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Old 11-12-2019, 09:45 PM   #1
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We are debating ordering 5.0 TA, we hope to have the order in by the end of November but our concern is the Tundra tow capability. Would like to hear of anyone with some lived experience. 2000Toyota Tundra SR5 access cab 4.7L 4wd. 65,000 miles
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Old 11-12-2019, 10:50 PM   #2
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I would recommend finding the actual towing capacity of your specific vehicle. That being said; I pulled my 2015 5.0ta with a 2000 Tundra with a 4.7 but 2-wheel drive. My vehicle had 130k miles. The only issue I had was the back suspension seemed to sag a bit more than I liked so I put some "Sumo Springs" (replaced the stock bump stops. Pulled great.
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Old 11-13-2019, 01:56 AM   #3
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I recall when the Tundra came out, it won many many awards for best RV tow vehicle.

Besides possibly needing airbags, I think the First Gen Tundra would tow that without issue. A quick Google search says the tow capacity is 7200 lbs. No problem.
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Old 11-13-2019, 02:05 AM   #4
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It's 20 years old.
Maybe it can handle the stress, but can you?
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Old 11-13-2019, 04:18 AM   #5
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My suggestion would be to pull with the overdrive locked out. Max torque is at about 3400 RPMs so don't be afraid to downshift when the engine starts to really work.
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Old 11-13-2019, 07:28 AM   #6
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I hear what you are saying. The truck has only 105,000 kilometres but it is still a 20 year old truck. Fortunately I know it’s whole history as I bought it from my wife’s cousin who owned it from new, it has never towed and the mileage was put on in Arizona and an island in the San Juan’s , Washington state. It is a cream puff, being a Toyota I think it will work out. Thanks so much for the response.
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Old 11-13-2019, 08:08 AM   #7
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Since you own the vehicle I would suggest taking a look at the yellow sticker inside the driver's door. You can get the payload for the truck and see how it rates for for the 19 & 5.0. Keep in mind all the other load items besides the tongue weight loaded such as driver/passenger, gear, hitch, etc.

Most trucks can tow the trailer it's whether or not it's safely rated for the tow.
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Old 11-13-2019, 11:29 AM   #8
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Howdy, Just returned from a 7000 mile trip to the National Parks of Colorado, Utah and Arizona pulling our 2016 5.0 TA from Massachusetts. It towed the trailer like a dream. It was effortless on the flats and very impressive how it handled the elevations of the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado at 11,700 feet. I would recommend it with out hesitation or reservation. More trips planned with this combo next summer with no plans of changing anything but the scenery!
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Old 11-13-2019, 12:55 PM   #9
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I recall when the Tundra came out, it won many many awards for best RV tow vehicle.

Besides possibly needing airbags, I think the First Gen Tundra would tow that without issue. A quick Google search says the tow capacity is 7200 lbs. No problem.
Just returned from 13 hour drive from southern Arizona. Our 2006 tundra was magnificent pulling our 2010 19. But a note of caution: At just below the 75 mph speed limit, we wobbled significantly when a solid-sided disgruntled semi screamed by us , causing us to wobble. We thought we had a flat. It was windy too so between that, the semi and the speed, we learned first hand to keep the speed down and consider using a different hitch (agh! Cannot recall what hitch name is,) We had no further issues when we slowed down to 65. That being said, you will be fine with a Tundra but watch your speed especially around semis and wind.
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It's 20 years old.
Maybe it can handle the stress, but can you?
Are you kidding me? With 55k on the clock, thing is in its infancy. 4.7L are bulletproof. Recent articles had several go one million miles and Toyota bought one back from the owner to check specs of the motor. It still passed their qualifications as new. They were most intrigued by the seats, they shipped them back to Japan and were amazed at how well they held up.

I have a 2003 4x4 with factory tow package, rated to tow 6900, with tw of 690. Has 164,000 on the clock and runs like the day I bought it.
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Old 12-04-2019, 06:17 AM   #11
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That motor would have been perfect for the new Tacoma in lieu off the Atkinson 6 cyl they are using now.
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Old 12-04-2019, 10:03 AM   #12
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My 2012 4x4 double cab 4.6l works very well as a 5.0 TA tow vehicle. As long as you are ok towing w an older vehicle you should be just fine. Pay attention to the balance of your loading of the trailer and how much you carry in the truck and you should be just fine.
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Old 12-04-2019, 12:08 PM   #13
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Be sure to take into account your current payload when looking at the 5.0TA. While our 2018 Tundra can tow nearly 10,000 lbs, the payload is a measly 1,440 lbs ... which is why we ended up with the 21' instead of the 5.0TA (I don't like narrow margins). I believe the payload on your Tundra should be around 1,532 lbs ... ?
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