I'm new to this site and it was suggested by another member that I repost this thread to the towing forum as I was told "They really know their stuff"
I love that you all call the most bad-ass truck on the face of the Earth a "Taco". I never thought of that, but it's totally awesome.
I've owned 4 "Tacos" total... different forms since 1993.
First was a little, metallic blue, '90, 4x4, "Big 4" which went under 70 mph to over 200,000 miles before I sold it to a ridiculously excited 17-year-old.
The second was another 4x4 single cab, silver this time; same manual transmission, almost the same "Big 4", but with the new, curvy style.
I had it for a total of four days (458 miles) before I wrecked it, head-on, 60+mph, on the highway.
Not my fault, and that new Taco saved my life... I got messed up feet now, but I lived. (I've got pictures of the smashed up truck but they're too sad and traumatic to share with you Tacoma-loving folks.)
When I could drive again I bought another silver Taco... Extra-cab this time, I think it was a 2003... the first year that the front grill had vertical, black pillars.
That one lasted me a flawless 5 years... had to trade it in at 70,245 miles for a double-cab because of kid #2.
I didn't mind the upgrade, although the new one (an '08, 4x4 V6 Sport) is the only one in which I've ever been stuck to the point at which I needed a shove or tow. (I blame it on the lack of tread on the tires that come standard in the "Sport Package"... I upgraded to some better tread.)
The only reason I signed up and posted my story on this forum is because I came across the Tacoma "Towing Bible" through an internet search.
It was great... Lots of awesome info.
As a newbie to big towing but a vet to Tacos... I could use some help.
We have a pop-up camper that I have towed many times with no real issues.
My 2008 V6 has an aftermarket brake controller and a factory towing package.
I am seeing most forums listing the max tow capacity at 6500 lbs.
The pop-up is far less than that but we are considering an upgrade to a large travel trailer that will probably come in at about 6000 loaded and ready to camp.
I donít know a ton about towing except that it does seem to mess with the performance of this smaller truck much more than it does with my brother-in-lawís Silverado or my dadís Expedition.
Iím getting a stabilizer rig installed, but I fear I may be pushing the limits of my Taco.
Anyone out there towing something fairly large? 26 ft. Travel Trailer?
Any other measures I can/should take to make the haul a little safer?
Thanks for the input... Never knew there was a place to praise Tacomas; but Iím glad there is one.