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Old 02-03-2019, 02:02 PM   #1
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Hello everyone . My wife and I will be purchasing our first AS It will be a 25’fb
Flying Cloud . I own a 2018 sr5 Tundra with tow package with a 5.7 iforce engine
Has anyone pulled that size of rv with a tundra . My dealer says “ oh you won’t even know it’s back there “ when I do the numbers I am within the 80% weight requirement so I feel pretty good but I would like to hear it from experienced rv’ers . I have found most dealers have not camped in or pulled an AS and the largest thing I have towed is a 7x 12 cargo trailer. Also your recommendation on a weight distribution hitch would be appreciated. Currently I am looking at a Blue Ox , seems to be well made and quiet when towing.
Thanks for any advice , we’re ready to get to streamin’
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Old 02-03-2019, 02:19 PM   #2
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I am on my 2nd 25 ft Airstream and my 3rd Tundra. Having towed this setup in over 40 states and 5 Canadian Provinces with a Blue Ox hitch, I think you will be fine. We like the comfort and reliability of the Tundra.
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Old 02-03-2019, 03:10 PM   #3
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On my 2nd Tundra and 7th Toyota. Tows all my trailers just fine.

Now I’ll just step out of here before the opinion brigade comes in.

Good luck!
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Old 02-03-2019, 05:18 PM   #4
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We towed a 25FB Safari with a 2007 Tundra 63,000 miles without any problems. The truck now has 126,000 miles on it and is going strong. We've towed another 6,000 miles another trailer about the same weight. No problems either. We have gone over the highest passes you'll find many times and quite fast without any problems except watching the gas gauge drop at 65 mph going up a 7% grade (best to go slower unless you are late to something). You do not need a diesel or a bigger truck, although people will tell you that. If you look around there are many threads about tow vehicles and some are specifically about Tundras. Toyota haters have field days on tow vehicle threads and will surely find this thread soon.

Richard's experience is like ours, except he apparently wore out one Tundra—must have gone 300,000 miles.

Your biggest limit is payload (cargo) because all 1/2 ton trucks have limits and you'll have to watch what you take in the truck. We did that and had no problems with eight either.

We had an Equalizer hitch and we liked it. I sold it with the Airstream and have another hitch which is easier to adjust, though I was used to the Equalizer and if I was going to do it again, I'd get another Equalizer.
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Old 02-03-2019, 05:33 PM   #5
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On my 2nd Tundra and 7th Toyota. Tows all my trailers just fine.

Now I’ll just step out of here before the opinion brigade comes in.

Good luck!
That size truck with a V8 should pull a 25’ just fine.
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Old 02-03-2019, 07:24 PM   #6
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We have a 2014 Tundra Limited extended cab short bed 4 x 4 with the 5.7 engine.
Use it to pull a 25 RB Flying Cloud. We use an Equalizer hitch.
Perfect set up. The tow haul setting works great, and the S and low gears fantastic in the mountains.

Recommend the strap on McKesh mirrors with the convex spots on both sides. These attach in about 2 minutes once you get it all figured out. Really gives a nice field of view. The convex spots let you see merging traffic and passing traffic well. Purchase the McKesh mirrors on the Hensley Hitch website. We first tried the mirrors that attach onto the Tundra mirrors but they vibrated more than we liked.
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Old 02-04-2019, 01:35 AM   #7
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"oh you won't even know it's back there"

Hi, a Toyota Tundra like yours will have no problem towing a 25' Airstream.

I hate that expression "you won't even feel it". Well when you can no longer feel that you have 6,000 to 7,000 lbs. of trailer connected to your tow vehicle, You're headed for a very nasty accident.
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Old 02-04-2019, 07:36 AM   #8
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When towing, “ignorance is bliss” is the prelude to disaster. My rig is set up so the AS follows like an obedient puppy, but I’m still always very aware it’s back there...
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Bob and Rich are right—if you can't feel 3+ tons behind you, you need to see a neurologist right away.
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When someone says that it discounts everything else they have said up to and after.
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Richard's experience is like ours, except he apparently wore out one Tundra—must have gone 300,000 miles.
Not quite that many, but a bunch. We traded in the 07 for a 16 that we had built to our liking. 4x4, TRD package, running boards, towing mirrors and the Limited version so we could enjoy the heated seats since we moved to the Prescott area of Arizona from Phoenix. We knew we would be traveling a lot in 2016 and 2017 as my job title with the club changed. The new truck will be 3 years old soon and has 60K+ miles with another 30K year coming up. We did replace the original Michelins on the 16 because we were headed to Alaska and wanted new tires. Lots of gas and many oil changes, the 16 is a very nice truck to see the USA and Canada in. It also fits (just) in my garage. :
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It also fits (just) in my garage. :
I have to pull in one mirror to get in our garage. When we first bought this house I tried to squeeze in without doing that and ended up putting a dent in the left front fender. I learned my lesson then. Sometimes I feel like I'm driving a battleship, but a very good battleship. I used to think the ride was too soft, but as I get older, the ride seems just right.
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I have to pull in one mirror to get in our garage. When we first bought this house I tried to squeeze in without doing that and ended up putting a dent in the left front fender. I learned my lesson then. Sometimes I feel like I'm driving a battleship, but a very good battleship. I used to think the ride was too soft, but as I get older, the ride seems just right.
It also helps that Jan drives a Mini Cooper. That gives me a bit more room.
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Old 05-04-2019, 07:21 PM   #14
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My husband always says it isn’t the pulling, it is the stopping abilities of the tow vehicle. We drive an F-350 4WD.
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