Mods - didn't realize there was a towing subforum. This is a dulicate post from the 2nd gen forum - http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...ing-issue.html
I'm currently thinking of selling my 99' F250 w/ 7.3 Diesel to buy a 2nd Gen Tacoma Double Cab Long Bed. I bought the F250 on a whim as a tow rig and have loved it - but I recently lost my company car and need to condense daily driver duties and towing duties into one vehicle. Last year, I put 20k miles on the truck, with about 15k of those towing my racecar on an open trailer.
The car weighs 2600ish lbs, the trailer 1600lbs - figure 4200 lbs there. I know the V6 trucks with factory towing package can town 6500 lbs, but with what frequency?
Most towing trips are withing 400 miles one way, but the occasional trip is over 1000 miles one way - through some mountains, etc.
I want to be sure that the Tacoma can withstand being used to tow for 1/2 of its lifetime. Say I drive 30k miles a year but 15k of that is towing 4200 lbs.
Anyone done it? Anyone against it? Any help is greatly appreciated.