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Old 04-23-2018, 08:47 PM   #1
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I have a 2007 Tacoma 4.0 V6 w/o the tow pkg. It has a 5000# hitch. Would it pull a 19ft Escape? I have never pulled a travel trailer, but have towed cargo trailers. I would like to know how the double axle trailer pulls compared to a 17ft trailer. I see the weight difference is about 500 pounds.
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Old 04-23-2018, 10:20 PM   #2
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I've use a 2011 Ford Ranger with the 4.0 liter V-6 to tow my Classic 19. Alaska, cross Canada and the US and Baja a couple of times. Seems to do the job.

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Old 04-23-2018, 11:07 PM   #3
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I have a 2007 Tacoma 4.0 V6 w/o the tow pkg. It has a 5000# hitch.
The hitch is fine, but the ratings of the truck are more important. That information is in the owner's manual. I don't have a 2007 Tacoma manual handy, but the 2008 manual stays that without the towing package, the maximum trailer weight is only 3500 pounds; it would be 6500 pounds with the package. There are other limits, such as Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR), to consider as well; in this case, to avoid exceeding the GCWR all of the weight that you carry in the truck (of passenger or cargo) reduces the trailer weight limit by the same amount.

The lower GCWR and trailer weight limits are due to powertrain (engine and transmission) reliability concerns when pulling a heavy load without the equipment included in the towing preparation package (likely a transmission cooler and perhaps other parts). So it's not a question of stability or control, or even of performance, but of reliable operation.

The truck is big and powerful enough, but without the towing preparation package, it isn't properly equipped to handle the work reliably.
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Old 04-24-2018, 10:08 AM   #4
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Perhaps time for a newer Tacoma. You will have whatever trailer you buy a lot longer than you will keep the 2007 truck, so selecting the trailer to fit the truck would not be a good idea. Makes more sense to choose a trailer and select the truck from there.

My other half and I will be towing our 21 with a 2013 Tacoma with the factory tow package. Others here are also towing the 21 with a Tacoma. If I was starting from scratch, I would think carefully about the choice between a Tacoma and a Tundra, but we already have the Tacoma and love it, so we will see how it behaves and govern our next truck choice accordingly.

Good luck with your decision.
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