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Any worthy upgrades for towing a travel trailer?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by ChadMc, Oct 25, 2021.

  1. Oct 25, 2021 at 3:50 AM
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    ChadMc

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    Hey guys! I’ve never been much of a forum poster. I have a 2013 bone stock Tacoma TRD sport with the tow package. Just picked up a Passport 219BH travel trailer and the dry weight is 4600. I probably looked at every thread on here which is actually funny. A lot of people who seemed like they don’t tow saying “don’t do it, you’ll explode” kinda talk. I tow a dump trailer for work about once a week and I know what the Tacoma is safety ok to do. I will say I was shocked at how well the WDH works and how it towed the trailer this weekend. Went about 100 miles on some hilly terrain and it handled it like a beast. Again, stock truck! Just curious if there’s any upgrade out there to help with towing at all as we plan to use it a lot next year. I’ve been reading about the airbags to keep the rear end a bit higher. Thanks for any advice! Maybe I’ll post a bit more now ha!
     
  2. Oct 25, 2021 at 3:56 AM
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    I added another trans cooler and air bags ( in addition to my lift). Both made a big difference on my 2010 trd sport dclb.
     
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  3. Oct 27, 2021 at 4:59 PM
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    Timbren SES bump stops in the rear made a difference for me !
     
  4. Oct 29, 2021 at 3:57 PM
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    after 4 years and most of the USA east of the big muddy, towing a 4400 dry Travel trailer. I bought a Yukon XL for towing. Drive my beloved Taco daily , but use the big truck for towing. She did it, but labored too much for me to bear. She is north of 200K now, and want her to live forever...
     
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  5. Oct 29, 2021 at 9:48 PM
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  6. Oct 29, 2021 at 10:23 PM
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    You're pushing the limits and will need to pack carefully so you don't overload the truck. Around 4500-5000 lbs total is as much as I'd feel comfortable with behind a Tacoma. You're going to be 5000-5500 loaded. PULLING the weight isn't the problem. Its the limited payload on Tacoma's. Once loaded your trailer + WDH will place about 750-800 lbs on the trucks suspension.

    I don't know what truck you have, but the lighter the truck, the more usable payload you have. A 4X4 DC is heavier and will have 1000-1200 lbs payload. If this is what you have that doesn't leave much room for passengers and cargo in the truck. A 4X2 and/or Access cab is lighter and will have 200ish lbs more payload and give you a little more room to work with.
     
  7. Oct 31, 2021 at 3:45 PM
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  8. Oct 31, 2021 at 8:30 PM
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    If you are thinking about a topper, consider a high rise. I picked up 2.5 mpg after adding my ARE Mx when towing my trailer on interstates. Obviously not worth it if not buying a topper.
     
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  10. Nov 25, 2021 at 5:31 AM
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    Hi all. I checked out the roadmaster active suspension. Put in my specs…2015 Tacoma 2WD.
    They showed their product but states it only fits vehicles with axel above the springs. Anyone have a set of these on a prerunner 2WD? Thanks in advance and happy thanksgiving to all!
    E5652A82-78D5-4851-962F-B3AABD40569A.jpg
     
  11. Nov 25, 2021 at 5:57 AM
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    wiljayhi

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    Take a look at Hellwig helper springs.

    https://www.hellwigproducts.com/product-list/helper-springs/

    Looks like EZ 990 would fit your rig (scroll down till you find the right fit).

    I’ve had the helpers on mine for the past two years and they’ve done the job with no issues. Save you some money as well.
     
  12. Nov 25, 2021 at 6:19 AM
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    Thanks Jim! I’ll give them a look.
     
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