Originally Posted by tfeltz73
Me and my fiance are looking at a camper because now we have a baby and would like a/c for hot summer days. I'm trying to talk her into a pop up because it doesn't have the wind resistance and they are lighter but she wants this 21 foot travel trailer that weighs 3,624 lb empty. The dealer said most people add 800 lb of stuff in them to go camping. I would also be adding a WD hitch and trailer brake for the truck. The travel trailer is about the same price as the pop up i was looking at. We normally camp every other weekend and do anywhere from a 1 1/2 to 4 hour drive to camp sites and would like to go on a long trip once a year. I don't think a tacoma can handle it but would like to know peoples input.
First of all, dry weight is a load of crap on travel trailers. You should have weighed it because that weight is without options. My 07 Scamp 16 is supposed to be 1800 or so pounds but it scales at 2200 with the battery, propane tank, and options like air conditioner (unloaded mind you). Same thing with others I have owned, R-visions, trail lites....
Second, travel trailers are the most difficult to tow because theyre so top heavy, tall, and usually sit on small wheels and tires. Wind wont treat you nicely, neither will hills. Completely different haul compared to a low slung sports car on a flat bed trailer is what im trying to say.
Third, the guys on this forum will say a Tacoma can tow anything easily, you would have been better served to check out an RV forum, where members with every sort of truck post. I think I bought my 06 Tacoma right before the Duramax and Cummins engine options were available.
Some of these guys are going 10-20 mph up hills, thats not the definition of towing "easily" or "fine". Personally, I dont like to drive with my ass clenched while im towing but to each their own.