Originally Posted by Lake Murray Man
Hey folks .. You guessed right ! I'm a NEWBIE. I am going to look at a Roo 23SS (~4000lb dry) tomorrow morning. My wife has already decided "we are going to buy it". Assuming shes right and she usually is ....... will my 08 Tacoma - Crew Cab - long bed - V6 Auto handle it with a 6500lb. max tow?
Will I need weight distribution and sway control? I want to be safe. I am thinking one of the new straight line distribution and sway rigs with 600lb bars. The Roo 23ss showes 367lb tongue weight. Does this sound about right? No regrets?
The wheelbase listed on the Taco Crew Cab long bed is 140", which is a good thing. There used to be an excellent "suggestion" wheelbase chart @ http://www.rvtowingtips.com/
, but the guy running the site had some copyright issues or something like that and had to shut it down. I think the Roo with your Taca falls within those perimeters, if I remember correctly.
The ~4000 lb dry weight will "grow" some as you add options. The listed dry weight on my SV 263 increased about 500 lbs. after adding AC, awning, and such, plus the added weight of a battery, and propane. You still should be well within the 6500 lbs. towing limit of your Taco even loaded for camping, but be careful and don't overload.
The 367 lb tongue weight will "grow" some also, but that is a good thing. With that lite of a tongue on a 4000 lb. trailer, you really need to get more weight up there to provide a 12 to 15% percentage on your tongue to prevent sway. A battery and full propane tanks will add ~100 lbs. just by themselves. My concern with the 600 lb. bars, is if you do load the camper to 5500 lbs. or so, and your tongue weight is at the recommend 12%, then that is 660 lbs., or at 15% it is at 825 lbs. All of this is speculation, but I hope you can see the possibilites of too light of spring bars. Again, you don't want to get too stiff bars, as they can cause problems also. It all depends on how much weight you carry, and how you load the trailer. I think I would consider 750 or 800 lb. bars (depending on the manufacturer). I got 800 lb. bars with a listed tongue weight of 559 lbs., and when I ran the trailer across the scales lightly loaded for camping, I had a 720 lb. tongue weight. Depending on how I load my extras (food and clothes) and if the tanks have fluid in them, I figure sometimes I am going to be over 800 lbs, so I ended up ordering 1200 lb bars.....at an extra expense, of course.
Yes, you will probably need a WDH with sway control. Reese Straight Line, Equalizer, Blue Ox and others should work for this combo. I have the Reese, and my unit tows sweet.
Like Radio stated, check out the stats on your truck to be sure of the towing limits. Check out the stats on your factory hitch to make sure that can handle the load, and get a good brake controller.
Oh, and by the way.....
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