Originally Posted by hunidog
Thanks for all your input! Our tv is trd Tacoma, so will be able to pull any of these I believe. Thanks again.... We'll keep deliberating.
It would be good to verify the capabilities of your truck so that you know what it's capable of. I believe it's to your advantage to know exactly what your truck is capable of before walking into the show room to ensure that you don't immediately have to upgrade your tow vehicle. Most dealers will just look at the tow capacity published by the manufacturer and say you're good. In reality, it's more important to understand how much your truck can carry since that is the limitation that is almost always exceeded before reaching the published tow capacity. The truck will need to carry the tongue weight of the trailer and the weight distributing hitch/sway control plus all occupants and any other cargo in the bed such as bikes, firewood, coolers, pets, etc.
To see how much your specific truck can carry open the drivers door and look for the yellow tire and loading sticker with the phrase "combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed xxxxx". This is the total amount of weight the truck can carry as delivered by the manufacturer. If the dealer or yourself added accessories such as a bed cover or topper or other aftermarket accessories, the weight of these items should be subtracted from this number. Post this number along with the GVWR value from the white manufacturer's label also found on the drivers door/jam.
Once you know the payload value for your truck you can start estimating the weights you'll be putting on/in the truck. So long as you don't exceed the payload number you should be fine.
There are some rules of thumb for estimating the tongue weight of the trailer before you buy, which when the trailer is loaded should be somewhere between 10-15% of the loaded trailer weight. A conservative estimate of this value can be had by using 13% of the trailers GVWR rating. In the case of my 195RB the GVWR was 3750lbs so the estimated tongue weight I used for my sizing was 485lbs.
You can also use an estimate of about 90lbs for the weight distributing hitch/sway control, though depending on what you actually use it could be as low as 60 or as high as 110.
Also add the weights for all occupants plus gear you expect to carry in the truck to the tongue and hitch weights and see where it lands compared to the payload number.
Once you understand how much payload you have to work with it's pretty easy to plug in the estimated numbers and arrive at a fairly reasonable conclusion for a particular trailer.