Originally Posted by Rattlesnake Joe
My '04 Toyota Tundra Access Cab 4.7L A/T 4x4 Factory Tow Pkg is not considered a full size pick up truck. It is called a 7/8 instead of a 1/2 ton. My owners manual states only 7000 lbs towing ability. The Big Foot 25B21FB model [21'front bed room] has a GVWR of 7500 lbs. The dry weight of this trailer is about 4500 lbs. The weight of my truck with camper shell is 5900 lbs with all my camping stuff. Can I successfully tow this trailer if I don't load her up with liquids? I'm a Snowbird and travel from Oregon to Arizona every year. The 6% grades are already killers with me towing my 17' Casita
on I5 hwy. I don't want to ruin my automatic transmission towing something too heavy and I have a hard time understanding GVWR?
I'm a little confused by the "not considered a full size pick up truck. It is called a 7/8 instead of a 1/2 ton. " statement...isn't 7/8's more
At any rate:
You don't state the gross weight limit of the truck itself- that important starting info should be on the doorpost, and the total load including passengers, cap, cargo, and trailer tongue must not exceed that number.
The total towed weight of the trailer is the next consideration, assuming the first set of numbers comes in satisfactorily.
In my opinion, a Bigfoot
25 is likely to exceed your stated tow limit- there's one listed in the "Trailer weights" thread
that weighs almost 8,000 pounds, and has a tongue weight of over a thousand pounds. Since that tongue number must come right off the top of your truck's
allowed total, I think you're likely to exceed your truck's gross weight before you even need consider the trailer's!
You might find the "Tow limit Calculator" link in my signature below to be useful while you're considering all these options...