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Towing/trailer size

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Lthompson, Apr 15, 2019 at 6:55 AM.

  1. Apr 15, 2019 at 6:55 AM
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    Lthompson

    Lthompson [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I’m looking to buy a small utility trailer.. but I don’t know if I want a 77 wide or just a 6 ft. My question is would a narrower trailer pull better/get better mileage behind a narrow truck? Or would it make a difference? Just something I was thinking about.
     
  2. Apr 15, 2019 at 7:00 AM
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    I wouldn't think there'd be much of a difference. Mileage is going to drop no matter what. The only thing I could think of that would help is having an aerodynamic angle front of trailer as opposed to just a flat front. Not mine, just googled an image of one for example.
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  3. Apr 15, 2019 at 7:05 AM
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    Shoulda clarified, I’m looking at just utility trailers. Like a 6x12 to haul a sxs or a couple quads. I’ve pulled a wide one on 6 hour trip before.. just looking to get my own
     
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    Mileage will drop no matter what. In my experience wind resistance has more effect than trailer weight (to a point) on gas mileage. I’ve gotten better mileage towing a car on a uhaul trailer long distance on the freeway vs taking crap to the dump in a dump trailer even though the car was heavier.

    Also depends on how much stop and go driving you’re doing.
     
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    That’s kinda why I’m looking more towards a narrower trailer.. the wide one hung out the sides a lot more. Just thinking a narrower one might tuck in behind the truck better. But I might be overthinking
     
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    I think it would help a little bit at least.
     
  7. Apr 15, 2019 at 7:23 AM
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    If you're just contemplating the extra 5 inches, I think then it just comes down to what you need. Are you sacrificing anything by getting the 72" instead of 77"? Do you need the 77" to fit the sxs or quads? I think if you dont really ever see the actual need to get the wider, then just stick with the 72". May not make a noticeable difference but like @Alexely999 said, it could help out a little bit.
     
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