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Towing a max load

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Thundjet, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. Jan 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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    Thundjet

    Thundjet [OP] Well-Known Member

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    One of my boats/trailer is most likely right at the max towing weight (6,400 pounds) for my 2012 V6 auto that is equipped with the towing package. Trailer has dual axles on it and both axles have disc brakes. If I tow this rig realize I would need to add an electric brake actuator.

    I have one spot in mind for towing that is about 75 miles away and there is only a couple of small hills and the rest is highway driving.

    Just curious, how do these trucks do pulling a max load?
     
  2. Jan 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM
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    Rusty 06 4x4

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    I have read they do well but just shitty gas milage :notsure: just read a few post I dont know from personal experience
     
  3. Jan 3, 2012 at 11:51 AM
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    Blasphemous

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    I towed a similar setup w/ an electric brake actuator and it was fine.

    Similar trip as well, except there is a pretty steep hill at one point. The truck pulled it fine (towing a 96 z28 camaro, not a boat).

    I never felt that the truck was struggling or hunting for gears, when I got to the hill I put the auto into 4th and went up the hill in 4th no problem. Never felt the need to go to 3rd, but I did just to see how it was and it pulled nicely.
     
  4. Jan 3, 2012 at 12:12 PM
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    i tow a 32' car hauler around town sometimes it is3800lbs + whatever i have in it with the brake controller it does just fine. just allow a lot of room for stopping, the mpg does drop dramatically i get 7-9mpg with that big trailer. it is interesting that your boat trailer has electric brakes i have never seen that all of mine have surge brakes because it is dropped in the water. i have thought several times i would preffer electric brakes for the big boat to make it a little nicer to drive on the highways its like 13k lbs and loves to sway and with surge brakes the only way to stop that is to accelerate a little. how has the electrical system on the trailer brakes held up being dropped in the water? ( no i dont tow the boat with the tacoma)
     
  5. Jan 3, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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    Thundjet

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    Both our boat trailers have electic brake actuators that control a hyd system to the disc brakes. There is no electrical parts going to the brakes/calipers. Best of both worlds. Personally I'll never own another trailer with surge brakes.

    Both our boat trailers are equipped with Kodiak disc brakes on all axles. One boat weighs in at about 9,000 pounds and one press on the actuator in the cab will stop the trailer and the Ford diesel! Swaying has never been an issue and been towing this since 2005.
     
  6. Jan 3, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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    Also own a 2002 Ford Diesel but use it for business and there are times I do not want to spend 45 minutes to unload it for a short tow.
     
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