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is it really bad to tow with truck <1k miles?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by Lunercrab, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. Lunercrab

    Lunercrab [OP] AKA "06tacosport"

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    OK so I just bought my 2012 back in December. Its pretty much a pleasure vehicle since my corolla is my DD. Long story short my first camping trip will be at the end of April. I only have like 300 miles on it now and probably wont have more then maybe 500 miles and a fresh oil change before then. Now I'm only towing a 1400lb popup. Is that gunna be bad for the truck?
     
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    ppham444 Well-Known Member

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    I think they recommend not towing anything for the first 1000 miles.
     
  3. wolftree

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    Lunercrab,

    I do not see any real problems with towing that small of load. I would avoid maintaining the engine at a constant speed very long. Slowdown, or down shift occassionally. Do not lug the engine on grades.

    Do you have the trailer already? If so, do a 20-50 mile test drive with the trailer so as to have plenty of time to discover and correct any problems found, lights, brakes, correct hitch drop.

    1400 pound is like 4-5 people and their luggage. So read through your owners manual on towing and follow their suggestions, you should be fine. Have a great trip.
     
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    I had 600 miles on my truck and towed a 3000 lb trailer ~300 miles over two days. Just don't race the engine or try climbing a mountain with it and you should be fine. I'm at 26k now and have had no powertrain issues.
     
  5. sechsgang

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    You'd probably be fine, but why not use it to commute a few times to get over the 1,000 miles mark? Won't cost much and give you peace of mind?
     
  6. Lunercrab

    Lunercrab [OP] AKA "06tacosport"

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    ^ problem is I deliver for a living so whatever vehicle I use to get to work I have to deliver with. Filling up that tank vs the corolla will kill me. Plus with the hard city aggressive stop and go driving I think would be worse for my truck.
     
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    For 500 extra miles it would be say an extra 10 gallons or so? No, the stop and go won't hurt it.
    It's up to you, as I said, you'll probably be fine either way. But I guess since you asked you are not sure, so the piece of mind I thought might be worth it to you.

    One question: you traded a 2010 Tacoma for a brand new 2012 model, drive a 2010 Corolla sport, got new wheels and tires for the truck already that has under 500 miles on it, $500 seat covers, and $40 extra in gas "will kill" you? :confused: No big deal, just saying, it kinda stuck out and seemed odd .... :)
     
  8. Lunercrab

    Lunercrab [OP] AKA "06tacosport"

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    ^lol its the slow time of the year at the shop right now so instead of averaging 20-30 bucks an hour I'm lucky if I make 13. That's the only thing that sucks delivering its never guaranteed income. I can afford mY lifestyle one month and can't the next. Plus I hate to stink up my poor truck with food.
     
  9. Lunercrab

    Lunercrab [OP] AKA "06tacosport"

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    Oh and the tires rims and covers I actually took off my 2010 and bought those back in 09 wasn't gunna let the dealer get those from me ;)
     
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