Originally Posted by Barnone
I've done a lot of towing and you need a full size truck to tow 5000 lbs safely. Yeah, I know people here do it but I said safely and you need to be able to control that load.
Actually, I was thinking of towing around 3500 pounds and to do it safely I was hoping for a truck that did 5000 pounds. Since we are new to this whole area, we are taking it in baby steps. The first generation truck is actually huge to us considering our other car is a Mazda Miata and a Honda Civic.
We want to be able to tow a very small trailer and the trailers we are looking at are around 2500 - 3000 pounds. After loading them with camping gear I figure I'd be pretty close to the 3500 pound mark, so a 5000 pound towing capacity would be more than sufficient right now. Jumping up to a full size truck or even the second generation Tacoma, may just be a bit overwhelming. At least that is what my wife is saying right now.
Thanks for the advice on this one guys. It looks like we may not be towing much at all. If we do, I guess I will look into getting a transmission cooler and a new fan clutch. If I gather correctly from this thread that is what I would need.