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Gen 3 Towing Thread

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

  1. Jul 5, 2018 at 9:14 AM
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    Taco1701

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    I haven't posted in this thread in a long time, but I haven't done much towing. A few weeks ago, we took our atvs up to the Hatfield-McCoy Trails in West Virginia. Something I've wanted to do for a long time! Google maps says it's 425 miles one way, so 850 round trip. The vast majority of the trip was interstate with 60-70mph speed limits, depending on location. The trailer weight was somewhere between 2400-2500lbs and we had a couple hundred lbs of stuff in the bed of the truck. The truck did great and we didn't have any problems during the trip. I used ECT and S4, and S5 in the flat areas of GA, SC, and NC. In many places it would cruise just fine in S5 if it was flat, but any kind of hill required S4. Going around and over some of the mountains, I would have to keep it in S3 to maintain speed or accelerate on those long grades. Coming down the mountains, I could put it in S4 and the engine breaking would basically maintain speed without needing too much input from the breaks.

    Gas mileage varied throughout the trip, as part of the trip had long uphill grades and some areas were flat and the speed limit was only 60mph. Our first stop for gas, I was averaging about 12mpg. The second stop I averaged an even 15mpg. That was mostly due to the speed limit dropping down to 60mph. Coming back home, I averaged just over 14mpg and 13mpg on our two stops. All in all, I didn't think those numbers were terrible. My parents went with us and took their SxS and my dad's 2018 SR5 averaged a little over 15mpg for the entire trip. Though, their trailer weight was only about 1700lbs.

    This is by far the longest trip I've taken towing anything and I was surprised at how easy the whole trip was. The truck handled the extra weight just fine. It did have to shift down to keep rpms up on some of those long grades, but it always felt composed. The engine breaking was great coming down the mountains. I thought the gas mileage was reasonable and I think I could have done better in that regard if I kept my speed around 60mph the entire trip. This setup is what I tow the most, so the Taco is perfect for my needs. It could definitely handle more weight just fine, but we won't be towing anything much larger than this.
     
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  2. Jul 5, 2018 at 9:22 AM
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    Nice to see some other Mastercrafts on here. We keep ours on a lift at the lake the majority of the time. Like you mentioned when we do take it out it’s pretty much just around town. I’m sure we’re maxing out the tow capacity, especially with fuel, coolers, equipment, and friends. It revs a good bit on any kind of incline but stops surprising well with the surge/ disc trailer brakes. I’m not in a hurry to get a new truck but when I do I will definitely be going bigger.

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  3. Jul 5, 2018 at 9:51 AM
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    Nice boat.
    I might be getting an XT. If so, I will definitely be trading for a full size. Most likely, a F150 3.5 ecoboost w/ HD Payload pkg.
     
  4. Jul 5, 2018 at 10:42 AM
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    I've now towed my Ranger RT188 a few times since last Friday when I picked up my Tacoma. While being an aluminum boat and substantially lighter than other's tow weight on here, I'd have to say that the towing experience had it's negatives and positives compared to my 4runner V8.

    Negatives:
    Gear selection seems to hunt quite a bit when cruising
    Lower end torque didn't seem to match that of the 4runner

    Positives:
    At highway cruising speeds, there's much more power to pass up traffic or speed up
    Braking power is much better than my 4runner which is super important in stop and go traffic as well as decelerating down hill.

    Overall, other than the gear hunting and hearing the truck downshift every now and then, I'm very happy. Just don't add a muffler or you'll get annoyed of the tone changes every time there's a gear change. LOL!

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  5. Jul 5, 2018 at 11:53 AM
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    Nice! The new Zft2 tower on the NXTs is a home run. Great looking boat.
     
  6. Jul 5, 2018 at 11:55 AM
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    Can’t go wrong with the XT line. If you have any questions let me know, I have been around the brand my whole life and work very closely (and sometimes for) my local Mastercraft dealer. Check out Mastercraft.com/teamtalk.
     
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  7. Jul 12, 2018 at 9:52 AM
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    What was the width of this trailer and what did you do for your side mirrors? Did you use extenders or just the oem mirrors? I'm finding that these travel trailers tend to be wider than the trucks at this length. I'm going to be towing a unit very similar to the one you pulled with a tongue weight of 560 pounds using the WDH and sway control bars. I really liked reading this since I haven't found anyone else pulling a unit comparable to what I'm going to be in a few weeks. I just bought a set of mirror extenders that I need to pick up yet. Hoping these will work well. Since the Gen3 trucks are only 75.2" wide with the mirrors and many units are 96" wide.
     
  8. Jul 13, 2018 at 8:41 PM
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    did you have it in "s" mode ? with that boat should be hunting gears in s mode. if your towing in d mode then that makes sense. that's a good way to burn up the torque converter. always tow in s mode.
     
  9. Aug 1, 2018 at 3:40 PM
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    Just under 800 miles last weekend. Was impressed with how well it towed. 12 mpg doing 65-70

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  10. Aug 1, 2018 at 4:20 PM
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    squatting pretty good there.
     
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  11. Aug 11, 2018 at 9:26 AM
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    Think it’s the way it’s sitting. Rear only dropped 1” loaded up. It also has 1.5” lift in the front only.
     
  12. Aug 13, 2018 at 10:11 PM
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    I don't think I've posted in here yet.

    We tow a 14 foot, 3600 pound (dry) Dune Sport toy hauler. They only do custom builds so we only paid for what we wanted and it came out to less money than the same prebuilt trailer from other manufacturers. We have 15k AC / heat pump, largest single door fridge/freezer, two couch/beds, electric queen bunk, dual propane, dual battery, stove, microwave, lots of extra cabinets, and probably other stuff I'm forgetting. We didn't get an oven, awning, built in generator, TV. We have a Honda EU3000is that powers the AC and isn't even maxing rpm to do it. It came with 3 50 gallon tanks and we sometimes carry 20 extra gallons of fresh water if we to Underground exploring events where we need showers each night after getting dirty. I use a 10k Curt WDH and friction sway bar which was free with our trailer when we bought it. I run the bars nowhere near level so I'm not worried that ita rated too strong for the weight.

    I have installed a large aftermarket transmission fluid cooler in line with the stock unit. I hit 235F in second and third gear when the torque converter is unlocked. If I pin the thermostat open, it only climbs to about 210F. You guys should consider pinning the thermostat when towing.

    This is a full 96 inches wide inside so the thing is much wider than the truck. I have some cheap Amazon mirrors that help me see around it. It's also a sail due to its boxy and short shape. Every truck that passes me pulls me into it and then pushes me away. It's fun...

    We are usually towing to remote places around Mojave and Death Valley or up Highway 62 to Yucca Valley where the 2 hills are majorly steep and I have to slow down a bit and run in 2nd gear. I have crawled it along some rough mining roads in 4lo.

    Some dirt road
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BaVe9kMFdXc/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1j69dre6w5pvm

    The night be towed it home from Arizona where it was built
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    I removed the filter because it began to weep fluid slowly
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BY2AjspFIod/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1wopvq336gt4p

    The TV is sitting on top of a cabinet. We have not mounted it
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BZaaN-_lhW6/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1m91ugqbvi5hc

    Christmas in the desert
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BdEuqsyn-r1/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=15qgrrvbyndui
     
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  13. Aug 13, 2018 at 10:12 PM
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  14. Aug 14, 2018 at 1:07 PM
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    CANT SEE PICS! But I want to!
     
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  15. Aug 14, 2018 at 1:39 PM
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    Check them now
     
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  16. Aug 14, 2018 at 9:26 PM
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    SUPER SIKK!! Ive been following the page looking at the 12’&14 toyhaulers. Im stoked to see a Taco pulling one!
     
  17. Aug 15, 2018 at 1:16 AM
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    Here is the inside before we organized it this weekend

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  18. Aug 15, 2018 at 8:04 AM
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    Here is my 2017 TRD Sport 6 Speed Manual. I have a Tekonsha P3 and a Curt weight distribution hitch and I am pretty impressed with how the truck performs. The bed is loaded up with about 300lbs of various items as well, such as a spare set of wheels, tool box, fuel etc. The trailer weight is 1500lbs give or take a few hundred and the car weighs in at 2230lbs.

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    My father just got a 2018 TRD Sport auto with the 6ft box and I am going to start towing with that as well. I am curious to see how it performs vs the manual. Just from driving his truck around I think the tranny is going to be kicking down very frequently.
     
  19. Aug 16, 2018 at 7:35 AM
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    Hit and miss engines...
     
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  20. Aug 21, 2018 at 6:50 AM
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    New-to-me tractor needed new tires, so I calculated all the weight and decided the Tacoma could handle it... well, I may need to add those OME leafs sooner than I thought, but the Taco did well for its first heavy towing job!

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