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Thoughts? Can I safely tow this?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by DST75, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Jun 13, 2018 at 9:28 AM
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    DST75

    DST75 [OP] I'm not gay but 20 bucks is 20 bucks

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    UVW - Unloaded vehicle weight 3637lbs.
    GVWR- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 5000lbs

    I have a 2017 TRD Sport DBL cab 6 cylinder with 4WD and towing package. Don't want to tear the truck up or try to pull something too big and end up with the trailer fishtailing and flipping me over. Thoughts?
     
  2. Jun 13, 2018 at 9:29 AM
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    STexaslovestacos

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    Sure you can, get a weight distributing hitch and accept that you're gonna be slow.
     
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  3. Jun 13, 2018 at 9:30 AM
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  4. Jun 13, 2018 at 9:31 AM
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    DST75

    DST75 [OP] I'm not gay but 20 bucks is 20 bucks

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    Sorry, no, standard 6 Cylinder.
     
  5. Jun 13, 2018 at 9:35 AM
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    You will be fine - but you say GVWR is 5000lbs? Is your tow package OEM or dealer installed? If by dealer, make sure it has the oil coolers too. Your GVWR should be 6800 lbs with the OEM tow package. Also, if the dealer added it, check to see if it has everything they say they put in.
     
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  6. Jun 13, 2018 at 9:37 AM
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    You should be fine. 4cyl rated at 3500lbs. 6cyl up to 6800lbs with tow package. I would stay under 5000 and not max it out on long trips.
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    ...also install an ebrake control.
     
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  8. Jun 13, 2018 at 9:42 AM
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    Yeah, that too.
     
  9. Jun 13, 2018 at 9:45 AM
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  10. Jun 13, 2018 at 9:46 AM
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    The GVWR of the camper is 5000. The tow kit installed is the OEM and has the little cooler in front of the radiator.
     
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    Oh, my bad. Hitch em up, you’re all set. Chrck out the towing thread here for info and more about the harness you need for a brake controller and have a good time!

    Im using a Tekonsha P3 brake control, and the harness for the Tacoma is model 3031-P. Make sure its the one with a ground wire, the older model had issues without it.
    https://www.amazon.com/Tekonsha-901...ekonsha+p3&dpPl=1&dpID=41gdjHN3MKL&ref=plSrch

    https://www.amazon.com/Tekonsha-303...p+tekonsha&dpPl=1&dpID=41drrczqNTL&ref=plSrch
     
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  12. Jun 13, 2018 at 12:24 PM
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    I cannot stress enough how much you should add a sway bar and weight distributing hitch. My truck got thrown around while towing a uhaul trailer full of rock a few weekends back. Its not a great feeling.
     
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  13. Jun 13, 2018 at 12:41 PM
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    See here:

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...of-idiocy-journal.527020/page-6#post-17893122

    Short answer is yes. Medium answer is you need a few things to make it safe to do.
     
  14. Jun 13, 2018 at 1:35 PM
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    Factory tow package will have these three coolers: oil, transmission and power steering

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  15. Jun 13, 2018 at 4:17 PM
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    I believe the 6800 pound rating is for 2 wheel drive 6 cylinder models and 6400 or 6500 for 4 wheel drive
     
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    Yea I'm thinking it's 6500 but first thing I pulled up.
     
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  17. Jun 13, 2018 at 4:27 PM
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    It's 6400 for 4x4 v6 with a 640 pound max tongue weight.
     
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    So 3.5k lbs dry, probably 4.5k wet?

    How often, how far are you towing this thing? Mountain passes?

    Yes, there are worse vehicles you could be towing with. But there are much much better vehicles as well. If this is only a handful of times a year and the terrain is fairly flat, sure, go ahead with the Taco. Extended trips, over mountain passes with steep climbs... I would personally find a smaller trailer or get a bigger tow rig.

    Also remember 10% tongue weight eats up about 1/2 of your payload.
     
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