Newbie member here. I read the excellent towing FAQ and did a search of the archived messages, but I couldn't find the info I was looking for.
I have a 2000 Tacoma 4x4 Xtracab TRD w/manual transmission. I've been pulling a 1,000lb. pop-up camper with it for the past 10 years. Now I want to move up to a standard travel trailer. I am aware of my Tacoma's supposed 5,000lb. towing capacity.
I live in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado at 9,200' and will be towing around the mountains and the high deserts of UT and NM mostly.
I intend to find a travel trailer that will weigh between 2,000 and 3,000lbs. I figure that will give me enough leeway to actually carry the crap I need in it and not go over the towing capacity/GVCWR of the truck.
What I would like to know, from other Tacoma owners who own the same generation Tacoma as I and who have actually pulled trailers in this weight range, how well the Tacoma really pulls this kind of weight. My gut tells me that I'd be really straining the truck if I try to pull near what the specs say it can do.
Black Hawk, CO