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Can my Tacoma tow this?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by zzmrnc, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. Jan 26, 2013 at 5:40 AM
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    I have a 2012 Tacoma 4X4 TRD Double Cab. I'm looking at purchasing a RV a Rockwood Roo with a dry weight of 4883 lb. I will be loading my Yamaha Big Bear 4-Wheeler on the front deck plus with gear in the trailer I would be close to the 6000 lb, I know it's rated for 6400 lb but I'm I getting too close to the limit? Is this too much for my Tacoma to haul? What should I consider adding to assist with the towing? A weight distribution / sway control hitch system? An upgrade to the rear suspension air bags or (?)? Thanks in advance for your help. Before I purchased my Tacoma I had eleven full size GMC trucks I will never go back, I love this truck.....

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  2. Jan 26, 2013 at 5:42 AM
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    I would never try to tow that on a daily basis or long haul. At best your looking at 10mpg + a ton of strain on the truck.

    Not sure of you have towed anything yet, but my truck acts like it's chained down when hauling an empty landscape trailer.
     
  3. Jan 26, 2013 at 5:55 AM
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    if your not planning on going very far, and have a good brake control devise hooked up. should of bought a tundra though.
     
  4. Jan 26, 2013 at 6:08 AM
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    That's gonna be miserable especially if planning long trips. I'd look for a lighter setup IMO.
     
  5. Jan 26, 2013 at 6:25 AM
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    It's not what you can tow. It's what you can safely stop.
     
  6. Jan 26, 2013 at 6:38 AM
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    Thanks for the information so far. A few obvious items that I didn’t state in the first post I would be adding a brake controller and the extended trailer mirrors.
    The factory oil cooler that comes with the towing package is that sufficient or do I need to upgrade that?
    For the rear suspension I mentioned the addition of air bags or an upgrade of the rear springs (TSB or aftermarket what would be my best option).
    Thanks again.
     
  7. Jan 26, 2013 at 7:02 AM
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    I think you may be over your payload. My 4x4 DCSB has a payload of a little over 1100 lbs. When you factor in the tongue weight of 600 lbs (approx 10%) you will only have 500 lbs for occupants, fuel, and other gear. Look at the sticker on the driver door to get the specific payload for your vehicle.
     
  8. Jan 26, 2013 at 7:23 AM
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    +1. I just don't feel consistent towing, especially close to the limit, is our trucks' strong suit.
     
  9. Jan 26, 2013 at 11:14 AM
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    tongue weight will probably way over the limit, but if u dont care about bending the rear axle then tow it. But I would very highly recommend a big tranny cooler with fan if you want the transmission to survive at all.

    I have this cooler on mine and it is fricken great: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CIIE1W/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00

    All that you need to install it is some: 3/8" tranny hose, creativity of mounting it (pretty easy, I used the stock brakets and one I made out of a flat piece and drilled 2 hole and no bending), and some wire for the fan.
     
  10. Jan 26, 2013 at 8:49 PM
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    S.B. Thanks for the tip on the transmission cooler, I will have to order one.
     
  11. Feb 2, 2013 at 6:06 PM
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    I would definitely recomend gitting a weight distribution / sway control hitch system for the trailer otherwise it will be a hasle to tow. But like the others said I would not recomend towing it long distance or down/up step grades.
     
  12. Feb 2, 2013 at 6:11 PM
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    I can relate.....just hauling a golf cart behind mine seemed like too much.....and that was before my lift/tires.
     
  13. Feb 9, 2013 at 6:25 AM
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    I've been looking at Toy Haulers too, so I have a vested interest in this. Personally, I ruled out the front platform types, because of the tongue weight. Anything you load to that cargo area pretty much sends all that weight to the tongue. Not sure what your ATV weighs, but my Harley is 900 lbs., so I quit looking at this type of rig. Good luck in your research, and let us know how it goes with pics in the end.
     
  14. Feb 9, 2013 at 6:30 AM
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    A weight distribution hitch will help shift some weight from the rear to the front axles. I think you would be good to go except for the 4 wheeler in the bed.
     
  15. Feb 9, 2013 at 6:59 AM
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    The truth is..... Don't even waste your money trying.. I tried every trick in the book to tow the same weight with mine and it's just not worth it. Truck is to lite, and underpowered for the task. I pulled an 18ft TT 4300lbs loaded was around 5300lbs. On flat ground it was good but throw in some hills and it was rough. On winding roads the trailer pushes its mass over the truck. Also pulled a 24ft Sea Ray Cruiser a few times and it's weight was just over 6klbs. Truck would of been trashed from the towing jobs. So I bought a Late model F150 5.4 4x4 as a Tow rig. You'll find yourself in the same shoes at some point. Save yourself money and get a bigger tow rig. ;) P.S I did keep the Tacoma as my DD.
     
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    I tow my truck/trailer many many miles (probably over 15k) in 2 years. Many trips of 400 miles, and even a one over 1100 miles (one way). It does fine on the flat land, but like others said when you reach hills it sucks big time. Should of bought a tundra, but didn't. Oh well.

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    The load is most likely over #6k. As it is a steel 16' flat bed trailer, and the crawler weights #4700. Not to mention my fat ass and all the camping supplies.

    I weighed it total one day it was #10,900.
     
  17. Feb 10, 2013 at 3:17 PM
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    This is what I just picked up. Tows like a dream. Drove over 100 miles on the way home from the hills of PA all the way back to NJ. Just be cautious thats all.

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    wow sweet. weight?
     
  19. Feb 10, 2013 at 6:37 PM
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    5100 lbs. dry. I figure 600 lbs of gear. Need to adjust the bars and hitch head
     
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    This. Couldn't have said it better.
     
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