Hello all...brand new to the forum and this will be my first post, so forgive any etiquette violations please.
I am need of some constructive advice and hopefully first hand experience regarding the towing of a travel trailer. My current everyday driver is a 2007 Doublecab TRD with an auto tranny and factory tow package. My wife and I are getting ready to pickup a 2015 Salem CruiseLite BHXL travel trailer that is 29' in overall length and weighs in at 4730lbs with installed options. I am figuring 600-800lbs of stuff plus the weight of the Reese Dual Cam WDH. I'm not sure what brake controller I'm getting yet, but it will be a trustworthy one. My truck weighs 4800lbs with myself, the wife, and our two daughters. For those trying to keep track, the RV will be coming in at roughly 5500lbs and the truck will be at 5000lbs with the family and WDH installed. The grand total puts me at 10,500lbs with a GCWR of 11,100lbs on that year taco. I have installed a set of AirLift Ride-Control airbags to help with the sag.
My question is whether anyone has towed something of similar size/weight with a taco and what were their experiences, good or bad. I already know I am at the limit when it comes to weight and that a Tundra would more effectively do the job all the way around. However, my wife and I did not want to trade off on the long-term use of the RV for the short-term problem of a possibly undersized truck. Between the RV models we looked at, there was not much weight saved between the one we ordered and the smaller version, so we opted for the one that will serve us for the next 8-10yrs.
I tried posting this question on the Forest River Forums (maker of the RV), but most people wanted to spend their time telling me how stupid or crazy I am for even considering this. I quite possibly may be crazy/naive/stupid or whatever descriptive word you wish to apply for trying it, but I have to get the camper 40 miles to my home and will be towing it maybe 3-5 times a year.
A full-size truck will come sooner than later, but what I have now is my taco and it will have to suffice. I want to hear from those who have "been there, done that" so I can hopefully avoid mistakes and capitalize on the success of others. My backup plan is my Dad's 5.7L Tundra that kicks like a 12ga and has power to spare. He drives it less than 50 miles a week, so the carbon needs blown out anyway!