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Traveler trailer towing

Stocktaco

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Greetings everyone,


I hope this message finds you all well, this is my first post in the forum and it's regarding towing with the 3rd. Gen 2019 Tacoma 3.5 double cab with tow package. Can anyone be kind enough to share their experience while towing an RV-traveler trailer? I understand that mid size pick ups are not the best for this type of application, but there are RVs that can be towed with the Tacoma if one stays with the hitch weight, and the GVW of the trailer being towed. That being said, I have done some research on the web (mainly youtube) and found a mixture of good and bad. I have found people that are towing 4,500 Lbs. Travel trailers and are doing so with proper precautions of monitoring transmission temperature, and basically going easy if you will where it calls for. There are people that are full time RV travelers pulling trailers that are 3500-4000 lbs using cross over SUV's and are doing long hauls. But then again I have also seen others who don't have great things to say about the Taco, one in particular had negative comments about his experience; this person was disappointed about his truck slowing down going uphill and not going more than 65 mph, BRUH!!!!!!! Pulling a trailer even on a flat road is already tough, not to mention uphill and going to what I would consider unsafe speed. What concerns me are the people that have towed trailers that are considered within the tolerable specs and have addressed the need to upside to half ton pick ups. I would like to hear from anyone who's had experience while towing, and their trailer type, weight, and the whole enchilada. For your input, I thank you in advance CHEERS!!!!!
 

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I would be interested to hear any feedback on this topic as well, personally I can't help you as I purchased the Tacoma with the intent to never tow with it, however I may need to do a cross country trip with a trailer in tow at some point to deliver a promise to my deceased father. The only input I have is if your not a manual transmission regearing to 5.29 will be your best friend!

Hope this helps....
 

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I have a 2020 Taco Sr5 with tow package. I tow a 2020 apex nano 15x. Dry weight is 2900, gvwr is about 3300 pounds. I may be off a little on weight but you get it. Just did a trip from MA to NH, about 3 hours. Cruised around 55-60mph. You tow in S4 per manual. I do have the premium OVTUNE. The truck did great for the set up. I also have a WDH.
 

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I tow a Winnebago Hike 171DB coming in at about 4200 gvwr and it tows like a dream. Don't expect to have a ton of power to accelerate hard but theres plenty of torque to get you moving down the road and carry good speed. I've towed at 80 smoothly before (not that you should!!) but usually keep it around 65. Tows good up heavy grades as well but don't be afraid to put your foot in it and get the revs up! If you lean towards the towing capacity limit of the tacoma (~6000lb) i'd expect a bit more slowdown but it should still tow really well.

I recently upgraded to 33's and added some heavy rock sliders and other weight-adders and then got a KDMax tune and the truck drives just like stock even with the upgrades, towing included.

Long story short, it's capable for sure but I would shoot for 4500lb max GVWR just to keep driving smooth and easy!
 

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I've towed all sorts of things, from way overloaded trailers to 4000lb boats. As long as you're ok going a bit slower, you'll be fine. The Tacoma is no powerhouse, but it's the little truck that could. It has been stable and reliable, and I've had no problems overheating or otherwise. Only hairy situation was one time I loaded a light utility trailer up with about 5000lbs of large logs and filled up my truck bed with another 2000lbs. The steering felt a little light due to the almost-wheelie I was pulling, but we did the highway at 55mph and the ol' boy never missed a beat.
 

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Well... when I was driving home one snowy night I came across and F350 dually with a 5th wheel camper.. Stuck in the snow. Ig he slid a bit or whatever. Anyways, I pulled him out (both of us using 4WD ofc) no problems. So yea, Idk why people say we can't tow a leaf with these things. I also tow a 24' trailer with 2 Sportsmans' (and 850 and a 570) no problem, I'm sure it can fit my other 570 in the bed too with the trailer no issues
 

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I have no problem towing my 18ft Jayco. I have air bags, brake controllers and all the other goodies. Slow and steady is the way to go anyways.
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Very interesting setup with the boat up top! What kind of MPG's are you getting with this setup?
 

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Very interesting setup with the boat up top! What kind of MPG's are you getting with this setup?
Not much on the milage of course. 13-15mpg's was the average. But it's doable with the right gear. As for the boat, well, gotta put it somewhere right:)
 

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Thanks to everyone for sharing their experiences, I have found a common denominator on everyone’s opinion; take it easy where needed, monitor your transmission temp, stay within your gvwr.
 

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That would be my advice too. Take it easy and stay within limits.

I towed 5k lbs with my truck for about 500 miles in one weekend. 15 mpg using 5th gear (manual). I would definitely do it again.
 

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Hi, I echo what most have said above. Here are some items that I’d add to look at or consider. Apologize if it’s in another thread already):

1. Get a Scan Gauge 2 or 3, so you can monitor your actual transmission temp. There are other OBD bluetooth and more expensive gauge systems as well; this is simple and works.

2. Check your transmission fluid level! Most came from factory low, and when the dealer dos the transmission service, it will still be low. (Ask me how I know).

3. Brake controller. The truck is pre-wired, but you got to add it. I used the Tenkosha but it was in the way, so switched to the Redarc system. Nicer, even if the install is a little bit of a challenge.

4. Trailer weight. Stay within your GVWR. It’s easier on your truck.

5. Transmission cooler. Though I have the factory, going to add a second one. Toyota did away with Transmission coolers on 21+ for Tacoma and Tundras.

6. Pinning the Transmission. Read up on that one. Equals cooler temps.

7. Regearing. Just did it. Dropped some $$$, but it will be worth it. Had a long tow with factory gearing, 16’ box trailer @2700 lbs, and the series of grades from San Diego to Tahoe - sometimes there’s no place to get out of the way when the transmission temps climb.

Many of this is in other towing threads, or other web locations.

Note: Lifts, big tires, overland gear, etc. Just a cautionary word, that comes from years of driving 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton trucks towing big trailers with sandrails or off road machines through Cali & AZ: The more stuff you put on your vehicle, the less you can legally tow. If there is an accident, and a death, the Highway Patrol & the Insurance companies have been known to piece it all together and make it extremely painful for a truck driver (not semi) who isn’t licensed correctly; running wrong tire type (C vs D vs E); way beyond GVWR; speed excess; no brake controller or trailer controls; etc. At one point, they started using mobile checkpoints in Cali during duning season - they’d flag you over, and check it all out; if something wasn’t up to snuff, impounding on the spot.
Not trying to scare anyone, just be aware of the risks. I see a lot of folks driving SUVs and Tacos/Rangers/Colorados with trailers too big or obviously overweight.

Be safe and have fun