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The Tacoma Towing Bible

Discussion in 'Towing' started by maverick491, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. Jun 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM
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    TuckerTacoma

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    Don't know what it weighs but it doesn't sag the truck or pull on it to hard. It's a 20' Lund deep well with a 200 Yamaha with Kicker.

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  2. Jul 6, 2013 at 10:22 AM
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    "The Gen 2 trucks are available with a factory “towing package” on V6 models only.


    This “towing package” consists of a class IV receiver hitch, supplemental engine oil cooler, transmission cooler (again automatic transmission only), Heavy-Duty battery, 130 amp alternator, fully functional 7-way round plug, and a plug and play brake controller pigtail."

    End Quote

    Anybody please help. We are in the process of converting our 09 Tacoma to have the aftermarket version of the towing package. Unfortunately Toyota have discontinued the Class 4 Hitch receiver. By calling several manufacturers of hitches they do not have a Class 4 but only a Class 3 which would fit out Tacoma. By installing a Class 3 incl weight distribution we can only tow max of 5500 lbs. Our new trailer weighs in at 5800 fully loaded. How do I make this a legal installation so the police will not ask me to drop the camper on the shoulder of the interstate?
     
  3. Jul 6, 2013 at 11:08 AM
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    Could you be lucky enough to find the factory Toyota hitch in a salvage yard somewhere? If you go to one in your area they often have a network that shows them what is available at other yards.
     
  4. Jul 19, 2013 at 8:37 PM
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    Hi, I have an '07 4cyl auto Tacoma I'm setting up for towing a 17' RV that weighs 2425 lbs. As far as the rear spring retrofit goes, I'm out of warranty but I'm gonna try to get Toyota to do it for free. If not there is an alternative mentioned on the first page of this thread that says: These devices replace the bump stops, and sort of act like an additional overload spring when under load, and do nothing when not under load. The link doesn't work. Does anyone know where to get these bumps stops? Also I'd appreciate any input to what I'm attempting.

    Thanks Bruce
     
  5. Jul 20, 2013 at 5:40 AM
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    If you can't get the rear TSB you should see if there's a local shop that builds leaf springs. I had one near me do that, and I can load 1,000lbs in the bed without it sagging now! :D They even arched them so when I get a fiberglass shell and steel bumper it'll sit level.

    Or rebuild leafs yourself with parts from a junkyard. There's a thread about that hear somewhere too.
     
  6. Jul 23, 2013 at 7:06 PM
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    Thanks for your answer piercedtiger, I'm thinking of going the airbag route now. I may just set everything up and see how it goes before I do anything at all
     
  7. Jul 24, 2013 at 9:09 AM
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    Machine gun mount. Would love to blow the shit out of it since it has nothing but issues. QA at Toyota USA is shit. Start making them in Japan for Christ's Sake!
    elcomic,

    go for it man! I got airbags on mine and is like night and day difference! I just moved cross-country and towed about 4k pounds. The whole rig did well and the drive was very comfortable.

    Here is a pic I took during my move from GA to WA:
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  8. Jul 25, 2013 at 6:06 AM
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    How big is your trailer? Looks like it's right about the size i'm thinking of getting
     
  9. Jul 25, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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    Machine gun mount. Would love to blow the shit out of it since it has nothing but issues. QA at Toyota USA is shit. Start making them in Japan for Christ's Sake!
    Nick! Wassup?

    My trailer is a 7x14 from bigtex. Tows nicely.
     
  10. Jul 25, 2013 at 11:36 AM
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    Fantastic! I am planning on a 14' but am not sure on 6 or 7 wide. Mostly just for fourwheelers and building materials. I think the 6' will be nicer for the tight roads around here.
     
  11. Jul 25, 2013 at 8:51 PM
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    Machine gun mount. Would love to blow the shit out of it since it has nothing but issues. QA at Toyota USA is shit. Start making them in Japan for Christ's Sake!
    If you can, try to borrow a 7 wide and see how you manage around your tight roads. Post a pic when you get it. I was able to put two motorcycles side by side and still had room to put 4 bikes between the two moto's.


    Good luck.
     
  12. Jul 25, 2013 at 8:53 PM
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    I'll be lookin out for your truck around jblm
     
  13. Jul 27, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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    I just installed a after market version of the manufacturer towing package.

    B&M Super trans cooler
    Prodigy 2 brake controller
    Draw-Tite-75236 hitch class 3/4
    Air Lift 59561
    plus all the wire kits.

    I did skip on the engine oil cooler, the alternator and the battery. This setup works like a dream. I never put the vehicle in D but only in 4 while hauling my brand new Tracer Air 240 which comes in at 4700 lbs loaded. Total weight of both vehicled are just under 10K lbs loaded and all tanks filled up.

    camper hook up.jpg
     
  14. Jul 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM
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    Thanks for the info. I was wondering about your highway mileage and your speed. I am a about to tow a U-haul car hauler with a 1985 Isuzu Trooper on it. Trooper & trailer will be around 5500lbs. I am going from Birmingham to Cambria, Ca. Thanks
     
  15. Jul 31, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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    I use approximately 3 to 4 gal pr. 50 miles of driving and the speed is around 55 to 60 mph. Im worried about the torque converter if I put the tacoma in "D" instead of 4. By driving in 4 only, then the engine will help you brake and the RPM never go over 2500 to 3000.
     
  16. Aug 18, 2013 at 5:45 PM
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    Just wondering if I am going to have any issues with installing my brake controller as per the instructions on page 1 ( thanks!!) where my truck has no towing fuses etc in the fuse box in the engine. Will the blue wire work ok that I am tapping into in the harness?? Thanks.
     
  17. Aug 27, 2013 at 12:39 PM
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    hi ive been wondering if i would be able to tow my 96 camaro with a steel open trailer with my 06 trd tacoma 6cyl 6speed without being overweight.. max towing says 6500, and i know the car weighs roughly 3500lbs. i know a aluminum trailer would be ideal but i cant afford one of those at this moment in time. any ideas??
     
  18. Aug 27, 2013 at 1:39 PM
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    You'll be over weight at that point. Not that it can't be done, but be aware of that. The aluminum U-Haul trailers are 2,000lbs so I would imagine steel would be heavier.

    Mind you, I hauled a 1950's (I think) full sized Ford Custom truck with mine on an aluminum trailer for 100 miles. Just had to downshift more to slow down on hills, accelerate slower, leave more room for braking, and drive slower.
     
  19. Aug 27, 2013 at 3:05 PM
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    nevermind i figured it out. i ve found steel open trailers unloaded that weight 1800lbs. that ll deff get me down the road. and you cant tell me that a uhaul open aluminum trailer weighs 2000. no way.
     
  20. Aug 27, 2013 at 3:11 PM
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    Well, that'll definitely help you. And you're right, per their site it's 2,210lbs empty.

    So that's a savings of 410 lbs for you. The shear weight of their auto transport is why I had to tell them I was towing a ford fiesta. :rolleyes:

    http://www.uhaul.com/Reservations/EquipmentDetail.aspx?model=AT

     
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