Sorry if this has been covered here. I could not find anything on it. I just bought a 2013 Tacoma PreRunner Double Cab with TRD offroad package. The brochure for the 2013 models says that my truck should have a "payload" capacity of 1450 lbs. I noticed the other day that the sticker with the official capacities (GVWR, GVAWR, Tire pressures, etc...) says that my "cargo" capacity is 1150 lbs. To the best of my knowledge, payload capacity and cargo capacity are different words for the same thing. So I am scratching my head as to why the official sticker on my truck is 300 lbs less than the brochure. Surely the TRD offroad package doesn't add that much weight to the truck. I do have the yellow sticker advising me that the cargo capacity is reduced by 2 lbs due to options that have been added. 2 lbs is not 300. 1150 isn't that much. My RAV4 has over 900 lbs cargo capacity.
The missing 300 lbs becomes important when I consider towing my popup camper and carrying 4 people. My camper only weighs 2500 lbs so you would think weight wouldn't be an issue. However, 4 folks plus the tongue weight of the camper, 250 lbs, only leaves around 240 lbs for luggage, cooler, or any gear we want to carry which isn't enough. With the number in the brochure, I still have between 200 and 300 lbs of capacity left.
As you can imagine, I am not too happy about this discovery. Is this unique to the TRD Offroad package? Is that why the capacity on the individual truck is reduced?