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Old 03-26-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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2011 Tacoma Dbl Cab long bed towing 19ft Bambi?

My Tacoma is a V6 & 4x4. Buying a 2002 19 foot Bambi. The gvwr listed for the Tacoma is 5,450. My vehicle also has a longer wheel base with the full double cab and longer bed. I believe the Bambi has a dry weight of 3,500 and a gvwr of 4,500. Will my Tacoma provide ample Driving stability and towing capacity??

Please help as I value the knowledge of an experienced airstream camper. This is new to me so details are much appreciated.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:14 PM   #2
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WE have a Tundra extra cab with the same V6, and it's adequate for towing our 3200# Globetrotter (loaded) Judging by what I read on the Forum, it wouldn't be adequate for a lot of other members here, but I didn't want to have a V8 to feed all the rest of the time when we're not towing.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:17 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

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Old 03-27-2012, 09:43 AM   #5
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Three things have made our 2006 Tundra a stable and adequate towing platform. Same things would apply to the Tacoma.

A properly set up weight distribution/sway control hitch.

Ditch the P rated Tacoma tires for XL (extra load) tires. A huge improvement in stability. Call Can-Am Airstream in Canada for the proper size recommendation (very important).

Never use overdrive while towing.

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Old 03-27-2012, 10:03 AM   #6
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great fit

We have a 2007 Tacoma V6, automatic, 4 door with the six foot bed and pull 2008, 19ft. Bambi. It a great combination. We've extensive east coast travel from Florida to Maine. Sometimes it's necessary to down shift in the mountains and on steep grades but overall a good choice for us.
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Thank you all

Very helpful info & definitely a confidence booster. My biggest concern would be to reduce the swaying to ensure a comfortable & safe ride. Especially for my wife.
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Very helpful REO, especially since we are comparing apples to apples!
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I once would have never thought so, but we got some solid reviews from Tacoma owners a while back -- including those who live in mountain states.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f227...-tv-39008.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...oma-39527.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...oma-51160.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...one-58890.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...oud-63286.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...max-70090.html

See whaddimean? You're getting good advice in my opinion. I like moosetag's last line.

You do have weight distribution/sway control installed, right?
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Thank you canoestream. The links were very helpful.
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Ok what is the diff between Tocoma and Tundra?

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Tacoma is a midsize truck based on the 4 Runner. The Tundra is a real full size truck, just as huge as the other ones (the big 3). I love my Tundra; the biggest problem is the size when not towing.

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I think your Tacoma will do fine. If it is not adequate in your mind, then go to the Tundra with the 5.7L and 6 speed trans.

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