1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Towing capacity

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by hood4, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. Jan 12, 2021 at 12:15 PM
    #1
    hood4

    hood4 [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2018
    Member:
    #264600
    Messages:
    8
    Vehicle:
    2012 Tacoma sr5
    what's up!? i'm looking for a little insight from you fine folks!

    I was under the impression my tacoma (2012 SR5 double cab) would tow 6,500 lbs.

    My wife and I are looking to buy an Ultra Lite camper ... 3,350 lbs.

    I entered my VIN # on the toyota page and it says this under towing:

    • TO V6 Tow Package - Factory
    We don't plan on towing it more than 2hrs one way, just to local state parks here in SW Ohio. Hoping that aside from some crappy gas mileage, it won't have any issues w/ this camper*!

    * camper comes w/ weight distribution system and sway bar

    thanks!
     
  2. Jan 12, 2021 at 12:44 PM
    #2
    hood4

    hood4 [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2018
    Member:
    #264600
    Messages:
    8
    Vehicle:
    2012 Tacoma sr5
    ok ok, I think that I am good to go...

    i just popped the hood and have the transmission cooler, which from what i'm reading is a dead giveaway.
     
    Anton338 and Alexely999 like this.
  3. Jan 12, 2021 at 12:49 PM
    #3
    jake72

    jake72 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2012
    Member:
    #82099
    Messages:
    2,071
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jake
    N.E. PA
    Vehicle:
    2017 trd off-road dcsb
    Along with 7 pin electrical plug in and tow hitch
     
    Anton338 and Alexely999 like this.
  4. Jan 12, 2021 at 12:51 PM
    #4
    nd4spdbh

    nd4spdbh Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2013
    Member:
    #114055
    Messages:
    11,048
    Gender:
    Male
    SoCal
    Vehicle:
    13 DCSB TRD OR v6 Auto
    yeah you are good.

    Just note, thats a DRY weight, add water, gear, equipment etc and things add up QUICK. Ill be the trailer pushes up close to 4500+ lbs loaded. The taco will do it but dont expect to win any races. Trailer brake controller is a MUST.
     
    ejl923, Alexely999 and TnShooter like this.
  5. Jan 12, 2021 at 12:54 PM
    #5
    hood4

    hood4 [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2018
    Member:
    #264600
    Messages:
    8
    Vehicle:
    2012 Tacoma sr5
    thanks so much!!

    i have the 7 pin connector!

    any rec's on a trailer brake controller???
     
  6. Jan 12, 2021 at 1:07 PM
    #6
    TnShooter

    TnShooter Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2010
    Member:
    #42625
    Messages:
    4,157
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    07' TRD Off-Road, Auto
    STOCK


    I prefer the slide lever style.
    It’s just easier to slide the lever than find the buttons in the dark.
    It’s all personal preference, pic the one you like best.

    This should help when you go to install it.
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-tacoma-towing-bible.4031/#post-35022
     
    Rock Lobster likes this.
  7. Jan 12, 2021 at 1:13 PM
    #7
    Rock Lobster

    Rock Lobster knows nothing, yet an expert in everything.

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2018
    Member:
    #275833
    Messages:
    3,942
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ryan
    Dee Eff Dub
    Vehicle:
    Sport Crew represent
    VF Tuned Desciple
    I got the primus iq because I'm a cheapass that doesn't need a P3.

    It works well.
     
    TnShooter likes this.
  8. Jan 12, 2021 at 1:59 PM
    #8
    Knute

    Knute Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2020
    Member:
    #337515
    Messages:
    1,292
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    '06 Tacoma SR5
    Stock 4WD, Access Cab, White
    The placard on the Driver's Door jamb should have your towing capacity.

    Be aware, the WDH adds weight to the hitch and camper. Water, food, gear, cookware, dishes, .......etc all add weight to the rig. Anything in the truck is cargo, passengers, luggage, bikes, food, dogs, cats,......... all add up to cargo weight.

    Know your limits, know your weights.

    Very easy to blow past weight limits for towing and cargo.

    Suggest to only use 85% of the limits.
     
    06Tacooo likes this.
  9. Jan 12, 2021 at 2:06 PM
    #9
    YF_Ryan

    YF_Ryan Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2017
    Member:
    #211450
    Messages:
    1,997
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ryan
    Kent, WA
    Vehicle:
    2011 Silver Tacoma TRD Offroad
    AT Habitat. Icon Coil Overs. Deaver U402 Stage 3 Leafs w/ Bilstein 5160s. Wet Okole seat covers. ARB Deluxe Bull Bar. Fuel Boost wheels with Wrangler Duratracs.
    I purchased the Prodigy P2 over the P3 since the P2 has a wider range of angles it can be mounted at. Depending on where you want to mount, this can make a lot of difference. And don't forget to buy the correct pigtail if you go with Prodigy. They are sold separately, but totally worth the 20 bux to make the unit plug directly into your trucks connector under the dash. Makes install a 15 minute job.
     
    TnShooter likes this.
  10. Jan 12, 2021 at 2:23 PM
    #10
    hood4

    hood4 [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2018
    Member:
    #264600
    Messages:
    8
    Vehicle:
    2012 Tacoma sr5
    right on! we don't pack too much and probably won't fill the water tanks, as most sites have a water hookup available. 85% seems like sage advice! .. we are upgrading from a heavy-ish pop-up. excited, but terrified to pull it at the same time. heh.
     
  11. Jan 12, 2021 at 2:27 PM
    #11
    hood4

    hood4 [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2018
    Member:
    #264600
    Messages:
    8
    Vehicle:
    2012 Tacoma sr5
    TnShooter likes this.
  12. Jan 12, 2021 at 2:27 PM
    #12
    Knute

    Knute Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2020
    Member:
    #337515
    Messages:
    1,292
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    '06 Tacoma SR5
    Stock 4WD, Access Cab, White
    A hardside will have alot more wind resistance than the folding camper.

    Be prepared for cross-winds. They can be brutal.
     
    nd4spdbh and hood4 [OP] like this.
  13. Jan 12, 2021 at 3:17 PM
    #13
    Alexely999

    Alexely999 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2016
    Member:
    #175203
    Messages:
    1,847
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Alex
    Bay Area, CA
    Vehicle:
    2015 DCSB 4X4
    I’ve pulled 6,500+ with the taco on flat roads. Acceleration? Pff. But once you’re up to speed the truck does just fine. Just give plenty of space for braking.

    Going up a slight grade and it’s almost pedal to the floor.
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2021
  14. Jan 12, 2021 at 3:20 PM
    #14
    Knute

    Knute Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2020
    Member:
    #337515
    Messages:
    1,292
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    '06 Tacoma SR5
    Stock 4WD, Access Cab, White
    Wow....cool.... Wish I had a petal from a flower to make the truck more appealing. I just step on the throttle PEDAL.
     
  15. Jan 12, 2021 at 3:47 PM
    #15
    rphillips

    rphillips Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2016
    Member:
    #197271
    Messages:
    857
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rick
    Norene TN.
    Vehicle:
    2013 Reg. cab 4x4
    none
    Alex said it, Not a big deal if slow getting started, a big deal if slow getting stopped. When all is good it's fine, when it's too late it's not fine any more. Always give yourself more stopping space than you need.
     
    Alexely999 likes this.
  16. Jan 12, 2021 at 5:22 PM
    #16
    Marshall R

    Marshall R Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 28, 2015
    Member:
    #156224
    Messages:
    2,337
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Marshall
    Vehicle:
    07 White TRD double cab
    none
    When they rate these trucks at 6500 lbs that is under ideal conditions with no other cargo in the truck and with only a 150 lb driver in the cab. In the real world when you start talking about a driver and passenger in the truck along with 200-300 lbs of cargo around 4000-4500 lbs is a sensible limit.

    If you ever find a situation where you NEED to pull a heavier load closer to the 6500 max then it would probably be OK for the occasional short distance tow if you're careful not to overload the truck. But I'd not plan to pull much over 4000 lbs on a regular basis with a Tacoma.
     
    06Tacooo likes this.
  17. Jan 12, 2021 at 6:48 PM
    #17
    Alexely999

    Alexely999 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2016
    Member:
    #175203
    Messages:
    1,847
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Alex
    Bay Area, CA
    Vehicle:
    2015 DCSB 4X4
    Lol fixed it for ya :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
  18. Jan 13, 2021 at 5:02 AM
    #18
    jbrnigan

    jbrnigan Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2015
    Member:
    #146935
    Messages:
    1,105
    Gender:
    Male
    Midwest
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD Sport, 4X4, 4.0L, Auto - Access Cab
    Here's how this works......Man buys ultra lite trailer and pulls it with Tacoma. Tacoma struggles, but, pulls trailer.
    Couple (wife) decides that camping is so enjoyable and more camping amenities - larger bath, kitchen, would enhance the experience, and a bigger RV is needed. Now you need a bigger truck. Now the family grows and more RV space is needed....and a bigger truck......and so it goes.....been there done that LOL
     
    Alexely999, Rock Lobster and Tcomaboy like this.
  19. Jan 13, 2021 at 6:35 AM
    #19
    Rock Lobster

    Rock Lobster knows nothing, yet an expert in everything.

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2018
    Member:
    #275833
    Messages:
    3,942
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ryan
    Dee Eff Dub
    Vehicle:
    Sport Crew represent
    VF Tuned Desciple
    Pretty much this. I think a lot of these people would be happier with a timeshare cabin than the rolling apartment blocks that pass for campers these days. I admire the luxury that goes into them, but I don't possess, nor do I understand, the desire to own one. For all of those comforts, there is a spirit that's lacking IMO.

    Example: On my last trip in my little bitty trailer I woke up at 5 AM because I heard something rustling below my window. A small herd of 6-ish does and a single buck were moving through the campsite, not 3 feet away from the trailer, right as first light was just starting to push away the mist, and there was just the tiniest hint of deep red on the horizon that's slowly advancing on the violets and blues. Its magical stuff like that where you don't reach for the camera, you don't try to explain what that feeling is or for that matter have any kind of active thought in your head at all - it's just you, experiencing the moment, getting to hear the first bird chirp of the day.

    I think that people who insist on having the 30 foot slide-out with the leather sofa and 65" satellite TV, they never experience that magic. Those trailers, while indeed very nice, they do the exact opposite of embracing the surrounding scenery. They work to isolate you from it. Whatever it is that people get out of that kind of trailer, it's something that I hope I'll never fully understand.

    upload_2021-1-13_8-9-59.jpg
     
    Alexely999 likes this.
  20. Jan 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM
    #20
    jbrnigan

    jbrnigan Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2015
    Member:
    #146935
    Messages:
    1,105
    Gender:
    Male
    Midwest
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD Sport, 4X4, 4.0L, Auto - Access Cab
    None of that goes away because I no longer sleep on the ground. Yes, for some it does. When you've been camping for 40 years and reached a point in your life, where you can appreciate some of the finer things that life has to offer, the magic is still all around. All you need to do embrace and appreciate it. I have pulled my "rolling apartment block" from Bangor to San Diego, the Grand Tetons to Key Largo, hiked glaciers, wilderness trails, ancient ruins etc, finishing the day with a nice hot shower and home cooked meal in my very comfortable RV.

    That's not necessarily accurate but I appreciate you opinion. Whatever you believe, my appreciation of my surroundings probably mirror yours.
     
    Rock Lobster likes this.

Products Discussed in

To Top