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Considering a Toyota Tundra to Haul an XploreRV XR22

Miles_Sisu

New member
Hello, first post ever.

So I am considering getting a 2021 Tundra to haul an XR22. Is this a good idea? The camper spec says the max GVWR is 8820 lbs, with dry weight at 5200. A Tundra can tow 8,800 to 10,200 pounds depending on the package. This seems like it is cutting it close. I have not towed anything like this with a personally owned vehicle before.

Apologies in advance if this is a noob question.
 

bkg

Explorer
Hello, first post ever.

So I am considering getting a 2021 Tundra to haul an XR22. Is this a good idea? The camper spec says the max GVWR is 8820 lbs, with dry weight at 5200. A Tundra can tow 8,800 to 10,200 pounds depending on the package. This seems like it is cutting it close. I have not towed anything like this with a personally owned vehicle before.

Apologies in advance if this is a noob question.
you'll get a lot of answers... and all will be different.

Personally, I agree that you're cutting it close, especially after loading up truck and camper.

Even if it "can," I'm not sure that I "would."

Towing my xtracab with my 2015 Tundra was much more work than towing it with my f350. Doable? Yup... pleasant? Not as much.
 

nickw

Adventurer
Hello, first post ever.

So I am considering getting a 2021 Tundra to haul an XR22. Is this a good idea? The camper spec says the max GVWR is 8820 lbs, with dry weight at 5200. A Tundra can tow 8,800 to 10,200 pounds depending on the package. This seems like it is cutting it close. I have not towed anything like this with a personally owned vehicle before.

Apologies in advance if this is a noob question.
Forget towing weight, limiter is typically payload capacity. Tundra payload looks to be in the 1200 - 1400 range, lets call it 1300 and trailer is lets call it 7000, with a 10% - 15% on tongue, lets average it at 12%, so you are 850 lbs into your payload. Two adults and gear is 400 - 600 lbs easy, which maxes out payload. Your call on how close you want to cut it, many guys are WAY overloaded on this site....you are probably better off with a 3/4t, IMO
 
I would have no problem towing a 7k lb trailer with my Tundra CrewMax. At a trailer weight of 5k lbs and above, the manual recommends a weight distributing hitch. Get some decent E load tires, and you’re good to go. Just don’t overload the truck so you can stay within your payload ratings.

This guy tows an Airstream of a similar weight and shares his setup for stable towing: https://www.tundras.com/threads/my-tundra-mods-for-stable-towing.84197/#post-2124480

Will an HD truck pull it better? Sure. But my truck is my daily driver. I’d rather stick with a reliable platform like the Tundra and just go with trailers that’ll work with it. But that’s because I spend a lot more time not towing.
 

Todd n Natalie

Observer
Forget towing weight, limiter is typically payload capacity. Tundra payload looks to be in the 1200 - 1400 range, lets call it 1300 and trailer is lets call it 7000, with a 10% - 15% on tongue, lets average it at 12%, so you are 850 lbs into your payload. Two adults and gear is 400 - 600 lbs easy, which maxes out payload. Your call on how close you want to cut it, many guys are WAY overloaded on this site....you are probably better off with a 3/4t, IMO
Exactly. Too many people focus on the the weight of what is being towed and don't take into account payload.

That being said if you are set on a Tundra and aren't in a hurry maybe the upcoming 2022 will offer more payload?

You mentioned you also considered an F250. If you are open to Fords and want to stick with a 1/2 ton maybe a f150 with the payload and max tow package could work for you?

Note: The payload package is only available on the XLT 300a or 301a packages and requires either a 6.5' or 8' bed.
 

Highlander

The Good Shepherd
Forget towing weight, limiter is typically payload capacity. Tundra payload looks to be in the 1200 - 1400 range, lets call it 1300 and trailer is lets call it 7000, with a 10% - 15% on tongue, lets average it at 12%, so you are 850 lbs into your payload. Two adults and gear is 400 - 600 lbs easy, which maxes out payload. Your call on how close you want to cut it, many guys are WAY overloaded on this site....you are probably better off with a 3/4t, IMO
This is an excellent point and everyone looking for a truck, epically for outdoors activities which involves a degree of off-roading, MUST keep in mind.
This is shocking to some people when they look at the giant size of Tundra or F-150 and realize there is not much left after 4 adults, 4 bikes, 2 dogs and backpacks + supplies.

If you are not in super rush, wait and see what the new Tundra offers you. If in that's not the option move on to the HD trucks.
 

rruff

Explorer
That being said if you are set on a Tundra and aren't in a hurry maybe the upcoming 2022 will offer more payload?
Won't be enough to matter. It'll be a 1/2 ton tuned for empty street use.

But I wouldn't worry about being over GVWR a reasonable amount either, so long as you beef up the tires and suspension.
 
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