I'm looking to move me family and limited household items on our relocation across the country. This will be a long drive, from Montana to Maine and I want to make sure I do it right. I've never towed with the Tacoma so I want to ask those with more experience which direction to go.
First off I have a 2012 DCLB with the tow package so I'm in the 6400lb TW capacity.
I looking to have a cargo trailer made for me and I have several options which is where I need some help:
All these trailers will be tandem axle with brakes and of course I will have a braking system installed.
Option 1 is a 7x16. Trailer weight is 1580lbs
Option 2 is a 7x18. Trailer wight is 1720lbs
Option 3 is a 7x20. Trailer weight is 1900lbs
I can also get these in 8x whatever length.
I don't plan to load more than 5500lbs in any of these.
My question comes down to hauling safety and what the Taco can do over such a distance. A 16ft seems more stable and less of a length to deal with but does restrict what I can bring. 20ft seems long to me with a Tacoma. It does have some benefits due to being able to more comfortably fit our belongings but I worry about safety on the road with something that long.
An 8x whatever length is also interesting to me again more room. But again I wonder about the width with something 8x.
Any help would be appreciated. Also, will need something like a Timbren system, beefier leaf springs, or air bags for a load like this. I want to ride level.
I do plan on a sway bar and weight distributing hitch.