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Gen 3 Towing Thread

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

  1. May 4, 2018 at 8:50 AM
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    arnette64

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    Sumosprings! :thumbsup:
     
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  2. May 4, 2018 at 9:03 AM
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    I distributed the weight as directed by u haul, and towing 4000lbs it didn't sway and stock brakes were just fine, considering uhaul doesn't have trailer brakes. I think you might look into the price for rental vs purchasing a light weight new enclosed trailer. I found a light weight trailer 1000lbs for 2500-2700$
     
  3. May 4, 2018 at 9:09 AM
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    Yes. Airlift 72000 with Firestone air springs and Fox 2.0 suspension.
    Perfect level adjustment to any load. Smooth ride.
    Sumo is the cheaper way with subpar results.
     
  4. May 4, 2018 at 9:36 AM
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    I ran sumo springs on my 2016 and they worked quite well. On my 2017, I switched the rear shocks to Fox 2.0 and that has greatly decreased the oscillation when going down the road compared to stock, its also kept me from slamming the bump stops like I've had happen with the stock suspension components with a decent load. I still get more sag than I would with the sumo springs, but I'm not towing daily so it works out well for me.
     
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  5. May 4, 2018 at 9:46 AM
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    I have been running firestone bags pulling a Rpod at about 4K typically. Love the airbags, no sag and much better ride.
     
  6. May 6, 2018 at 6:40 PM
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    Towing the racecar to get dyno tuned! Steel deck trailer and car weighed together at about 5500lbs. Dash said 13 MPG with the cruise set at 65mph! Absolutely love this truck! Very little amount of sag too!

     
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  7. May 6, 2018 at 6:54 PM
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    Thinking about this post, I have a SR. Does anyone know the difference between the SR, Sport, and Off Road shocks? Curious if I could change to off road shocks, for example, to better control oscillation of a heavy trailer.
     
  8. May 6, 2018 at 7:47 PM
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    Personally if you are going to go through the effort I’d go aftermarket. You are going to get better performance and it’s fairly inexpensive if you only do the rear shocks like I did.

    The fox 2.0 I put on mine are about $250 shipped and super easy install. They are significantly larger in diameter than the factory shocks and I can definitely notice a difference.
     
  9. May 7, 2018 at 6:28 AM
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    fdb03taco

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    Yeah I think the SR has Hitachi shocks from the factory. They're pretty floaty.
     
  10. May 9, 2018 at 6:06 PM
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  11. May 10, 2018 at 3:03 PM
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    Sumo springs have helped me a ton - no squat whatsoever towing around 3k lbs and full load in the bed. When i had my topper on it caused enough sag to ride on the sumo springs all of the time, which made it kind of like a harsh rebound when going over speed bumps, etc but not bad. I just took the topper off this week for the summer and it doesn't touch the springs anymore and the ride is good. It kind of firms up the handling if you have a bit of a load in the bed. Down the road I'll probably upgrade the spring pack whenever I replace the other suspension parts.
     
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  12. May 14, 2018 at 11:42 AM
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    Hi everyone. New guy here....been silently stalking this forum for lots of good information for years, as I've owned a 2000 TRD and a 2003 TRD. I just bought a 2018 TRD Off-Road, double cab, 6-sp manual, so I figured it was time to join and stop doing random Google searches for answers since there are already so many knowledgeable owners here. Please give forgive me for a couple very simplistic questions about towing...just bought a 3800 lb. travel trailer and it didn't pull as well as I hoped. My main reason for selling my '03 and going new was occasional towing, but I didn't want the larger Tundra for day-to-day driving. As for my basic questions:

    1) Several people have asked me if I have the "tow package". On the 2018 TRD off-road, my understanding is that there is no tow package option. These come standard with tow capacity of 6400 lbs. Am I crazy?

    2) My trailer is 3200 lbs. dry and 3800 lbs. max weight. I did get a brake controller. Anything else I really need?

    3) I live in the NorCal Sierra foothills, and the best I can seem to do uphill is running in 3rd gear at 3500-4000 rpm's. Any concerns with pushing the engine like that, or would you say "nah, these trucks can handle it"?

    Thanks so much for your advice.
     
  13. May 14, 2018 at 12:02 PM
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    1. Yes I believe all 2018 V6 models have towing package as standard.

    2. Your less than 200 lbs. off from my camping trailer. Depending on your tounge weight and stability a weight distributor and or anti sway device might be needed or preferred. I don’t use either.

    3. Should be fine, the 3.5 really doesn’t put the power out until 3500 rpm.
     
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  14. May 14, 2018 at 1:12 PM
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    To echo @Pickupman2007 you're not making max torque until about 4000rpm. So in terms of will the truck handle it I'd say yes absolutely. However you may consider doing your service intervals closer together if you're towing several times a month at that weight and RPM
     
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  15. May 28, 2018 at 6:15 PM
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    I cannot engage ECT if the shifter is in the S-Mode. Just doesn’t come on. Anyone on this thread pull just a trailer with a four seater Razor? I’m trying to figure out what that weight would be. Thanks!!
     
  16. May 28, 2018 at 7:08 PM
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    Well guys. Traded my Tacoma for a Tundra. It just was not cutting it and I did not want to throw a bunch of money at the rear suspension on a brand new truck. First tow with the Tundra made it all worth it.
     
  17. May 29, 2018 at 11:42 AM
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    Hey all. First post here and this seems like the thread to ask the question I have. Back story first: Need a new daily driver and would like it to handle some local towing duties from time to time (I have a Ram 5500 but often that's just a lot of rig for zipping down to the river). I'm seriously considering an '18 TRD Pro. Max tow cap is 6400#. My boat (trailer, fuel, gear) is 6000# max. That's a lot of weight for a Taco, but again, this is just local towing (down the the river 15 miles away -any further and I'll use the Ram). I've read several threads where people vigorously complain about the auto (shifting too much, finicky, etc.,) and praise the 6 sp manual. Okay, I get that, but autos can be reprogrammed (either Toyota comes up with a solution (or perhaps that has already happened)) or perhaps aftermarket takes up the slack. Still, some of what I've read might make one pulls his hair out (5-6 constant shifting, for example) and if stuck with that constant shifting, well... On the other hand, I see clutches in my future should I go 6sp Manual (close to max cap then add boat ramps, canyons in my area, etc.). Then again, the auto gets a few more features, or so I've read. If it wasn't for the boat, I'd go 6sp manual hands-down. I'm going to drive both before I pull the trigger, but thought that since this is a towing thread, I'd ask folks' latest experience/opinions with both ('18 V-6 auto vs. manual). Unlike above, a Tundra, for me, isn't really an option as a daily (especially with that big Ram in my driveway). Anyway, thanks!
     
  18. May 29, 2018 at 11:56 AM
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    I’ve towed extensively with both. It comes down to personal preference but I much prefer the manual. The gearing is much better suited for towing and I’m averaging about 15 mpg towing with the MT vs 10 towing with the auto.
     
  19. May 29, 2018 at 12:00 PM
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    Thank you sir.
     
  20. May 29, 2018 at 12:06 PM
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    Name is stupid familiar...... Towing an XStar right?
     
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