Tow capacity and GVWR question

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by recycledsole, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    Hey guys
    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?
    thanks
     
  2. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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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.
     
  3. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Technically if you have 1400lbs in the truck bed and you sit in the truck you are overweight.
     
  4. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    ahhhh, so what about that tow capacity? its 7000lb. might aswell put all the weight on the trailer?
    thanks guys
     
  5. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
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    Just make sure you don't exceed tongue rating for both the trailer and your hitch.
     
  6. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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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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  7. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    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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  8. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    ok thanks guys i appreciate it
     
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    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!
     
  10. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Read this uhaul guide to help understand proper loading and reasons behind it.

    Safe Trailering
     

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