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Old 04-19-2015, 06:51 PM   #15
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This weekend I towed my 2010 25FB Flying Cloud up to a mountain property at 7200ft with a V6 4.0L 2011 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 TRD Offroad w/ Tow Package. We have a weight distribution hitch (spring bars).

The grade is steep and steady, and the Tacoma handled it without trouble. Most of the time the transmission sat in 2nd gear at about 1800-2000RPM which meant we were pulling at about 17-19MPH. The engine temperature gauge never moved, though I do not have a transmission gauge so I don't know how it was doing. With the tow package the Tacoma has a separate transmission radiator, which I imagine was helping.

While the truck handled this successfully, I felt that the full size vehicles are a bit better equipped. I've pulled it before with an F150 and felt I had better control.

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Old 04-20-2015, 05:50 AM   #16
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Towed our 23D from dealership to home (4.5) hours this last weekend. The Tundra TRD Pro w/tow package towed like a dream. Granted that the tow home was done in the Midwest but it gave me a good feel for the truck/trailer combo. Plan on heading to Yosemite this summer and doing a lot of mountain driving. Have owned many Tacoma's and they are great trucks. That being said, towing in the mountains raises the pucker factor of any road trip and for this reason we up graded from the Tacoma to the Tundra. The max tow for Tacoma is 6500 and the Tundra 9700 lbs. Hopefully not towing so close to max will extend vehicle life. Hopefully the Tundra = less pucker factor.

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Old 08-09-2017, 03:20 PM   #17
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I know this is an older thread, but looking for so input. We have a 2015 Tacoma V6 4.0 with tow pkg (6500 tow capacity). We just purchased a 1973 23' Safari with tandem axles which has a dry weight of 3450 and a tongue weight of 570 lb. I also have a Reese Strait Line WD hitch with dual can sway control (12000 capacity, 800 lb sway control bars). We tow on the East coast typically flat to rolling hills. Is this a capable (enough) TV for this trailer if we travel light (empty tanks)?
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Old 08-09-2017, 06:44 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by kdenault View Post
I know this is an older thread, but looking for so input. We have a 2015 Tacoma V6 4.0 with tow pkg (6500 tow capacity). We just purchased a 1973 23' Safari with tandem axles which has a dry weight of 3450 and a tongue weight of 570 lb.
If you already own all the pieces, I'd say you should take it camping and see how you like it. Make sure you don't exceed your payload (i.e. don't put a lot of weight in the truck) and you shouldn't be exceeding any of the rated capacities. Beyond that, it's going to be a matter of personal preference.

I tow a heavier rig than yours with a 05 Tacoma (similar specs) and a good WD/Anti-Sway hitch and I really only have trouble if I have to move uphill from a dead stop on a steep incline. I don't expect you'll have trouble with that rig on rolling hills.
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Old 08-12-2017, 12:22 AM   #19
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Our prior 08 crew cab Tacoma and the current 4x4 crew cab Taco can haul and stop our 23' International just fine, as long as you are patient climbing hills... hence the planned upgrade to a Tundra in a year or two. The Cajon pass and the grapevine are an exercise in patience.

On the flat, I have to keep my foot off the gas to stay reasonably close to the speed limit, as I expected. For now, we run what we have, and deal with it. It ties straight, flat can't sway, and stops straight and darn quickly if needed. I'm happy for now.

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