I have a 2001 Tundra SR5, V6 4x4. I will be towing a pop up that weighs around 22 - 2400 pounds. Will I need a sway bar and if so which one do you recommend?
03-02-2012, 09:13 AM
Hi. I had a 2001 Tundra 4x4 but it was the V8 for 10+ years. For a pop up in that weight range I would say no, you don't need it. However, if you still want to get an anti-sway bar, I used one from Hellwig for a number of years with no problems. Nice and thick, very heavy duty. Back in the day, it was a pretty easy bolt on, no drilling required. I did like the anti-sway bar for more spirited driving. Helped with flatter cornering and if you had to hit the brakes hard, the back end would not lift up in a nose-dive and the truck would stop nice and stable. A pretty good mod all things considered. The one draw back is that if you off-road more than casual dirt trails, the anti-sway bar will limit the amount of articulation in the rear axle. I would disconnect the end-links if I knew ahead of time I was hitting harder stuff.
Another factor to towing is having the right tire for the job. A passenger rated tire will give more flex in the sidewall than one more truck oriented. A load range "D" would be a step up. Since I tow a 26', 5,600 lb travel trailer, I went up to a load range "E". Even for my old 01'. Might be overkill, but better safe than sorry. I now have the same tires and load range on my 07' CrewMax.
Have a great time camping! Check my pics for some of the places I've been. Good times. :)
03-02-2012, 02:46 PM
You don't need one for that trailer. But you do need to make sure you have enough hitch weight to minimize sway opportunity.
03-04-2012, 07:53 PM
Thanks for your help folks
04-20-2012, 10:21 PM
Hey guys, I have the 2002 V6 Tundra, been an awesome truck for me for 10 years. Now, I just bought sweet Jayco X213 trailer, it is going to push my truck, but I'm getting it outfitted with necessary equip. The hitch, the brake controller, and I'm considering the sway bars since I'm going to be right up against my tow limits of 5000lbs. Any suggestions? cheers, Jaderain
04-21-2012, 11:58 AM
I don't know how flat it is where you are at, but if you have much for mountains to go over, I don't think you will be too happy with it in the long run.