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    Question trailer shopping for 2006 Toyota Tundra SR5-- newbie needs advice!

    Hi Folks,

    I recently bought my first truck (a 2006 Tundra SR5 with the larger engine, plus tow package). I love the truck and so far it has been perfect, but the reason I bought it was to tow horses, which I haven't tried yet. Does anyone out there tow with a Tundra? If so, what is your experience?

    I'm currently looking for a trailer, and our nearby dealer has a 2 horse, bumper-pull, straight-load Hawk for the right price. The trailer is 16 feet long (it has storage/ dressing area in the front) and weighs about 3,200 pounds empty.

    I have only one horse who weighs around 1200 pounds, but I'd like to have the option of towing two full-sized horses plus gear, so fully loaded it could weigh over 6,000 pounds, maybe closer to 7,000.

    Does anyone know if there is an advantage or disadvantage to a longer or shorter trailer? Does one provide more stability than the other? Also, is a heavier trailer more or less stable than a light one, or does it all depend on the hitch?

    I am concerned about road sway and getting up hills... Sounds like a weight distribution BP hitch is the best option, but will I need anything else? I've never owned a trailer before and don't have any towing experience, so definitely want to play it safe. If anyone has advice or tips, I would be grateful.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb. 22, 2010


    You ought to post this on Horse Trailer World AND search the archives of the Forums for the topic TUNDRA.

    Horse Trailer World has the BEST information I've found anywhere for horse trailers, trucks, and towing safely.

    I did a quick search and found this discussion on the towing abilities of the Tundra truck:

    Good luck!!
    Proud Native Texan!
    owned by 3 Cardigan Corgi's + 3 wonderful horses!

  3. #3
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    Feb. 22, 2010


    Here's another great discussion on towing with a Tundra: HTTP://
    Proud Native Texan!
    owned by 3 Cardigan Corgi's + 3 wonderful horses!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul. 12, 2009
    Heart of the Midwest


    I own a 2007 Tundra SR5 5.6L with weight displacement tow package and I adore it. Pulls a 2 horse bumper pull Featherlite with tackroom; trailer is the one designed for tall Warmbloods. Equipped with Prodigy brake controller. This baby hauls fully loaded with two big horses, and acceleration is no problem. I did not attach the sway bars because I would have had to cut into the trailer tongue, but I experience very little sway including when 18 wheelers blow by. You'll be smiling!
    pace, path, balance, impulsion and ??

    Don't panic! Ralph Leroy Hill

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul. 29, 2009
    South Florida


    does your truck have a full back seat? The length of the truck is very important for stability. My first truck was a single cab F-150 rated to tow 7,300. My first trailer didn't have a DR and it towed it fine.

    My 2nd one did and I found the truck needed more wheelbase. It moved alot on the road when big trucks went by. I tried the sway bars, but the hitch and bars were a (*&*^ to put on by myself (extremely heavy).

    You need a minimum of 121" to pull one with a DR, so you must have the back seat to get this. Check the specs on your truck. If you have it, you should be fine.

    I got rid of the F-150 and got a 3/4 ton crew cab and it was heaven - very stable. I know have a GN and it pulls even better.

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