I just joined after reading David K’s excellent write up on A-trac! I learned more here than from the manual and the dealers. The sales persons seem to know squat about the technical details, and seem afraid to refer you to someone who does know, maybe out of fear of loosing the sale.
I’m joining TW before I even have a Tacoma! But if the stars align I will place an order in the next 1-6 weeks. The only problem is you guys are making my decision on what option pkg/model to get! (I will soon star a new thread on that.)
Bio: I’m a mid 50’s male who has, in the past, enjoyed extended road trips in my 1993 Toyota 4x4 truck that always involve some off roading. Sometimes way off road, and almost always alone. Been to Utah (Moab area for a total of 6 weeks, but also the Wasatch in winter), Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Not to mention the tree covered forest roads of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the UP of Michigan.
I have tended to regard my truck as a means to get out and away to do other things such as canoeing, mountain biking, and tele-skiing. (mostly canoeing and all-season camping these days.) I tend not to just go “fur-weeling” for the fun of it, but I can see the attraction, and would probably enjoy the challenge. Some of the Moab and Canyonlands driving was “pretty technical” by my standards, and was a hoot.
Most of my real 4 wheel needs in the foreseeable future will be in snow. I love to drive in snow, and we’ve been getting a lot around here and up north the past few years.
I look forward to picking your brains and vicariously sharing your off-road adventures!