Originally Posted by caroljg
Thanks for your reply. I have done what felt like a ton of research and heaven only knows that I have probably only skimmed the surface.
My Toyota has the towing package allowing me a towing capacity of 6500 pounds.
The shipping weight of the SP-295 was 5,034# and with all the options added on (10th anniversary edition, interior luxury package and the exterior luxury package) tops out at 5600.
Any and all info you provide will be treasured.
Can't wait to hit the road!!
my best to you
Just a few notes, as I see others are helping out too. First of all there is a huge difference between 6500 lbs in a low, narrow weight, and a TT weighing less than that. Your Tacoma doesn't punch as big of a hole in the wind if front of the trailer which will increase the wind resistance on the TT. You'll have a much greater appreciation of this the first time you experience a head/cross wind while towing with a small truck. Especially once you've pulled a TT with a bigger truck.
Your shipping weight figure doesn't include the hitch weight, battery, gas bottles filled, any of your full time belongings, clothes, water, etc, etc, etc, you'll be surprised what the actual trailer weight is when you are ready to pull it to your first destination.
I disagree with the notion you NEED a 3/4 ton, but you really do need at least a full size 1/2 ton rated for 8K towing capacity, and even more would benefit you, and your TV.
Don't feel too bad if you do have to trade your truck in. I just got home from trading in my 3 month old pickup with just over 3K miles on it. It won't hurt my feelings, or wallet, nearly as much as it would have having an incident out on the road overloaded though. My bad, lesson learned, and this time I mean it...
If I had known my wife would want a TT I'd have got the truck I just brought home in the first place. Then I could have got her the TT she really wanted as well. Fortunately she loves the one we did buy so I don't have to trade it right now, we haven't even made our first trip with it yet...
We wish you all the best in your endeavors....