Originally Posted by LovetoCamp
Is there anything special I should know about towing with a 6 speed manual tranny? I have a 20ft dual axle travel trailer with brakes. She weighs 3500lbs empty and has a tongue weight of 500lbs. We live in the Sierra Foothills about an hour west of the Rubicon Trail and Lake Tahoe so curvy country roads with steep grades are pretty much the norm around here.
We normally haul her with hubby's big ole 95 F-250 4x4 long bed automatic but between the 2, that's almost 40 feet of vehicle. I hardly ever drive his beast and because it sits so high, it's a challenge for me to back the trailer up without having to get out a million times to see what's going on back there. I do much better in my Tacoma but hubby doesn't think my Blue is big enough to tow my trailer. I do have the factory installed tow package.
With the factory tow package and V6 I think you would be fine. That combo is rated for 6500lbs and 650lbs tongue weight. Just remember to leave more distance between you and other cars, and pay attention to the engine. If it starts to lug/struggle, then downshift. I can tow in 6th no problem on flats or down grades. Going up I have to shift sooner, and keep the RPMs higher than when not towing.
You'll also have to swing wider than normal, and backing up just became more fun.
Being a 20ft dual axle, it'll probably track better than some of the landscape trailers I've towed. You'll also need to slow down on rough roads and for bumps, and keep an eye on sway. If the trailer starts to sway and jerk the rear of the truck back and forth, just slow down until it subsides and keep your speed below that threshold.