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Old 01-21-2013, 09:01 AM   #1
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Which Tacoma for carrying a camper

I've been driving, for work and for fun, a '96 T-100 for the past 13 years. Am now considering getting a Tacoma. It will be almost exclusively for carrying my pop-up slide-in camper. I have an All Terrain Camper, Bobcat model. It weighs 700lbs dry, probably around 1000 lbs loaded with gear, etc. I am planning to build a similar camper and hope to lower the weight by 200-300 lbs. I am wondering if a 2.7 access cab with 4x4 is sufficient to carrying this weight without being too much of a strain on the engine. The camper is low profile, the over-the-cab part is only 8" high in the lowered, travelling position. My T-100 doesn't mind a bit but it is the 6 cylinder. I am retired(yeah) and plan to spend a great deal of time on the road, but seldom on a paved road. I want to get something that will give me the best possible gas mileage. I don't need to drive fast and I don't get TOO crazy with the off road stuff. I don't want to over work my truck and shorten it's life though. I have 376,000 miles on the T-100 and I hope to get that much out of my Tacoma. 2.7 or should I go with the 6 banger?
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:05 AM   #2
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I would go with v6 with the towing package. That will give the the longest lasting set up IMO.
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If the camper will only be on the truck for the occasional week-end trip, and daily driver without it the rest of the time, then the 4-cyl. will be fine. If you plan on keeping the camper on there all the time, I would go with the 6-cyl.
If you put a 4-cyl under a heavy load, the gas mileage gets worse than a 6-cyl. because it has to work so much harder.
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i see your in Colorado, a i4 might struggle with a camper shell a lot more than a v6 would pulling some big hills
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My thought was that the 2.7 might struggle a bit. Have never had a 4 cylinder, just know that my 6 banger T-100 is better than any domestic 8 cylinder that I have ever owned. Just wondered if anyone had that experience, camper and 2.7. It would pretty much be a full time set up, don't want any regrets so I imagine I'll go with the 6. Thanks
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Also by getting the tow package you'll gain the oil cooler and higher output alternator. Pretty sure you can't get a 4 cylinder with a tow package
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Definitely the v6. It'll be nice to have the balls. Need know when you'll need to tow a trailer or something.
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