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Old 08-22-2013, 12:18 AM   #29
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I don't know what all of your concerns are about...........Didn't it tow the space shuttle?
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:25 AM   #30
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Thanks. What is the GVWR and the GCVWR of the Odyssey?
In the interest of not derailing this thread, may I please direct you here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463/gcwr-108704.html

That thread looks in detail at the relevance, such as it is, of GVWR.
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:27 AM   #31
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Btw, whether you can tow a trailer or not is rarely a question of trailer length. With a Hensley Hitch, or similar, length becomes pretty much irrelevant.

The question is trailer weight. A 34' from the 80's weighs in at less than a modern 25'.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:43 AM   #32
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:20 AM   #33
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What do you think would happen if you tried to come off of a mountain pass in Colorado towing the space shuttle?
Just because you have the capacity to tow it. But! Can any TV handle the trailer behind it? That's the question.
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Just a personal opinion, but if a hitch like a Hensley is required to tow safely the tow vehicle is too small.
Admittedly my experience with a Hensley is limited to about 2000 miles when I delivered a 26 foot Overlander to Ca. It towed fine, after going through the setup procedure, but then that size trailer would tow fine with WD and no sway control.
The hassle of hooking up and the non adjustable bar alone would turn me of from these.
I have taken several 34's across the US using a Reese Dual Cam and they towed fine. Not sure of the year but they were obviously very heavy, but then they had all the owners belongings in them.
It should be kept in mind that all new larger trailers are delivered to dealers with only weight distributing hitches, no sway control devices and there are very few accidents. Not recommending anyone do away with there sway control but I think it is highly oversold. I had the "got to have it" mindset until I started delivering trailers commercially.
If I already owned the Tundra and it was borderline I would probably try it. If I was buying a new vehicle I would opt for something where I would not be near maximum capacity.


Even assuming the towing can be done safely I would have major concerns about braking ability and fading on long downgrades.

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Old 08-22-2013, 11:32 AM   #36
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Just a personal opinion, but if a hitch like a Hensley is required to tow safely the tow vehicle is too small. . . .

I'll put on my fire proof suit now
No need for the suit.

We bought the Hensley/ProPride style hitch because they eliminate the possibility of trailer sway causing a loss of control. That's safe towing for the o.p.'s Tundra, or anyone else.

I personally know only one fellow who wrecked his 28' Airstream from loss of control due to sway, and he had an F250 and Reese system. The Hensley style hitch would have prevented it.

These modern hitches, independent suspensions, electronic sway controls, better tires, disc brakes on truck and trailer all make the idea of bigger truck as the answer to safe towing a highly questionable theory. The resistance to these innovations is baffling.

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I have towed many miles and many places with my Tundra. See my avatar and my signature. Anyone who doubts the capability or safety of my rig is welcome to drive it and see for themselves that everything is ok.
I know a guy that pulls a 32' triple axle gooseneck utility trailer with a Tundra. GVW on that trailer is at least 21,000#.
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I personally know only one fellow who wrecked his 28' Airstream from loss of control due to sway, and he had an F250 and Reese system. The Hensley style hitch would have prevented it.

These modern hitches, independent suspensions, electronic sway controls, better tires, disc brakes on truck and trailer all make the idea of bigger truck as the answer to safe towing a highly questionable theory. The resistance to these innovations is baffling.

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Only person that would knock the Tundra is someone who's never owned one.

5.7 liter = 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque
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Just a note here folks on braking. In the old days 1/2 tons had smaller brakes due to the smaller wheels but on todays 1/2 tons the brakes are much larger. The brakes on a Tundra are virtually the same size and capability as the brakes on a 3/4 ton. In a panic stop it will stop in less distance due to less weight to stop and much stickier tires, towing or solo.

The 5.7 Litre has an abundance of engine brakeing if you shift down going down hills. Braking with it is not an issue compared with a 3/4 ton. Handling is also better than any 4x4 3/4 ton with a straight front axle and comparable to the 3/4's with independent front suspension.

If you can't tow an Airstream with 400 horsepower hard to understand how they sold all those 34's in 1991 when the most power vehicle you could by had 250 HP but most towed with 210.

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Only person that would knock the Tundra is someone who's never owned one.

5.7 liter = 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque
What he said.
The people who doubt the capabilities of a Tundra have never driven one.
I have towed with many 1 ton and 3-4 ton Ford and GM diesel and gas. I promise you there ain't a nickel's worth of difference.
In fact, the Tundra does some things better.
I would buy another Tundra in a heartbeat.
I have also ridden in the backseat of GM and Ford crew cabs. No truck has a bigger backseat than a Tundra.
No other truck ha those big wide opening rear doors.
We almost bought a 1988 34' Airstream. I had every intention of towing it with the Tundra. Its owner used a Lincoln Navigator to tow it.
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If a Tundra can pull this it can pull any Airstream made.
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