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For the non believers :) Towing 6500 lbs

Discussion in 'Towing' started by fur pig, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. Sep 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM
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    fur pig

    fur pig [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys,

    I bought a 2012 tacoma knowing that i'd occasionally be using it to tow my rockcrawler around and this weekend was the first time I got to put it to the test.
    Rockcrawler weighs 4100lbs, trailer is 2k and camping gear etc. put me right at max tow capacity. I am using a prodigy brake controller and have firestone riderite airbags in the back.
    Here is the load:
    [​IMG]

    Verdict:
    Truck kicked @ss. I kept it out of 5th gear and put the auto shifter in 4th the whole time. On the highway it would maintain 4th without shifting back and forth between 3 and 4. I could easily maintain 75 mph (about 3k RPM) and avg'd a little better than 10mpg. There was one beast of a mountain I went up and dropped to 65mph and hit 3rd a couple times but it did great.
    I definitely couldn't haul ass like my buddy with the eco-boost or the duramax but nevertheless the truck surprised me.
     
  2. Sep 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM
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    MonkeyProof

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    nice!

    do you have any problems stopping? i tow my rockcrawler on a 16fter using a Tekonsha P3 controller quite often. and like you say, tows great and the power is there. but the stopping/braking sucks, for me anyways. im always weary of not being able to stop in time during panick braking situation so a stay way back from being behind anyone. i am also re-geared to a 4.56 ratio which makes it a little easier to tow. i think the re-gear helps me stay in gear between 5th and 4th more constantly when compared to having stock gears.

    here's my junk :D
    [​IMG]
     
  3. Sep 30, 2012 at 4:20 PM
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    fur pig

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    Sick rig...s....lol.
    Stopping was no problem but I didn't have any panic stops. If I manually start pulling the lever on my brake controller, once I get to 3v I can feel it slowing my truck pretty decent, then around 10V the tires damn near are locking up. I only have brakes on 1 axle but did just service them and put new magnets on.
    Your yota is sick though, what are your specs?
    Mine is an 85 runner, blown 5vz-fe swap, 39.5 iroks, 4.7 duals etc.. Here is my build thread:
    http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/toyo...field-recovery-blown-5vz-fe-40deez-metal.html

     
  4. Sep 30, 2012 at 7:14 PM
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    MonkeyProof

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    Pretty much the as yours, 86 turbo with a 5vz-fe swap on 39.5" krawlers :D
     
  5. Sep 30, 2012 at 7:17 PM
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    Supra TT

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    I tow nearly the same weight, braking sucks on hills, and obviously snow/rain...

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  6. Sep 30, 2012 at 7:30 PM
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    tx_shooter

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    I hauled my rig back from the trails following a buddy with a gas 3/4 ton. When we stopped get some food on the way back he was upset to find out I was getting better mileage than he does. The Tacoma is a surprising tow vehicle.

    I'm surprised that the OP was towing at 3k rpms though. I tend to keep my truck when loaded and in 4th no higher than 2,500 rpms if I can. Has anyone else done much towing at 3k rpms?


    Old pic of my rig shortly after I got it.

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  7. Sep 30, 2012 at 7:48 PM
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    I usually tow in 4th around 65 MPH, so what ever RPM's that is, over 10k towing miles
     
  8. Sep 30, 2012 at 7:56 PM
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    BuzzardsGottaEat

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    I feel like this thread should be retitled Show of your 2nd Gen towing your Old school pickup Rock Crawler :)
     
  9. Sep 30, 2012 at 7:56 PM
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    That is around 2,500 rpm then if you are still stock geared. That is how I usually tow also. I don't have that many tow miles on this truck yet; but at the rate I'm towing it won't take much longer.

    I really need to get an electronic brake controller and a trailer with a brake axle. Stopping without a trailer brake can get fun in a horrible kind of way.
     
  10. Oct 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM
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    ajohnson

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    Agreed! :D

    My taco does fine towing the horunner. I was coming down a 2 lane highway yesterday and people kept getting in my damn way goin' slow. I run between 65 and 70 mph in 4th at about 2500-2700 rpms with 265/75/16 tires and stock gears.

    [​IMG]

    Unfortunately my Prodigy P2 brake controller quit working yesterday, Luckily I was close to home and kept it slow. It has power but doesn't recognize the trailer being hooked up, and displays "NC" when I pull the manual lever.
     
  11. Oct 7, 2012 at 1:58 PM
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    I was just towing my 1st gen with my 2nd gen in my parents yard because its broken (and im too broke to fix it) wish i got a pic for this thread!
     
  12. Oct 7, 2012 at 2:49 PM
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    I towed a 2nd gen with my 2nd gen Saturday after Dbronzo bent his spindle. There might be a pic of that popping up soon.
     
  13. Oct 13, 2012 at 5:20 PM
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    The Taco didn't like it but it got the job done.

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