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Old 02-22-2011, 03:55 PM   #1
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Am I OK to do this?

This coming weekend I am going to help my sister move, and I will be towing a 16 foot trailer. They are wanting me to haul their 1991 Toyota 2WD pickup to their house that is about 15 miles. I was wondering if I could haul the truck without trailer brakes, because I don't have any. I want to be sure I can stop this thing! Thanks!
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:00 PM   #2
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I hauled a truck on a large trailer. not sure how big it was but around 16ft i'd say. I didn't have any issues stopping or anything. it was snowy so i was in 4HI the whole time about 20mi. Not saying it's good or bad, i'm just saying i did it and nothing bad happened...just took my time
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you should be just fine. dont ride anybodys ass and brake early and you should be good to go. i believe the max towing capacity is 6,500lbs
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:15 PM   #4
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Thanks fellas, I knew I wouldn't have any issues hauling it, just was wondering about the braking. I will do it and just take it easy, Thanks for the replys.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:03 PM   #5
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you should be just fine. dont ride anybodys ass and brake early and you should be good to go. i believe the max towing capacity is 6,500lbs
The max tow capacity is 6500lbs but the manual recommends trailer brakes after 1000lbs which is appx. the max cargo weight of the truck. the trucks brakes are designed for the max cargo of truck. brakes are the one major limiting factors in weight ratings. Brakes are important. personally I think the brakes on the Taco are a bit weak..The truck you'll be pulling if it's on a trailer is heavier then my RV trailer and I'm glad I have brakes on the trailer.

For Only 15 miles with no trailer brake, I would do it early in the morning, like, Oh, sunrise hundred, when there are less cars on the road to reduce interference. Load'er up the night before, drag it over early, then have breakfast on your sister of course
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:08 PM   #6
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The max tow capacity is 6500lbs but the manual recommends trailer brakes after 1000lbs which is appx. the max cargo weight of the truck. the trucks brakes are designed for the max cargo of truck. brakes are the one major limiting factors in weight ratings. Brakes are important. personally I think the brakes on the Taco are a bit weak..The truck you'll be pulling if it's on a trailer is heavier then my RV trailer and I'm glad I have brakes on the trailer.

For Only 15 miles with no trailer brake, I would do it early in the morning, like, Oh, sunrise hundred, when there are less cars on the road to reduce interference. Load'er up the night before, drag it over early, then have breakfast on your sister of course
I really don't know how much it will weigh, but I'm sure it will tow it with no problems. I told her I would do it before I even thought about the brakes. If anyone thinks it is a bad idea I will for sure not do it. I don't want to get anybody hurt. Thanks for the info.
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Go slow and stay away from big hills and you should be ok.
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brake very early. ive towed with no trailer brakes. i wouldnt even consider to do it again in traffic. but as long as u keep a big gap and and are few cars on the road it should be okay
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I flat tow a Jeep Wrangler with no problems.
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:36 PM   #10
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It does drive but it has a wheel bearing out on the front, and they don't have the money to fix it right now.
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:42 PM   #11
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My Grandad brought me my 98 with his 05 on a 20' trailer going 85mph on a 200mile trip and did just fine. He just stayed far behind everyone. The only thing he did say was that he got like 10mpg on the trip.
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My Grandad brought me my 98 with his 05 on a 20' trailer going 85mph on a 200mile trip and did just fine. He just stayed far behind everyone. The only thing he did say was that he got like 10mpg on the trip.
My father-in-law was losing me in hills while pulling a 7000# Travel Trailer and I was pulling a bassboat @ 75mph.

Oddly enough, when he's not towing a trailer, he drives like a grandpa. I guess it just unleashes the beast within....
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Isn't the curb weight of a tacoma around 4500lbs? Estimate trailer weight around 1000lbs. You are really asking for trouble. It's doable, but you better not be going down any grades or have to stop fast.
Plan your route very carefully!
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Sounds like he's a lunatic. Tell him to slow the F*** down before he kills someone.
He's not a lunatic and it would be impossible for him to kill anyone. He normally drives 55 - 60, he just was gunning it that day.

Thanks for the helpful advice and the troll.

As far as the original poster, a 1000 lbs trailer with no brakes pulling 4k truck. I'd find a friend with a car hauler w/ brakes and do it. If you gotta do it without the brakes, do like the other guys say, do it super early, go super slow and drive in a manner that people understand not to get near you. (Emergency flashers even perhaps).
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I'd like to retract my previous comments. I enjoy being on this board much more than letting one jackass bother me. I apologize for being rude, I just find it odd you make a comment above regarding someone else towing at 85 mph and then rail on me for my father-in-law doing it.

And to be fair, he was towing the trailer with electric brakes and an F350 diesel. 7000# to that setup is barely even there.
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Indeed, I'm normally better at not being trolled, but everyone screws up sometimes.
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