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Gen 3 Towing Thread

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

  1. Feb 23, 2018 at 5:02 AM
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    Taco16LB

    Taco16LB wut ?

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    not all brakes are electric , some trailers have surge brakes on the trailer .
     
  2. Feb 23, 2018 at 6:59 AM
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    That weight you'll be totally fine to tow home. With weight more in the 2000 range like that, you probably don't absolutely need brakes, and I bet you're ok legally as well. But, IMO, a trailer with good functioning brakes is always better than one without. Whether or not it's actually worth the expense and upkeep is different for every situation.
     
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  3. Feb 23, 2018 at 7:00 AM
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    Likely that those boats you see have surge brakes, which don't require an electrical signal from the tow vehicle to operate.
     
  4. Feb 23, 2018 at 7:10 AM
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    I wouldn’t worry about brakes with a load that light.
     
  5. Feb 23, 2018 at 7:41 AM
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    These are pretty much the specs of my last boat. Towed very easily behind my Tacoma V6 and my previous I4 Tacoma. It had surge brakes, but they were terrible. Brakes probably needed servicing but the truck did fine. I maybe towed an hour each way once a year and that boat was wet slipped most of it's life so trailering wasn't as big a deal to me. My boat now is much larger, but still within the Tacoma's ability. Brakes are much more important now.
     
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  6. Feb 23, 2018 at 7:43 AM
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    That said, most boat trailers have surge brakes or electric over surge when applicable. Electric brakes don't like getting dunked in water repeatedly.
     
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  7. Feb 24, 2018 at 10:29 AM
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    Yes, I'm on the airstream forum.
    I have an Equal-i-zer hitch, setup by the dealer. Tekonsha brake controller.
     
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  8. Feb 24, 2018 at 3:33 PM
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    Nice AirStream! How much tongue weight on that size?
     
  9. Feb 25, 2018 at 2:40 PM
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    Just picked this up Friday evening. 2995 lbs. dry, truck did great on the way home from Camping World.

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  10. Feb 25, 2018 at 9:19 PM
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  11. Feb 26, 2018 at 8:45 PM
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    Exactly my trucks hitch capacity and as I believe you mentioned the 23FB is a bit less.
     
  12. Apr 24, 2018 at 11:39 AM
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    We just bought a trailer that when fully loaded will be 6,500lbs (27 ft long). I'm looking for good towing mirrors. Can you tell me what kind you used (or if you used any) and if you had a back up camera on the trailer? Thx.
     
  13. Apr 24, 2018 at 1:36 PM
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    6500 lbs??? Let us know how that works out. I know it's rated for it, but it may struggle a bit.

    G.
     
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    6500lb?? whoa.

    I use these mirrors with my a-frame and they work fine. Still a bit of vibration at freeway speeds, but they are pretty solid below 60-65MPH

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B019YJCBF4/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
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  15. Apr 25, 2018 at 5:14 AM
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  16. May 2, 2018 at 10:11 AM
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    Looking for some insight here, as I'm reading a lot of your guys posts that are towing a trailer heavier than mine, with what sounds like better results than what I get. Does my situation sound abnormal? Maybe too much or too little tongue weight? Do I sell it and buy a F150 ecoboost? Halp!

    When towing in S4 with ECT on at 65-70mph the truck has to downshift to 3rd on any kind of incline to maintain speed. This makes the truck scream around 4,300rpm. Only in damn near perfect conditions can it maintain speed in 4th gear. I've tried just D with ECT on and it would not upshift past 3 gear unless going downhill or take my foot completely off the gas. Cruise control is absolutely pointless as it either gets stuck in 3rd gear or it constantly shifts from 4th to 3rd to maintain speed.

    Vehicle: 2017 Tacoma TRD Sport - stock except for Rotiform SIX-OR wheels and Toyo Open Country tires
    Trailer: Grey Wolf 17BHSE - trailer dry weight 3,900lbs, loaded estimated 4,300lbs. Hitch weight of 480lbs
    Hitch: WDH hitch with bars, trailer is level.

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  17. May 2, 2018 at 12:27 PM
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    Your tires are inflated at what pressure (PSI) ? It make a HUGE difference

    I put mine at 50 psi (truck and trailer) when towing heavy load
     
  18. May 2, 2018 at 12:44 PM
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    I'm interested in seeing the difference between our old 2nd Gen;
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    And our 3rd Gen.

    Trailer: Keystone Hideout 19FLB - trailer dry weight 3,900lbs, loaded estimated 4,500lbs. Hitch weight of 480lbs
    Hitch: WDH hitch with bars, friction anti sway, P2 Brake controller

    The 2nd gen towed fine in 4th; highway speed was alright, mileage was terrible, I've passed a total of two other vehicles ever.

    We'll see this summer.
     
  19. May 2, 2018 at 4:39 PM
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    Truck tires I believe 34psi (per the “book”). Don’t recall the trailer tires but they have nitrogen and a valve stem cap that shows color if they’re good or bad pressure.
     
  20. May 2, 2018 at 7:02 PM
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    Hey everyone,

    I will be moving in about 6 months and want to try and move ourselves using the taco for mostly financial reasons. My plan is to tow the largest uhaul rental trailer from Washington DC out to LA....its a long ride and will be made over several days. I estimate the loaded trailer will be about 5500lb and I have a leer camper top on the bed. I was going to get a break controller but further research showed the uhaul trailers just have build in inertia breaks. I know it's not ideal but I'm confident the Taco can make it even if it isn't pretty. Any advice to help make the trip a safer one? Recommended routes? Upgrades? Accessories?

    Ps. I have a 2017 DCLB OR. Please correct me if I'm wrong/a few specific questions.
    -softer suspension not helpful
    -longer wheelbase is a plus
    -added weight for being the DCLB relevant to max of 6400?
    -DCLB comes with a transmission cooler that DCSB does not? I heard it on YouTube wasn't sure if that's true.
    -can I add a weight distribution hitch to a rental trailer?
    -expected MPG of 10-15 if I baby the throttle?

    Thanks for any help,

    Thomas
     
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