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.