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Old 08-05-2007, 08:07 PM   #1
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Towing a boat

I am considering the purchase of a Tacoma Access cab, 4 x 4 automatic with an I4 engine. I will be towing a boat with total weight of about 1300 #. Does anybody have any experience with a similar situation? How did this engine work while towing. I know that the towing capacity is 3500#, but I do not want to be slowing down while going up a hill. I presently am driving a V6 Ranger which does a great job of towing, but I am tired of eating the gas bills.
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Welcome to TW! Check out Mark/007Tacoma's post here: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...linder-do.html ...filled up the bed and still pulled a 2 ton trailer.
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whats up man. as for towing a boat that size there should be no problem ive seen boats here in cali 21-26 footers towed by tacomas with ease 2006 dbl v-6 model so you shoulb be fine.
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Welcome to TW! Check out Mark/007Tacoma's post here: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...linder-do.html ...filled up the bed and still pulled a 2 ton trailer.
Hopefully this weekend I will be towing a 1978 Catalina 23' sailboat up to Canyon Lake (boat + trailer = 3,800lbs).

I have an AccessCab PreRunner 2.7L I4. Only performance modifications are on the air intake. I removed the secondary air filter and replace the stock filter with an AFE drop-in high flow filter.

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Thanks for the info. That is exactly what I needed
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I am considering the purchase of a Tacoma Access cab, 4 x 4 automatic with an I4 engine. I will be towing a boat with total weight of about 1300 #. Does anybody have any experience with a similar situation? How did this engine work while towing. I know that the towing capacity is 3500#, but I do not want to be slowing down while going up a hill. I presently am driving a V6 Ranger which does a great job of towing, but I am tired of eating the gas bills.
As far as towing, the taco can pull it easily but for gas wise, its probably the same as your ranger. I drive about 20 miles a day, 5 days a week and i fill up once a week.
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As far as towing, the taco can pull it easily but for gas wise, its probably the same as your ranger. I drive about 20 miles a day, 5 days a week and i fill up once a week.
Yeah, but he is talking about getting a 2.7L. It doesn't have great gas mileage when towing (I got ~16 towing 4,000+lbs), but the rest of the time it is great.

FORE-WARNING - the 2.7L took me almost 8000 miles before I started seeing mid-20's in fuel economy. This isn't true for everyone, but it is pretty consistent. The 2.7L needs time to break in.

With the intake mods that I have, I get 25 MPG average 50/50-highway/city.
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