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Gen 3 Towing Thread

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

  1. Jul 7, 2019 at 7:36 PM
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    blitzkrieg3002

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    if you could do it again would you go with the 5.29 gears or stick with the 4.88's? torn between these two for my future build and will be going with 33's tow a 3,000lb dry trailer about 3800~4000 fully loaded down.
     
  2. Jul 8, 2019 at 2:37 PM
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    Id go with 5.29s for my 35's. Hard to say if that would hurt or help towing.
     
  3. Jul 9, 2019 at 6:52 AM
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    I just went over Wolfcreek Pass in Colorado 15,500 feet towing my 4400 lb TT. I topped the pass in 2nd gear at 35 MPH (speed limit was 40 MPH) Trans got to 217degrees the water temp never moved from normal. I still had plenty of power, a lot of slow vehicles slowed me down to the 35 MPH. Very happy with the Taco's performance. I got 11 MPG going over the pass!
     
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  4. Jul 10, 2019 at 10:49 AM
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    Wow that's some decent pulling at that altitude
     
  5. Jul 22, 2019 at 8:51 AM
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    I'm about to PCS to Laughlin from Nellis (~1200 mi), and I'll be towing in my '19 TRD OR 4x4. Thank god for this thread. Cargo trailer I bought maxes out at 3500 gross, but I don't anticipate going over 2000. 4S and ECT the whole way, going to target 65 mph. Anything else I should know? I'm curious to see if I can get away with not needing a sensor or a brake controller.
     
  6. Jul 22, 2019 at 9:11 AM
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    Can you get away with it? It's highly likely... unless someone slams on their brakes in front of you. Or someone pulls out in front of you. Or a deer runs out in front of you. etc. etc. Note that some states require a brake controller if the trailer is over a particular weight so check your local laws (or ignore them at your own peril.)

    The truck can handle it IF you drive cautiously. It's much more comfortable and easier on your truck if the ~3500 trailer has brakes and you use them.

    It's a relatively inexpensive upgrade to your truck. If you've purchased a cargo trailer I'd advise you add a brake controller and benefit from the stopping power built into your trailer.

    Good luck w/the move.
     
  7. Jul 22, 2019 at 9:21 AM
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    Doolsmack_Bud

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    Since i've never really set up towing on a vehicle before, can you explain brake controllers, how to use them, and how to install them, or at least point me to the right thread?
     
  8. Jul 22, 2019 at 9:57 AM
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    There's a lot of good info here in the forums. Search for "Tekonsha p3" which seems to be the chosen model that many use (including myself) that costs ~$110. I believe the 3rd page of this thread references it. Or you can search for "brake controller" in the 3rd Gen forum. The Tekonsha P3 is plug and play if you purchase a Toyota specific wiring harness.

    Installation pictures may appear intimidating if you've never removed your kick-plate but it is a simple procedure. I believe I found a YouTube video or found pics here on TW (apologies but I don't have time to search the web for them at this time, perhaps someone else can link if you start a thread.) I imagine there are shops that'll install it for a couple hours labor.
     
  9. Jul 22, 2019 at 10:04 AM
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  10. Jul 22, 2019 at 10:25 AM
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    So I'm doing more research, my truck does not have the towing package. Which is fine, this is the first time since i bought it (more than seven months) that I am towing and don't plan to do it often. I'm trying to figure out (without opening up the paneling in the middle of the day here in Vegas) if I have the plug behind the kick panel. If so, It should be pretty simply to get it to work. If not, that's going to be a more complex operation. TRD OR 4x4 with no tow package. Has the tech package. Anyone know if I have the connector hiding in the kick panel somewhere?

    EDIT: I'm an idiot and it's got a tow package. That makes things nice.
     
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  11. Jul 22, 2019 at 10:26 AM
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    if your truck is a 2019 and has the v6 auto it has the tow package
     
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  12. Jul 22, 2019 at 11:45 AM
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    Aaaaaaaaaand ordered. Gotta love next-day prime shipping. This should be fun!
     
  13. Jul 22, 2019 at 2:12 PM
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    Like was said above. You definitely do have the tow package, which includes the wiring harness to plug the brake controller in to.
    Lots of good info here about mounting options, etc: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/trailer-brake-controller.398124/
     

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