Owner Gives Detailed Report on 2022 Toyota Tundra SR5 Towing Experience

Make no mistake about the beefy looks of the 2022 Toyota Tundra. It can handle weight as well as it can handle good looks. In any pickup truck, towing is by far the benchmark that all manufacturers must master to qualify their pickup truck as “road worthy”.

Now, if they’re marketing their truck as a towing machine, like Ford, Chevy, and Dodge do, they should really make sure their truck, F-150, Silverado, or RAM 1500 can pass the good towing capacity box. However, smaller trucks like the Ford Maverik, Chevy Colorado or, say, the old Mazda B-series were not marketed as work trucks or trailers.

Toyota rates its 2022 Tundra to be able to tow 8,300 to 12,000 lbs. However, 12000 is not the maximum. We don’t really know what the breaking point weight is for safe towing, but I suggest that if you’re towing anything, stick to what Toyota says is safe.

On Tundras.com, a popular Toyota Tundra forum, user fordguy1470, (ironically named) posted a very detailed account of his towing experience from Alabama to Missouri. In his report, he listed his basic weight and stats, and then he went on to give the pros and cons of the whole trip. Let’s take a look and see how easy the 2022 Toyota Tundra is to tow.

For starters, its specific tundra is the 2022 Tundra SR5 CM 4×2 short box and stock wheels and tires. His trailer is a 2017 Keystone Laredo 334 RE. Exterior length – 37 feet. Unfortunately, he didn’t weigh his final weight, so he listed it as unknown. According to his testimony, it went well. He drove around 1800 rpm on the highway and said the ride was pretty smooth. It was mostly flat terrain, except for one mountainous area that he had to cross. Cruise control and brakes were “flawless” and there were no jerks or quick movements.

However, when you factor in your weight and the terrible aerodynamics of a hitched trailer, you begin to realize the harm. He said he only felt shaking when the winds were strong or when he had to change lanes. A simple experiment involves placing a toy pickup truck with a trailer on a treadmill and nudging it lightly. You will see that it will quickly begin to sway. That’s basically what he was explaining.

This is where it gets worse, the brake controller was “unreliable” and the transmission oil kept rising giving it error messages. However, since there was no place to park, he simply released the accelerator and the message disappeared.

What do you think? How does your 2022 Tundra handle towing? Let us know in the comments below.

Harutiun Hareyan reports Toyota news to Torque News. His automotive interests and extensive experience testing new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique perspectives. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun for Toyota Daily News.

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