My wife, kids, and I are looking for our first travel trailer. I have absolutely no experience towing something that big. The only towing experience I have with my Tacoma is towing a two motorcycle trailer with 2 road racing bikes on it and I hardly knew it was back there, however, that total package probably only weighed a couple thousand pounds. Anyway, I have a 2008 TRD Sport double cab longbed 4WD that is lifted with OME coils and Alcan AAL's on 295/70-17 Toyo Open Country M/T's. It does have the tow package.
The trailer we are looking at is a Keystone Passport 238ML Ultra Lite. The dry weight shows to be 3890 pounds (shipping weight shows 3707 pounds, if that makes any difference) and the carrying capacity of the trailer looks to be 1415 pounds. it has 30 gallon fresh, gray, and black water tanks and two 20 gallon propane tanks as well as dual batteries. So, all three tanks full would add 750 pounds. So that's a grand total of 4640 pounds wet. Now I need to add in what a family of 4 will carry and I have no idea what that weight would be in addition to miscellaneous things like dishes, food, etc... I read the towing bible but I have no idea how much weight to add to the 4640 pounds.
So, for those of you that are experienced with this sort of thing, am I going to be fine or is this pushing it for my Tacoma. I will be using a weight distributing hitch with sway control and a Tekonsha Primus brake controller. Thanks for your help.