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Towing Capacity and Trailer I am looking at

Discussion in 'Towing' started by Bailrs, May 22, 2011.

  1. May 22, 2011 at 11:02 AM
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    Bailrs

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    Hi all this is my first post.

    I have a 2008 Taco with the TRD package

    Factory Tow Package
    The factory tow package option consists of a Class IV hitch, transmission cooler, oil cooler, a 130-amp alternator, heavy-duty battery and a 7-pin connector with a converter. The transmission cooler is for automatic transmissions only. The coolers allow the truck to run at a lower temperature, and combined with the larger alternator and battery, enable the vehicle to tow greater weights.


    It is also a double cab. It is rated to haul 6500lbs. Now the trailer I am looking at is a total of 33ft 5 in long and a dry weight of 5189lbs.

    http://www.ridersconnection.ca/inventory?task=detail&id=7

    It is a 2011 Rockwood 2901SS. I am wary of the weight, but this is the trailer I want. I am sparing no expense on the safety aspects as I will be getting the electric trailer brakes etc sway hitch and all that. My concern is simply pulling this trailer. The best case scenario is hauling it without any water or waste and just hauling dry goods.

    thoughts?
    thanks so much for the time and input!

    Ryan
     
  2. May 24, 2011 at 7:16 AM
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    Pugga

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    If I were going to buy that trailer, I'd look into a bigger truck. That's a lot of trailer for the Tacoma. It'll tow it, but it won't be real happy about it. With a dry weight over 5,000 lbs, it won't take much to start pushing the very upper limit of the truck once you put your camping stuff in the trailer or truck. Assuming you're getting this trailer to actually travel with, not just tow it to a seasonal spot and park, I'd get a bigger truck for the job.
     
  3. May 24, 2011 at 10:39 AM
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    fajitas21

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    You GVWR you cannot exceed for the Tacoma, your passengers, your trailer, and all things in the trailer is 11,100 lbs.

    The truck is about 4200 lbs with a full take of gas (have some setup). You trailer completely dry is 5200, so you're at 9400 lbs. Add you, your stuff, and any friends / family and we'll say conservatively 700 lbs, which is 10,100 lbs.

    So you'll have about 1000 lbs of "room".

    However, my only concern is that while that trailer states it's "dry" weight, it's likely nowhere near that ready to roll, it's probably closer to 5700 lbs.

    I'd weight that trailer at a truck stop to get a real world weight before moving forward.

    I bought a 3600 dry weight trailer and it's a job for my truck to do it, but it does it like a champ. I'm very comfortable with that size, but if I went much bigger I'd buy a Tundra.
     
  4. May 24, 2011 at 10:13 PM
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    Thanks for all the input folks i appreciate it
     
  5. May 24, 2011 at 10:14 PM
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    Yup, time for a bigger truck.
     
  6. May 24, 2011 at 10:16 PM
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    thats a big trailer.... time to trade your taco for a tundra, or a diesel
     
  7. May 24, 2011 at 10:28 PM
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    achirdo

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    Full size trucks are made for towing things like that. The Tacoma simply isn't. If you plan on towing it regularly get a diesel
     
  8. May 26, 2011 at 7:52 PM
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    well I took all yer advice and will pick up my 2011 Tundra Crewmax LTD this week
     
  9. May 26, 2011 at 9:41 PM
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    Badass. I love the Tundras. That thing will pull the wheels off that travel trailer. Enjoy!
     
  10. May 27, 2011 at 6:31 AM
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    Nice, congrats! when the new tundras first came out, i traded my 06 tacoma for one, but never really used it the way a full size truck should be used, so i traded back to a smaller size tacoma.
     
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