Originally Posted by j4x4ar3
Yes I've weighed it and obviously it varries from trip to trip. Never pushed over 550# though. I do purposely carry at least 1/2 tank of fresh water as my tank is at the rear of my trailer behind the axles. Been towing for 6 years with my setup with no issues but I'm very very particular about how much I load in the bed (if anything) since the payload capacity on the Tacoma is quickly eaten up by the tongue weight. I'm sure I'm closer to the 10% side of the 10%-15% recomendation but I've never had any handling problems and I'm just using a basic friction sway and 800# weight bars. Defintely would like a Tundra though especially after passing through New Mexico on my last trip with the 70mph speed limits. Didn't feel comfortable doing more than 60mph nor did I want to keep the RPM's up that high for the duration of the distance I needed to travel since it was already 100+ outside.
Yeah, I hear you. The Tundra only gives you about 200# extra in payload, not much. Towing a TT with a Tacoma requires careful planning, much more than most think.They hear 5,000#: no problem! It may not be so, especially if the tongue is in the 15% range.
I have two 6V batteries on the tongue, each
I think the GVWR is the most limiting factor, but not only with the Tacoma. Even most F150's have only 200-300# more payload, unless you get the heavy duty payload package which raises it to over 2,000#.
I like your water idea. For me, the fresh water tank sits forward of the axles, but I always tow empty. The black water tank sits behind. Maybe I make it a requirement that everybody takes a dump before pulling out of the driveway from now on.
Do you own one of those tongue weight scales?