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Old 10-17-2012, 10:33 AM
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Tow capacity and GVWR question

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I have a toyota tundra. The GVWR is something like 7400lb. The truck weighs around 6000lb. This means the truck is rated to carry 1400lb safely.
It also says the tow capacity is 7000lb. now can i tow 700lb with 1400lb in the truck bed? or is that tow capacity when i am empty?
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:22 AM
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You can't exceed your rear axle rating with a load. So if you put 1400 lb in the back of your truck you still may be over your rear axle rating, then adding even an empty trailer will put you that much more over.
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:45 AM
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Technically if you have 1400lbs in the truck bed and you sit in the truck you are overweight.
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:00 PM
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ahhhh, so what about that tow capacity? its 7000lb. might aswell put all the weight on the trailer?
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:11 PM
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Just make sure you don't exceed tongue rating for both the trailer and your hitch.
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:24 PM
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ahhhh, so what about that tow capacity? its 7000lb. might aswell put all the weight on the trailer?
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Yes and put it over and just slightly in front of the axle of the trailer. Too far forward will give too much tongue weight to far back and it could be a squirrely ride. 7000lbs is the recommendation by Toyota. I'd stick to that recommendation. I had an 05 F150 towing a 7k dump trailer and that trailer OWNED that truck. That's why I love having a 350 DRW with a 4995 payload. Plenty of tongue weight and payload room!! Plus that truck OWNS a fully loaded 14k dump trailer. Just be safe and stay within the limits of the truck.
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:33 PM
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Just make sure you don't exceed tongue rating for both the trailer and your hitch.
Oh yea this too. Don't be hooking up a 14k dump trailer to that truck. Tongue weight alone would squat that thing and be WAY over the hitch rating.
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:58 PM
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ok thanks guys i appreciate it
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:21 PM
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Yes and put it over and just slightly in front of the axle of the trailer. Too far forward will give too much tongue weight to far back and it could be a squirrely ride. Posted via Mobile Device
I just wanted to emphasize this. It's a mistake people make way too often, especially if they're loading and unloading by hand because it's less work. What can happen is that as the trailer bounces it can essentially pick up the rear end of the truck. Always make sure you have positive tongue weight...always!
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Old 10-18-2012, 02:40 AM
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Read this uhaul guide to help understand proper loading and reasons behind it.

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