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Old 06-20-2015, 09:30 AM   #1
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The new 2104S

Picked up the new, dropped off the old, and what a difference! It towed pretty well up the 50 miles or so on I-5. It is about 1,000 lbs heavier that the I-18 that I traded in (both dry and loaded) Friends and family came around for the 50 cent tour and I heard nothing but good comments about the looks, room and construction.

Found a couple of glitches - the sofa was badly scuffed on the inside arm (dealer is replacing) and the TV Antenna had been left up and had folded over. This was found during the walk through, but no word on the fix. spent one night in the driveway. Mattress is very good, A/C good enough to hang meat in. I do see some pinched digits pending when folding out the Murphy.

I have some concern with my 1999 Tacoma V6/SR5/TRD and how it will tow when loaded. Truck lists tow capacity @ 5,000 and the trailer's max is over 4,800. I have added a good trans cooler, Reese receiver hitch with weight distribution bars and friction anti sway bar. I even went a little nuts and boxed the rear frame. The truck stays level when the trailer weight is added, but not a loaded trailer. BFG All Terrain LT11.50/32/R tires and recent Bilstein shocks. I was getting about 11.5 mpg with OD off at 2,800 rpm with the prior trailer, but this one sits MUCH higher. So, before I add any more truck upgrades, I load it up and run it for a while. The 2d gen Tacoma's have a factory tow package @ 6,500 lbs with a few more HP.

So far I am VERY happy (as is my wife) with the 2104S!

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Old 06-20-2015, 10:36 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new camper. I am spending the first weekend in my 2104S as I type. I have a Hummer H3 Alpha with the V8 5.3L and was please with how it towed until I got on the highway. Water temp rose and after about 45 mph it was painful. My Hummer is rated at 6,000 tow capacity. I would be really curious what you find after towing it more.


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Old 06-21-2015, 08:29 AM   #3
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Congratulations on the new unit. I don't want to be a downer, but I'll share my experience.

We bought a Mini-lite 2306 in March of this year. Dry weight = 3850#. I had a 2006 Tacoma, V6, manual transmission at the time. As you mentioned, that truck had a tow rating of 6500#.

I towed the camper twice, both local trips (30 miles or less). After the second trip, I realized that I just wasn't comfortable towing with that truck. I bought a Tundra and haven't looked back.

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Old 06-21-2015, 05:08 PM   #4
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We'll be taking it out in a couple of weeks for a short tow and a 4 day weekend just to test everything out. Will get weights and have a better feel on how the Toyota will do. I'll keep you posted. Thanks for the info - it all helps!

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Old 06-21-2015, 09:52 PM   #5
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I traded in a 2008 limited tundra 4.7 crewmax on a 2015 tacoma 4x4. I pull the exact same trailer. My tacoma actually pulls it better than the tundra powerwise. Geared lower I guess. You just need to get a good weight distribution hitch and a brake controller. I hated that Tundra because it was just too big. I still love my 2000 tundra with 250K. I use them both.
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Old 06-22-2015, 06:36 AM   #6
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Just came back from our 2104s maiden voyage. Pulled great 11mpg, would like better but okay.
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Old 06-22-2015, 02:52 PM   #7
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We have a 2104 and tow with a '12 Tacoma with tow package. The trailer, at camping weight, is a little under 5k pounds. I know it's back there when towing but I cruise along at 58 mph or so and it does fine. We have the WDH, friction sway control, brake controller and air bags in the rear of the truck to level it all out nicely. It struggles some up-hill but rarely gets below 45 mph. I get around 11.5 MPG when towing.
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Old 06-22-2015, 03:02 PM   #8
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Congrat on your new rig. Later RJD
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Old 06-23-2015, 09:12 AM   #9
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I can see where the added height of the 2104 may be an issue as my prior trailer was about a foot lower and had an aero front wall. Of course, the fiberglass "nose cone" on the old one wasted much space. We will be going east on I-84 through the Columbia River Gorge in a couple of weeks. It's a pretty flat drive but there can be wicked east/west wind gusts. We shall see....
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Old 07-17-2015, 01:24 AM   #10
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I'm in the same boat with a Nissan Frontier (factory tow package) that has essentially the same towing specs. I'm seriously looking at a 2104s and will keep a close eye on this thread.

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