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Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by CheesyBeefyTaco, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. Jul 12, 2009 at 2:46 PM
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    CheesyBeefyTaco

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    I have a 1998 tacoma v6 4x4 TRD. i'm looking at some boats about 20 feet long, some on tandem axle trailers. Is this too much for my truck to tow? any info helps. thank you!
     
  2. Jul 12, 2009 at 4:23 PM
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    TengoTaco

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    the 3.4l v6 Tacos are able to pull 5,000 pounds. If these boats are within that then your golden.
     
  3. Jul 12, 2009 at 4:25 PM
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    Jason'sLawnCare

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    Tengo's right. Not sure on the first gens but on the 2nd gens you need a tow package to do all 6500. so I'm not sure if you need the tow package to do all 5000 with the first gens.
     
  4. Jul 12, 2009 at 4:29 PM
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    TengoTaco

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    You wont need the factory tow package but check to make sure you hitch is at least a class 3
     
  5. Jul 12, 2009 at 4:38 PM
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    Thanks! I have a uhaul hitch rated for 10 thousand pounds and my receiver is rated for 6 thousand. thanks again for your input!
     
  6. Jul 17, 2009 at 6:42 AM
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    I've only opened up the air box for more air intake. No mods.
    What is out on the market for changing the stock gear ratio if you want more pulling power? Thanks
     
  7. Jul 17, 2009 at 6:48 AM
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    FlawedXJ

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    I actually have a jeep now. Imagine that.
    Thats not the only thing that determines how much you can tow. Its a small truck. i wouldn't go over what the factory rating is.
     
  8. Jul 17, 2009 at 6:49 AM
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    I've only opened up the air box for more air intake. No mods.
    Got yea.
     
  9. Jul 17, 2009 at 7:13 AM
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    The 1st gen trucks (95-04) have a tow rating of 5,000lbs regardless of tow package.
     
  10. Jul 17, 2009 at 7:58 AM
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    cool thanks for the info. I'm assuming you're refering to v6's.
     
  11. Jul 17, 2009 at 7:14 PM
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    With all the talk about towing, dont forget stopping power. Remember the more tongue weight on rear axle , the less weight on front end= the faster the front brakes will lockup on wet and gravel roads when towing.
     
  12. Jul 17, 2009 at 8:12 PM
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    I would not be crazy about towing anything that weighed more than my towing vehicle regardless of the hitch rating.
    Imagine getting pushed around in a 4000# taco by a 6000# trailer with a blowout at freeway speed :eek:
    Better have good trailer brakes.
     
  13. Jul 18, 2009 at 4:52 AM
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    It happens all the time......

    Tacoma curb weight is 4070 and the GVW is 5350. Towing capacity is 6500lbs (comparing numbers for 4.0L Access Cab).
     
  14. Jul 20, 2009 at 5:20 AM
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    Hey guys. This weekend, I picked up a termite back hoe with my 4.3, 1996. I drove 2 miles and parked it and picked up a friends 3/4 ton. No way this truck is safe to pull that much weight. Also, by hich is mounted on the frame..not the bumper.

    Just a friendly input. this termite back hoe is about 4200 lbs. It scared the hell out of me pulling it and the truck would not stop.
     
  15. Jul 20, 2009 at 11:51 AM
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    Not enough
    That is a lot ot weight..... I pull 5000# regularly with my 05 V6... You can't just drivel like you normally do..Just like truckers have skills to drive there rigs, you also have to learn a whole new way of driving...Much of it will come from close calls and reading/learning....

    Did this backhoe trailer have its own separate breaks? Normally they will have Electric breaks that will require you to have a unit inside your truck to adjust the level of braking done by the trailer...Some times they are not and are surge breaks mounted on the trailer tounge and work separate from your trucks brakes but at the same time.
     
  16. Jul 21, 2009 at 12:35 AM
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    i have a reg cab 4x4 tacoma with the 2.7. and i pull my 18 foot stratos boat and it does ok. if that helps.
     
  17. Jul 21, 2009 at 5:10 AM
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    I've only opened up the air box for more air intake. No mods.
    Is there a lot of difference in my 96 and the new motors/power trains? I have a friend at church with an 08 and he pull his 21' bass boat with no trouble. Could it be the 1st gen trucks?
     
  18. Jul 21, 2009 at 9:18 AM
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    Respect your elder gen.
    Pink slider.
    first gen trucks (95.5-04) are rated at 5000 pounds.

    2nd gen trucks (05+) (with towing package) are rated at 6500 pounds.

    Your first gen is a 4 speed auto. The autos on the 2nd gens are either 5 or 6 speed I think. I'm assuming the bigger motor + more gears makes towing easier.
     
  19. Jul 21, 2009 at 10:17 AM
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    I haul a 16' contractor's trailer with my '00 TRD, 2.7L, 5sp, 4.30 geared Taco with 31X10.50 tires, Curt class 3 hitch. The trailer weighs 1450# empty. It has trailer brakes, properly adjusted, and I installed a good controller in the cab. The trailer is properly maintained, good tires, brakes, etc. and I don't overload it. It has a GVW of 7,000#, but I don't haul it with more than about 3-4,000# (construction trash, mostly). The truck handles the trailer well, loaded or empty, but then I only haul it around town and down to the landfill, about 15 miles or so each way. I wouldn't use my Tacoma to haul this trailer cross-country, but it handles it fine for my purposes.
     
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