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Towing capabilities

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TAC1, May 13, 2011.

  1. May 13, 2011 at 8:38 PM
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    TAC1

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    Hello Forum,

    As I mentioned in my previous thread I will be buying a Tacoma (double cab V6) within the next few months. I plan to tow (about 6 times a year) a 4000lb, 21' open fisherman boat with a 2 axle trailer. The towing capacity for the Tundra is 6500lb's. Is 4WD better for towing than 2WD?
    Thanks:)
     
  2. May 13, 2011 at 9:37 PM
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    You can't tow in 4wd on pavement.

    As far as whether a 4wd truck is better than a 2wd truck for towing, since both would be running in 2wd anyway, the 4wd hardware will just be dead weight taking away from your payload capacity.
     
  3. May 13, 2011 at 9:46 PM
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    4wd will help you pull out of slick and steep boat ramps. I've had to engage in 4wd on a few occasions because of these circumstances. But as far as towing, you wouldn't want to engage in 4wd, especially if on dry pavement. Oh, and the taco with tow pkg can for sure take care of 4000 lbs
     
  4. May 13, 2011 at 9:47 PM
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    4WD makes a huge difference pulling a boat out of the water at a muddy launch. I have had to put it in 4WD many times..
     
  5. May 16, 2011 at 7:41 PM
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    Thanks folks. I will definitely look to buy the 4WD model double cab 4.0:D
     
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  7. May 17, 2011 at 10:03 AM
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    There have been more than a few posts on the towing capacity...your limitation will be steering and brakes.....and possibly the tongue weight of your trailer, these cars don't have much for rear suspension.
    Trailer brakes can be electric or surge, and surge only work going forward.
    Ever seen a boat pull a car down the ramp?
     
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