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Old 05-31-2006, 11:48 PM   #15
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2000 Toyota Tundra 4.7l V-8 has a tow limit of 7200 pounds. For model year 2000 it is the highest tow rated Toyota made. I have no data on axle ratio or tranny type. I am assuming an automatic tranny. Most passenger vehicles need an auto tranny for loads over 3500 #'s.

For 1976 your trailer DRY weight is between 4070 and 5065 depending on model of 31' footer. (There are 4) And depending on how much stuff* is in it concieveabily the truck is up for the job. And I would strongly recommend that you weigh your trailer in towing form. You would be surprised how much weigh a trailer gains with age.

This assumes the vehicle is is very good mechanical condition with original tire size.

*Propane, water, waste, clothes, added furniture or ??????

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Old 06-01-2006, 01:33 PM   #16
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Thanks action your right age does add wieght...

My tundra is a 2000 but it has like 99000 miles no way Ill put it through that kind of towing. I dont think anyone read the second question in that post

Can people ride in the trailer while is is being towed?
My gyes would be no becasue of movement casueing trailer sway.. but curious how most state laws read it.
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Old 06-01-2006, 02:11 PM   #17
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Legally, yes, some people can ride in the trailer in some states. It depends on the state. I saw a list somewhere and when I find it, I'll post it here.
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As far as I know, it is illegal in all states for passengers to ride in a trailer. Motorhomes are obviously ok, and some states allow for passengers to ride in fifth wheel attached trailers, but I don't know of any that allow it for standard ball-attached trailers.

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At 99,000 miles, I would not automatically rule out the capacity. Mileage is a basis for usage so there may be some worn items. Not usually powertrain items. And based on 99,000 miles on the clock, if it were my tow vehicle, I would be replacing anything on the following list that had not been replaced in the last 12,000 miles.

All shocks
All filters - air, fuel, crankcase, oil and tranny
Spark plugs and crankcase valve
All fluids (except rear axle)
All engine belts and cooling system hoses
Repack wheel bearings if serviceable
Inspect and replace any brake pad or shoe with less than 25% life left - same for tires - spare included
Inspect and replace all non-tight suspension and steering components

I am also inclined to add a tranny cooler no matter what the rig is equipped with for any towed load greater than 3500 #'s. I do not care for the OE tranny coolers. Usually too small. In a previous van I used 3 coolers for the tranny. 1 factory and 2 after market.

My tow rig listed below has 150,000 miles and tows a boat and trailer that are 2000 #'s more than my A/S. It is shorter trips, however it get's the job done.

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As far as I know, it is illegal in all states for passengers to ride in a trailer. Motorhomes are obviously ok, and some states allow for passengers to ride in fifth wheel attached trailers, but I don't know of any that allow it for standard ball-attached trailers.

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Old 06-01-2006, 02:43 PM   #21
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I forgot the passenger trailer issue. It is a state deal. In AZ, one must be seat belted in the passenger cabin if seat belts were manufactured for the vehicle. Passengers may ride in the back of a pick up truck with no restraint system at all.

Here is a recap of state laws for cargo areas:

www.aap.org/advocacy/archives/pt00.pdf

And looking at the Arizona Revised statutes for transportation, I do not find a restriction for passengers in trailers.

http://www.azleg.state.az.us/Arizona...s.asp?Title=28


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Here is the list I was referring to. I have a friend whose wife is disabled and can't set up for more than a few minutes at a time and he wanted to know if she could ride in the bed in the trailer. Here is what was found (scroll to right side):

http://www.towingworld.com/articles/towinglaws.htm
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If you are going to buy a new truck, Toyota has completely revamped the Tundra for 2007 with a reported towing capacity of 10,000 lbs. The truck is also bigger and will compete in size with the GMC/Chevy Sierra HD trucks (it will still be smaller than the F Series Ford). From the pics I have seen it looks kind of like the Dodge Ram. Supposedly it will be out sometime at the beginning of 2007. There have been rumors that they will make a diesel version but it will most likely not be released in 2008 or later.
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Old 06-07-2006, 11:58 PM   #24
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Interesting..~

I just had to put a new compressor in my 2003 Suburban's air conditioner. Of course it was out of warranty. The burb is the first American built car I've had in twenty years.

Makes that 2007 Tundra look attractive. Maybe in a year or two.

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My Toyota dealer told me that the dealers would all have 10 - 15 each of the new 2007 Tundras by sometime in Dec. He said Toyota plans a big marketing launch of the new design and wanted all dealers to have plenty on hand.
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Toyotas vs. '94 Dodge Ram

Been through 5 Toyotas, currently '03 Tundra, '04 Matrix, and haven't had a SINGLE re-call. I had a '94 Dodge Ram that I swear had a stack of recalls when I brought it home from the dealer's. 3-4 sets of discs ("You're not driving enough!") AC compressor etc.

My '03 Tundra pulls my 22' Safari no problem and I'm currently looking for a
25' Classic, 95' or newer, that I won't be concerned about towing. I don't tow extensively or in mountains, but I think a 31' loaded would give me food for thought when braking with a vengeance! Fog
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Been through 5 Toyotas, currently '03 Tundra, '04 Matrix, and haven't had a SINGLE re-call.
You may want to check on that. My 2003 Tundra had the lower ball joints replaced as part of a recall notice. It may have just been the 4x4 units. I love my Tundra also! I pull my 75 TW with no problems.
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