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Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver for a 2006 Toyota Tundra with Factory Towable Bumper

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Im looking for a Class IV hitch for my 2006 toyota Tundra that is equipped with a towable bumper. I need to pull a trailer with a tongue weight of 900 lbs and a GVWR of 5800 lbs. I will use a weight distribution hitch with the trailer. Drawtite 37130?

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For your 2006 Toyota Tundra with the factory towable bumper, the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 37130 is the best and only trailer hitch receiver option we have for you. The hitch has a Class IV rating with a 2" receiver tube opening. It has a maximum gross trailer weight (GTW) rating of 7,000 lbs and a maximum tongue weight (TW) rating of 700 lbs. While using this hitch with a weight distribution system, the GTW increases to 12,000 lbs and the TW increases to 1,200 lbs which will work well for your trailer as long as the vehicle is also rated for the GTW and TW of your trailer.

In order to determine the maximum trailer weight you can tow with your Tundra, you will need to find both the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) and the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of your truck. This can all be found on the information tag located inside the driver door jamb. If you subtract the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of your truck from the (GCWR) that will give you the maximum Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) you can safely tow.

Once you determined that your truck is capable of pulling the trailer you will need a wiring harness, ball mount, and hitch ball if you do not already have these items. If you do not have a factory 7-way trailer connector then the Upgraded Modulite Vehicle Wiring Harness Kit with 4 Pole Trailer Connector part # 119147KIT would work well for you. The above harness will give you a 4-way trailer connector at the rear of your truck. Since you trailer is fairly heavy it is likely that it has brakes and in order to tow a trailer with brakes you will need a 7-way trailer connector and brake controller. In order to install a brake controller on your truck you will want to use the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controllers part # ETBC7. For a brake controller, I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller part # 90885 as this is one of our most popular and best selling brake controllers.

If you already have a 7-way trailer connector on the rear of your truck then all you will need to install the above brake controller is an adapter plug like the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers part # 3040-P. In order to choose the correct ball mount you will want to take a look at the attached help article as this will guide you through the process of the selecting the correct rise/drop you will need to tow your trailer as level as possible. I have also linked our selection of ball mounts for you as well.

If the GTW of your trailer is more than 50% of your gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), the use of a weight distribution system is recommended. In order to be sure you are choosing the correct weight distribution system, you will want to find the total tongue weight of your towing setup by adding the tongue weight of both your loaded ready to tow trailer and any cargo stored behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle.

The average total tongue weight (TTW) rating of a trailer is typically 10-15% of the GTW. An easy way to find this would involve using a tongue weight scale like the Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale part # 5780. When choosing a weight distribution system, you will want your total tongue weight to fall in the middle of the weight distributions weight capacity. For example, the ideal weight distribution system for a total tongue weight of 600 lbs. is one that is rated for 400-800 lbs. of tongue weight.

For a total tongue weight between 800-1,200 lbs, I recommend taking a look at the Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System w/ 4-Point Sway Control part # EQ37120ET. The Equal-i-zer weight distribution systems are considered to be one of the best on the market. I have attached several review videos for you as well.

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