Originally Posted by IslandGuy
I know there are a lot of threads here on towing but I have not spotted one that really addresses my basic question. I have a 2010 (6 spd manual) double cab 4x4 with the factory towing package and a fibreglass canopy. I am looking at buying an ultralight trailer, 28' 5000lb dry weight, 500 lb tongue weight bullet trailer. We have never towed before. In theory it seems the unit fits into the towing limits but on a practical basis is this a crazy combination? I want a safe, package but mileage and speed are not my real concerns.
The trailer is a little big for the taco, you be at the maxium range. Even with the tow rating at 6500lbs it's going to be to big for the truck. You want to be no larger than 80% of the maxium tow rating. You have to take into account the cross winds and hills you wil incounter when towing even with the hitch and sway control.
I'm towing with a 06 DC with factory tow package, brake controller, WDH with no sway control (because the type of expanable trailer).The trailer is a Hi-Lo towlite brand (the expanable trailer is no taller than the truck when it's in the towing mode) 22 foot towlite dual axle. At 4,000lbs fully loaded with propane and gear (I don't tow with fresh water,I wait to get to the campground for that). I have no problem with any hills I may come to. I tow with the overdrive off and in 4.
Also, towing mirrors are needed. I wasn't impressed with the options for the taco. I installed Powervision brand mirrors from a 98 chevy (since they don't make them for toyota). I posted the job under "show us your towing mirrors" with the wiring diagrams.