Quite often, we come across information/photos on forums or Facebook showing dangerously overloaded Toyota Tundra trucks with mis-informed comments like: “it can tow 10,500 lbs., you should be fine with the 30-foot trailer loaded with concrete blocks, a backhoe and an ATV in the bed to boot.” While we try to offer accurate information, towing remains one of the least understood topics in full-size trucks. Here is some basic information.
Towing a load isn’t a difficult task, however, you shouldn’t just hop in and drive. Here is what you need to know before you tow.
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The Toyota Tundra is the only full-size truck that uses the J2807 standard for determining its towing rating. What does that mean and how does SAE measure the rating?
Anyone who has ever spent any time towing is familiar with the scary sensation of trailer sway. Trailer sway occurs when the load that you are pulling behind your truck begins to move from side to side of its own accord, eventually creating a pendulum-like effect where the trailer oscillates from one side of the lane to the other. Getting a swaying trailer back under control involves creative steering and braking inputs and nerves of steel, and it’s a situation that most towers strive to avoid at all costs.
The Toyota Tundra is a capable tow vehicle right out of the box, but there are a number of aftermarket accessories out there that can help to make hauling a heavy load a less stressful and much safer experience. One such item is an electronic brake controller, a device which can improve your truck and trailer combination’s stopping power and help to maintain the stability of your tow rig.Tekonsha Proportional Brake Controller.
How A Brake Controller Works
At its simplest, a brake controller relays an electric signal to your trailer’s brakes when you stomp on your Tundra’s brake pedal. Over the years, manufacturers have been able to improve on the simple “on / off” application of a trailer’s braking system in order to offer much more comprehensive control over braking characteristics, varying the amount of braking pressure applied to its wheels as well as the rate at which it is doled out.
There are several different types of electronic brake controllers currently available on the market: