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Car Idiot has Towing concerns (whimpers like school kid)

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by DYoung, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. Dec 7, 2009 at 10:15 AM
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    DYoung

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    Built a schedule c pipe frame and 14 guage steel cap. Very tough.
    Hello Folks,

    Great forum, I am really glad I found it!

    Okay, so here's my thing. I have profound respect for car people...alas, its not my cup of tea (Im a blacksmith and furniture maker). So I could use some friendly guidance with a towing issue. I read this thread but it raised many questions in my mind.
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/towing/4031-tacoma-towing-bible.html


    I drive a 99 Tacoma, V6 (with the short extended cab)

    Right now I have a burly steel cap on the back that I custom made. Its a few hundred pounds. But Im notincing the rear of the truck is sagging....I suspect not from the cap but from previous hauls (lots of wood, cement etc)

    My goal:

    I am hoping to build an old fashioned post and beam (timber frame house) so I need to haul pretty long tree trunks.

    So Im hoping to buy a 14-17 foot trailer.


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    The first questions are whether or not I can tow circa 5000 lbs.

    The second question is....what do I do, look for, buy, keep in mind, etc.:eek:

    Third question is....holy crap I have analysis paralysis. All this technical car stuff is freaking me out !!!!:cool:


    Can someone help me with a checklist of things I need to "look under the hood for" in order to even determine if I can haul that much weight/trailer?


    oh, if anyone needs metal working tips/advice, please let me know. I also build historical armour so sheet metal body work is pretty much up my alley.

    Thanks
    Drew
     
  2. Dec 7, 2009 at 10:43 AM
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    How many logs at a time? you will want to factor in the total weight of everything. Whats the distance? The terrain?

    Might want to look into an AAL(add a leaf) to compensate for that sagging.

    I would definitely get a tandem axle trailer with trailer brakes, this well help distribute the load a little better and help you stop w/ the brakes. Whats your budget on a trailer? an all aluminum trailer is going to cost quite a bit more than the equivalent steel trailer and will help you tow a little bit more for your limited payload.
     
  3. Dec 7, 2009 at 11:21 AM
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    Built a schedule c pipe frame and 14 guage steel cap. Very tough.

    Probably one tree 2-3 foot diameter trunk at a time. Doubtful any longer than 14 feet, hence a trailer of simlar length.

    I looked under my truck. Max gross haul weight for the hitch is 5000lbs.

    As for the engine, is it a question of liter size? Ie, what should I look for to determine the hauling guts of this truck other than knowing its a v6 ?

    Can 'after market' brakes be installed on a trailer?
     
  4. Dec 7, 2009 at 11:26 AM
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    if you are gonna be hauling heavier loads quite often I would look into the air lift assist for the rear of your truck. I know firestone makes a kit, they are adjustable so with however much weight you add you can add more or less air in the system to level out your truck.
     
  5. Dec 7, 2009 at 1:53 PM
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    Built a schedule c pipe frame and 14 guage steel cap. Very tough.

    What about these http://www.truckspring.com/timbren_285.html
     
  6. Dec 7, 2009 at 6:47 PM
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    if your truck is an automatic look into a transmission cooler - esp if you are making long hauls and/or hauls over steep terrain.
     
  7. Dec 7, 2009 at 6:59 PM
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    all good suggestions what kind of trailer are you looking at buying i have found with a couple of mods boat trailers are great for hauling logs
     
  8. Dec 8, 2009 at 6:38 AM
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    Good idea. Never thought about that. Plus it would be a lot lighter since there is less metal.
     
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