Originally Posted by 4x4x4trd
After purchasing the TRD and tow package according to the Toyota owners manual for my '08, V6, auto, access cab I should get the following performance.
1. trailer tongue load weight of 650#.
2. Cargo weight rating of 905# load in the bed centered over the rear tires with two adults riding in the truck.
3. GVWR of 5350#
If my truck doesn't give me this performance without bottoming out then how can Toyota continue to be putting weak three leaf springs under them and not honor the TSB? To many lawyers in the world to have that kind of attitude. I'm sure the 08's will be added unless they have indeed beefed up the 3 leaf's as some on here have suggested.
905# of load??? wow.. did they change the specs for the 08? Payload is supposed to be 1300# or are they quoting that the second adult weighs 400#??? Payload capacity and tow capacity are based on full fuel tank and a single driver. Also no where in the earlier models did they state that the TRD package was required to increase payload. I did note in another post somewhere (maybe not this forum) that the Toyota web site did change and stated now that the TRD OffRoad package was required to hit the 650# tongue load. Something isn't right though because it doesn't list any restrictions on the tow capacity which still lists at 6500#. Anyone who tows anything knows that at least 10% of the trailer weight has to be on the tongue to prevent the trailer from wagging it's tail (trailer sway) ... do the math and that would be 650# minimum.
If what you're saying is correct (and Toyota's web site is correct) then they seriously need to restate the abilities of the truck. They're basically stating that you have to have the tow package (obviously) AND an expensive Off Road package option to reach the stated abilities. Soooo what about all those long bed users that can't get the OffRoad package??? At least they couldn't with the earlier models.
Also note the following from the Toyota site: "Payload is the GVWR minus curb weight and includes weight of occupants, optional equipment and cargo, limited by weight distribution. Payload is not the Vehicle Capacity Weight as defined by FMVSS 110, which will vary according to installed optional equipment." --- That number as listed is 1360#