Okay, so first - I got a new RAM ecodiesel yesterday. No, I didn't abandon Toyotas as I still have my 1999 4Runner, but I needed out of a regular cab manual for the purpose of future family stuff. AKA, don't hate me for my decision!
Anyway, new buyer (girlfriend's dad) is about 1,000 miles away and we'd like to be able to tow the Tacoma to him and then continue on some sort of road trip.
2012 Toyota Tacoma, 4wd, Manual transmission
We'd love to continue our road trip without an empty trailer attached after the drop off, so Uhaul seems to be the only player in the game. Options:
I've read mixed things, hard to find definitive answers for 2nd gen trucks. I would plan on disconnecting the rear drive shaft, but I'm put off by the maximum tire sizes listed on Uhaul's website (I have 265/75/16 on stock steelies), exceeding Uhaul's supported tire sizes.
Auto Transport Trailer
Gets all four wheels off the ground, costs over double the amount as the tow dolly ($200 vs $460), but still claims to not support tires over 29" or so, so that also is an issue.
This also has mixed comments from even the RV forums, and I'm not sure I want to invest in the hardware required to tow this truck since it seems proprietary to the make/model, and I'll never be doing it again - unlike RV owners.
So, which would you choose? Driving it out there would cost the same as towing it out there with my new truck, and leave us stranded in Yuma, AZ having to either fly back to CO and sacrifice the following road trip, or rent a car and drive it back to CO for $$$. Any experience is greatly appreciated, kind of regretting telling gf's father that we'd gladly drive it out!