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Old 02-02-2014, 03:26 PM   #1
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2010 Toyota Tacoma V6 4WD with tow package

Does anyone know if a 2010 Toyota Tacuma V6 (4L) 4WD with the tow package is enough vehicle to tow a 2014 Airstream Sport 22FB? The Toyota is rated for towing 6500 lbs with a hitch weight of 650 lbs and the GVWR of the Sport is 4500 lbs. I don't know how much weight difference should be allowed for towing in mountainess areas as I will be wanting to travel in the western part of the U.S. as well as the new england states. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks for your help.
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My 2004 V-8 4Runner 4X4 says 7000 lb. towing capacity but I was able to research additional information using Google. Maximum tongue weight is 700 lbs. and maximum trailer weight is 5,710 lbs.

I found that at new-cars.com and they said they confirm with the manufacturers. I didn't find anything for your model. Have you contacted your Toyota dealership to get the specifications for yours?

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Old 02-02-2014, 09:03 PM   #3
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Yes, and the Toyota manual also says 6500 lbs but, I wasn't sure how that would go for traveling in the mountains. Pulling on flat roads compaired to going up mountains would be a lot different. I know it would be a lot harder on the transmission but my vehicle has a transmission cooler on it so that might save it from over heating in the mountains. I was hoping somebody out there might have some experience with my make of vehicle. Thank you for your information.
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You can easily tow the 22 with the Tacoma. That is a pretty big trailer though and the truck will bog down some. But with the right weight distribution / sway control hitch, you'll be fine. Don't plan on holding 65 mph up mountain hills ... but it can handle it. I owned a newer Tacoma for a number of years and towed a good sized, heavy boat with it throughout the Sierra Mountains out here in the west.
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Does anyone know if a 2010 Toyota Tacuma V6 (4L) 4WD with the tow package is enough vehicle to tow a 2014 Airstream Sport 22FB? The Toyota is rated for towing 6500 lbs with a hitch weight of 650 lbs and the GVWR of the Sport is 4500 lbs. I don't know how much weight difference should be allowed for towing in mountainess areas as I will be wanting to travel in the western part of the U.S. as well as the new england states. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks for your help.
I pull a 4000 pound white box camper ( funfinder ) with the "cousin" to the Taco. My 2006 Frontier ( 4.0L, 4WD, six speed manual ) pulls this well. Setup with a BlueOx swaypro hitch, I have pulled extensively from sea level to over 12K feet ( Colorado, Wyoming, New Mex, Arizona ).
I would think your Taco would be a good match for the trailer you are looking at.
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:57 AM   #6
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Country, there are other threads on this subject here on ASF. TBRich from the Phoenix area has a similar TV and tows a 19' Bambi like mine which is about the same weight as your 22' Sport. He says he wouldn't go any heavier but his seems to do fine. You might want to PM him on the subject, he's very helpful. My experience is if your doing a lot of mountain driving take your time and don't push your rig. Your transmission could become an issue before your engine does.

Do you already have the trailer? The sport is a nice trailer - a little narrower but still roomy with a slightly larger bed. Good luck with whatever you decide on. You should get lots of help here on the forum.
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We have a 2011 Tacoma that works fine-- but with our lighter (3500 lb) Bambi. We live in the mountains, and just plan on keeping our speed to around 60 mph or less going up hill. (Life in the slow lane!) We also check out passes on 2-lane highways that might be lower than the Interstate ones. If we have to pull over to be courteous to drivers behind us, then that's what we do. With this strategy we usually get around 15 mpg.

Also consider the extra weight of a full water tank, gear, passengers, &c.
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I also tow a 2010 bambi 16 at 3500 ponds with a 2013 tocoma v6. I had no issues towing to Florida and back to Rhode Island. I think I was around 14mpg at 65mph. Love the Tacoma.
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We have many friends that tow with Tacoma's. I don't recall any of them having problems in the mountains. While not a Taco, our Ridgeline is 4WD and has a V6. We've been over just about every pass in the Southwest including the notorious "Million Dollar Highway" from Durango to Gunnison and never held anybody up. The V6's and tranny's today are a lot better than the V8's I had not too long ago.
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The Million Dollar Highway would be a great test for any TV/trailer.

Also a test for the driver!
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Another plus for the Tacoma is that we decided to be a one-vehicle household. We wanted something with decent gas milage, yet had a crew cab and a 6-foot truck bed for all the times when we are not towing the Bambi.

Sadly, I think the new Tacomas have a dumbed-down towing capacity.
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According to the Toyota brochure, the 4 cyl models have a tow capacity of 3500.

V6 w/tow pkg 6300 to 6500 ( depending on model ).
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I towed my 16' Bambi with a Toyota FJ ( I think it has same engine as Tacoma) in the mtns of Arizona with no problems.
The gas tank is small so I'm always stopping for gas.
I had to wire for trailer brakes etc and added " Rock-Tamer" mud flaps to the back
Had to shift down a few times on the steep grades. Towed over 5000 miles so far.
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:14 PM   #14
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Yes, and the Toyota manual also says 6500 lbs but, I wasn't sure how that would go for traveling in the mountains. Pulling on flat roads compaired to going up mountains would be a lot different. I know it would be a lot harder on the transmission but my vehicle has a transmission cooler on it so that might save it from over heating in the mountains. I was hoping somebody out there might have some experience with my make of vehicle. Thank you for your information.
I just ran through the numbers for my 22 Sport (to be picked up next week). According to the detailed information on the Tacoma owners' site, it will be fine. The way I figured the numbers, the 22 runs at around 75% of the maximum towing capacity, which is enough room for error for me. Mine is the 2 wd, not the 4wd, but it's the big 6 cyl, tow package, access cab.

Take a look at the Tacoma owners site ... google "towing bible" and it should come right up. It takes a while reading to get to the right place, but if you're like me (no insult intended) it will all be good info. I found that there was no substitute for running the numbers myself, but if you need more specifics, send me an e-mail and I'll try to find my figures to send you.
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I tow my 22FB with a 2007 Tacoma v6 with tow package & sway bars. Top speed about 65. Seems to get 15mpg.
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We tow our 22FB at a weight of 3,840 lbs. which is full of water and loaded with some and gear. We carry our food, booze in pancake air compressor, Honda 2000 generator and golf clubs in our 2014 Honda Ridgeline which brings its weight to 5,740 lbs.
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At the start of our first week long trip this summer, we stopped and weighed our set up. Our 22FB weighed in at 3,840 lbs. full of water and loaded with gear. We carried our food, booze and golf clubs in the back seat, the Honda 2000i generator in the bed directly behind the cab and the pancake air compressor, tools and spare gas can the bed trunk of our 2014 Honda Ridgeline which weighed 5,740 lbs with a full tank of gas. The scale could not weigh less than 1000 lbs so I do not know what the tongue weight was. The total GCWR of this set up was within 500 lbs of the specified Ridgeline limits. The trailer tires were inflated to 65 psi cold and we set the cruise control at 65 mph. The truck tires were inflated to 35 psi and we averaged 12.5 mpg driving from San Antonio, TX to Lincoln, NE. On our second identical trip, I inflated the truck tires to 32 psi and the mpg dropped to 11.8. We have made this trip 3 times in the last 6 weeks and the entire towing experience has been worry free. We currently do not have a weight distribution or sway control hitch. I would love to take one for a test drive though to see if we can feel the difference.
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Pulling a 16' Sport with Ridgeline

That's very good to read about your setup. I just joined this forum yesterday since I've been reading it daily for 2 weeks now.

We've decided to buy the 2017 Ridgeline AWD with towing capacity of 5000lbs (in the next few months) and buy our 1st ever trailer: new or slightly used AS 16' Sport Bambi.

We want the Ridgeline since it will be a daily-driver when not hitched and it seemed the most comfortable/car-like of small trucks. I've been worried for some time that it is undersized for a 16' but you seem to do well with your 22' ... makes me feel much better about our choice. Thanks!
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Ahab, TWBucksr and myself are all towing 22' Sports with less-than-huge engines and regular ball-hitches with no problems whatsoever. (I typically have mine loaded to 4K lbs and the Ram has extra gear and generator in the bed.) Your proposed rig will also do well, but don't expect to win races going up Wolf Creek Pass.
Take your time (65 mph generally), don't abuse the equipment, (use Tow/Haul mode of your rig) and ...Enjoy!
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Just got a 2017 22fb. Pulling it with a 2015 Tacoma with tow pack and a Blueox WD 750lb bars. No problems so far. We are very hilly here and just took a trip to Whistler. I'm not seeing a reason to upgrade the TV.
I am interested in doing the 3" lift and moving to 16" tires. Anyone gone down that path with a single axel or know the specific tread that may be out there?
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