Originally Posted by wtjimbo
So you guys were not happy with the Tacoma? I have an 06 Tundra which is rated the same as the Tacoma's of that year. What type of issues did you have?
Here was my experience with the Tacoma. Mine had the tow package so it had a rating of 6400#, but I don't think that applies to a trailer with a huge frontal area with so much drag.. The Taco has a pretty limited payload capacity, so to try and help I had removed my camper shell, 200lbs of skid plates, and swapped the 33s to 31s. Pretty much removing all the cool stuff...I had an Equalizer WD hitch, Tekonsha brake controller and flip out towing mirrors.
My first trip was from Phoenix (1100') up to the Mogollon Rim which gets up to 8000'. This was last month in AZ with the morning temps being 100*. The Taco complained a bit going up some of the grades. We were in 2nd a few times doing 50 at about 3800 rpms. Not bad but according to the Torque app the trans temps were over 245* (not good). Engine temp only got over 200 once. I was right on the edge of pulling over and letting the trans cool down.
On the flats and even downhill, everything is fine. No bob or sway and the trailer brakes worked great. When we got to a hill is when things weren't so great. Would the Taco have survived with a larger trans cooler and frequent trans fluid changes? Probably, but its the whole riding vs. driving thing. With a full-size I could enjoy the scenery without stressing out looking at Torque every few seconds to see if we need to pull over.
Given that the resale on Tacos was so high, I decided to cash out and move over to a full size. I had intended on just getting a 1/2 ton for the same money, but put some more into the deal and got a 3/4 ton diesel.
The older Tundra's have the same trans as the new Tacos. I would look into getting the Torque app and a OBD dongle and monitor your trans temps. A larger aftermarket trans cooler would probably do wonders.
I had actually asked 53flattie about it on a Tacoma forum and he said pretty much the same thing. Trouble in the hills. Im actually glad I didnt go with a smaller trailer now as I love the 2306 and really love the F250.