1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Gen 3 Towing Thread

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

  1. Jul 22, 2019 at 9:11 AM
    #1581
    Gen3TacomaOBX

    Gen3TacomaOBX Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2018
    Member:
    #275624
    Messages:
    97
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Stan
    Vehicle:
    2018 Tacoma DCSB SR 4x4
    Headstrong AAL, Firestone airbags, 1" aluminum strut spacer, OME Carrier Bearing Drop Kit, Tekonsha P3 brake controller, remote start, any-time-backup camera w/ front facing camera, Leer 100R shell (w/e-track single slot tie-downs mounted on top for removable Yakima EasyTop), Husky liners, window tint, heated seat (passenger only.) Relentless bed rail brackets with quick fists. Hondo Garage Un-holey vent mount. CH4x4 switches for front camera and heated seat. Billet front mount seat risers.
    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.
     
  2. Jul 22, 2019 at 9:21 AM
    #1582
    Doolsmack_Bud

    Doolsmack_Bud LT

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2018
    Member:
    #276745
    Messages:
    22
    Gender:
    Male
    USA
    Vehicle:
    2019 Quicksand TRD OR 4x4 w/Tech
    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?
     
  3. Jul 22, 2019 at 9:57 AM
    #1583
    Gen3TacomaOBX

    Gen3TacomaOBX Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2018
    Member:
    #275624
    Messages:
    97
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Stan
    Vehicle:
    2018 Tacoma DCSB SR 4x4
    Headstrong AAL, Firestone airbags, 1" aluminum strut spacer, OME Carrier Bearing Drop Kit, Tekonsha P3 brake controller, remote start, any-time-backup camera w/ front facing camera, Leer 100R shell (w/e-track single slot tie-downs mounted on top for removable Yakima EasyTop), Husky liners, window tint, heated seat (passenger only.) Relentless bed rail brackets with quick fists. Hondo Garage Un-holey vent mount. CH4x4 switches for front camera and heated seat. Billet front mount seat risers.
    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.
     
  4. Jul 22, 2019 at 10:04 AM
    #1584
    deusxanime

    deusxanime Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2017
    Member:
    #223889
    Messages:
    712
    Gender:
    Male
    MN
    Vehicle:
    2019 Cement Sport DCSB 6MT 4x4 Prem+Tech
  5. Jul 22, 2019 at 10:25 AM
    #1585
    Doolsmack_Bud

    Doolsmack_Bud LT

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2018
    Member:
    #276745
    Messages:
    22
    Gender:
    Male
    USA
    Vehicle:
    2019 Quicksand TRD OR 4x4 w/Tech
    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.
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2019
  6. Jul 22, 2019 at 10:26 AM
    #1586
    Boghog1

    Boghog1 Jack of all trades, master of none.

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2018
    Member:
    #277600
    Messages:
    1,709
    Gender:
    Male
    Southern, NH
    Vehicle:
    2019 AC V6 4x4 SR
    if your truck is a 2019 and has the v6 auto it has the tow package
     
  7. Jul 22, 2019 at 11:45 AM
    #1587
    Doolsmack_Bud

    Doolsmack_Bud LT

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2018
    Member:
    #276745
    Messages:
    22
    Gender:
    Male
    USA
    Vehicle:
    2019 Quicksand TRD OR 4x4 w/Tech
    Aaaaaaaaaand ordered. Gotta love next-day prime shipping. This should be fun!
     
  8. Jul 22, 2019 at 2:12 PM
    #1588
    fredgoodsell

    fredgoodsell Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2015
    Member:
    #146389
    Messages:
    1,588
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Salt Lake, UT
    Vehicle:
    2017 DC TRD OR
    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/
     
  9. Jul 22, 2019 at 10:07 PM
    #1589
    bwarnicke

    bwarnicke Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2017
    Member:
    #209991
    Messages:
    27
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Vehicle:
    2016 Tacoma
    Max trailer weight: 3750

    Kayaks, truck cap, family of 4, gear: Estimated 4500-4700 lbs

    Hwy 58 (Willamette Pass) in Oregon connecting I-5 to US 97. 6+% grade and crest @ 5,000 elevation.

    Can maintain 60 mph, at about 3500-4000 rpm with fuel mileage at around 9.5-10.

    20190719_103029.jpg
    20190614_161149.jpg
     
    Joey185, GPatriot and fmrjeep like this.
  10. Aug 13, 2019 at 4:16 PM
    #1590
    Zgriff

    Zgriff Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2019
    Member:
    #301221
    Messages:
    57
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Zach
    Mississippi
    Vehicle:
    2016 Magnetic Grey Tacoma Limited 4x4
    Towed a 3300lb 21ft Express center console boat around the town of Vicksburg, MS (lots of straight up and down bluffs) for the day. When I got to my friends house my tank average was 22.0 mpg when I dropped the boat off at his house to go home my tank average was 19.7 mpg. It towed really well and I had no issues stopping it. There was one really steep hill on hwy 61 leaving the port of Vicksburg that I had to keep it at 5k rpms in order to get up to the speed limit (60mph). It stayed at 5k until I crested and it shifted out. Kept it in ECT the whole time. Very impressed with the truck so far. Had to use 4wd to get up the boat launch since my back tires were wet but it pulled up the ramp just fine. 0DC3E804-99C3-45A2-B427-D495B280F587.jpgD131C3BE-71FE-4B93-8E91-ABBB2D0C8D42.jpg
    Never got a pic with the boat on it cuz we were trying to get out to the bow fishing spot but the boat on the left is the express.
     
    Herniator likes this.
  11. Aug 13, 2019 at 4:23 PM
    #1591
    pltommyo

    pltommyo Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2017
    Member:
    #229091
    Messages:
    289
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tom
    Vehicle:
    2016 Gray Tacoma TRD Offroad
    None (yet)
    Drove from GA to MI with a car hauler carrying a 2003 4Runner frame. Pulled fine at 65 MPH, but got rotten mileage (13MPG).
     
  12. Sep 10, 2019 at 3:34 PM
    #1592
    th365thli

    th365thli Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2017
    Member:
    #213914
    Messages:
    265
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jerry
    Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    2017 Tacoma TRD OR 4x4 DC Magnetic Grey
    Just wanted to say, I recently did a cross country move and I towed almost 3000 miles from San Jose California to Greenville North Carolina. I had a 2 inch OME 887 inch suspension lift with Dakar medium duty leafs. Had 255/85/16 KM2 wheels. OVTune. Bed was loaded with camping gear. Boat was right around 3000 lbs.

    anddddd....it did just fine. Went down to 3rd on steep hills, otherwise 4th gear 2700 rpms. Boat cover did NOT help, acted like a freaking parachute. Right after I got to NC I took my truck to the shop, thinking I needed to change my auto transmission fluid. Nope, they said the fluid looked great. Wind was hardly a problem, it was only a little sketchy around the windy plains of Oklahoma. My transmission temps were right around 190 on flat ground. The highest I saw it was 250 on steep hills.

    All in all, impressed with the capability of the truck. Not a single issue, not even a flat tire (minus the rock on my windshield...but that's off topic). Did it tow it easily? I wouldn't say easily....but definitely more than adequately. I stayed around 65mph the entire way, which is tough when people and even semi trucks are going 80+ on I-40.

    Very impressed with the Dakar medium duty leafs. Didn't have to fuss with airbags or distribution hitches. They were solid. Not that my boat has a lot of tongue weight...but still. For those wanting to tow often, I highly suggest upgrading suspension, or at least leaf springs. I got increased stability and control.
     
  13. Sep 10, 2019 at 3:54 PM
    #1593
    deusxanime

    deusxanime Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2017
    Member:
    #223889
    Messages:
    712
    Gender:
    Male
    MN
    Vehicle:
    2019 Cement Sport DCSB 6MT 4x4 Prem+Tech
    What's your full suspension setup/specs? Been thinking of OME medium duty for towing etc and wondering what a full setup would be and cost as far as shocks etc. How much lift did that give you? Anything special needed like new UCA, brake lines, driveshaft, etc?
     
  14. Sep 10, 2019 at 5:59 PM
    #1594
    th365thli

    th365thli Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2017
    Member:
    #213914
    Messages:
    265
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jerry
    Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    2017 Tacoma TRD OR 4x4 DC Magnetic Grey
    OME nitrocharger and 887 in front, nitrochargers and dakar medium pack in the back. Carrier bearing drop. That's pretty much it. No aftermarket UCA or axle shims. With 887 and 888 no brake line modification needed. 887 no UCAs needed, 888 you might need UCAs, it just differs truck to truck. I forgot what the price of the parts were, but I got them off headstrong offroad, very competitive and they give you literally everything you need. I got a great deal on installation for the bay area. 600 for everything.
     
    deusxanime likes this.
  15. Oct 19, 2019 at 3:47 PM
    #1595
    MuleyCrazy13

    MuleyCrazy13 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2014
    Member:
    #135781
    Messages:
    18
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brody
    Az
    Vehicle:
    2015 MGM TRD 4x4 Tundra Crewmax
    Do you regret going from that Cummins to a Tacoma? What made you switch? Both are very nice looking trucks!
     
  16. Oct 20, 2019 at 9:19 PM
    #1596
    reloader403

    reloader403 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2015
    Member:
    #148297
    Messages:
    166
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    St Louis, MO
    Vehicle:
    06 rcsb pr 4cyl 5 sp/ 2017 DCSB TRD Off road barcelona red
    06 taco has cruise, camper shell, back up camera and trailer brakes 2017 has new husky liners, leer shell, taco tunes stereo set up
    Got a new camper, with the weight of the Decked system, camper shell and stuff i keep in the back im in need of air bags or stiffer leafs..the 6000lb wd hitch is much softer than the 10k...i highly recommend matching the duty weight to your hitch vs getting the cheaper 10k normally stocked at most camper dealers. Truck tows ok with the new camper, 10mpg in 4th with ect trans temps stays right at 190-194 in the pan. KIMG1186.jpg
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2019
    Inferno! likes this.
  17. Oct 21, 2019 at 9:15 PM
    #1597
    305QSTRD

    305QSTRD New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2018
    Member:
    #266296
    Messages:
    1
    Gender:
    Male
    Like your TT setup. Have you regeared or are you on stock gears?
     
  18. Oct 22, 2019 at 5:25 AM
    #1598
    reloader403

    reloader403 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2015
    Member:
    #148297
    Messages:
    166
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    St Louis, MO
    Vehicle:
    06 rcsb pr 4cyl 5 sp/ 2017 DCSB TRD Off road barcelona red
    06 taco has cruise, camper shell, back up camera and trailer brakes 2017 has new husky liners, leer shell, taco tunes stereo set up
    stock gears, if I were to lift it and throw bigger tires on it id say a regear would be a must.
     
  19. Oct 27, 2019 at 6:28 PM
    #1599
    reloader403

    reloader403 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2015
    Member:
    #148297
    Messages:
    166
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    St Louis, MO
    Vehicle:
    06 rcsb pr 4cyl 5 sp/ 2017 DCSB TRD Off road barcelona red
    06 taco has cruise, camper shell, back up camera and trailer brakes 2017 has new husky liners, leer shell, taco tunes stereo set up
    I know it's been posted by others before in various threads but anyone else running a scan gauge for trans temps, what are you seeing when towing a moderate load? Mine were pretty much 195* tf1(pan) and 199-221* tf2 (torque converter) at 65mph in 4th with ect on..... It used to run much cooler but has been slowly creeping up, I get my trans flushed every 30k-40k miles. Can't be fluid degradation.
     
  20. Dec 1, 2019 at 11:54 AM
    #1600
    TacoMex85

    TacoMex85 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2017
    Member:
    #219973
    Messages:
    48
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mark
    Vehicle:
    2017DCLB
    I’d like to start running some kinda of temp monitor or something. I’ve pushed this little thing and would love to keep a eye on the trans. What would you recommend?
     
To Top