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Pulling a 24ft Enclosed Trailer/car

Looking to buy a tundra (5.7L 4x4 CM or DC), 1-2 times a month I'll need to pull a 24ft trailer with 3800-4000lbs of car/tools. I Havent started to research trailers just yet, looking for recommendations on what trailers/hitch setups you guys are using with Tundras, and if a Tundra would be enough to haul this.

Since I havent purchased either a truck, or trailer yet, I'm looking for suggestions on both. I've considered diesel, but I plan on using the truck for more than hauling a car.

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The length of the trailer is almost irrelevant for towing capacity. The total weight of the trailer with tools and trailer combined sounds like a 6000 pound load (or so). The Tundra will handle that just fine. A hitch setup will come into play with the length. I would use a weight distributing hitch and probably a sway control bar. That will eliminate any loading issues since a car hauler is usually a little tongue heavy. As for trailers..... I'm a big fan of Pace but they cost a fair amount more. Haulmark makes a decent trailer but will require more maintenance to keep it looking good.
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The length of the trailer is almost irrelevant for towing capacity. The total weight of the trailer with tools and trailer combined sounds like a 6000 pound load (or so). The Tundra will handle that just fine. A hitch setup will come into play with the length. I would use a weight distributing hitch and probably a sway control bar. That will eliminate any loading issues since a car hauler is usually a little tongue heavy. As for trailers..... I'm a big fan of Pace but they cost a fair amount more. Haulmark makes a decent trailer but will require more maintenance to keep it looking good.
I just know that what I am looking for is a 24ft enclosed trailer, as far as what brand, thats still up in the air. Trying to see what all you guys are pulling with these trucks before I make any decisions. Definitely planning on a WDH.

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I have a 2008 SR5 double cab and i pull a 24' enclosed cargomate car trailer. The trailer is rated to tow 10,000 lbs. I used it to tow my old Dodge Ram 60 miles to the guy who bought it. the Toyota pulled it like a dream it was not squating as i thought it would nor did it sway it pulled straight and braking and acceleration was great as if it wasnt behind me. That made me feel great about my decision to get the Tundra. If there is anything else I could help or answer feel free to private message me.
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If you think that you will be driving on snow or slush, I would consider an aluminum frame trailer. I had a Haulmark enclosed trailer that rotted out after 8 years of use. I now have an aluminum trailer that looks new underneath and it is on its 4th season.
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Aluminum will be much lighter also

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I tow a 24 ft. X 8.5 ft. Haulmark race trailer with our 5.7 ltr '08 Tundra Crew Max. Tows like a dream. I do have an equalizer hitch. I am not sure of the total weight . I carry tools, have a tire rack, spares as well as a generator, water tank, quasi living quarters/shower. I bought it from a guy who was towing with a full size Nova Dragster inside. My car is much lighter. No issues at all.

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Sweet looking trailer. That would be so nice for hauling ATVs and snowmobiles. Glad to hear the Tundra is working out.

I made the 6 hour trip to northern Maine yesterday and the Tundra matched the gas milage that I used to get with my F-250 manual transmission 7.3 diesel. 10mpg hauling a 24' toy hauler. When figuring the extra $1.00 for diesel fuel, I saved $37 with the Tundra. The steering is much tighter on the Toyota so I found the trip much more pleasant. Starting it in -33F temps was not a problem this morning. I used to plug the diesel in but now I don't even think about it. Great truck but a larger gas tank would be perfect. We had to make one extra stop that we would not normally make.
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Sweet looking trailer. That would be so nice for hauling ATVs and snowmobiles. Glad to hear the Tundra is working out.

I made the 6 hour trip to northern Maine yesterday and the Tundra matched the gas milage that I used to get with my F-250 manual transmission 7.3 diesel. 10mpg hauling a 24' toy hauler. When figuring the extra $1.00 for diesel fuel, I saved $37 with the Tundra. The steering is much tighter on the Toyota so I found the trip much more pleasant. Starting it in -33F temps was not a problem this morning. I used to plug the diesel in but now I don't even think about it. Great truck but a larger gas tank would be perfect. We had to make one extra stop that we would not normally make.
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I have a 08 dc 5.7 and this weekend I pulled my dads 27' enclosed snowmoblie trailer fully loaded its probley around 8000 lbs. I have had just about every truck out there and this is by far the best pulling gas truck yet. You could feel the wieght of the trailer but it was contorled. I was very surpised. Got about 8 mpg.
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This is what I pull. We went form Pa to FL. also to Niagara Falls, Canada. I cruise at 75-80 with all the confidence in the world. I do have the reese sway bars and friction control, shes a TALL trailer. GVWR 11850. And, yes, we usually carry fluids. We use @ home and need to empty when we get to campground.

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Good info about sway bars and equalizers, but are you guys also using a brake controller for activating trailer brakes? My truck came with a towing package, but I see no brake controller. Is this something I should install for towing? Likely will only tow 4,000 lbs.
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I tow approx 4000 lbs without the brake controller with no problems. The
new Tundras are pre-wired for installation of the controller and probably
would be needed if towing any heavier loads.
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You should be using a brake controller. Most on this forum are using Tekonsha Prodigy P3. The Valley Odyssey and Odyssey II are also good controllers.
Both Tekonsha and Valley have harnesses that plug in to the harness in the Tundra.

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Toyota actually worked with Tekonsha when they had created the electrics for the braking system. They used the Prodigy for the design and compatability. This is what I was told at the Tundra traingin as the Truck Champion at my store. We were at the Indiana plant for thorough trainngn

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