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Planning my "first tow"

Discussion in 'Towing' started by rlholling, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. Feb 7, 2009 at 6:44 PM
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    rlholling

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    Hi, All,

    I just joined this forum yesterday at a coworker's suggestion. I'm impressed already; tons of really good info!

    I'm the happy owner of a 2008 Tacoma PreRunner equipped with what Toyota calls the "sport package."

    My wife & I are planning a 2-3 week trip from the Sacramento area to various locations in AZ, including the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

    I've already read lots of interesting pre-tow info on this forum and am looking for recommendations regarding "gotta haves" for outfitting this truck for such a trek. We don't yet have a trailer; looking into the purchase of one 19'-23' in length.

    From what I've read thus far, a brake controller is a must. Other things such as load distribution hitch & sway control system are recommended.

    Any suggestions will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
     
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    Welcome to the site, there are plenty here that will answer these questions in their entirety.
     
  3. Feb 7, 2009 at 7:04 PM
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  4. Feb 8, 2009 at 6:32 AM
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    Do you have the OEM towing package? Do you have an auto or manual?

    Are you buying a used or new travel trailer?
    If you are buying a used travel trailer, I would inspect the trailer axles - including bearings (may need to repack them w/grease), axle brakes, etc.

    Make sure you have a spare tire for the trailer

    A trailer 'break-away' kit. If the trailer comes disconnected from your truck, the break-away kit will also disconnect & apply the brakes to stop the trailer.

    You might want to look into some additional (or bigger) mirrors.
     
  5. Feb 8, 2009 at 6:36 AM
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  6. Feb 8, 2009 at 8:56 AM
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    Thanks all for the quick replies!

    Answers to your questions:

    - My truck does not have the tow package.
    - The tranny is auto.
    - I've not yet had a TSB done.
    - We've not decided whether to purchase a new or used trailer. As with most
    things, cost will be a factor. Good point 'bout checking the axles/bearings.
    - Also, good point 'bout the break-away kit. This is the first I've seen a
    reference to that.

    Cheers,
     
  7. Feb 8, 2009 at 4:34 PM
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    Most rv's these days come with a break away switch.

    I'd be most careful if you don't have the factory tow package. At the least you should add a transmission oil cooler. The standard package includes an engine oil cooler and I think that should be added also. You will be towing over some high terrain, keeping all the vital fluids cool is very important.

    I think you should talk with your dealer about what towing an rv beyond the rated capacity of your Tacoma would do to your warrantee.

    For a travel trailer, I can't imagine not having a weight distribution hitch and a sway control of some kind. I would agree that a good brake controller is an absolute must. I have both a WDH and a friction sway control with my 4,000 pound GVWR high wall pop up and I've towed without either or both and they each make a great difference in towing stability.

    I'd move cautiously about putting a big travel trailer on the Tacoma without the factory tow package.
     
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