I've been eagerly reading through posts for the last few days. I've read the entire towing bible and am taking it to heart.
I am wondering what to do with my truck in order to get it ready to tow at around 500lb less than its tow capacity. Its a tacoma 2.7L 4 cylinder 2WD. The trailer in question is a 22' travel trailer (coachmen cadet) and it will be stripped down/basically primitive setup. It has no bathroom or oven in, its basically a place to crash out of the sun/cold, a bed, storage areas, cooking area (coleman stove), propane heater.
I am going to put a transmission cooler in the truck.
I am replacing all of the ball joints/tie rods (one broke recently and I had to replace it so I think its time to replace all of them - truck is around 200k miles).
I am also replacing rear shocks since one is busted anyway.
I definitely need help on the hitch. There has always been a hitch on the truck but it doesn't look anywhere near as beefy as some of the hitches you guys are talking about. I'm guessing this is a stock hitch option and I need a beefier one? Do I match the type/size ball hitch with the type of hitch on the trailer or vice versa?
Thanks a lot! I will post pictures if you need to see anything for clarification.