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Inquiry About Towing My Trailer

Truck is a 2018 SR5 Plus 5.7L V8 (TRD OffRoad Package) 4x4 double cab. A couple months old .
I know it is early to be thinking about camping but I am curious if I will be able to just hook up to my R-Pod camper trailer and go or will I have to use the load levelling hitch which I had to use pulling it with my Dodge Grand Caravan . I really want to get away from hooking up that cumbersome hitch. Dealer said I will not need it at all for that trailer on the Tundra .
My R-Pod weighs 2418 pounds empty but I have very few pounds of weight in it and I never travel with water in the tank. I always fill with fresh water upon arrival and drain any left over water when leaving. .
The tongue weight is 245 pounds
So , thinking ahead , and with these specs in mind , I am curious as to what suggestions I am going to get from some of you Tundra owners .
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Trailer weighs 2418
tongue weight is 245
You won't even know it's back there.
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I tow my boat and trailer it weighs around 5-5500 and have no issues towing. I know itís not a travel trailer but the weight wonít be felt back there.


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My utility trailer and mower weighs more than your r pod. Donít worry about it. Hook up and go, you will hardly notice itís back there.


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As others indicated, you will be fine. I tow over 6,000 pounds and do just fine on a standard hitch.

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Thanks .Sounds encouraging .
I use the truck in drive all the time now but over to the left and bottom there is another spot that I understand is a tow/hall setting. Supposedly to keep it from changing gears as soon when pulling a trailer. Mine will not go into that setting on the shift lever . It just springs back to the Drive position.Is there something a person needs to do to activate that function for towing or heavy hauling ? Or is it something that should be checked out by the dealer seeing as it doesn't engage into that setting .

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Thanks .Sounds encouraging .
I use the truck in drive all the time now but over to the left and bottom there is another spot that I understand is a tow/hall setting. Supposedly to keep it from changing gears as soon when pulling a trailer. Mine will not go into that setting on the shift lever . It just springs back to the Drive position.Is there something a person needs to do to activate that function for towing or heavy hauling ? Or is it something that should be checked out by the dealer seeing as it doesn't engage into that setting .
I think you are confusing two separate features. The truck's tow/haul mode is activated by a button on the dash just to the right of the steering wheel. That will change the shift programming and will minimize the shifting in higher gears and hold the lower gears to higher RPM. It will also change the throttle mapping so your gas pedal will be much more responsive.

The feature on the actual gear shift will limit your top gear. In other words, if you set it to S4, it will not shift into gears 5 or 6. Your shifter should not bounce back over to drive when you slide it over to S mode. If it does not stay put, you should have the dealer see why it is not working properly.

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I think you are confusing two separate features. The truck's tow/haul mode is activated by a button on the dash just to the right of the steering wheel. That will change the shift programming and will minimize the shifting in higher gears and hold the lower gears to higher RPM. It will also change the throttle mapping so your gas pedal will be much more responsive.

The feature on the actual gear shift will limit your top gear. In other words, if you set it to S4, it will not shift into gears 5 or 6. Your shifter should not bounce back over to drive when you slide it over to S mode. If it does not stay put, you should have the dealer see why it is not working properly.
Thanks for all that information . I understand what you are saying now .I even went out and tried that Tow/Haul button on the dash and it indeed showed up in the instrument panel as being on.

But that S-D position still bounces right back into Drive position any time I try it so I had better have that looked after when I am in the city at the nearest Toyota dealer 125 km from home .
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Are you pulling the shifter over far enough? If you do not fully go to that gate, it will go back. Once in that gate it should allow you to move forward (higher gear limit), backwards (Lower).


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Are you pulling the shifter over far enough? If you do not fully go to that gate, it will go back. Once in that gate it should allow you to move forward (higher gear limit), backwards (Lower).
I just now went on a little test drive out the highway for that and I feel so foolish in reporting that it was all operator error on my part .So many cool features I am still finding out about this vehicle. That shift system is operating exactly as it should be. Thanks for all the great help on this site .
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Is your utility trailer single or double axle.
I know the truck will have tons of power for my trailer and with only 245 pound tongue weight and the heavy duty suspension , the truck will probably think a fly sat on the hitch .
My main concern was about sway. I looked at other makes and models before I got the Tundra and they all had coil springs in the back whereas Tundra has leaf springs which "should" be better for controlling sway . My trailer is only single axle and some locals are telling me I will probably have a problem with sway if I don't use the load levelling hitch with the sway bar on it. But they are not Tundra owners at all so are just taking a guess .
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Is your utility trailer single or double axle.

I know the truck will have tons of power for my trailer and with only 245 pound tongue weight and the heavy duty suspension , the truck will probably think a fly sat on the hitch .

My main concern was about sway. I looked at other makes and models before I got the Tundra and they all had coil springs in the back whereas Tundra has leaf springs which "should" be better for controlling sway . My trailer is only single axle and some locals are telling me I will probably have a problem with sway if I don't use the load levelling hitch with the sway bar on it. But they are not Tundra owners at all so are just taking a guess .


My utility trailer is a double axle. No sway issues. Iíve towed small single axle trailers, boats, bumper pull dump trailers, gooseneck equipment trailers, bumper pull campers, and I have a 5th wheel camper I pull regularly. I tow a lot with my Tundra.

Sway is typically cause by not enough tongue weight . I doubt you will have a problem. If you do try to add some weight to the younger via water or propane tanks if the setup of you camper allows for that. Worst case scenario, add a friction sway bar or Andersenís chain WD hitch which acts as a sway control as well.


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My utility trailer is a double axle. No sway issues. I’ve towed small single axle trailers, boats, bumper pull dump trailers, gooseneck equipment trailers, bumper pull campers, and I have a 5th wheel camper I pull regularly. I tow a lot with my Tundra.

Sway is typically cause by not enough tongue weight . I doubt you will have a problem. If you do try to add some weight to the younger via water or propane tanks if the setup of you camper allows for that. Worst case scenario, add a friction sway bar or Andersen’s chain WD hitch which acts as a sway control as well.


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OK , thanks for that info. I can't add tongue weight by means of water in the trailer tank because the tank on the trailer is behind the axle which is why I always drove with it empty when using the Dodge Grand Caravan . I had to use the WD hitch which included a sway bar on the side of it for the mini van and I was so hoping that I would not need to hook that stuff up every time with the Tundra .Lots of great information on this site and I suppose I will just have to wait until spring and try it without the WD hitch and decide then whether I can get by without it . I was hoping I would be able to sell the WD hitch and be a happy camper without it but I will wait until after trying without it before deciding to keep it or not .

I had heard that there was some sort of sway correction built into Tundra's but I don't know if that is standard equipment or an accessory .

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Currently, I haul a 23' weekend warrior which is about 7k pounds fully loaded with my RZR, and WDH. It pulls like a dream, even up the steep grade out of the desert. I also towed a car hauler style open trailer with a sandrail (~3k pounds total) WITHOUT a WDH, and it was fine. I wouldn't think you would need a WDH for yours either.

Heres a little visual aid for the weight distribution MrMachinst was talking about. You could always add a trailer box or propane tanks if needed to compensate for the water tank being behind the axle.

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