First off, I am not advocating nor am I bragging...I am just telling you all my experience...
So after nearly five years of towing and 107,000 miles I found out I have been towing 12,000lbs via a bumper pull. Its part my fault and part MFG fault on my trailer for a sticker that had the wrong weight. Over the years we have been adding things here and there to our rig and I finally decided to weigh things and it came to just under 12,000lbs. I never thought anything of it since the trailer towed and braked so well and it felt lighter than my previous trailer that was 9k loaded.
Once I saw this I went out and bought a new 2012 Dodge 3500 and gave my Tundra to my wife to drive and we will use to tow our boat to the lake and I will tow trailer. So it worked out in the end, but I am eager to see how my new 1 ton stacks up against my Tundra. Over the nearly five years I have encountered insane wind conditions, idiots cutting me off and all sorts of random happenings that put my overloaded Tundra to the test in braking and so on... Never once did we come even close to any sort of accident. Also, never once did I see a Tundra broken down on the side of the freeway in that same five years. I know there aren't as many on the road compared to Chevy, Ford & Dodge, but I still never saw one on the side of the road... Here is another statement that will make many heads explode... We would make our regular weekend journey of about 500 miles cruising around 75-77mph. The speed limit here is 75 and each side is two lanes so its really difficult to crawl down the road at 60 or 65mph without causing all sorts of havoc with the flow of traffic.
Anyway, with upgraded front brakes, airbags, e-rated tires, the best WD I have ever used (Reese Dual Cam) and my excellent driving skills, the Tundra really shined. I am not advocating that anyone tow over the limits like I did but I just thought it was a testament to how well Toyota built these Tundras. The Tundra still feels tight and runs perfect. I know many of you are going to flat out thrash me for breaking the weight laws and nearly causing the world to end, but honestly you are probably safer driving next to me in my overloaded Tundra than you are 90% of the morons that are out on the roads today. Between kids who have no business with a license to women thinking they can text, do their make-up and drive all at once...to the plain old crappy drivers...I would rather take my chances against an overloaded setup with a skilled driver at the wheel than against all those yahoos.
Anyway, its been fun...and if you are debating if your Tundra can tow 6000#'s or whatever...ya, it can no problem. And one last thing...I think a lot of how well the trailer towed had to do with the trailer. Its 3000#'s heavier and 8ft longer than my last trailer but towed better and felt lighter in every way. Happy trails people - I am prepared to take the onslaught of your hate now.