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    Towing a 5 series with a Tundra

    We have had lots of wind here in NC. I have 2 trees down from this (1 was one the house). My 5045 4wd is 35 minutes away from my home at my farm. I need it at my house and my truck is a 2014 tundra 5.7L 4wd. I would use a tandem trailer with brakes. The tractor with 553 loader weighs in the neighborhood of 7K. I figure the trailer will be close to 3K. I realize that I am at or near the limits for this truck and that cautious driving would be required more than ever. The road used never has a speed limit above 45mph. Would you guys use the tundra or not?
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    I wouldn't see an issue as long as the load is balanced right. I see some tundras pulling some pretty big 5'rs out here.


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    I think the bigger question is what is the rated GWR of the trailer. You are hitting 10,000 lbs and I suspect your trailer is only rated at 7000 lbs as is common. Even at 45 MPH, if you break an axle or blow a tire, that is a real problem and can put you in the ditch or into a head on collision with another vehicle. Otherwise, I say do it if the load is properly balanced.

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    If you can balance it right, and you're not over weight on the combo or trailer, then go for it. 45mph is enough to kill you if the tail wags the dog at a bad time.

    I'd drive the tractor before I risked an at-fault accident with an overloaded rig.

    Hiring a tow truck might be cheaper? The 20' flatbed rigs around here are all rated for 20Klbs on the bed. Talk to the company and see if they'll do it as a back haul for cheap when in the area?
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    My neighborhood roll-back owner/operator would move it for $45,,,
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    I may check on the rollback option. The trailer is rated for more than my tundra could ever handle. It is used to haul the largest skid steer that JD sells.
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    Think you would be fine with the Tundra as long as you have a brake controller and good brakes on the trailer, and your hitch is rated for the trailer and load weight.
    However in NC you need to make sure you have a weighted tag and your registration reflects the GVWR of your whole rig including the load. (Truck, Trailer, Load, contents of truck).
    Which is an additional fee when you register.
    If you get pulled over this is big $$$ like 1000$
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    Good poont about the Brake controller. You can't stop quick enough without a Brake controller with 10000# behind you.

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    If you've got the tow package on that Tundra, it will handle a 10,000 lb pretty easily. If you don't, I'd add a set of Timbrens to the back end. The Timbren bump stops won't increase your load capacity but the factory rear stops on the Tundra are too small IMO. The Timbrens do a much better job at keeping the truck level.

    And you might find that a weight distributing hitch with a sway controller will keep things a little steadier when towing.

    I haul a 9,000 lb RV with my 2012 Tundra and have no problems at 65 MPH.

    And yeah, ALWAYS use a brake controller with any trailer over 3,000 lbs. Just like balancing your load properly, that one should be a no-brainer.
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    Tundra is not rated to tow that much weight. There was a big controversy a few years back because Toyota dropped the tow ratings because they were completely overblown in their marketing materials. Don't get me wrong - I owned a Tundra and towed with it and I was always impressed with how much torque it had to pull very heavy weights. At the end of the day, however, the truck isn't rated for 10k.
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