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New pickup towing

Discussion in 'Towing' started by Sharpie, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. Apr 17, 2011 at 12:38 AM
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    Sharpie

    Sharpie [OP] Ready to travel

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    It looks like I might have all of 700 miles on my TRD when I start my 2200mi cross country move in three weeks. I've been told it's best not to "stress" an engine for the first few thousand miles, and I'd assume towing counts as "stress", but there's nothing that can be done about the situation except try to minimize any negative effects.

    Other than taking it easy and slow, which I will be anyhow since my 6x10 cargo trailer doesn't have brakes and is a giant brick, is there anything that I should be especially on the lookout for? I know my gas mileage will probably be horrible and I need to make a damn good show of loading the trailer properly, anything else?
     
  2. Apr 17, 2011 at 10:09 PM
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    fajitas21

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    Run 91 or 93 gas. It's really not much more cost, and the engine is optimized for it. I get better gas mileage and the engine doesn't ping or have that valve clatter sound when I tow with higher octane. I know it's 2200 miles @ a higher gas price, but you're already dishing out a ton of cash for the trip, what's about $0.30 / gallon to make sure you're doing the best you can to minimize trouble.
     
  3. Apr 18, 2011 at 8:24 PM
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    I doubt higher octane matters. The engine is rated for 87.

    If anything, I'd do an oil change before you go.
     
  4. Apr 18, 2011 at 9:53 PM
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    If you have a scangauge and a 2nd gen tacoma, run 91 through it a few times and you'll be able to chart the difference. Also, after having my 06 Tacoma and having that "tacoma tick," I solved it with 89 - 91 octane. Nocticed the same with my 2011 taco.

    Most people also recommend running a higher octane when towing due to the compression ratio of the engine and the fact it will run on 87, but recommends 91 for max performance.

    You absolutely can run 87 all day long, and your engine will adjust performance accordingly to retard knock, but when a brand new engine, I'd pony up the extra cash to protect my investment.
     
  5. Apr 18, 2011 at 11:14 PM
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    I run 85, it does just fine. I tow using 87 (what is available in SoCal and Arizona) I get 8mpg floored up a 8-10% grade doing 75 flat towing a Jeep. I'm on 255/85/16 (33") and Jeep on 33x12.50 R15. On flat and up to 6% grade hills still keeping 75mph I was getting 12mpg.

    This summer we will see what I get going 60-65 down hill and also at the end of summer going back the AZ.
     
  6. Apr 18, 2011 at 11:32 PM
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    I might try higher octane for a few gas tanks, see what I'm getting mileage and performance wise. Worth a few dollars to find out, at least. I'm still rocking the old school math of gallons on the pump to miles on my odometer to figure out my MPG. :)
     
  7. Apr 18, 2011 at 11:38 PM
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    only way to do IMO. well unless your odometer is off by 7.5% (like mine).:D
     
  8. Apr 19, 2011 at 7:42 AM
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    fajitas21

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    Agreed. I have a scangauge but I always double-check with the old way.
     
  9. May 12, 2011 at 4:53 PM
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    I know I've fallen off the face of the internet planet, but it's because I've been busy hauling cross country. I'm now almost there, already 2000mi done and the pickup is doing great. I've been getting 13mp pretty consistently, even in some foul weather, passes, and my penchant for the skinny pedal. Did just about jackknife myself in a parking lot trying to back the darned thing in a horrible thunderstorm where I couldn't hardly see out the window, let alone what the trailer was doing, but no damage other than my pride.

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    Did bottom out once in the back even with the TSB, when the 'bump' they warned about in a 60mph zone turned out to be a naked transition from stripped road to built up concrete. Ouch! I'd hate to imagine what this trip would have been like without the extra leaf. Just got my full weight, and the LOAD is 2600lbs, so that's probably about 3600 to pull with the trailer, which isn't maxing anything out, but is sure plenty for a newbie like me to be dealing with and right at what I can do in good conscience without upgrading to something with trailer brakes.
     
  10. May 12, 2011 at 6:15 PM
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    Doing good and looking good doing it man. Be safe.
     
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