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Old 12-10-2010, 08:34 AM   #1
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What size of Argosy can I pull with my Tundra?


I am new to this forum. I have been trying to buy an 22-26' Argosy for a while. I am hoping you might be able to help before I drive all over the western states:

I can't figure out the lengths of Argosys. When they state a 26' some say it's bumper to tongue, others call it the "living area" then add the tongue.

I am trying to figure out what the towing weight of a 26' overall length 1976 Argosy. He claims the plate says 6000 lbs. Online I see 3900 lbs.. I am looking for the double bed model.

I have a 2006 Toyota Tundra 4.7 double cab 2 x 4 ( with tow package)and my tow rating I have been told is 6500. I have also been told to keep the trailer at about 5500? I really don't want to drop a ton of cash modifing the truck to pull a trailer at max weight.

Can you guys help shed some light? What size Argosy or Airstream can I safely pull without damaging my truck? I live on the coast, but would like to take to the local mountains in California and Nevada sometimes. I have years of towing boats in the 21' range but never owned a travel trailer.

Thanks ahead for any help!


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Old 12-10-2010, 11:39 AM   #2
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I have a 1974 28' argosy. Model number plate says 28'. It really is 28' tongue to bumper. 24' living area. The dry weight (no personal items) is 4000lbs and GVW is 6000lbs. So I can add 2000lbs worth of stuff like dishes, food, etc.

I tow it with a 2008 Tundra. I also use a weight distribution hitch and barley notice it behind me.


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Old 12-10-2010, 12:02 PM   #3
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I have a 2001 Tundra, access door mode, 4x4l. I pull my 24 ft. Trade Wind with no problems. My trailer weights 4050lb and the truck 5020 ready to camp (CAT scale recently).
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:13 PM   #4
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Mine weighs 3900 empty and has a 6200# GVW. the last trip I made with trailer loaded, it came in at 5500#; my TV weighs 5900# ready to go. It's a good match.
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Old 12-10-2010, 01:59 PM   #5
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We have a 2006 Tundra like yours but 4x4, and our trailer weighs 5000# or less when loaded. As for control, make sure you have a wt dist hitch with sway control, and that it is set up properly, and a brake controller (the Tundra is prewired for it).

Always disengage the overdrive when towing, or the transmission will constantly be shifting up and down, and the engine does not develop enough torque at the lower rpm. Plan on slowing down for hills and shifting down to keep the rpm in the 3000-3500 range, both going up and going down the hills. On steeper grades keep rpm up a bit and shift down as needed, both up and down the grade.

Its a nice smooth tow vehicle, and what you lose in speed on the hills you will gain in fuel economy, repairs, and safety. I see virtually no difference in fuel economy with or without overdrive when towing.

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Old 12-10-2010, 05:08 PM   #6
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We have a 26ft Argosy (tongue to bumper) and tow with a 2001 Sequoia. Great truck, great trailer. At the CAT scale, 4500 pounds loaded with water and propane, no belongings.

We also tow out of OD.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:31 PM   #7
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Great Thanks everyone! Sounds like pulling a 24 or 26 is no issues. I really appreaciate all the positve help! i am sure I will be posting some kind of question soon as I am new to travel trailers.


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