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Old 08-07-2011, 11:25 AM   #1
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4cyl towing with camper top

i had a 87 taco for many years and it used it to tow my fishing boats (dory and rafts) without any difficulty. I sold it a few years back when I inherited a jeep from a deceased relative but am over that p.o.s. (the jeep, not the relative) and want to go back to a Tacoma. I know that the 4 cyl 4x4 extended cab will handle my towing needs, however I also want to put about 800 lbs of camper top and gear in it's bed while towing about 1500 lbs of rafting gear/ boat/ beer (better make that 2000lbs with the added beer ) etc. I don't drive like a bat out of hell, so going at a max of 55-65 while carrying / pulling this load is fine with me.

is this too much total weight for the 4 cyl? I will only need this total pulling /hauling capacity about 4 months of the year while I am guiding (fly fishing) the rest of the time I need the fuel efficiency of the 4 cyl over the 6cyl to get back and forth to work and the ski areas.

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I tow a drift boat with mine - no problems. My bigger boat gives it more of a work out. You'll probably need to go with an AAL for the weight you're talking about carrying. Not sure how the 4cyl will do towing in the mountains...

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You will most likely be over the payload of around 1,300lbs.
That includes: the camper (800lbs), the tongue weight of the boat (200lbs+), gas (> 100lbs), you (???lbs), any other passenger (???), any other gear (???) .....
So how much is:
800 + 200 + 100 + ??? + ??? + ???
Is it more than 1,300lbs?
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I quess that when I think of payload, I think only of what is in the bed of the truck, not the gas in the tank and weight of the people. My mistake, Sounds like I will need a 6 Cylinder and try to squeeze as many mpgs out of it as possible. Thanks
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I quess that when I think of payload, I think only of what is in the bed of the truck, not the gas in the tank and weight of the people. My mistake, Sounds like I will need a 6 Cylinder and try to squeeze as many mpgs out of it as possible. Thanks
Actually, that would not help much, as the payload of the 6 cylinder is not higher. You need a bigger truck. 3/4 ton probably. Something with a higher payload. Even a Tundra would be too small most likely.
Payload = GVWR - curb weight, so anything added takes away from the payload, including the people.
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