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Only the 2014+ 5.7's all come with the tow package.
Trim won't make too much of a difference, as it will really just impact your residual payload and towing capacity if it's a heavier, highly optioned truck. But the difference will be minimal.
The Tow Package was an option on 5.7 trucks from 2007 through 2013, although it was very commonly equipped, so chances are you're going to find one with it. The way to tell is by looking for the Tow / Haul button on the dash or column shifter, and looking for the factory installed trailer hitch and not an aftermarket one.
Trucks with the tow package will have the massive 4.30:1 rear end, and be able to pull either up to 10,800 lbs, or slightly less (a few hundred pounds) after 2011 when Toyota started using the SAE J2807 Standard to calculate towing capacity. Trucks without the tow package will not have a factory hitch, won't have the big rear end (it'll be a 4.10:1), and will only be rated for around 5,000 lbs max, if I remember correctly. Also, trucks form 2011 on have built in Trailer Sway Control as part of the standard Vehicle Stability Control that comes with all 2007+ trucks.
I had a 2010 Tundra that I loved for 5 years, and it was a fantastic truck, and always felt like it would pull anything I hooked up to regardless of weight. With your boat and trailer being 7k, you're well within the ratings of a properly equipped Tundra, however, despite what's being said elsewhere in this thread, you DO need to get one that is spec'd properly.
Also there's tons of info on this site about brake controllers and where to install them for the 2nd gen Tundra, so you're covered there. The most popular by far is the Tekonsha P3.
A Double Cab truck with the 5.7 and 4wd will have a payload of around 1600 lbs, and if it has the off road package, somewhere in the 1400-ish range. The stiffer Bilstein Shocks that come with the TRD Off Road package I thought were great for towing, and I enjoyed the ride of them over the standard shocks anyway. Once again though, minimal performance difference between the two.
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