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Towing a Dutchmen Astoria 2203 RB with a 2016 Toyota Tundra

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  • Isabel Brady changed the title to Towing a Dutchmen Astoria 2203 RB with a 2016 Toyota Tundra
On 3/30/2023 at 7:56 AM, Isabel Brady said:

I will be purchasing a new Dutchment TT but I am concerned about the hitch weight being 720 lbs will this be ok for my Tundra which can tow 10,000lbs.  Any help is appreciated


Assuming your Tundra can, indeed, tow 10,000#, you will almost always run out of payload capacity before you run out of towing capacity.

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I'm sorry - I didn't notice that you had the TT model in the title. The loaded tongue weight will be around 1,000 lbs. The payload (tongue weight it can carry) for the truck is just as - if not more - important than the towing capacity. You can get the payload number from the door sticker on your truck ("Maximum weight of passengers and cargo not to exeed..."). That number will need to be more than the 1,000 lbs. tongue weight for the trailer, you and any passengers, and 100 lbs. for a weight distributing hitch. 


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I looked at Dutchmen’s website and the manufacturer hitch weight for a new one is 748, not 720.  Adding the average ship weight with the stated cargo capacity I would guess the (unstated) GVWR is likely to be 8900 lbs.  When I take the average shipping weight and the stated hitch weight, the trailer appears to be designed with a tongue weight almost 13%.  So assuming the same percentage, I would guess that the trailer’s tongue weight, when loaded, will be over 1,000 lbs.

So Rob’s point about the Tundra’s payload becomes more important than the tow rating.  What’s the door sticker on the Tundra say?  What’s the payload capacity of that particular truck?  There’s a wide variance of payload when it comes to half ton trucks - it depends on each truck’s features (for instance, a truck with a moonroof will have less payload than the same truck without one).

While most WDH are around 100 lbs, the lightest weight one is the Andersen.  It is often less than 50 lbs total, so that might help you a bit with payload.  Remember that everything you put in or on the truck will count as payload.

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