Originally Posted by oreal
snip.....My pop up had a GVWR of 2300 and the 185RB is 3500 GVWR so that's a significant increase that's causing me a little concern .......snip
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Your correct that that the increase in trailer weight will influence the towing characteristics of your Tacoma, and possibly some weight limits. Also, since the 185RB will produce a heavier loaded tongue weight, this needs to be considered because it is subtracted from your TV's payload capacity.
Since you plan to use your Tacoma to tow your next trailer, I would first confirm how much "available" payload capacity you have prior to making a purchase. Take your Tacoma under loaded conditions (passengers, full fuel, cargo) to a CAT scale and weigh it (3 minute process, about $9), subtract the CAT scale weight from the GVWR noted on your driver's door. The remaining weight is the available payload capacity for the loaded tongue weight and WDH weight (if one is utilized).
The recommended loaded tongue weight range should be 10% to 15% of the trailer's loaded weight. Confirm that your Tacama's OEM receiver weight rating meets your expected trailer weights as well.
I'm sure some other Tacoma members will chime in with their experiences as well.