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Anyone haul a 16ft utility trailer?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jonatay, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. Mar 2, 2012 at 11:33 AM
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    jonatay

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    I bought mine with the weight distribution tow package and cooler, but just wondering how well it will pull it. I'm helping my sister-in-law move and I won't be going more than 5 miles between houses when loaded. It will, however, take me about 1 hour to get there (empty trailer). Just curious to know if anyone has pulled that size of a trailer with their Taco.
     
  2. Mar 2, 2012 at 11:39 AM
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    Pugga

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    Flat bed or enclosed? Also, it's a combination of physical size and weight that make trailers tough to tow. I'm assuming yours has brakes?
     
  3. Mar 2, 2012 at 11:48 AM
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    I guess it more like a flat bed. The sides go about 18" and it weighs around 1600-1800lbs. I believe it does have brakes, but I'm not 100% on that one. I'm borrowing it from a friend. If my memory serves me right, it uses the 7 pin round adapter to the 4 pin connecter. Not sure if that means anything. It also a double axle trailer.
     
  4. Mar 2, 2012 at 12:06 PM
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    you should be able to pull it without knowing it is back there. I pull ours all the time with 4wheelers and do fine with the 4cyl.
     
  5. Mar 2, 2012 at 12:18 PM
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    If you need a 7 to 4-pin adapter meaning your truck has 7 pins but the trailer only has 4, then trailer doesn't have brakes. 18" sides would mean it's an open top, flat bed trailer. You'll know it's back there but it'll tow it just fine. Just leave plenty of extra stopping distance.
     
  6. Mar 2, 2012 at 12:58 PM
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    That is correct, my truck has 7 pins, but the trailer only has 4. Thanks everyone for the input. I figured it would be fine as I've towed the same trailer with our '06 4Runner V8 4WD. It pulled it just fine, but I want to use my truck this time so that we can load the truck and the trailer to make less trips.
     
  7. Mar 2, 2012 at 1:07 PM
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    i just pulled my 16' heavy duty (licensed 7000lb) utility trailer from west texas to houston and back. empty going over, 500-600 extra pounds coming back. all low profile. there was about 300 miles of 75mph and 100 miles of 80 mph. rest 70 mph. ran hard going thru the hill county, several pulls at 5k rpm on interstate 10. a little noisy with my supercharger at times. got just a little less than 14 mpg. overall ran real good.
     
  8. Mar 2, 2012 at 2:53 PM
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    16' trailer with 2klb stump grinder. Truck tows it like a champ, it does however use the fuel pretty fast.

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  9. Mar 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM
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    Just keep a close eye on your tongue weight, keep speeds down and safety margins up, and you should be alright.
     
  10. Mar 2, 2012 at 6:28 PM
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    I towed a 16' trailer with 3600 lbs of lateral rock in it with my 4x4 4 banger. I could get moving with no problem. Stopping was an adventure. I haven't done that again.
     
  11. Mar 4, 2012 at 12:40 PM
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    You will be able to tow it fine I tow a 16' trailor loaded with 4 atvs no prblem and each atv are in the 700lb range.
     
  12. Mar 4, 2012 at 7:55 PM
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    That trailer may well have surge brakes, rather than electric, or electric over hydraulic. A tandem trailer without brakes is totally pointless, at least for on road use. I know laws vary a bit across N/A, but here it is 2000lbs + that require brakes. No need for tandem axles unless you are exceeding that, and by quite a bit.
     
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