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Old 07-12-2008, 07:04 AM   #1
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I'm new here and have about overdosed reading this site.. My question is we have a 2008 Tacoma Double Cab short bed with a wheel base of 127 inches and a towing weight of 6500#. Has anyone had any experence with a trailer like the 20 foot Safari SE with a gvw of 5000# ( empty 4000#) as far as pulling ability and safety. I have a 32 foot airstream now but sold my TV and looking to down size. I also really like the Safari 23 FB at 6000# gvw but just about rule it out for weight. I guess if this doesn't work I'm looking for a TV. Any thoughts would be heplful. Thanks,,,dw

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Old 07-12-2008, 09:33 AM   #2
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The Tacoma will do fine. I towed a 25' Safari FB with a '05 and it did great. You need wider mirrors though, like the ones sold by Hensley hitches. Also do not overload the pickup bed. As far as power and stability it does very well.

Some people will post a reply to this and say " You need a 3/4 ton with blah, blah ,blah....... But remember, it is an airstream. 30 years ago people towed them behind a Dodge Dart!

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Old 07-12-2008, 08:45 PM   #3
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We have the same Tacoma, except a 2007, and tow a 19' Safari SE with a 6500# tow does fine...the GVW of the 19' is 4500#... I would think the Tacoma would be OK for a 20' with the 500 more lbs if you are mindful of what else you put in the truck...your numbers would be a bit closer...but not by much. We personally would want more TV with a 23'...(the newer Airstreams are heavier than the vintage ones)...
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Old 07-12-2008, 10:22 PM   #4
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All the towing specs are well within the manufactures specs. No problem.

My question reguards different models.

If your gas engine Toyota get 10 MPG towing, what would be the costs of a domestic Diesel getting 16 MPG be, given costs of tow percentage time, oils changes, initial costs of pruchase, other maintenence?
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Old 07-15-2008, 04:47 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replys,,dw
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:07 AM   #6
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My TV is an 05 Tacoma, and the AS is a 73, 25' , using a Reese Dual Cam, mileage when towing is 15, 21 empty......The Tacoma has the 4.0 6cyl with a six speed manual great
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:35 PM   #7
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Picked up the 20' SE last week drove home mostly interstate. TT towed very well TV had plenty of power. Went to the NC mtns. around Lake Toxaway this last weekend. The pair handled the mtns. better than I would have expected. Very happy with the setup. I feel the 23 ' would have been just fine also. Thanks again for the reply,,,dw
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:35 AM   #8
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I currently tow an '06 19' Bambi with my '06 Tacoma Crew. I've logged over 25K miles of its 75K with it 'in the harness' and have encountered some 6% slopes (CA 190 into Death Valley from the west!) and only a couple times found myself shifting down to 3rd (I always tow in 4th--1 to 1 ratio). It's done a fine job of towing, in my former farmer's opinion.

The Tacoma has a tow pkg. that brings with it, among other things, a 3.73 limited slip diff. I routinely get anywhere from 13 to 17.5 mpg when towing, depending on wind condx.

In my near future, I'll likely be trading up to a 25' A/S and have no worries about the Tacoma's ability to handle it.

A/S note: The first year with the Tacoma I had a 16' Jayco w/b, which was 3' shorter and about 500# lighter than the Bambi and I now routinely get 3.5 mpg BETTER economy with the longer/heavier A/S.....not to mention the near absence of side-draft from passing semi rigs.
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:46 AM   #9
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Very Reassuring

Looking over these previous posts regarding the tow capabilities of Toyota Tacoma trucks, I'm now satisfied that my '09 Tacoma 4WD, crewcab, TRD Sport, automatic 5-speed, can handle the smaller AS's. It's just my wife and I now, so a 20 footer, plus or minus a little, should be plenty big enough. Whatever we get will be a huge step up from our current 1996 Coleman Taos pop-up tent trailer - it tows like a dream but camps like a nightmare (fyi: its license plate frame says "Airstream Wannabe").

We hope to camp (in our pop-up) on the outskirts of an Airstream rally in the near future so we can mingle with, and learn from, current AS owners. We live in Seattle, so Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or British Columbia would be great if anyone has a recommendation.

We did this once before, two years ago, in the rain at Beverly Beach, OR - that's when we got our first (and only) exposure to Airstreams. Now we're close to taking the Airstream plunge.
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Old 05-30-2009, 09:19 PM   #10
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I tow my 25 foot '06 Safari with a 2008 Tundra and could not be better satisfied.

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