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Old 06-29-2015, 02:08 PM   #1
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size matters?

I'm new here and new to towing anything larger than a tent trailer. I drive a 2013 tacoma double cab 4x4 with a four liter. this truck seems too work very hard towing my 2007 shamrock 21 rs. Is it just my imagination or is this truck too small

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Old 06-30-2015, 07:05 AM   #2
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Assuming you have the tow package, it looks like the type of scenario where you are ok on paper, but it doesn't translate to real life.

That is most likely because when you pack up with gear and people, you are right at the limit. Plus, the Tacoma has a shorter wheel base than a full sized truck.

I was in a similar situation when I drove a Nissan Frontier. It did the job, but it wasn't pleasant. It all changed when I got an F150 Ecoboost.

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Old 06-30-2015, 12:31 PM   #3
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Unfortunately, in my humble opinion, a Taco is just not a good tow vehicle for a travel trailer. A pop-up might be OK but all the frontal area of a bigger trailer just requires too much hp and torque. The side area in crosswinds will be too much for the shorter, lighter truck to handle well. Add the problems of stopping if your trailer brakes fail and you could be spelling disaster.
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Old 06-30-2015, 12:46 PM   #4
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:59 PM   #5
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Your issue is the amount of drag as opposed to weight.
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Old 07-01-2015, 10:04 PM   #6
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I had the same problem pulling my Roo 19 with a Traverse. Looks good on paper, but I was NOT a happy camper; as stated, it's more drag than weight. Bought the Silverado and it worked much better.
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Old 07-03-2015, 02:50 PM   #7
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I had a 2013 taco 4x4 sr5 v6 trd sport tow double cab etc.

I pulled ONCE a keystone 2014 238ml at a dry weight of like 3990. Fully loaded with all our gear and my motorcycle in the bed we had a lot.of gear so I'd guess 4700-5000lb trailer (below the max 6000 Toyota says) (i used air bags and a WDH) it worked. I went 400mi r/t. I struggled up the hills on I-10. I traded it in for a 2015 f150 w max tow. It pulled that trailer w ease.
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Old 07-03-2015, 03:39 PM   #8
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Yep may be close to max towing. It's where a lot of folks make there mistakes buy more of a trailer than you TV can handle. Sales folks will tell you anything to sell ya TT. Later RJD

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