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Old 02-08-2005, 06:13 AM   #15
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Thanks to advice here and from others, we've decided to look for a Tundra. Took one for a test drive over the weekend and looked at a Limited model yesterday. Very nice!! (Nice big price too! ) The increased horsepower in the '05 model makes it look even better for towing. And the crew cab has lots of room for our family.

I have a similar question about hitch and sway bars. What would you all recommend for us, with the Tundra pulling a 1976 Safari?

Judy - Being new to this I don't know that I can help you much with your question, but the owner of the '76 we're looking to buy said we need a 7-pin connection, and that's what comes with the Tundra tow package. The tow package supposedly has a converter for 4-pin if that's what you need.

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Old 02-08-2005, 08:35 AM   #16
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I seem to be having trouble opening a new thread on the forum, so this looks like a good place to ask a Toyota question. I have a new Toyota Tundra tow vehicle for my 24ft Argosy. What trailer brake is best? Do I need a sway bar? The truck came with a towing package. Do I need a special connector on the Argosy? There are no AS dealers in this area. Who should I take the truck to for this work? Judy
Hi Juel.. We're finally answering you.. haven't been on the forum for a few days!
Come on to Chat tonight and say howdy!

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You can go to any good camper dealer, or even a utility trailer dealer. You need a brake controller that goes under the dash, it has a dial that controls the amount of braking on the trailer.. READ DIRECTIONS.. and that's all connected to the Universal 7 point camper plug (round plug) that is probably not the same as your tow package.

The one on your truck will need to be removed and an adapter put on.
A simple friction sway controla bar has been perfect for us.. NOT the big double bars. This will require a secondary small round ball hitch that goes next to your big one.

We have a 28 foot big girl Ambassador, we haven't towed an Argosy.

Hope to see you around!
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Old 02-08-2005, 08:40 AM   #17
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Thanks to advice here and from others, we've decided to look for a Tundra. Took one for a test drive over the weekend and looked at a Limited model yesterday. Very nice!! (Nice big price too! ) The increased horsepower in the '05 model makes it look even better for towing. And the crew cab has lots of room for our family.

I have a similar question about hitch and sway bars. What would you all recommend for us, with the Tundra pulling a 1976 Safari?

Judy - Being new to this I don't know that I can help you much with your question, but the owner of the '76 we're looking to buy said we need a 7-pin connection, and that's what comes with the Tundra tow package. The tow package supposedly has a converter for 4-pin if that's what you need.

-Jamie
Our 2002 Tundra did NOT come with a 7 pin, but the brake control is PART of that 7 pin. Unless yours came w/ brake control you should add it.

The center pin is the one that charges the battery.
Then you have one for each turn signal, and brake, and running lights.
And one of th epins is for brake control.
One thing of importance.. look in your TRAILER owner's manual for the DIAGRAM of how to hook up!

If you don't have the owner's manual, there are several scanned into this site.

Or contact someone who has the same trailer unit, and also the manual. They woudl help. We ALL help each other.
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Old 02-08-2005, 09:44 AM   #18
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7-pin connector

Thanks for bearing with me on this. You can probably tell we're totally new to towing.

The brochure for the truck says the tow package includes "Towing Hitch, 7-Pin Trailer Wire Harness, Electronic Trailer, Brake Control Connector". That would mean we don't need a separate brake controller, right? It looks like the Tundra has only been equipped this way since the 2004 model.

The current owner of the trailer can help us with hooking up, we just want to make sure we have the right stuff when we get there.
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Old 02-08-2005, 10:20 AM   #19
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If it's anything like American trucks, it means there's a connector under the dash that you plug a vehicle-unique pigtail into and you connect the appropriate wires from the brake controller pigtail to the appropriate wires on that pigtail. The Ford pigtail was in a plastic bag in the glovebox when we bought ours. I heard that some truck manufacturers sell that pigtail separately.
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Okay, it's all starting to make more sense now. I'll start searching to see what brake controller might be best for my situation.

Thanks for your help!
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Titan tow package came with umbilical under the dash and the proprietary connector in the glove box -- Just had to match the functions to what the brake controller wanted.

See the Super Bowl ad for the new, more powerful Volvo XC90 V8? 311HP, 325 lb/ft of torque!! My sawbuck says we get a question by the end of the quarter on whether it will tow a 25-footer!!!! (smilies don't work or else I'd post an 'eek' right here)
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