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Old 04-10-2010, 12:06 AM   #15
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All sounds like good advice. So, I don't think my next truck will not be for towing. Hopefully by the time we're ready to purchase an Airstream, we will have a larger one. Thanks for all the input.
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:27 PM   #16
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We have a 2009 tacoma sport prerunner and tow a 2006 23' Safari with no problems at all. Mountains, desert, you name it, it's all good. The manual lists the tongue weight of our trailer at 600 lbs, I guess the newer ones are heavier, too bad. We just got back from our spring trip to Joshua Tree/Anza Borrego, so much fun !

One thing about the Toyota Tacoma, the rear leaf packs are weak. The dealer we bought ours from installed an updated rear suspension after we complained about bottoming, going from a 3 leaf to a 4 leaf pack, all the difference in the world !
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:17 AM   #17
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RognChris... Thanks for letting us know of your success towing a 23' with a Tacoma...that's good to hear!
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Old 04-12-2010, 09:50 AM   #18
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RognChris... Thanks for letting us know of your success towing a 23' with a Tacoma...that's good to hear!
Our pleasure, heres a couple pics from Joshua Tree, so beautiful !

One more thought about towing with our Tacoma, you do have to drive the truck as opposed to leaving it in high gear/overdrive on the road. It will shift between overdrive to 5th gear too much on flat roads, and we've been told this will hurt the transmission in the long run. I leave it in 4th gear and at 60 mph it turns about 2500 rpm with the cruise control engaged. Would a big V8 be better ? of course it would, but we wanted the smaller truck for all the obvious advantages it gives us when not towing. Christine drives the truck regularly to work every day and loves it, she would rip the mirrors off a Tundra trying to get it in our 1 car garage.
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:52 PM   #19
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:12 PM   #20
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Hello,

I know there have been some posts on this topic, but wanted any thoughts specific to the 2010 Tacoma's. I don't have an Airstream currently but considering one down the road.

I'm looking at purchasing a 2010 Tacoma PreRunner, V6 with the Class IV tow package. Can tow 6500 lb's. 23' Flying Cloud comes in at 6000 lb's. My concern is the tongue weight of the FC is 779 lbs, and the Tacoma is rated for 650 lbs. Should I forget a bout the 23' FC with this truck? Are there ways to make it work? Or would I be pushing the limits?

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I was thinking of something very similar with a Vintage unit. The PreRunner is for the desert. Pre-runnig a race track. Now I am sure you will not be doing that so why not check out a 2wd configured for a load. PreRunners are not available in Maine, I checked. Maybe it is a bit of marketing, but I like the Tacoma, it is a good choice.
Now if you grow a couple of kids, they sure do add weight, you might get caught short if you lug with the truck full up.
Violates the 80% rule too, towing weight should not exceed 80% of towing capacity.
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Violates the 80% rule too, towing weight should not exceed 80% of towing capacity.

So what is the rule - Officially?

Is it don't purchase a "dry" trailer 80% of your max weight - or never tow a trailer at your 80% max weight?

There is a reason why they have a "max" - and there is a safety margin tacked onto that "max" limit so says the "engineer\lawyer" in me....

Boy - what can of worms am I opening up here....
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:28 PM   #22
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So what is the rule - Officially?

Boy - what can of worms am I opening up here....
LOL, and it isn't the first time and it won't be the last time that this particular CofW's has been opened

When you take into consideration the smoke and mirrors tow rating number, quality of connection, aerodynamics of an Airstream, variable driving habits, amount of tow miles, experience and qualifications of driver and a host of other variables it makes no sense at all throwing out a blanket % rule.
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So what is the rule - Officially?

Is it don't purchase a "dry" trailer 80% of your max weight - or never tow a trailer at your 80% max weight?

There is a reason why they have a "max" - and there is a safety margin tacked onto that "max" limit so says the "engineer\lawyer" in me....

Boy - what can of worms am I opening up here....
No worms, just nitty gritty.
Ever read or hear about accident insurance claims and being over the weight limits?
You think that in accidents the insurance company or a poor, starving, hungry lawyer does not check such things? When some poor slob gets his trailer whacked you think a cop does not check out such things? Claims and fault can shift in a heartbeat. Except in New York and California of course, they suspended the laws of gravity.
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Hi I went bigger have a 31 footer with a 2007 tacoma I use it to move the airstream around the storage yard LOL I borrow my son's 250 when I travel beyond the yard http ://www.airforums.com/forums/images/smilies/lol.gif
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We tow our 19' 1964 Globetrotter (2800# dry) with a base 2008 Tundra extracab V6. Two things I think are important 1) manual over ride for the automatic in all 5 gears 2) tiny turning radius, even for the big truck (feels huge, my regular car is a Honda Fit).
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