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Old 05-23-2016, 04:18 PM   #771
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I drive the posted speed limit up to 65.
I never exceed 65 mph max regardless if the posted speed limit is above 65.
It all works out great.
Relax and watch everyone else pass me-
Automatically creates safe following distance because the car in front of me is steadily pulling away at a higher rate of speed increasing my following distance-
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:23 PM   #772
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Similar question!
I just purchased a 2011 5.7 L Tundra and a 2014 25Flying Cloud. Glad to hear they pair up nicely! The AS dealer said they would and the numbers all looked right, but you never know.
I will, nevertheless, probably have to watch the Tundra and AS payloads carefully. I am moving and bringing some important stuff with me like video equipment, small printer, small safe, important papers, 4 yorkies and their stuff, and a generator to run AC in Mexico & for boondocking.
Do you think the TUndra can handle this? If I drive slowly?
From NY to Gulf of Mexico to Belize?
Yeah. It'll take a few days.

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Took my 5,000lb 1972 Sov out for the first time last weekend, my 2010 Tundra pulled effortlessly. Hwy101 to Pismo with a very steep grade on the way back north, no problem whatsoever. Brake controller works like a charm too... just gotta remember to swing wide for those righ hand turns ..
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Old 05-24-2016, 06:01 AM   #773
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Go left as much as is possible.
Cheat.
Get all you can get.
Then drive straight past the turn until the last minute and turn the steering wheel all the way.
The movements have to be more exaggerated/extreme with a fifth wheel or goose neck trailer because they turn in quicker.
A bumper pull trailer more closely follows the path of the tow vehicle.


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Old 05-24-2016, 04:47 PM   #774
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Pauline, first check the weight numbers on the back of the driver's door frame. That should be the most accurate number for cargo weight. But if something was added aftermarket such as a camper top, tonneau cover, running boards (other than stock ones), subtract that from cargo. To make sure you can check weights as listed in the back of the owner's manual for towing, but they won't include options or something the previous owner added aftermarket.

We weighed what we took—us, tools, extra fuel, hitch head, generator, water hoses, sewer hoses, etc. That's the stuff we take in the truck plus the hitch and other hitch parts (bars, springs, etc.). Added 2/3 tongue weight to that and saw where we were at (some weight shifted to trailer axles, so 2/3). There are significant differences between Tundra cargo weights depending on trim line, how big, 4wd. For most of us the cargo weight runs around 1,400-1,700 lbs. We were at the limit and have had no problems with suspension, engine or drive train.

You will have plenty of power and without a trailer the Tundra will challenge a lot of cars off the line. The cargo weight is always a question with 1/2 ton trucks, but everyone with a 25' (and some longer trailers) and a 1/2 ton truck seems to do fine. We go 65 because faster doesn't feel right. For a pickup, the Tundra handles pretty well and you can drive safely and fast, but it takes longer to stop.

Very good truck, should work fine and remember to downshift to slow down and keep an eye on the brakes—they will wear first.

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Old 05-24-2016, 06:52 PM   #775
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Pauline, from NY to Gulf Coast to Belize? Why would you want to tow an Airstream from the US to Belize?

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Old 05-25-2016, 11:55 AM   #776
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Go left as much as is possible.
Cheat.
Get all you can get.
Then drive straight past the turn until the last minute and turn the steering wheel all the way.
The movements have to be more exaggerated/extreme with a fifth wheel or goose neck trailer because they turn in quicker.
A bumper pull trailer more closely follows the path of the tow vehicle.


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thanks, i was a little nervous at first but built up my courage even pulled into the whole foods parking lot in SLO .... got gas at Costco, very easy ...
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Old 05-25-2016, 12:43 PM   #777
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Also, adjust your mirrors so that you can see your trailer tires the whole time you are executing a turn.
This gives you a chance to correct before hitting whatever stationary object.
Keep your hands at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel, using push-pull on the wheel during turns.
Push-pull helps you to slow down and control the movements better.
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I will, nevertheless, probably have to watch the Tundra and AS payloads carefully. I am moving and bringing some important stuff with me like video equipment, small printer, small safe, important papers, 4 yorkies and their stuff, and a generator to run AC in Mexico & for boondocking.
Do you think the TUndra can handle this? If I drive slowly?

From NY to Gulf of Mexico to Belize?
Thanks!
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I would suggest that you replace the stock tires with Michelin A/T2 load range E tires. Having a robust tire will go a long way to mitigate the additional loads, especially for a trip like you are planning. Also consider installing SUMO SPRINGS rear bump stop replacements to help dampen the load.

I go to Belize at least one a quarter on business; it never struck me as a place I would want to take my Airstream.
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Old 05-25-2016, 01:58 PM   #779
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My Tundra has 20" wheels.
There are no LT tires in the exact size.
Maybe I can find LT 20" tires 10 mm larger or smaller?


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Old 05-25-2016, 02:40 PM   #780
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My Tundra has 20" wheels.
There are no LT tires in the exact size.
Maybe I can find LT 20" tires 10 mm larger or smaller?


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We just put new Michelin P rated 20" tires on our 2012 Ram a few months before trading it (smart move on my part). We stuck with the original P rated because we wanted to keep the softer ride. My buddy put LT's on his and regrets the ride.

Pulling our Airstream with them, I just inflated them to max sidewall pressure (44 psi I think) and we had plenty of load capacity and no squiggle from the low sidewall profile of the 20" original Wranglers or new Michelins, both P rated.
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Old 05-25-2016, 05:34 PM   #781
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I have P-rated tires now.
I've been towing with P-rated tires for 6 years.
Something in me wants to think 10-ply LT tires have got to be better for towing than P-rated 4-ply tires.
Maybe I'll just keep doing what I've been doing.


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You can make a simple check of the sidewall flex in your truck's tires. At full sidewall pressure, just grab the back side of the truck's bed and push it back and forth. Watch the sidewalls and see if they flex back and forth readily, some will. Our 20" P-rated tires are pretty stiff due to low sidewall profile design.

I read this somewhere in Andrew Thomson's (Can-Am Airstream) many towing articles he has written.

No doubt sidewall flex from trailer yaw will be felt as instability in the truck. Long wheelbase mitigates some of it, but sometimes max tire air pressure and/or stiffer or lower sidewall profile is enough for comfort. Andrew T. had recommended XL tires for our 2006 Tundra some years ago and it made a significant improvement.

When we traded the Tundra for a short wheelbase Ram we finally got a Hensley/ProPride style hitch and stability issues were history. But we still inflate the truck tires to max sidewall pressure for towing.
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Old 05-26-2016, 02:07 AM   #783
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25' '08. FBSE. Alaska, Rockies, Newfoundland, Canada, Florida, Oregon coast, etc. 50,000 recent miles with Tundra. Excellent service and no problems. Wish fuel use was better, 11 and 16, but well worth it. Use as my personal driver, and is my fourth Tundra. I do use Toyota dealer for service. We use Airstream and Tundra as highest quality recognizing more modest good options exist.
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We use Load Range E (once called 10 ply) Michelin LTX tires—they last 65,000-70,000 miles, go through deep snow well and if we go off road, are excellent for that too. They ride well. Michelin suggested 42 lbs. front and 45 rear for daily driving and 3 more pounds for towing (note the manufacturer does not recommend 80 lbs.). I often forget to let those 3 pounds out.

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