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Gen 3 Towing Thread

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by TacoJonn, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. Nov 10, 2017 at 12:33 AM
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    wafersmith

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    I pull a 2017 RPod 182G on a regular basis. I am running a 2017 TRD DCSB with Firestone airbags, 2inch lift and standard hitch. Fully loaded the trailer runs around 2tons, plus four passengers with bikes and gear in rig. I usually average around 10mpg in the pacific northwest here, lots of mountains and curvy roads. I can maintain 65 on freeway typically, can maintain this on all the hills I have pulled. It works the truck for sure but doesn't overstress it. Airbags made a huge difference in ride quality and control. Pulls better than my old ranger with 4L or my cherokee with 4L. Also, I picked up the shift sense pro, love it for towing.
     
  2. Nov 10, 2017 at 10:23 AM
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    Did the Shift Sense Pro make all that much difference over manually shifting in S mode when your towing your RP and gear??? I sometimes wish I went with the Firestone airbags over the Super Springs though they have preformed okay. Still with towing the single axle RP 180 I with a WD/anti-sway hitch I do have allot of bounce in the trailer. I'm thinking of upgrading the factory shocks to see if that gives and improvement or maybe that's just the nature of the beast when pulling a single axle RV.
     
  3. Nov 10, 2017 at 4:11 PM
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    Total weight is around 2300 lbs. I've got 275s and I found that the truck fairly adequately towed this thing around. 70 mph light grades and below, mountain grades I held just north of 60 at about 4K RPM. Seemed like it was willing to accelerate if I wanted to push the RPMs.
    That said, I picked the aluminum trailer to save weight. Pricey, but it weighs 400 lbs less than a similar steel.
     
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  4. Nov 10, 2017 at 7:56 PM
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    I've posted this elsewhere, but it should be here.

    2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 6spd MT pulling a ToyotaMR2 3.5"Turbo/Intercooled 5spd MT Sandrail. Both have sweet leather TRD shift knobs.

    That is all.
     
  5. Nov 11, 2017 at 8:19 AM
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    Just got back yesterday 1300 miles towing my 2014 Forest River 22bp travel trailer. Dry weight 3500lbs and tongue weight 438lbs.

    Had a lot of 22mph head and cross winds. Drove from Dallas to Santa Fe NM so lots of open plains.. Usually only tow it 6 hours.

    I decided to install a Curt Sway Bar before I went and I'm glad I did. I couldn't believe the difference it made! It was amazing. I don't have a WDH.

    The worst gas mileage I got was 7.5. Best was 11.9. I probably averaged 9 the whole trip. Did okay. Most of the trip was in 20mph winds. It did best when I kept it around 3K RPM. When the winds died I could keep it in 6th gear at around 65mph.

    There were a few other people at the RV park that had Tundras and were pulling about 5K trailers. They said they averaged around 9-10mpg. Thought about moving up to a Tundra, but really don't think it's necessary.

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  6. Nov 11, 2017 at 3:14 PM
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    How did you get uhaul to rent you that trailer? I thought they don't rent unless towing vehicle is x3 the weight of the towed cargo.
     
  7. Nov 11, 2017 at 3:21 PM
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    From the U-Haul site
    • Must weigh at least 3,500 lbs. (curb weight), and must equal or exceed 80% of the combined weight of the trailer (2,210 lbs.) and the vehicle being towed (up to 5,290 lbs.).
    https://www.uhaul.com/Trailers/Auto-Transport-Rental/AT/
     
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  8. Nov 11, 2017 at 3:25 PM
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    I don't remember what the limitation was when I rented a dolly from them once but I knew it wouldn't fly if I told them what I was actually doing (going 600 miles in my 22RE powered '93 pickup pulling a '75 Electra 225) so I said I'd be dragging a hollowed out CRX shell. Done and done. Dumbest tow situation I've ever undertaken, but I kept to county roads across the square states and probably didn't get over 45 mph the whole time.
     
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  9. Nov 12, 2017 at 3:13 PM
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    Walked in told them what I was towing asked if i wanted a dolly or trailer. I wanted trailer for the long haul plus the Rav is 4wd. I was under my weight limits. they allow to tacomas as long as your meet the weight requirements. No sag whats so ever to. and i was right about at 5800lbs IMG_0031.jpg
     
  10. Nov 12, 2017 at 7:32 PM
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    are there any weight distribution hitches that are easy to install and remove to U-Haul trailers?
     
  11. Nov 13, 2017 at 7:37 PM
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    not that i know of Uhaul doesnt allow them on their trailers .
     
  12. Nov 13, 2017 at 9:31 PM
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    The shift sense pro does the shifting for me so that is the benefit;). I do like the automatic nature and the programmable shift settings. I use it when not towing as well. I really love the air bags, use then for towing and hauling, the ability to tune them for each load is awesome. I don’t have much bounce at all after the air bags. I do have to be mindful of the way I load the gear in the trailer and truck as it does, or can, make the trailer wag and I don’t have a equalizing hitch. I wouldn’t think shocks would make a huge difference. I would consider replacing the super spring with the air bags. Since those springs are progressive they will allow more bounce so as to retain the ride quality when unloaded as well.
     
  13. Nov 13, 2017 at 10:20 PM
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    Purchased truck in middle of Sep. Road trip time at the end of Sep. DC > GA > TX > AZ > CA > DC. Took i95 > i85 > i20 > i40 > i5 out to California. I80 all the way back to DC. Entire trip was around 7500 miles. Trailer probably weighed an even 2k lbs. No issues. Averaged 16mpg roughly, Going 65-70. Had 45 gal of gas in the nose of the trailer, a bit tongue heavy I'd say. I've done a few cross country trips. It was a pleasure to drive. Had my first 5k service before my first payment.

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  14. Nov 14, 2017 at 6:46 AM
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    After watching the famous video going around proving how a WDH is better for weight distribution/anti sway than bags for towing I chose a WDH. Bags are obviously great for payload but that pretty much where most the benefit stops. I can see using bags in conjunction with a WDH to gain some extra level with weaker stock springs. With that said, I pick up my Coachmen Freedom Express (4000# dry) in a few days. If I feel the WDH needs a little extra help with my stock springs I'm 95% certain I will go with Sumosprings over bags for a variety of reasons.
     
  15. Nov 14, 2017 at 10:33 AM
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    Which video? Got a link for the curious?
     
  16. Nov 14, 2017 at 10:49 AM
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    I have a WDH on my Summerland (about 3800-4000lbs loaded) with my stock springs and found that there were no issues. Should I be worried?
     
  17. Nov 14, 2017 at 11:01 AM
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    I hope this is the right thread for my question if not I apologise.Here goes anyone know who makes a black locking hitch pin that fits the factory hitch on a 2017 Tacoma OR DCSB every one I have tried is not long enough to engage the lock.
     
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  18. Nov 14, 2017 at 11:10 AM
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    Probably no need for worry but assuming your WDH is setup correctly, on a flat surface with the trailer unhooked measure from your wheel wells to the ground on the front and back. Hook your trailer up and the WDH then measure again. Your measurements should be no more than a 1/2" or less difference from the measurement without the trailer. If it is more than that then Id weigh the tongue on your wet and loaded trailer and see where you are for TW. You can also move gear around in the trailer and in the bed of your truck and see if that helps. If that doesnt help either to get within your fender measurements then Id consider bags or sumosprings in conjunction with your WDH to help take up the slack on your stock springs. Some will say to change out the rear suspension leaf pak which is also good advice but its spendier and might possibly change the ride without a load.
     
  19. Nov 14, 2017 at 11:14 AM
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  20. Nov 14, 2017 at 11:19 AM
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    while i haven't found a black one, i will say that i had to get the longer pin for mine. i can't remember the length but its for class v hitches i believe, instead of class IV
     
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