains.

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About 3/4 tons.....and not to change the subject, but I too wonder why Ford doesn't put the Ecoboost V6 in a 3/4 ton? After all, if it's as tuff as Ford says it is, why not?
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If we do decide to go,with the 34' AS, are there any specific hitch set ups that y'all would suggest? I sent Andy a message but haven't heard back yet. I read that he was very knowledgeable on this subject.
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IMHO, you can't beat a ProPride, and since you are in my opinion "pushing the limit", I'd get the best.
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