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Old 09-09-2019, 07:46 AM   #1
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How bad did I screw up?

Alright, I got excited and didnít realize all the little details that needed to be taken into consideration when buying my TT. I saw price range, good deal, great unit and the stickers say I should be fine.... After spending a decent amount of time on here researching, I realized I may have bitten off a bit much for my TV?

Itís a 2013 Toyota Tundra Crewmax 5.7L V8 TRD. It has towing package on it with tow/haul feature that changes gear ratio and gives more upfront power etc etc. it does very well pulling the trailer (2017 Cougar 28RLS) on most every roadway. I got nice hitch with 10klb limit sway/weight distribution bars. I took it into some bigger mountains this past weekend on some tight, steep and banked roads and it handled well, but obviously the engine had to work harder. I put the transmission in manual mode (which manufacturer recommends from what Iíve seen) and that seems to help it a lot when towing. I have read to not put the truck in 6th gear when towing, and havenít except on long and flat highways. Otherwise I stay in 4th-5th gear when cruising at 60-70mph @ ~1800-2500rpms

Iíve read a bunch of threads where people dissect all the weights and help people out with literally same issue.Not necessarily trying to beat that dead horse anymore. Iím looking for help with ways to make current situation better and for an educated answer on how bad did I really do...

Without being a wise guy, can you please offer any insight?
Buying a new truck isnít currently in the cards (it is paid off, so could be something to look at in near future). Selling trailer isnít the best option and not something we want to do either. What are some things we could do to improve current situation if needed and possible?
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:02 AM   #2
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Take the combination to a cat scale and get the three weights:

TV front axle
TV rear axle
Trailer axles

then drop the trailer and get(go in and tell them you want a reweigh of TV only.)
TV front axle
TV rear axle

You might want to go in and talk to them first before weighing if it is our first time. https://catscale.com/cat-scale-locator/

Come back and post these weight above along with the TV front GAWR and rear GAWR, we ready see the TV 7800 GVWR.

I assume from your second picture, based on TV axle ratio it is rated for a 9K trailer and your Cougar has a 7800 GVWR. Chris
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:08 AM   #3
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I’m fairly certain I have those weights available on the truck as well either on the sticker or the manual. Stand by.
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:10 AM   #4
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If you are happy with the way the trailer tows, did all the "you got the wrong truck" threads prompt your query? If you are looking for a break down of your towing capability, perhaps list all relevant numbers for your truck typically found on a door jamb sticker. Payload would probably be the first thing. Also, a good weight estimate of how much you have in your truck (driver, passengers, pets, camping items, etc). Then find your tow hitch manufacturer's weight for the hitch and hitch accessories. How much will you be hauling in the trailer, etc?

Once you come up with this info and get to the scales, I am sure folks will be able to crunch the numbers. I have yet to see anyone pass with flying colors if that is any comfort. Last, if it tows fine, you may not want to stress any further by pursuing the possible ugly reality.
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:16 AM   #5
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You are exactly right. Haha and just the fact that it definitely worked hard in the mountainous terrain which was to be expected, but got my mind curious. I may try and get the numbers just to see so I know for sure. I want to do things right as well and not just get by...knowing this stuff will help not only now but in future.
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:31 AM   #6
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FYI, I donít know what tires you run on the TT but a lot of them are only rated to 65 mph.
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My little F350 Superduty works a little harder in steep grades than out on the flatlands and I can likely safely tow two of the 5vers I own and still be within spec. If you have never towed in twisties or mountains or steep grades, any truck will work harder. I enjoy seeing my boost gauge pop up high and my fuel gauge drop low on a steep hill!

Here in the TX Hill Country we have what are called "The Twisted Sisters or The 3s". Ranch Road 335, 336 and 337. RR337 is the most twisty road in this part of the country and crawls along the edge of steep embankments over very deep canyons and is a favorite of the go-fast bike guys. Driving this road with a camper in tow is a white knuckle experience and one of the reasons I now have the F350 rather than the old 96 F250 is four wheel disk brakes. My brakes, especially the rear drums on the F250 got HOT doing this road and my wife's knuckles took about a week to un-clench (I said knuckles to be polite... might have been some other anatomical feature). The other road alternative was flat and boring and we had been on the Twisted Sisters MANY times on a bike and/or our trike where the experience is actually fun as opposed to terrifying!
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:42 AM   #8
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Just updated OP with TV GAWR & GVWR sticker
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Old 09-09-2019, 09:00 AM   #9
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My trailer has a gvwr of 7450. I was towing it with the GMC 1500 that had a payload of 1680, a 7200 gvwr, and a max tow of 9200lbs (that some will say means didly)
It felt fine in wind and rain and curvy flats, what made me change tv's was the August Tennessee / Georgia trip (That never was), and the fact the 20's were coming out and I didn't want to wait to see how the new 6.6 gas engines would work, so dealers wanted to unload them to make room, which got me the deal I wanted. I also want to start venturing out west.
After my last trip, weighed my set up fairly empty and then trip ready, I was only carrying 450 lbs. I think as long as your aware of the fact you are at the top end of the trucks capacity, with careful loading, good LT tires, making sure TV suspension isn't too soft. you might be ok. That top end weight will definitely be taxing on your drive train, brakes and suspension, (not sure if you have external oil / tranny coolers). Personally, I would be looking for an upgrade TV. Look for a '19 model make it hd and you won't have any issues wherever you go. The big three hd trucks are all competent, it's just what brand you prefer.
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Old 09-09-2019, 09:59 AM   #10
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FYI, I don’t know what tires you run on the TT but a lot of them are only rated to 65 mph.

According to mfg Trailer King...the speed rating is 75. At most I travel at 70mph and that is it.

Thanks for all your answers thus far. I feel a bit better. I know I’m near the top of my towing capacity and we typically don’t pack too heavy. We are a bring what you need and must have and that is typically it. I will weigh TT in near future and get some approximate travel weights when packed etc for my peace of mind.

I may look into options for a stiffer stronger rear suspension.
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According to mfg Trailer King...the speed rating is 81. At most I travel at 70mph and that is it.

Thanks for all your answers thus far. I feel a bit better. I know I’m near the top of my towing capacity and we typically don’t pack too heavy. We are a bring what you need and must have and that is typically it. I will weigh TT in near future and get some approximate travel weights when packed etc for my peace of mind.

Load it for a typical trip and then weigh it to get real world numbers.

Regarding speed towing when you know you are towing near your limits, brings up a questions you should be asking yourself about, and thinking a lot about your family. The difference of handling a tight situation at 70 MPH vs 60 MPH is night and day. 14,000+ at 70 MPH has a lot of inertia. Chris
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I am well aware of what increased speed and weight brings as I drive 40k+ vehicles at higher speeds for a living. Thank you for bringing that up as many do not think about that.
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According to mfg Trailer King...the speed rating is 75. At most I travel at 70mph and that is it.

Thanks for all your answers thus far. I feel a bit better. I know Iím near the top of my towing capacity and we typically donít pack too heavy. We are a bring what you need and must have and that is typically it. I will weigh TT in near future and get some approximate travel weights when packed etc for my peace of mind.

I may look into options for a stiffer stronger rear suspension.
It seems you have had your original question answered. The next thing you should consider is swapping out the TK (aka China Bomb) tires at your earliest opportunity. There are numerous threads and posts related to concerns and experiences with those (and other) brand of tires. Since you're already doing good research as far as your towing criteria; the next logical step for piece of mind is tires.
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It seems you have had your original question answered. The next thing you should consider is swapping out the TK (aka China Bomb) tires at your earliest opportunity. There are numerous threads and posts related to concerns and experiences with those (and other) brand of tires. Since you're already doing good research as far as your towing criteria; the next logical step for piece of mind is tires.
Good to know! Thanks for the insight. So many pieces to the puzzle when youíre new to owning a unit.
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Good to know! Thanks for the insight. So many pieces to the puzzle when youíre new to owning a unit.
Put GY Endurance load range E on it. Sell the OEM tires on Craigslist. My OEM ST225/75R15D sold the first day on CL.
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Good to know! Thanks for the insight. So many pieces to the puzzle when youíre new to owning a unit.
There are 3-4 really good, high quality tires available to upgrade to. I have had very good luck with the Carlisle HD tires. You can usually find them on sale and after selling your take offs, you may only be out of pocket $100-$200. As another poster mentioned the Goodyear Endurance line. You'll also hear about Maxxis and Sailun.
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There are 3-4 really good, high quality tires available to upgrade to. I have had very good luck with the Carlisle HD tires. You can usually find them on sale and after selling your take offs, you may only be out of pocket $100-$200. As another poster mentioned the Goodyear Endurance line. You'll also hear about Maxxis and Sailun.

Thank you! Iím accustomed to Maxxis as I race and ride downhill mountain bikes. They are my go to tire and have been for a couple years. Any one of those brands better bang for the buck per say?
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Availability of the Endurance would be the best, along with dealing with a company that has the best warranty.

Tires are to important to shop price in many cases.
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It has towing package on it with tow/haul feature that changes gear ratio and gives more upfront power etc etc.
Where did you come up with the idea that tow/haul changes the gear ratio and gives you more power? Changing your gear ratio on the fly would require a 2 speed rear-end
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Where did you come up with the idea that tow/haul changes the gear ratio and gives you more power? Changing your gear ratio on the fly would require a 2 speed rear-end
I did not articulate correctly, here’s the more appropriate language for it. Engaging the tow haul feature in the Tundra causes the truck to hold lower gears longer when accelerating or decelerating and on long grades and mountain roads. This gives you more pulling, stopping, and steering power. It gives better engine response as well as adds engine braking. Definitely very noticeable. As stated previously the 5.7l V8 tundras do a spectacular job of hauling and towing in their weight/class ratings..
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