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Quick Question to Ease the Mind

Discussion in 'Towing' started by RyanPont, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. Oct 17, 2011 at 8:54 PM
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    RyanPont

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    Just bought a new to me pop up. Just want some clarification as to if im in the correct range for towing this. I did some homework with choosing the size of the trailer. Took me all summer to find one worth spending a little $$ on.

    Heres what we are looking at. 2009 Tacoma 2.7L 4cyl Access cab 5 speed.
    I have yet to look at the tag on the trailer, because its not in my possesion yet. According to the manufacturers site. Heres the specs.(Of the pop up)

    GVWR: 2252
    Dry Weight: 1480
    Carrying Capacity: 772
    Dry Hitch weight: 162
    Tacoma weight: ??

    Vehicle Occupants 90% of the time while towing the trailer.

    Me: 205
    G/F: skinny ;)
    Dog: 60

    So even maxing out the gvwr with camping essentials and the weight of the occupants would be 26xx lbs, Then add some wood and were looking between 2700 and 2800 total.

    Am I correct or did I screw that up? I dont think id add 700 lbs of extra stuff to max the weight of the trailer out anyways. That number was just used to be on the safe side.
     
  2. Oct 17, 2011 at 8:58 PM
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    Konaborne

    Konaborne Pineapples on pizza Hawaiian does not it make.

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    bump for OP because Im stupid when it comes to towing
     
  3. Oct 17, 2011 at 9:03 PM
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    jberry813

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    ...too much shit to list.
    You'd be suprised how much weight you add with little shit.
    That being said, you should be fine. You sized your trailer right.

    Kona...welcome back. I can see you are trying to catch up your post count from your weekend hiatus.
     
  4. Oct 17, 2011 at 9:48 PM
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    You'll be fine with this, I am pretty sure.
    You could always take the rig to a scale when going on a trip to be sure (a landfill is a good / free option to do this).
    But you should be fine no matter what.
     
  5. Oct 19, 2011 at 5:16 AM
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    RyanPont

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    Will i struggle to pull a steep incline?
     
  6. Oct 19, 2011 at 5:27 AM
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    Struggle is kind of general, you'll know you're towing something and you'll have to downshift on hills but your truck will handle it.
     
  7. Oct 21, 2011 at 1:27 PM
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    I plan to swap the shocks front and rear to 5100s, add bags in the rear, hitch of course.Change the fluids. Should i upgrade to slotted rotors for better braking?. Or anything else recommended?
     
  8. Oct 21, 2011 at 1:31 PM
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    does the trailer have brakes? If so, no need to update your brakes. If the trailer does not have brakes, try it with your stock set-up before running out and buying new rotors and pads. Personally, for a pick-up, I wouldn't go with slotted rotors. Good pads and standard rotors are more than sufficient.
     
  9. Oct 21, 2011 at 2:37 PM
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    No, no trailer brakes. Too small for trailer brakes.
     
  10. Oct 21, 2011 at 5:53 PM
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    Advice still stands, you should be fine with stock brakes, give yourself plenty of following distance and in stop and go traffic try to hold a slower, steady speed instead of constantly stopping every 10 feet. I've towed over the 2,000 lb mark without brakes and the Tacoma will stop it pretty effectively you just have to be mindful that you have that extra weight behind you. If you don't feel confident with your stock brakes after the first trip, then think about upgrading but I think you'll be fine with the stock set-up.
     
  11. Oct 24, 2011 at 5:44 AM
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    Not to throw a wrench into your plans, but did you read the owner's manual? Towing capacity without trailer brakes: 1000 pounds.
    Towing capacity WITH trailer brakes: 3500 pounds.

    According to your trailer's specifications, its dry weight is near 1500 pounds. 50% more than the "without brakes" cutoff.

    Look at your trailer's axle, is there a square plate with 4 holes in it just behind the hub? If there is, that plate is for the brakes.
     
  12. Nov 21, 2011 at 4:31 PM
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    Thread revive. Im trying to "beef" up my soft suspension a little, to handle the extra weight. I wanted to add an aal to the rear, but Im unclear. Do I want the 1.5 single leaf aal from wheelers, or do I want the progressive 3 leaf aal?

    My understanding is the progressive springs will give me a smoother less stiff ride, but decrease my payload due to the removal of the overload spring. I suspect I will tow my pop up w camping supplies and wood maybe up to 10 times a year. Other than that I dont tow or haul anything in the bed, other than a pitbike.
     
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