Currently towing a 1600lb camper with a 2003 2WD Tacoma 2.4L, 5 speed, equipped with a Class III hitch, Firestone rear air bags, & 7 pin connector. The pickup handles the load OK, but keep the speed under 60MPH and don't use 5th gear much because of additional wind resistance towing the tall travel trailer.
Thinking about buying a boat rig weighing 3000lbs. Most of the time will trailer the boat only 5 miles from the house to the lake.
Interested to find out if other people tow loads this heavy with a 4 cylinder Tacoma, manual transmission, and how the pickup handles the load on the road & pulling the boat out of the water on paved ramps.
Update: Going to install 4:10 differential gears for towing.
Had a 87 Toyota pickup with 2.4L & 4 speed. It pulled the camper fine, the speedometer was reading 10MPH too fast and did not have a tach. Believe the previous owner replaced the differential gears in that truck. Really liked how it pulled loads.
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