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Towing with a 2nd Gen 4cyl Auto

Discussion in 'Towing' started by goufcustom, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. Aug 14, 2012 at 5:53 AM
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    goufcustom

    goufcustom [OP] 7.62x63mm

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    Looking to tow a 16' Hobie Cat on a trailer, nothing else, and nothing larger/heavier, with a 2006 4cyl 4x2 SR5 Access Cab Tacoma, no tow package, stock. Do I need to get a full on trailer hitch or can I just use the ball on the bumper? Longest drive might be 5 hrs, and very infrequent. Also, do I need a transmission cooler? Do I need to tow in 4 vs OD too?

    I think the Hobie weight in at ~400 lbs and the trailer at mabye ~600 lbs.
     
  2. Aug 14, 2012 at 6:46 PM
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    EDJY

    EDJY Well-Known Member

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    You will be fine without a tranny cooler. I would definitely get a real hitch though, if only to get the proper tongue height. Its about $160 for a uhaul hitch.
     
  3. Aug 14, 2012 at 7:04 PM
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    goufcustom

    goufcustom [OP] 7.62x63mm

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    Cool, probably will get a real hitch, but hoping to go get the boat this weekend off a craig's list add, and dont want to wait a week+ to get the hitch. Also will likely wait for some sweet labor day sales to get it online.
     
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