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2007 SR5 V6 4x2 pulling a 7x16 enclosed trailer?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by BigEasyTacoma, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. Jun 10, 2011 at 7:13 AM
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    BigEasyTacoma

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    I'm a contractor and I have 2007 V6 Tacoma. I'm thinking about getting a 7'x16 enclose trailer. I live in a very flat city and I won't be hauling the trailer around every day. Just a couple times a week. Is my truck strong enough to handle this or should I look into getting a v8? I'm less than 2 years from completely paying my truck off, so I'm big on the idea of getting another truck if I don't have to.
     
  2. Jun 10, 2011 at 7:20 AM
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    how heavy is the trailer and what do you intend to haul with it? Does the trailer have brakes? The weight is more of an issue than the size. Are you equipped to tow? (factory tow package or aftermarket hitch, wiring, etc)

    The Tacoma does haul fairly well if you're within it's limits. It does well in the 3-4,000 lb range if you're towing fairly consistantly. If you're towing over that weight every day, or even a couple times a week, a bigger truck may be a good investment. Some older enclosed trailers are heavier than hell vs the newer ones. Just to let you know, your mileage will go in the crapper with a trailer attached.
     
  3. Jun 10, 2011 at 7:22 AM
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    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    Sway and brake controller, trans cooler, keep all the weights under the limits, and you're set.
     
  4. Jun 14, 2011 at 4:54 AM
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    I have the factory tow package. I plan to build shelves on the left side to put tools(nothing overly heavy). Half of the floor space on the right I will leave open for hauling materials. I'm going to buy one with brakes.

    Does an enclosed trailer have to be weighted relatively symmetrically on each side or does that not matter?
     
  5. Jun 14, 2011 at 5:14 AM
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    OP, I pull a similar trailer often with my 2010 DC PreRunner. You won't have any troubles... However, it is very important you balance your load, preferably the majority of weight centered over the trailer's axle. You're going in the right direction of trailer brakes, etc. Good luck.
     
  6. Jun 14, 2011 at 5:25 AM
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    Loading side to side matters to an extent. Usually you try to load a little more on the driver's side. Loading heavy on the passenger side can make the trailer pull to the right slightly because of the loading and crown in the road.

    Loading front to back matters and greatly affects how the trailer tracks. You don't want the weight centered over the trailer's axle, instead you want it shifted slightly forward. If you just center the load over the axle or have it behind the axle, the trailer can 'wag' on you.
     
  7. Jun 14, 2011 at 5:57 AM
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    Is the trailer in question a tandem axle or a single axle? I use my neighbor's 20' car hauler tandem axle to get building materials and it tows better loaded than my 5x8 single axle utility trailer loaded.
     
  8. Jun 14, 2011 at 6:44 AM
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    7X16 would be tandem axle for sure.
     
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