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Old 11-22-2017, 09:59 PM   #1
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Towing with Tacoma

We just purchased a 2017 195 RB that the dealer is holding for us until Spring. The dry weight is just below 3000 lbs. and we have a 4X4 Toyota Tacoma with the factory tow package for a T.V. The Tacoma is rated at #6400 so I am hoping we will be in good shape towing the 195 RB. We are having a WD hitch with sway control installed and we had a brake controller for the pop up we have been towing.

Does anyone have any experience towing with the Tacoma or any tips or watch out I should be aware off? I have never towed a full size travel trailer and my only experience has been with the pop up which was not an issue with the Tacoma.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-22-2017, 10:46 PM   #2
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We tow a 145rb which is 16 ft. from front to back it weighs a few hundred lbs. less than the 195. Yes, the Tacoma 4x4 will pull it with out much problem, but you will know it's behind you. One challenge is that the factory mirrors are useless. The aftermarket has some Tacoma specific tow mirrors available, but they are not EOM Toyota products,so use your own judgement. We formerly used a Nissan Xterra 4x4 but it was not as good for towing as the Tacoma. With the mid-size 4x4 trucks or SUV's, the real issue is not the weight being towed, it is the square footage of the front of the lighter weight Jayco TT units. In other words, it's not the weight behind you, it is the drag of the wind resistance of the TT itself that is the towing issue. We love the Tacoma and it can tow the weight that it is rated at, but that does not really factor in the resistance as you are basically pulling a billboard down the road. I can load 3000 or 4000 lbs. of sand or bags of concrete on a utility trailer and all is great because it is a low profile cargo. Ultimately it is simply wind resistance that is the issue. We also never tow in "Drive" and always use "4" on the shift selector. The Tacoma will do 65mph on a flat freeway no problem, but up hill in the mountains of Arizona's freeway's it slows to 55. That is just the nature of towing with a mid-size truck.
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Old 11-26-2017, 09:18 PM   #3
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I tow a Starcraft 176RB with a 6 cl. Tacoma. As has been said it can be done but the Trailer does provide a great wind resistance to motion. Your mpg wil drop to around 10-12 while towing. Just take your time, tow in 4th gear and you will get here. I use the McKesh mirrors but others will work. Good Luck
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Old 11-27-2017, 08:48 PM   #4
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I have a '12 Tacoma 4x4 w/tow package. I have a '17 Jayco 174bh. It pulls great for me, though I noticed some improvement with gas mileage and wind resistance when I made a couple mods. I love in Ok. And it's generally flat, though there are hilly areas and have towed in Arkansas. I installed a Yakima crossbar with a wind fairing on it over the rear of double cab. I also got a good deal on a tonneau cover on the bed. I have noticed that I pull much easier than before the wind fairing on the roof. If you aren't familiar with Oklahoma we have high winds often and I have to consider this when towing. I think it directs the air better over my TT. I do use tow mirrors I got on Amazon as much better visibility.
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