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Towing a RV Trailer/Camper:

Discussion in 'Towing' started by roxspin72, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. Oct 25, 2008 at 4:59 PM
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    roxspin72

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    Sup All, Anyone tow a RV trailer w/thier Taco?

    I got the 4x4 TRD Sport w/tow Pckg.

    Need to know if possible, and whats my feasible limit w/load and passengers.

    Thanks...
     
  2. Oct 25, 2008 at 7:48 PM
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    Brunes

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    You can- Gotta keep the trailer weight under 6500 lbs loaded- Tounge weight limit is like 650lbs. (10% of the overall weight)

    You get somewhere in the neighborhood of 1500 lbs of gear and people in the truck...with that and weight of the truck itself-Gets you to the max GVWR (if I remember correctly and can do math)
     
  3. Nov 5, 2008 at 7:29 AM
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  4. Nov 5, 2008 at 7:33 AM
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    I tow a 4000 lbs dry folding trailer and almost around 4,800 loaded plus five persons in the cab (two adults, one teen and two kids) and it is easy/normal for the Taco...

    See my signature for Taco's specifications.
     
  5. Nov 23, 2008 at 7:31 AM
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    I have a travel trailer with a GVW of 5300 pounds. I am driving a Nissan Frontier, with a towing capacity of 5000 LB. I am going to buy a new truck, and keep the same trailer. I will be towing in British Columbia up and down hills. I have two questions? Is the new Tacoma with 6500 LB capacity, enough power in the real world to tow that trailer? I will be keeping this truck for the long haul, 2 to 300.000 Kilometers. Should a guy go with the automatic or standard transition? I was thinking the standard would last longer. To rebuild an automatic with electronic overdrive, you don’t want to go there?
     
  6. Nov 24, 2008 at 10:35 PM
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  7. Jan 23, 2009 at 9:36 PM
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    Here is what I Tow. Its a 2004 Tahoe Transport, dry weight is 3820, and ready to camp is 5900, 2 quads, water food and beer. The Truck does ok, not the fastest in the world, but get's the job done. I towed it prior with a V8 4Runner. It had more power, but not as stable.

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  8. Jan 23, 2009 at 10:47 PM
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  9. Jan 24, 2009 at 3:29 AM
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    Airbags are a must with the weak ass springs that Tacoma's have. Even with the TSB. I tow normally with 30 to 40 psi.
     
  10. Jan 25, 2009 at 8:37 AM
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    I tow a 27' trailler with a weight of 6800lbs and have no problems, I take it easy in the hills and have no problem folowing the speed limit, I also got the air bags and 10 ply tires, with the torsion bar and sway bar it pulls very good, the tires made the truck a lot more stable, (no more sway). The dealer said that there is no problem to go up to 7500 lbs but I would not recomend.
    There is some pictures of my trailler in my profile, I don't know how to upload them in the post, PM me if you have any questions.

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  11. Jan 25, 2009 at 9:08 AM
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    Cool thanks Phantom.
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  12. Jan 25, 2009 at 10:48 AM
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    We tow a high wall Fleetwood Niagara pop up. GVWR is close to 4,000 pounds. I do have a weight distribution hitch set up to evenly put the load on front and back wheels and a Reese friction sway control. I have the tow package and the automatic transmission. I can haul up an 8% grade and maintain the 55 mph speed limit, the automatic transmission downshifts to 3rd gear, but it's not floored and the RPMs are in no way uncomfortable. I also have a Tekonsha Prodigy brake controller. The Tacoma does very well hauling this.

    Now, haven't discussed this yet with my wife, but I really believe we could haul a TT with a GVWR of about 5,000 pounds. Frequent advice is to keep the weight within 80% of the tow vehicle rating, for me, that would limit anything behind my Tacoma to 5200 pounds.
     
  13. Jan 25, 2009 at 11:07 AM
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    WOW!!! Thats the largest trailer Ive ever seen towed by a Tacoma!!!
     
  14. Jan 25, 2009 at 11:08 AM
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    What kind of Frontier to you have now? What Year and config?
     
  15. Jan 25, 2009 at 11:24 AM
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    x2... HOLY CRAP!

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  16. Jan 25, 2009 at 11:25 AM
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    Soundwave,
    Its looks bigger in the picture that it is, and has no problem towing it. My budy has the 31' trailler next to ours on the picture and tows it with his 2008 full size chev. When we stopped at the fuel pump his bill was always about 10 to 15 dollards more. I was happy to see that. The only anoying thing whit this set-up is the Borla exhaust, Its screams very loud in the hills expecialy when it drops in 3rd gear. (*LOUD*):D
    DR.
     
  17. Jan 25, 2009 at 11:28 AM
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    Ive towed an 18ft Bayliner loaded with water sports stuff, truck bed loaded with camping gear and coolers and 3 people over Snoqualmie pass with no probs in my lil 3.4L.
     
  18. May 1, 2010 at 7:45 AM
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    I'm getting ready to retire from teaching and want to write. I aso like to get away from everything/everybody when I'm in write mode. I was hoping to be able to get a little trailer and live in it, haul it around, move when the spirit strikes. Seeing your trailer set-up gave me a sense of confidence I haven't had to this point--I CAN live in something that size quite comfortably, since paper and pen or computer and printer don't take up much room.
    I'm assuming you have a V-8? I have a 2001 SR5 V6 PreRunner with RWD; and I also have a graduate with a Fabrication shop who has been trying to get me to lift, upgrade suspension, put on a serious bumper, etc. for a year now. What modifications would be essential to run a rig like the one you display in your pic? (Maybe even not that large; I'm one person and tend to live very compactly.)

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