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Old 08-23-2012, 09:38 AM   #11
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I believe you will soon find you need a 3/4 Ton 6 Spd with tow/haul and 4x4 (Diesel best). Welcome to the forum and camping.

I believe your TV is a 4.0 L V6 5 spd. My former F150 V8 5.4 L was too light for your TT (even tho the published data said it would handle a TT up to 8,500 Lbs - it could on the flat at sea level with no head wind).

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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. Lazy days will not let me buy the ones I really wanted (BIGGER) as they have a rule that there must be a weight buffer zone of 750#. So it appears I will be 'in the zone' on this one.
I originally wanted the PASSPORT 3050BH, however decked out that weighed in at 6100.......not in my buffer zone.
I sure an trying to avoid buying another TV as I just bought this one a year ago!!
YIKES!!
That would be a bite in the butt, hey?
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:49 AM   #12
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When negotiating, I think most dealers work with a 25-35% margin, depending on model. Shop around and get a good price from a good dealer. You might also want to stay close to your dealer for the first couple weeks, as things always need fixed or adjusted on a new purchase. Good luck in your journies.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:08 AM   #13
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Great advice!!! He is asking 32'and right before your posr, I had decided to offer him 25K just for the heck of it! Great minds and all that jazz!!
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Welcome Carol. You sound like my wife Kris and me. We are both retired 57 and 59 respectively. We live in Orlando. Congrats on the new adventure.

For reservations we use https://www.reserveamerica.com/ Reserve America a lot. It works great for us.

I can offer a suggestion on internet connection if you have a unlimited data plan and an Android Smartphone. Email me for that.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:39 PM   #15
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Mike and Kris....retiring today is a dream as I don't have quite enough moola to pull it off! Will be living in the camper for a while and still working, then will throw the proverbial towel into the ring! Currently have a Blackberry phone but will be going the android route at upgrade date!
Good hearing from you!
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:40 PM   #16
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Congratulations on your big life style change.
You will not need a 3/4 Ton 4X4 to tow that Surveyor. However, your Tacoma will have its hands full. I had a Tacoma PreRunner with the tow package; long bed double cab.
I towed a 22' Jayco TT that actually weighed 5100#. It was a lot to tow for my Tacoma. On flat land, I could cruise at 65, but any incline or mountain, it had to downshift and keep the engine RPM high to keep it going. I'm not saying you can't do it, but be aware that your Tacoma will be working hard. I also had the 4 leaf HD rear springs installed which really helped the ride. Careful on how much you load your trailer and place in the truck bed.
Be sure you have a quality hitch set up. i.e. Hensley or Equal-i-zer. Same goes for towing mirrors and brake controller. i.e. Prodigy. That's a mightly long trailer for your Tacoma.
Best of luck and keep the forum updated on your travels.
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Welcome to the forum and good luck on your new adventure. We will be in the Orlando area in late Nov. Just take your time and get use to towing in the flatlands of FL. Where will you "home base" or are you going on the road full time?
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Carol do you have any trips planned yet? We are going to Long Point Park in Melbourne Beach 2-5 Nov and are looking at a trip to Cedar Key in Dec or Jan. We have been going to the Fla. state and county parks for the last couple of years and all have been great. Only thing is that State Parks only have electric and water and you have to use the dump station. We got a "blue boy" for that. We are going to Ashvillle Area in Oct for the fall colors. Keep in touch and if you are going some place we are or someplace we haveent been let us know. We can try and meet you there.
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DunnNC where in Orlando in Nov? We live in Orlando and I'm originally from Durham.
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:56 PM   #20
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Hey PawPawJim!
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
Carol
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....

Happy trails!

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