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RE: Towing with Toyota Tundra - any input or suggestions?

I tow my 7500 GVW trailer with my 08 Tundra with the 5.7. It pulls just fine and I have never felt a lack of power even in the steepest of mountain passes. This is a brute when it comes to actual pulling. But....as some have mentioned it is a half ton and payload will be your limiting factor. Check the tongue weight, load your wife and boys and a few things in the bed and you should be good to go. Mine pulls nicely but I did get some LRD truck tires and that did seem to make a difference from the original tires. Also make sure you have a good weight distributing hitch with built in sway. I use and Equalizer brand and haven't had any trouble.
aftermath 03/22/15 04:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Winter Battery Maintenance

No need to remove the batteries from the TT. Simply keep them charged over the winter. After all, batteries in cars are outside year 'round. Yeah, provided you can park your trailer at home. Mine is 15 miles away in a storage yard. I bring them in, put them under the workbench in the basement and charge them a few times over the winter. Works for me but I would rather just plug the trailer in and watch them as others do.
aftermath 02/08/15 09:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Equal-i-zer hitch choices

Using a much heavier Equalizer hitch than is required can do some damage to some trailers. Airstreams are a good example. When the hitch is too rigid the shock can be transmitted back to the trailer and since an Airstream uses its shell as part of the structure of the trailer, it can actually crack some aluminum panels. My trailer has a GVWR of 7200 so the 6K bars were out. With the 10K bars I am in the right area. I wouldn't want to step this up to the next level. The advice to call the company is the best you will get. They know what they are talking about and will steer you in the right direction.
aftermath 01/27/15 09:49pm Towing
RE: Newbie fed up with so much misinformation on set up of a TT

I put blocks under both tires. I don't know what is "correct" but I think it is silly to torque the axles. Just back on blocks on the low side and get it "close" After the side to side is level simply level it front to back with the tongue jack. You are done! Put the stabilizing jacks down to help stiffen things up. No, it won't be perfect. Your trailer comes with stabilizers at each corner. Some add additional ones but that sounds like a lot of work to me. The heavier the trailer the more stable is seems. Your questions 5 and 6 show that you are over thinking this. Once it is level you might have one side sitting on the springs more than the other. But once you snug up your stabilizers the springs are more or less removed from the discussion. Hey, it is a trailer, not an aircraft carrier. It will have some movement even under the best of circumstances.
aftermath 01/26/15 10:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Do all TTs sway?

Fact is. A properly balanced TT with a properly adjusted WDH will NOT sway. Sway being defined as the trailer beginning to move back and forth on it's own while running straight down the road. That should NEVER happen at any speed. If is does you have other problems. It should not sway even IF you have NO sway control. IF it does. Again, you have other problems. Find out what the problem is and fix it. Be it low tires, poor balance, or incorrect hitch. AFTER you fix the sway problem. Get it to run with no sway at any speed. Then and ONLY then add sway control. Sway control is for those time when sway is induced by dodging a child, deer, or other vehicle. I use sway control just for those time. I have O sway with my TT. So to answer your question. You should have O sway. Will you feel the TT from time to time? Like in a strong wind, or when another vehicle passes Of course, but it should never pull you around. Never cause you alarm. I think this is well said. My trailer is pretty stable but I still use an Equalizer for those times when passing trucks, high winds and kids jump out in front of me. Dodging kids and other animals could cause some trouble. If you have lots of money you can get a hitch that "prevents" sway. I have tires that prevent blowouts. I am looking for a good bumper that will prevent accidents.
aftermath 01/26/15 05:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailer Tires

I will second what ScottG just said. I don't know if they are "the best" but I do feel confident in saying that they are a very good trailer tire. People buy tires every day and many of them simply put them on their trailers and drive off without much in the way of checking the tires. They overload them, they drive too fast and seldom check the pressures. Yes, they blow out before their time but this happens to all brands, some more than others. My advice is simple. Buy a good brand tire from a reputable dealer. Buy one that gives you a nice safety cushion in weight limits. Keep them aired up and watch them closely. I also believe in sticking with ST tires as they are designed for trailers and have stronger side walls. Just my two cents here. Oh, and keep the speeds down. I have been passed on freeways by people pulling large trailers at 70+ mph. These are the same folks that want bigger wheels and heavy duty LT tires so they can drive fast and not worry about their tires. Hmmmm, I suppose that does make some sense. At 70+ I would worry about a lot of other things than the tires.
aftermath 01/26/15 09:32am Travel Trailers
RE: ? much help will 3/4 ton make for ride quality comp to 1/2?

According to you, you don't have any trailer sway and that is a good thing, a great thing actually. Will you feel the push pull when being passed? I say you will. You can spend a few thousand bucks for a new hitch and it might be a bit less but you will probably still feel something. I have a Tundra and when I was towing with the original P metrics I did notice some loosey goosey behavior on turns. I replaced the tires with some sturdy LT LRD, pumped them up to close to 80 and haven't had any issues since. I have towed 10s of thousands of miles with my current setup and will "feel" the big trucks passing, especially if it is also windy outside. No sway at all, just the push pull that you described. You might still need to move up to a 3/4 ton truck because of axle ratings and/or carrying capacity. Your numbers should dictate.
aftermath 01/25/15 10:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: LT or P Tires ?

Don't change just to be changing...My Tundra came with BF Goodrich tires I think and they were OK. Rode nice, quiet and smooth. They also wore out quickly and I did notice some squirly behavior once as I was coming down a long incline. I went with Yokohama LTs that are a nice mix of highway and traction tread. They are a tiny bit louder but not much, and they are a bit stiffer which I do notice when driving around unloaded. But the stiffness is why I got them and towing has been more stable. If I had a smaller and lighter trailer I probably would have stayed with a P tire although not the same brand that came on the truck new.
aftermath 01/25/15 10:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tires for my travel trailer

Go with the Ds. You are correct in making sure your rims will handle the tire and the dealer should be able to tell you. My gut reaction is that it will be OK. Someone here will know. If those Marathons were original in 2008 then you got plenty of use out of them. As you know, the tread isn't the way to measure the life left in a trailer tire. I had a similar situation and changed over to Maxxi LRD and have been happy with them. My marathons came with the trailer and were showing signs of tread separation. Around 2008-2010 Goodyear was moving production around. First it was the USA then China and I think they might be back now but I haven't followed this lately. There were some bad tires out there but I don't think that is much of a concern now. Whatever tire you get make sure it has a safety margin with weight, keep them pumped up to the sidewall max and watch them closely. Get a tire pressure monitoring system if you can swing it.
aftermath 01/20/15 04:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Should I worry?

Yes, sounds like a good company. Winterizing a trailer is not a big deal and does not cost the dealer very much. Doing this speaks highly of their concern for their customers. I am guessing that you will find your repairs done correctly too.
aftermath 01/08/15 09:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Does size matter?

As others have said - you'll be able to find sites at just about any length, but will have a lot more options the shorter you are. As for bears, there are times and places where soft-sided campers aren't permitted but it's pretty rare. We opted for a hybrid that we can also turtle in when necessary (use closed up). Space is tight when it's closed up, but it still works. Nicely said and very true. You will hear folks who have very large trailers tell you that they have never been denied a place "where they wanted to camp." That last part is the kicker. I can tell you from years of experience that when you go larger, you do lose options. Some large national or state parks in our state will post lengths of 30 are OK but when you start looking at actual sites there might be only a very few for the larger trailers. With our tent trailer we could go anywhere. With our 21ft hybrid almost anywhere and now with our 25 ft trailer there are still a lot of possibilities for us, but not as many as before. If you are going to stay with your trailer for 15 years, I would suggest you get a hard sided trailer and not a hybrid or tent trailer. 25 is a great size for us but there are just the two of us. Good luck
aftermath 01/08/15 09:40am Travel Trailers
RE: 2015 Toyota Tundra question

A little late here with this post. If you haven't already jumped into the deal I would suggest that you go with the original towing mirrors. I have them and I really like them. I did use some strap ons and really didn't like all the fuss. Adjusting them manually was a pain and they did have a tendency to vibrate. I ordered them as part of a package when I bought my '08. I don't know what is available today but I would try to get them installed first. If that isn't possible the aftermarket ones someone posted would be my second choice. Stay away from anything that has to be strapped on.
aftermath 01/05/15 10:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Manual vs Automatic transmission in TV

Nobody has talked about driving backwards! I had a small PU with a manual and I towed a small tent trailer years ago. Getting down the road, up the hills and down the hills wasn't a problem. Backing the trailer into tight spots was really tough. I think I burned up a good part of the clutch over those years. Stick with an automatic. You will be glad you did, especially when you back into your first campsite.
aftermath 01/05/15 09:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: can the city water run into the trailer at all times?

Karen, I read this post for the first time today and noticed that you have not responded. I hope you found your fix and would be interested to know how it worked out. When you hook up to city water it has nothing to do with your gray tank. They are completely separate systems. It sounds like to me that you have a leak in your fresh water system somewhere. If water is leaking out from under the trailer "by" the gray tank, it most likely is a sign of a leak above the gray tank. If not properly winterized in the fall pipes can and do break and that is what you are probably faced with. One way to tell has already been proposed. Fill the FW tank, disconnect the city water and turn on the pump inside the trailer. If anything is leaking you will find out quickly. Let us know how this works out.
aftermath 01/03/15 10:05am Travel Trailers
RE: First time travel trailer towing question

Georgiadave, Congratulations on the trailer, it looks like a good one. This forum will offer up plenty of "advice" and lots of opinion on anything you want to discuss. I will add mine too. First of all, trailer sway is the thing you want to be concerned with. Whether or not you "need" weight distributing will depend on many factors and I am sure you are aware of that. If the rear of the truck sits too low and the headlights are aiming too high you probably need some WD. Everyone needs to be concerned with sway. The worst example of a swaying trailer I ever saw was when I pulled in behind a small 18 footer that was a rental trailer. It was being pulled by a half ton truck and I wondered why this guy was going 45 down the road. When he sensed I was behind him he sped up and around 50 the thing started to sway. I backed well off, he slowed back down and a disaster was avoided. I pulled a 21ft. hybrid with my V6 Toyota 4Runner. I decided to get a hitch that incorporated both WD and sway together. I didn't like the idea of snapping chains so I went with the Equalizer. Every trailer is different, the weight of the trailer, the distribution of the weight within the trailer, the percentage of weight on the tongue and of course the aerodynamics or lack there of makes a huge difference. Don't let anyone tell you what to do based on weight alone. If you don't want to get a WD/sway system then make sure you know your weights. A friction sway bar can do the job but make sure you have it connected at ALL times. Those who post that they connect their when they know they will need it are either fortune tellers or fools. Come around the corner on a beautiful dry day with no wind and get passed by an 18 wheeler barreling down the road too close to the yellow line and tell me then if you need sway control or not. While I like my Equalizer there are many other systems out there today that are more affordable. Reese and Equalizer are very good but the Anderson gets some pretty good reviews from those pulling lighter trailers like yours. Good luck in your decision. OH, and I wouldn't go out and get a different truck. Tow with yours and see how it goes. You might just be fine.
aftermath 11/25/14 03:37pm Towing
RE: New tow vehicle. Set up equalizer hitch.

Read the directions that came with it. If those are history, go online and download a new set. They are pretty straight forward and easy to follow. If you have questions the folks on the end of the phone can be of great help.
aftermath 11/17/14 03:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: I bought a TT and now more questions

NO, you are not. Without a hitch it will be hard to take your trailer to get it weighed. To get a hitch they want you to weigh your trailer. Sounds like an Alice in Wonderland kind of thing to me. I think most folks use the GVWR of the trailer to estimate the tongue weight just like you have. Decide on what kind of hitch you would like and then come back here with all of your information. Kind of TV, kind of trailer, GVWR of trailer and then ask about what sized bars you should be looking at. My trailer is rated at 7200 pounds max but my tongue weight is closer to 1000 pounds so I went with an Equalizer 10K hitch because it is rated for 1K tongue weight. It works for me even though some have said I should have a lighter hitch because of the aluminum body of the Airstream. When you ask for advice be ready for lots of it.
aftermath 11/17/14 11:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Retracting Slide in Winter Wonderland

I had a trailer with a slide and got caught in the snow during a fishing trip. The snow melted during the day and then froze into a good sized chunk of ice at night. When we were going to leave I couldn't get the slide in AND couldn't get to a place where I could remove it. It was a mess. By the time we finagled a fix, the slide came in and during the trip home the snow/ice melted and made a real mess inside. Also had other trips during heavy rain storms that created similar messes inside along with issues trying to get the slide out on a couple of other trips. Needless to say, I don't have a slide anymore. If there is a chance of warmer weather coming you can heat the inside of the trailer and wait until the snow melts. By the look of the forecasts that might not happen anytime soon. I would get up with a ladder and remove as much as I could. When retracted the snow will melt off but if you are ready with towels it shouldn't be a big thing. Good luck.
aftermath 11/17/14 11:03am Travel Trailers
RE: New Batteries on Travel Trailer

When you plug in your trailer the 110V goes to the converter where it will convert to 12v to power most of the stuff in the trailer. It also powers up your built in charger. Chargers come in different styles and the newer ones are typically better. If you have a single stage charger it will send a charge to your battery which will not change even after the batteries are brought up to full charge. The end result of these types is that your batteries will get toasted. If you have had yours for 7 years without any trouble I doubt that this is your kind of charger. Find the documentation that came with the charger and tell us what kind you have. You should be able to read what kind you have and the more stages (3) are better than the others. I bring my batteries in each year as I live in a very cold climate. If it was warmer, I would leave them in the trailer disconnected.
aftermath 11/17/14 10:53am Travel Trailers
RE: I bought a TT and now more questions

Get a WD hitch with built in sway control. There are many brands of these and they fit into three general categories. 1. Propride and Hensley. These are believed to be the "best" by many on this forum. They are engineered differently and are quite expensive. 2. Mid level hitches that will cost you less than half of those in #1. The big three have already been mentioned, Reese and Equalizer have been around a long time. 3. Less expensive types that usually require an addition of a friction bar for sway. I have had two trailers and both have had Equalizer hitches. I don't know about the others so can't make any suggestions. When I got my first one I stayed away from those that used chains that had to be snapped into place. A long time ago these did not allow backing when hitched and I didn't like the notion of loading these chains under pressure. Today this is not a problem as they have improved them greatly and many use and like them. I like the Equalizer because it works, it is easy to hitch and to unhitch. If I were starting again I would look at all the options. People on the forum have some very strong feelings about "their" hitch. Good luck.
aftermath 11/16/14 05:52pm Travel Trailers
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