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Which Options for Towing

Discussion in 'Towing' started by TrailMoose, May 7, 2010.

  1. May 7, 2010 at 11:02 PM
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    TrailMoose

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    I thought I was going to get a 4 cylinder, but then my wife mentioned a trailer...

    Now, I am trying to figure out what Tacoma to get to pull a small trailer like the Aerolite 195QB (GVWR 5,400 lb).

    I need a Double Cab, the Towing Package, and it has to be Red. :)

    If those of you who tow could give me your opinions on which of the following would be better than others for towing, or if it doesn't make any difference:
    1. 4x2 vs 4x4
    2. SR5, TRD Sport, or TRD Off Road
    3. Long Bed vs Short Bed
    If there are other "must have" options, let me know.

    When not towing I'll be driving to trailheads on gravel roads, hauling the occassional load of bark mulch, and bringing home big things from Home Depot and Costco.

    Thanks in advance.
    Reading this forum is teaching me alot.

    TrailMoose

    PS. If you prefer, you can PM me.
     
  2. May 7, 2010 at 11:32 PM
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    ktmrider

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    I think the most important would be towing package. Ive always thought the longer wheel base would be better to tow, but I have never tested this or tried any other tacoma...
     
  3. May 7, 2010 at 11:47 PM
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    MJonaGS32

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    4x4 might help you get out of certain situations, but if we're talking strictly towing, it does help with getting boats out of wet ramps

    SR5, TRD Sport or Offroad: If you plan to keep the suspension stock, the TRD Sport and Off Road shocks are better than the SR5. The suspension will help your truck handle the tongue weight of your trailer.

    Short Bed vs Long Bed: Won't necessarily effect the towing, however a long bed does weigh more, which might affect your GVWR
     
  4. May 8, 2010 at 7:10 AM
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    bb609

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    2 or 4WD depends on you, your location, and your intended use. Not necessary for just towing.

    4.0 L for sure.

    Truck beds are never too big....long bed.

    Plan on adding something to your suspension, e.g. air bags, heavier springs, etc., as all models are built too light for towing/hauling from the factory IMO.
     
  5. Jun 24, 2010 at 6:32 AM
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    Hi,

    If I was going out today to buy a new Taco to replace my '06 TRD (Off Road) DC 4x4 I would buy a long bed 4x4 (or even consider a Tundra);)

    Weight is something you have to be concerned about and the additional running gear for the 4x4 capability adds weight to your GWVR as well as your GCVWR. I'll take that added weight though for the peace of mind of the 4x4 capability

    The wheelbase on the long bed trucks is 14 inches longer than than the short bed. When towing a longer wheelbase is more stable than a shorter wheel base. Some days I wish I had that additional bed length as well.

    Whatever you decide you'll be OK
     
  6. Jun 24, 2010 at 7:51 PM
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    your talking about a camper and so you will be camping as well as towing. Get the 6 without question. I prefer a 4x4 and a long bed is better for towing as well as taking your gear, firewood, grill and whatever else you might take. The extra lenght is key. Good luck
     
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