In this article, we’ll provide detailed information on the towing and payload capacity of the 2008 Toyota Tundra, including charts and tables to help you understand these specifications better.

We will discuss the vehicle’s trims, engine types, towing package, and payloads, as well as its capability for 5th wheel and gooseneck towing, GCWR, and GVWR.

By the end of the article, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the 2008 Toyota Tundra’s towing and payload capacities, which will enable you to make informed decisions when planning trips and carrying loads.

The 2008 Toyota Tundra has a maximum Towing Capacity between 4,800 lbs and 10,800 lbs. and a maximum payload capacity of 1,990 lbs. This can vary depending on factors such as the vehicle’s Curb Weight, Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), wheelbase, and other factors.

2008 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity and Payload Capacity Chart

EnginesMax Towing CapacityMax Payload CapacityGVWR
Tundra 4.0L V65,100 lbs.1,685 lbs.6,400 lbs.
Tundra 4.7L V88,500 lbs.1,780 lbs.7,000 lbs.
Tundra 5.7L V810,800 lbs.1,990 lbs.7,200 lbs.
2008 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity and Payload Capacity Chart

This table shows the different configurations of the 2008 Toyota Tundra and their corresponding payload capacity and towing capacity along with the maximum GVWR.

It is also crucial to remember that the total weight of the vehicle and the trailer should not surpass the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) specified for the Toyota Tundra.

Here I’ve collected all the 2008 Toyota Tundra towing and payload capacity information from the official Toyota resources that include the 2008 Toyota Tundra Brochure and 2008 Toyota Tundra.

2008 Toyota Tundra Overview

One of the first things you’ll notice about the 2008 Toyota Tundra is its range of bed sizes.

2008 Toyota Tundra comes in three different lengths: short, standard, and long. The short bed measures 5.5 ft, while the standard bed is 6.5 ft and the long bed is 8.1 ft.

Another important consideration when choosing a 2008 Toyota Tundra is the cab configuration. There are three options available: the Regular Cab, the Double Cab, and the CrewMax. All cabs provide seating for up to six passengers, but there are some key differences between them.

While there are several different configurations available for the 2008 Toyota Tundra, there are three engine options: a 4.0 L V6, a 5.7 L V8, and a 4.7 L V8.

2008 Toyota Tundra Engines Towing Capacity Chart & Payload Capacity Chart and Specifications
2008 Toyota Tundra Engines – Regular Cab

The 2008 Toyota Tundra comes in 3 trims: Tundra-Grade, Limited, and SR5.

Each trim has its own configuration with different bed sizes, cab sizes, interior & exterior, and available engine options.

2008 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity By Engines

The 2008 Toyota Tundra offers three engine choices for its towing capabilities – the 4.0 L V6 engine, the I-FORCE 5.7 L V8 engine, and the I-FORCE 4.7 L V8 engine.

EnginesMax Towing CapacityMax Payload Capacity
Tundra 4.0L V65,100 lbs.1,685 lbs.
Tundra 4.7L V88,500 lbs.1,780 lbs.
Tundra 5.7L V810,800 lbs.1,990 lbs.
2008 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity and Payload Capacity Chart

Let’s take a closer look at the specifications and capacities of each engine!

4.0L V6 Engine Towing & Payload Capacity

The base engine is a 4.0-liter aluminum V6 DOHC 24-valve with Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i).

This engine delivers 236 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 266 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. It is a solid choice for everyday driving and light-hauling tasks.

With the right equipment, a 2008 Toyota Tundra truck with a 4.0L V6 engine can have a maximum towing capacity of up to 5,100 lbs. and a maximum payload capacity of up to 1,685 lbs.

It’s important to note that this maximum towing capacity requires the addition of a towing package.

4.7L i-FORCE® V8 engine Towing & Payload Capacity

This 4.7-liter aluminum i-FORCE V8 DOHC 32-valve engine also features Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and delivers 276 horsepower at 5400 rpm and 313 lb.-ft. of torque at 3400 rpm.

It provides a good balance of power and fuel efficiency and can handle medium-duty hauling and towing tasks.

With the right equipment, this 2008 Toyota Tundra truck with a 4.7L V8 engine can have a maximum towing capacity of 8,500 lbs. and a maximum payload capacity of 1,780 lbs. That’s more than enough to handle most trailers, boats, and other heavy-duty equipment.

It’s important to note that this maximum towing capacity requires the addition of a towing package.

5.7L i-FORCE® V8 engine Towing & Payload Capacity

The 5.7-liter aluminum i-FORCE V8 DOHC 32-valve engine is the next powerful engine option.

This engine delivers 381 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 3600 rpm. It is ideal for heavy-duty towing and hauling and can handle the toughest jobs with ease.

With the right equipment, the maximum towing capacity of a 2008 Toyota Tundra with a 5.7L V8 engine is 10,800 lbs. and the maximum payload capacity is 1.990 lbs. This engine provides the maximum towing capacity among the other engine options.

It’s important to note that this maximum towing capacity requires the addition of a towing package.

2008 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity By Cabs

The 2008 Toyota Tundra offers three cab choices to cater to different needs and preferences: CrewMax, Double Cab, and Regular Cab.

Each cab option comes with its own set of configurations, engine sizes, payload capacities, and towing capacities.

We’ll delve into each cab option and break down its features to provide easy-to-digest information.

2008 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity REGULAR CAB:

The Regular Cab is the smallest cab option in the 2008 Toyota Tundra lineup, offering a compact and efficient truck that’s perfect for those who don’t need a lot of space.

2008 Toyota Tundra REGULAR CAB Towing Capacity Chart & Payload Capacity Chart and Specifications
2008 Toyota Tundra REGULAR CAB Towing & Payload Capacity Chart and Specifications

Here are the key features of the Regular Cab:

  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 10,800 lbs. when properly equipped
  • Configurations: Standard Bed (6.5 ft.) or Long Bed (8.1 ft.) available
  • Engine sizes: 4.0L V6, 4.7L V8, and 5.7L V8 available
  • Maximum Payload Capacity: 1,990 lbs.
  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 10,800 lbs. when properly equipped
EngineCab SizeBed SizeTowing Capacity (lbs)GCWR (lbs)
4.0 L 4×2Regular CabStandard5,10014,000
4.0 L 4×2Regular CabLong5,00014,000
4.7 L 4×2Regular CabStandard8,50014,000
4.7 L 4×4Regular CabStandard8,20014,000
4.7 L 4×2Regular CabLong8,40014,000
4.7 L 4×4Regular CabLong8,10014,000
5.7 L 4×2Regular CabStandard10,40016,000
5.7 L 4×4Regular CabStandard10,10016,000
5.7 L 4×2Regular CabLong10,80016,000
5.7 L 4×4Regular CabLong10,50016,000
2008 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity Regular Cab

The chart lists the engine types, cab sizes, bed sizes, and corresponding towing capacities and GCWRs.

This can be seen that there are three engine types available for the 2008 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab models: 4.0 L, 4.7 L, and 5.7 L.

The towing capacity ranges from 5,000 to 10,800 lbs, depending on the engine type, cab size, and bed size.

For example, the 5.7 L 4×2 Regular Cab with a long bed has the highest towing capacity of 10,800 lbs, while the 4.0 L 4×2 Regular Cab with a standard bed has the lowest towing capacity of 5,100 lbs.

2008 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity DOUBLE CAB:

The Double Cab offers more space than the Regular Cab, but not as much as the CrewMax cab. It’s a great option for those who need more space than the Regular Cab but don’t need the extra space of the CrewMax cab.

2008 Toyota Tundra DOUBLE CAB Towing Capacity Chart & Payload Capacity Chart and Specifications
2008 Toyota Tundra DOUBLE CAB Towing & Payload Capacity Chart and Specifications

Here are the key features of the Double Cab:

  • Configurations: Standard Bed (6.5 ft.) or Long Bed (8.1 ft.) available
  • Engine sizes: 4.0L V6, 4.7L V8, and 5.7L V8 available
  • Maximum Payload Capacity: 1,680 lbs.
  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 10,600 lbs. when properly equipped
EngineCab SizeBed SizeTowing Capacity (lbs)GCWR (lbs)
4.0 L 4×2Double CabStandard4,80014,000
4.7 L 4×4Double CabStandard6,40014,000
4.7 L 4×2Double CabStandard6,70014,000
4.7 L 4×4Double CabLong7,700
4.7 L 4×4Double CabStandard7,80016,000
4.7 L 4×4Double CabStandard7,80014,000
4.7 L 4×2Double CabLong8,00014,000
4.7 L 4×2Double CabStandard8,10014,000
5.7 L 4×4Double CabStandard8,30016,000
5.7 L 4×2Double CabLong8,60016,000
5.7 L 4×4Double CabLong10,200
5.7 L 4×4Double CabStandard10,30014,000
5.7 L 4×4Double CabStandard10,30016,000
5.7 L 4×2Double CabLong10,50016,000
5.7 L 4×2Double CabStandard10,60016,000
2008 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity Double Cab

The chart lists the engine types, cab sizes, bed sizes, and corresponding towing capacities and GCWRs.

Similar to the Regular Cab models, the towing capacity of the 2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab models varies depending on the engine type, cab size, and bed size.

For example, the 4.0 L 4×2 Double Cab with a standard bed has a towing capacity of 4,800 lbs, while the 5.7 L 4×4 Double Cab with a standard bed has the highest towing capacity of 10,300 lbs.

Interestingly, some of the Double Cab models have a GCWR of 14,000 lbs, while others have a higher GCWR of 16,000 lbs.

2008 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity CREWMAX:

The CrewMax cab is the largest cab option in the 2008 Toyota Tundra lineup, offering a spacious interior and comfortable seating for up to six passengers.

2008 Toyota Tundra CREWMAX Towing Capacity Chart & Payload Capacity Chart and Specifications
2008 Toyota Tundra CREWMAX Towing & Payload Capacity Chart and Specifications

Here are the key features of the CrewMax cab:

  • Configuration: Short Bed (5.5 ft.)
  • Engine sizes: 4.7L V8 and 5.7L V8 available
  • Maximum Payload Capacity: 1,680 lbs.
  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 10,400 lbs. when properly equipped
EngineCab SizeBed SizeTowing Capacity (lbs)GCWR (lbs)
4.7 L 4×2CrewMaxStandard8,00014,000
5.7 L 4×2CrewMaxStandard10,40016,000
4.7 L 4×2CrewMaxStandard6,50014,000
5.7 L 4×2CrewMaxStandard8,40016,000
4.7 L 4×4CrewMaxStandard7,70014,000
5.7 L 4×4CrewMaxStandard10,10016,000
4.7 L 4×4CrewMaxStandard6,200
5.7 L 4×4CrewMaxStandard8,100
2008 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity Crewmax

This chart provides information about the towing capacity of the 2008 Toyota Tundra Crewmax trucks with different engine types, cab sizes, bed sizes, and drive types.

According to the chart, the 4.7 L 4×2 CrewMax with a standard bed size has a towing capacity of 8,000 lbs, while the 5.7 L 4×2 CrewMax with a standard bed size can tow up to 10,400 lbs.

The 4.7 L and 5.7 L 4×4 CrewMax with a standard bed size have a towing capacity of 7,700 lbs and 10,100 lbs, respectively.

2008 Toyota Tundra Payload Capacity

Firstly, let’s define what we mean by “payload capacity.”

Payload capacity is the total weight that a vehicle can safely carry, including passengers, cargo, and any accessories or modifications.

It’s important to note that payload capacity is not the same as towing capacity, which refers to the amount of weight that a vehicle can tow behind it.

The 2008 Toyota Tundra has a respectable payload capacity, with the ability to carry up to 1,990 pounds.

However, it’s worth noting that this number can vary depending on the specific model and configuration of the truck.

Let’s take a closer look at the different options available for the 2008 Toyota Tundra and their respective payload capacities.

2008 Toyota Tundra Payload Capacity REGULAR CAB:

EngineCab SizeBed SizePayload Capacity (lbs)Curb Weight (lbs)GVWR (lbs)
4.0 L 4×2Regular CabStandard1,5904,6106,200
4.0 L 4×2Regular CabLong1,6854,7156,400
4.7 L 4×2Regular CabStandard1,7504,8506,600
4.7 L 4×2Regular CabLong1,8454,9556,800
4.7 L 4×4Regular CabStandard1,6805,1206,800
4.7 L 4×4Regular CabLong1,7805,2207,000
5.7 L 4×2Regular CabStandard1,6904,9106,600
5.7 L 4×2Regular CabLong1,9905,0107,000
5.7 L 4×4Regular CabStandard1,6255,1756,800
5.7 L 4×4Regular CabLong1,9255,2757,200
2008 Toyota Tundra Payload Capacity Regular Cab

This chart provides a comparison of the different configurations of the 2008 Toyota Tundra, with their respective payload capacities ranging from 1,590 lbs to 1,990 lbs, curb weights ranging from 4,610 lbs to 5,010 lbs, and GVWR ranging from 6,200 lbs to 7,200 lbs.

This can be seen that the payload capacity of a vehicle is influenced by various factors such as engine size, cab size, and bed size.

Additionally, the chart demonstrates that the heavier the curb weight, the lower the payload capacity of the vehicle.

2008 Toyota Tundra Payload Capacity DOUBLE CAB:

EngineCab SizeBed SizePayload Capacity (lbs)Curb Weight (lbs)GVWR (lbs)
4.0 L 4×2Double CabStandard1,4704,9306,400
4.7 L 4×2Double CabLong1,5155,2856,800
4.7 L 4×2Double CabStandard1,5355,1656,700
4.7 L 4×2Double CabStandard1,6105,0906,700
4.7 L 4×2Double CabStandard1,5205,1806,700
4.7 L 4×4Double CabStandard1,4355,4656,900
4.7 L 4×4Double CabLong1,4155,5857,000
4.7 L 4×4Double CabStandard1,5105,3906,900
4.7 L 4×4Double CabStandard1,4155,4856,900
5.7 L 4×2Double CabStandard1,6805,2206,900
5.7 L 4×2Double CabLong1,6555,3457,000
5.7 L 4×2Double CabLong1,7555,1456,900
5.7 L 4×2Double CabStandard1,6655,2356,900
5.7 L 4×4Double CabStandard1,5805,5207,100
5.7 L 4×4Double CabLong1,5555,6457,200
5.7 L 4×4Double CabStandard1,6555,4457,100
5.7 L 4×4Double CabStandard1,5605,5407,100
2008 Toyota Tundra Payload Capacity Double Cab

This chart lists the payload capacity, curb weight, and GVWR for different combinations of the engine, cab size, and bed size of the 2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab models.

The payload capacity ranges from 1,415 lbs to 1,755 lbs, depending on the specific configuration of the truck. The curb weight ranges from 4,930 lbs to 5,645 lbs, and the GVWR ranges from 6,400 lbs to 7,200 lbs.

2008 Toyota Tundra Payload Capacity CREWMAX:

EngineCab SizeBed SizePayload Capacity (lbs)Curb Weight (lbs)GVWR (lbs)
4.7 L 4×2CrewMaxStandard1,5455,2556,500
4.7 L 4×2CrewMaxStandard1,4505,3506,800
4.7 L 4×2CrewMaxStandard1,4705,3306,800
4.7 L 4×4CrewMaxStandard1,4455,5557,000
4.7 L 4×4CrewMaxStandard1,3505,6507,000
4.7 L 4×4CrewMaxStandard1,3705,6307,000
5.7 L 4×2CrewMaxStandard1,6055,3957,000
5.7 L 4×2CrewMaxStandard1,6805,3207,000
5.7 L 4×2CrewMaxStandard1,5855,4157,000
5.7 L 4×4CrewMaxStandard1,5155,6857,200
5.7 L 4×4CrewMaxStandard1,5905,6107,200
5.7 L 4×4CrewMaxStandard1,4955,7057,200
2008 Toyota Tundra Payload Capacity Crewmax

Specifically, this chart shows the payload capacity for the Crewmax cab size for two different engines, 4.7L, and 5.7L, and for both 4×2 and 4×4 drive types. The Crewmax cab size is available in standard bed size.

From the chart, the maximum payload capacity for the 2008 Toyota Tundra Crewmax is 1,680 lbs, which is achieved with the 5.7L engine and a 4×2 drive system.

On the other hand, the minimum payload capacity is 1,350 lbs, which is achieved with the 4.7L engine and a 4×4 drive system.

It’s important to note that exceeding the GVWR can be dangerous as it puts extra strain on the vehicle’s suspension, brakes, and other components.

What is Curb Weight?

The curb weight and gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) also vary based on the configuration.

It’s also worth noting that curb weight plays a role in determining a vehicle’s payload capacity.

Curb weight refers to the total weight of the vehicle without any passengers or cargo.

The higher the curb weight, the less payload capacity the vehicle will have.

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2008 Toyota Tundra Packages and Options

  1. Work Truck Package
  • Matte-black upper and lower front bumper with matte-black grille surround
  • Heavy-duty vinyl bench seat
  • Rubber-type flooring
  • Black instrument panel
  • Manual outside mirrors and windows
  • 2-speed windshield wipers
  • Deletes cruise control, remote keyless entry, and courtesy lamps
  1. TRD Sport Package
  • 20-in. carved alloy wheels with P275/55R20 tires
  • Color-keyed front and rear bumpers and grille surround
  • Color-keyed heated outside mirrors
  • Color-keyed door handles
  • Fog lamps
  • Sport shift knob and pedal covers
  • Black cloth interior with bucket seats
  • TRD Sport bedside decals
  • Available in Black or Radiant Red only
  1. TRD Off-Road Package
  • Off-road-tuned suspension
  • Bilstein® shocks
  • Unique 18-in. alloy wheels with P275/65R18 BFGoodrich® tires
  • Fog lamps
  • Manual or power sliding rear window with privacy glass
  • Engine and fuel tank skid plates
  • Front tow hooks
  • TRD Off-Road Package graphics
  1. SR5 Package
  • Includes Tow Package and Cold Weather Package
  • Includes styled steel wheels
  1. Color-Keyed Bumper Package
  • Color-keyed front and rear bumpers and grille surround
  • Fog lamps
  • Sliding rear window with privacy glass
  1. Cold Weather Package
  • Heavy-duty battery and heavy-duty starter
  • Windshield wiper de-icer grid with timer
  • Front and rear mudguards
  1. Memory Package
  • Power driver’s seat, outside mirrors, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, all with memory function
  • Memory function not available with tow mirrors
  1. Tow Package
  • Tow hitch receiver
  • Trailer brake controller prewire
  • 4.300 rear axle ratio (4.100 on 4.6L V8)
  • TOW/HAUL mode switch
  • Transmission fluid temperature gauge
  • Supplemental transmission cooler
  • 7-pin connector
  • Heavy-duty alternator and battery

2008 Toyota Tundra 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Towing

If you’ve got a 2008 Toyota Tundra and you’re thinking of towing a travel trailer, you might be wondering if a 5th Wheel/Gooseneck hitch towing is good.

The 2008 Toyota Tundra has a towing capacity that ranges between 4,800 and 10,800 pounds depending on the options.

To determine the maximum trailer weight, you need to find the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) which is the maximum allowed tow rating of the vehicle weight and the trailer weight combined.

Subtracting the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of the truck from the GCWR will give you the maximum Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) that can be safely towed.

The information tag located inside the driver door jamb provides this information.

Overall, the towing capacity of the 2008 Toyota Tundra is dependent on several factors, including the options and the trailer weight.

It is important to determine the maximum GTW and to choose the appropriate 5th Wheel/Gooseneck and base rails for a safe and successful towing setup.

Maximum Tongue Load of Toyota Tundra

If you’re planning on towing a trailer with your Toyota Tundra, it’s important to know the maximum tongue load that your vehicle can handle.

The tongue load is the amount of weight/force that the trailer tongue exerts on the trailer hitch and it’s crucial to stay within the recommended limits to ensure safe and efficient towing.

So, what is the max tongue load of a Tundra? Well, according to Toyota, for all of their engines, a tongue weight of 11% should not be exceeded.

This means that if you have a max towing capacity of 10,400 lbs, your tongue weight should not exceed 1,144 lbs.

It’s also worth noting that you should not tow above 1000 lbs on any 2008 Tundra without a trailer with a braking system.

Additionally, if you plan on towing a trailer weighing over 5,000 lbs, you’ll need to use a weight-distributing hitch.

One method involves using a specialized scale that measures the weight directly from the hitch ball.

Useful Resources

2008 Toyota Tundra Brochure (Towing Capacity Guide) PDF

Conclusion

If you’re planning to tow a trailer, 5th wheel, or a Gooseneck, the 2008 Toyota Tundra has excellent capacities to handle your needs.

With a maximum Towing Capacity between 4,800 and 10,800 pounds and a maximum payload capacity of 1,990 pounds, depending on the configuration, the 2008 Toyota Tundra truck is built to handle even the toughest jobs.

Plus, with its rugged design, spacious and comfortable interior, and advanced safety features, the 2008 Toyota Tundra is a well-rounded choice that’s sure to impress.

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