Pulling rv/camper with a gen 2

Discussion in 'General Tacoma Discussion' started by taters95yj, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. taters95yj

    taters95yj Active Member

    Alrighty guys, I was wondering if any of you have some first hand experience with pulling a rv with your tacos? I have an 07 TRD sport 4x4 4 door short bed 6 inch lift with 35's. I have the towing package, hitch, tranny and oil coolers with helper bags. Any input would be great I'm looking in the 17-20 foot range 3500-4000 pounds
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  3. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    I’d get a drop for the hitch, brake assist and take it easy. Should be fine.
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  4. OP

    taters95yj Active Member

    Yeah I have a drop hitch but I figured I'd get a load leveling hitch and trailer brake set up when I purchase the rv, more wondering how well it will pull, and if I'm going to go from mpg to gpm lol, thanks for the input.
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  5. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    You might get 11mpg it will pull it forward just fine. Brake assist will help.
  6. Ruggybuggy

    Ruggybuggy Active Member

    Whatever your getting now for mpg cut it in half pulling 3500 to 4000lbs. Also if you haven't regeared running 35's and pulling a RV of that size is doable but you will be struggling on the hills. Your biggest issue will be the transmission heating up. Every time the transmission is out of lock up on the torque converter it will produce more heat than the factory trans cooler will be able to handle. You need to monitor the trans temps with a scan gauge or the torque app using your phone. The trans overheat light isn't a reliable way to monitor the temp because when it does come on its pretty much telling you your transmission has been damaged. I added an aftermarket trans cooler in series with my factory cooler and still had to pull over and allow the transmission to cool down on the long mountain hill climbs.
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  7. Scuzzy

    Scuzzy Well-Known Member

    Gears, gears gears....did I mention gears? Oh yeah...anyway, I do a ton of towing with both of mine. On the manual, well, drop gears and watch the tranny temp, but not much of an issue(yes, gauge added). On the auto...full regear, I went a little steep with 4:88 on 34s. But I will be running 35s after the Solo Motorsports install, so I geared once.

    Now for the tech stuff. Rated at 6000 lbs roughly. Depending on the package you have, they vary from as high as 6700 down to 5800 on the base model 4x4. Staying between 3-4000 lb trailer is excellent when you consider adding people and gear, ice chests and all that stuff. Obviously, choose a good brake controller, and the wires for it are provided when you bought the truck or, if used, cost $20 and use the existing plug if you have the tow package. Make sure any trailer rated over 1500 lbs have trailer brakes. This is the key, which I will explain...

    In the 70-00s, only a half ton (F150 or equivalent) could tow this kind of weight reliably due to the MASS of the truck. More weight on the rear axle, less chance of the trailer pushing you around without brakes. These Tacoma’s can pull, but let’s face it, the ass end is light. It can pull the weight, no problem, and actually has more power and in most cases more torque. But they are a small truck. So trailer brakes are a must above 1500 lbs.

    Lastly, 30 years towing gives me a lot of experience with all kinds of vehicles. These trucks are awesome, but slightly small. Mirrors are a must. If you only have some to no experience in towing such things, go to a parking lot and practice...a good driver in tow NEVER uses the rear view, only the side mirrors, even when the trailer is off...I hate having to teach this, but too many peeps never no how to back up or look at blind spots in tow. Practice practice practice...lol

    Sorry if it seems a lecture, but I do this daily...and yes, I commonly run a 14’ car trailer loaded to the dunes or a 20’ Kodiak Ultralight...
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  8. Scuzzy

    Scuzzy Well-Known Member

    IMG_1528862853.568676.jpg this one.
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  9. Paulie

    Paulie Member

    Yes I pulled r 26 ft jayco to the Grand Canyon with my 08 Tacoma sport. But it was a manual and I did add helper springs
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  10. Ruggybuggy

    Ruggybuggy Active Member

    You don't have a WD hitch?
  11. lovemytaco35

    lovemytaco35 Active Member

    I’m pulling a 20 ft boat, about 4200 lbs with the trailer. Getting about 10 mpg. With the exception of steep grades, truck handles the weight fine.
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  12. Paulie

    Paulie Member

    Yes to the WD hitch ,anti-sway and brake control
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  13. Ruggybuggy

    Ruggybuggy Active Member

    I tow around 3500-4000lbs and with my WD did not need to change anything with the rear suspension.


    The pic is my 2012 and my 2018 hold the weight just as well without modify the rear suspension.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2018
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  14. Scuzzy

    Scuzzy Well-Known Member

    IMG_4076.jpg IMG_4416.jpg
    Nothing says please use the WD hitch like a 56 on the car trailer...lol
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  15. OP

    taters95yj Active Member

    This is the heaviest I've hauled with it. Heavy framed 16' tandem axle with a 40's model tractor and brush hog. It pulled and stopped pretty well for the short distance i pulled it (8-10 miles). But no highway driving and no idea on mpg 20171231_230754.jpeg
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  16. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    9N? We've got a couple old trailers with house trailer axles under them too. Handy aren't they? Haha!
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  17. OP

    taters95yj Active Member

    Yup, 8n. my grandpa has had that trailer for as long as I can remember.
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  18. OkieCowboy

    OkieCowboy Well-Known Member

    Now that’s some real weight. My grandfather bought one like that one only black. He drove it a number of years with pride.

    Grandpa would complain about how poorly it ran. My dad would bring it home and the mechanics would scratch their heads. Dad would fill it with Ethyl gas and make the trip back to the farm. It would run like a champ. A couple of months later it was running rough again. Finally discovered Grandpa was filling it with tractor gas. He ordered a storage tank just for Ethyl and it ran fine for 13 years.

    1956 Buick Roadmaster 2 door (Four holer).
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