Realistic Towing expectations

Discussion in 'General Tacoma Discussion' started by nj~tom, Jun 26, 2018.

  1. nj~tom

    nj~tom Member

    I’ve been looking at a 2012 TRD Sport with 6cyl and a towing package to buy as a utility/second vehicle. I’d mostly use to haul stuff in the bed - like yard debris, mowers, power washers etc between odd jobs and possibly - the bigger ask is to tow 2 HD Electra glide Ultra limiteds from PA out West - like to Wyoming.

    I’ve gotten many many varied opinions about the trucks ability to handle the towing. The weight is about 1,000 lbs per bike, maybe 2,500 for the trailer, and some Misc gear so around 5,000 lbs. I have read the truck is rated for 6,500 so that gives me enough weight.

    Has anyone actually done this with this truck? I’ve talked myself into the Tacoma, but at least one dealer told me I shouldn’t count on the Tacoma being able to accomplish the towing I’m considering.

    Any suggestions or help is greatly appreciated.
     
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  3. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    The truck isn't going to like it much. People have done it though.
     
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  4. Bogunn

    Bogunn Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum. It’ll do it but of course it’ll bog down and search for gears more than a 1/2 ton full size would.
     
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    nj~tom

    nj~tom Member

    Thanks for the comments. I just can’t get past how much I like the look and drive of the Tacoma!
     
  6. Scuzzy

    Scuzzy Well-Known Member

    See previous towing threads. A lot of us use them to tow, and quite often....
     
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  7. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    You can drag a decently heavy tandem axle trailer with a few quads and all your camping gear up several thousand feet worth of mountain but your not going to be impressed. Lol.
     
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    nj~tom

    nj~tom Member

    Thanks - it’s kinda what I’m hearing and have read. Maybe it’s time to thinks Tundra.
     
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  9. Scuzzy

    Scuzzy Well-Known Member

    Yeah...I wouldn’t....1/2 tons are like ordering a diet sandwich. Tacoma will tow what you asked. If you want more, there are several selections of diesel trucks that will be full size, get better mileage and rocket up a hill to a point to where you wonder if your gear is still attached. IMHO...
     
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  10. RedTaco2014

    RedTaco2014 New Member

    I’ve towed approximately 5000# plus trailer with 2014 Double B6 4x4 for about 20 miles with some hilly curves. On the hills, there was some strain. If you pulling for a long distance, in my opinion, 4000# plus trailer is a good safe limit for the drive train.
     
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    nj~tom

    nj~tom Member

    Thanks for this info. Realistically I’d be doing this type of towing about once a year, most of the time wouldn’t be towing anything.
     
  12. thal883

    thal883 New Member

    I tow my camper that weighs about 5000lbs with all the gear. I don’t really have much of an issue. camper has electric brake system. On hilly terrain it search for a gear but all in all I don’t have any complaints.
     
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  13. conflictingintentions

    conflictingintentions Well-Known Member

    I tow about 6k lbs in boat every weekend up hills. Installed Firestone airbags for sag and safety. If you know how to drive it the taco will do just fine. Boat dealer and family give me shit pretty regularly, but it works for me. Duel axel and brakes and you should be good. If not, sell it and get a 1/2 ton.
     
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  14. Raeburn

    Raeburn Well-Known Member

    Tow 5700lbs with my 2017, it's been great!. No worse than my old gmc sierra 1500 5.3 litre. I would have no hesitation towing into the 6,000 lbs range as long as the trailer brakes are in great condition. IMG_20180512_1757541.jpeg
     
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    nj~tom

    nj~tom Member

    Thanks. From previous comments I’d started looking at other trucks but was hoping someone had some positive experience - really prefer the Taco.
     
  16. Raeburn

    Raeburn Well-Known Member

    Yeah I have no problem with the towing ability of the Taco. It won't win any speed races pulling up hill, but I never felt lacking for power either. Use ECT mode and S4 and S5. I have a pretty steep gravel boat launch at the cabin and it pulls the boat up without any tire spin in 4lo, better than my old gmc 1500 - it would spin some, maybe cause the V8 had more torque
     
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