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Old 09-26-2021, 03:00 PM   #1
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2019 Toyota Tacoma SR5 rated for 6,800 tow capacity, question

Hello All,

I am looking to purchase a small trailer with weight from 3,500 to about 4,300.
My Tacoma is rated for 6,800.
My kids are grown so camping this time around will be just my wife and me.
With that we probably will not be loading a whole lot of extra stuff / weight.

Does anyone have any experience using a Tacoma as a tow vehicle and if so how does it do? What did you pull with it?

I am not in a position to upsize my P/U so it will have to do and just want to make certain our trailer purchase aligns well with the truck.

Hope to get some feedback and thank you in advance.

Rich Messler
Powhatan, VA
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Old 09-26-2021, 05:19 PM   #2
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No need to double post. There’s an important question posted in your other thread
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Old 09-26-2021, 05:45 PM   #3
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I had an older model 4 dr Tacoma TRD with a 4.0L engine and a 6500# tow rating. I tried towing a 5200# hybrid travel trailer but it was too heavy. Just not enough horses IMO and it put me over the Tacoma’s GVWR with just me and my lightest son on board. You may fair better if you can keep the trailer’s actual weight at 4000# or less.
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Old 09-27-2021, 03:37 PM   #4
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Tow rating is just one of quite a few ratings you need to be mindful of when towing. It’s calculated with a 150 pound driver and nothing else in the vehicle.

There’s GCWR, GVWR, GAWR, tire load capacity, and the hitch rating itself.

Step 1 is rarely done but the most accurate way of figuring out precisely what *your vehicle* can tow- go weigh it loaded up like you would for camping (people, pets, cargo in/on the vehicle).

And then start subtracting from your ratings to see your actual available capacities.
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Old 09-28-2021, 05:18 PM   #5
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We pulled a 2109S with a 2017 Tacoma Offroad Towing pkg

Truck does fine even in some of the smaller mountains. Had no issues towing or stopping. Issue is your going to get about 7 MPG Couple that with the Tank size and you can go about 100 miles per tank. Upgraded to a Tundra and now we can go more than 250 miles per tank. If your staying close to home the truck will do fine.
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We use a '17 Tacoma TRD off road, 3.5L, with tow package to pull our RPod 195. It pulled an RPod 179 before that. It did better with the 179 however does just fine in the mountains of central and eastern OR, ID, and WA. Not going to keep up with the big rigs, but does just fine. I pull over when traffic over takes me in the winding upgrades and can pass the slower rigs on the flat. Very strong head winds are an issue. I get 12-14 mpg on two lane highways and 8-10 on freeways at 65 mph.
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my neighbor had a 2005 model I think Tacoma and bought a trailer around 5or 6 000 lb he towed the trailer I believe 2 times and had to trade it in for a bigger trk he bought a Nisan full size trk that is all I know .If I were you I would look at something in the range or less . hope you find something.
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