To make a long story short, I've got a 18 Tundra CrewMax Platinum.
Toyota Pressroom release says I can tow up to 9800 lbs, but other sources say 8900.
The wife wants a 5er (I don't blame her), and is willing to choose any of these 3 bunkhouse 5ers:
Dry Weight: 7424
Pin Weight: 1240
Total Length: 30.5 ft
Dry Weight: 7355
Pin Weight: 1525
Total Length: 31.5 ft
Grand Design 290BH
Dry Weight: 8194
Pin Weight: 1280
Total Length: 34 ft
The bumper pull options are similar to this (There are so many TT with nice bunks other stuff we like that I'll just list the two, but the specs are always around the same as these):
Grand Design 2800BH
Dry Weight: 6238
Hitch Weight: 604
Total Length: 32 ft
Jayco Eagle HT
Dry Weight: 7990
Hitch Weight: 980
Total Length: 35.5 ft
Ok, now that you see the numbers here's my question:
Those with experience towing using the tundra, which would you rather pull? One of these 5ers listed or a travel trailer with similar specs as the two listed above (again, there are so many TT with that would have similar specs to these two, but I haven't found any 5th wheel bunkhouses lighter than the three listed here).
Here are my thoughts (in short, I'm leaning towards the 5er):
1. The travel trailers are really long considering that a 5er has some of the length in the bed, not hanging 8 inches off the bumper
2. 5ers pull nicer - less bucking and jolting.
3. The 5ers listed here aren't too much heavier than the TT listed here.
4. In a crosswind, I'd bet the TT will push us around more than the 5er.
5. The Puma comes in at 9400 gross, which is 500 over my max tow rating however, that's nearly 2000# over dry weight. Am I really going to put 2000# of crap in there?
And one other question. If you suggest the 5er, what hitch setup would you recommend? I'll admit that my brothers 350# auto slider hitch is not an option that I like - once it's in the bed, I'd need a crane to get it back out. I really like the anderson ultimate 5th wheel, but I'm concerned that I can't do that with the short bed crew max.
Thanks in advance!