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Gen 3 Towing Thread

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

  1. Jun 6, 2019 at 10:34 AM
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    Gen3TacomaOBX

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    We have a 16' Casita and are happy with just a simple sway bar and Firestone Ride-Rite air bags on the Tacoma.

    Imo the airbags are a more useful addition for the $$ as you can use them when you have a heavy load, are using a trailer that doesn't have the weight dist system.

    I towed the camper on several trips to the beach before installing the air bags and the truck performed fine (it just sagged in the rear.)

    And congrats on your purchase! These are great campers. Are you 16' or 17' (not that the difference would change my recommendation above.)

    I'm guessing TacomaTJ04 does have a better ride when towing the camper with his weight dist system (than me with the airbags alone.) If money isn't an issue then that may be your most comfortable option.
     
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  2. Jun 6, 2019 at 10:42 AM
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    I also tow a 22' Keystone Bullet (4400 lbs) and I have installed the ride rites, they make a big difference in the ride absolutely no porposing. I am installing a second trans cooler today, 28,000 gvw Tru-Cool. I am going to be climbing Wolfcreek pass near Durango, Colo (15,500 ft) in a couple of weeks and just don't want any chance of overheating the trans.
     
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  3. Jun 6, 2019 at 3:39 PM
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    Thanks! It's a 17' and I'm pretty excited about it because they're not all that easy to find where I'm at (South Eastern Georgia). The previous owner had the weight distribution welded to the frame but didn't provide the rest of the kit so it looks like i'm stuck using the same brand/model he had if I want to use one. I'll take a look at the airbag option if you have found it helps.
     
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  4. Jun 6, 2019 at 3:55 PM
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    Do you use a weight distribution hitch as well or just the air bags?
     
  5. Jun 6, 2019 at 5:52 PM
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    Yes I have the WD hitch. It's a Husky with built in sway control. I get no sway either, my Taco pulls the TT really nice. I have been on 2 lane highways and get no sway at all from big rigs passing from the opposing side. I don't think I would want to go much heavier in a TT, I see a lot of guys pulling some big trailers for a Taco. I just like easy going when it comes to towing, no wondering if I will make it up a hill.
     
  6. Jun 6, 2019 at 6:40 PM
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    Your trailer doesn't have brakes.
     
  7. Jun 6, 2019 at 7:21 PM
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    Yes it does, I have the Tekonsha brake controller.
     
  8. Jun 6, 2019 at 7:25 PM
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    Having a brake controller doesn't mean the trailer has brakes.

    I was quoting someone else anyway
     
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  9. Jun 6, 2019 at 8:45 PM
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    Why would I have a brake controller if my TT didn't have brakes. And you said my trailer doesn't have brakes, and I said yes it does.
     
  10. Jun 7, 2019 at 3:13 AM
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    Dude I was NOT talking to you! I told @Tacoma816 HIS trailer didn't have brakes.
     
  11. Jun 7, 2019 at 3:22 AM
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    Only let skinny chicks in the cab, way easier on braking.
     
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  12. Jun 7, 2019 at 6:28 AM
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    It looks like those campers do come with brakes:
    Screen Shot 2019-06-07 at 07.26.45.jpg
     
  13. Jun 7, 2019 at 6:32 AM
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    I am throwing out a super wild assumption here, but if he plugs a trailer into his pickup and the brakes dont register, then he doesn't have trailer brakes. He's either got a 4-flat plug or a 7 pin with no 7th pin.

    I've been wrong before. But it makes sense to me.

    I have a 6x12 H&H enclosed trailer and weighs 1100lb empty. Brakes are an option but not standard.

    Edit: zooming into the picture he has a 7 round plug.
     
  14. Jun 7, 2019 at 9:21 AM
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    OVTuned and "trail damaged"
    The camper I rented did NOT have brakes. Apparently they're optional, which I didn't find out until afterwards New to all this towing nonsense, but the trial by fire didn't leave any (new) blisters.
     
  15. Jun 7, 2019 at 9:34 AM
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    Bro, I don't even own a trailer, let alone trailer brakes that would necessitate a trailer brake controller!






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  16. Jun 12, 2019 at 12:14 PM
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    Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. I only use the anti-sway bar, but I have been considering a weight distribution hitch. The anti-sway is pretty good, but in high winds I was white knuckling a bit. I was also going about 70-72 mph and if it got to a point where I was uncomfortable slowing down took care of it. Right now I have a have a cheap tekonsha primus IQ brake controller. I have been looking at getting a RedArc at some point just because of how clean the install is.

    Just a personal thing about weight distribution hitches. Even though the Anderson looks awesome I won't be purchasing one just because of the owner and his apparent disregard for public lands.
     
  17. Jun 12, 2019 at 1:36 PM
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    ???What’s the backstory , no idea what this comment means
     
  18. Jun 12, 2019 at 1:45 PM
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  19. Jun 12, 2019 at 3:03 PM
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    70mph too fast for towing. Especially with these trucks. Keep yourself at 65mph Max and make you don't use 6th gear.
     
  20. Jun 13, 2019 at 3:55 AM
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    Had no idea. Thanks for posting links to the stories.
     
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