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Old 02-04-2010, 08:55 AM   #1
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I will be setting up my tow vehicle soon from scratch. Need some advice. I have a 2002 Tacoma 4x4 with a Manual Trans.

Do I need to upgrade the battery, is there a special battery I should get that is beefier? Should I consider replacing shocks? Should I use Higher Octane gas?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:02 AM   #2
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I will be setting up my tow vehicle soon from scratch. Need some advice. I have a 2002 Tacoma 4x4 with a Manual Trans.

Do I need to upgrade the battery, is there a special battery I should get that is beefier? Should I consider replacing shocks? Should I use Higher Octane gas?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
You don't need to upgrade the battery unless it is old and weak.

What shocks do you have on the truck?

You will damage the engine if you use a higher rated octane than the engine is designed for.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:18 AM   #4
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You will damage the engine if you use a higher rated octane than the engine is designed for.
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What makes you say that? I always thought that putting higher than needed octane in is just wasting money, not a source of actual damage.

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No, No, and No,

More important is what rear ratio does the truck have, how many gears, and what weight will you be towing?
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Not sure if that last post answered the question? Will be pulling 2800#
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That should work.

I assume the trailer has brakes.

get a good coolant temperature gage and drive with it, for gear selection, when in the hills
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boutdoors, in another thread there was a long discussion with you about the difficulty of pulling an Airstream Sport 17 at 3500#. What will you be pulling at 2800# ?

The more information you can provide, the better help you will get, in a much shorter thread.
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Trailer does have breaks and will be using weight dist. hitch etc.

Not too many hills where I live and plan on upgrading tv in the next couple of years.
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Sorry, just quoting dry weight. Will plan on pulling 3300# total.
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Would there be a reason for me to upgrade my alternator?
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Probably not, it should be fine. Be sure your battery is in good shape.
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Thanks Ruler

I posted this on the electrical threads, but one more question.

Does anyone know the proper wiring I should get for my tow vehicle? Are the new trailers 7 pin round? Does this include the charge line for the trailer battery?

Sorry for the newbie questions.
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