I have a 2010 TRD Sport 4X4 Dual cab. Last year I towed a small 5x10 v-nose single axle cargo trailer. I went from a Highlander Limited SUV to the Tacoma for more utility and better towing.
The utility side has been great and the towing is more stable. But I find
the towing power is really a lot less than I expected especially going up hills
(never mind mountains.) MUCH less pull than the Highlander had but it did have 30 HP more.
I really like how stable the tow is compared to the Highlander though.
This year I am upgrading to a Pace 7x15 Aerosport Cargo trailer, dual axle
with electric brakes (Tekonsha controller.) Empty weight of around 2,400-2,500lbs once I allow for the shelving and accessories. The cargo I carry is bulky but light - probably only 300lbs maybe 700lbs if we load up for a long trip with lots of extra fuel. The hitch weight is going to be in the 300lbs range most of the time.
GTWR is 7,000 lbs which I will never approach. I figure I'll be under 3,000lbs trailer weight most of the time.
My old trailer was only 1,300 lbs + 300 lbs cargo and I could definitely
feel it back there on hills.
Now most of the time itís just me and with the new trailer the bed should be
empty. I find the starting torque really good so around town towing is fine Ė
but Iím worried about hills and those trips where I have to cross the Rocky
I'm worried about the family and friends road trips. On these trips the bed
has a decent load and combined with the tongue weight it sagged even with the old small trailer which had such a light tongue weight I could lift it easily.
On this trailer I canít use a Weight Dist Hitch because on this particular
trailer the V-nose comes right up to the hitch.
So I am looking at Air Bags. Will air bags help control sway by compensating for droop or just smoothen the ride and help with braking? I hauled some rock last year and it bottomed out a few timesÖ so I figure they are good insurance anyway.
The Firestone bags seem most popular.
I would really like to have the auto adjusting compressor setup so it will
add pressure automatically in proportion to the load.
Has anyone tried the Air Lift products?
Other than the Super Charger is there a good way to significantly boost power? In Canada the SC is over 7 Grand not even installed! I can order from the US for 3,800 and have the dealer here install it. That protects the factory warrantee although the Toyota Canada wonít give any warrantee on the SC itself.
Is there an aftermarket exhaust / CAI combo that will boost power and/or fuel economy for towing?
How about if I decided I don;t care about warrantee - is there a cheaper just as good or better aftermarker SC or chip solution?