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Old 05-12-2015, 10:06 PM   #31
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Tacoma towing bible https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/...ng-bible.4031/


Larger Transmission cooler https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/...am-pic.324202/


Firestone Ride Rite Air Bags for reducing bounce even with an Andersen hitch https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/...7#post-9320901


Scangauge will monitor temps and such https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/...ngauge.287255/


I tow a 19' with a 2011 4x4 Dbl Cab v6 Tacoma no worries going through short grade hills and such , I will do a better test to of hill towing in August of this year going to Maine. I use a Prodigy 2 brake controller and it all works well together.


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Cypher thank you for the reply... Do you have the factory tow pkg on your Taco?

Would look forward to hearing how things continue to go...

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Old 05-12-2015, 11:18 PM   #32
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Do you have the factory tow pkg on your Taco?

Would look forward to hearing how things continue to go...

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Cary,
This is the first time I can say this - because today is the conclusion of our first road trip with our brand new '21 and my 2014 Tacoma V6/manual transmission/tow pkg./off-road pkg.

So, after 1600 miles from Chilliwack (ETI world headquarters) to Denver, CO, the quick conclusion is: No safety concerns arose, managed at least 55 MPH on any Interstate uphill, averaged about 65 MPH on the flats, got about 12.5 MPG, +/- 1.5 depending on headwinds and grade.

Personal opinion - the manual transmission was a blessing.

Next big test - Georgetown hill - 7% grade - at 10000'. (More or less, going from hazy recollections.)
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:24 PM   #33
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Yes factory tow package and the Tsb add a leaf for the 2011's and mine is an automatic.

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Old 05-14-2015, 11:18 PM   #34
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Cary,
This is the first time I can say this - because today is the conclusion of our first road trip with our brand new '21 and my 2014 Tacoma V6/manual transmission/tow pkg./off-road pkg.

So, after 1600 miles from Chilliwack (ETI world headquarters) to Denver, CO, the quick conclusion is: No safety concerns arose, managed at least 55 MPH on any Interstate uphill, averaged about 65 MPH on the flats, got about 12.5 MPG, +/- 1.5 depending on headwinds and grade.

Personal opinion - the manual transmission was a blessing.

Next big test - Georgetown hill - 7% grade - at 10000'. (More or less, going from hazy recollections.)
Thank you so much Alan.. I have an automatic transmission, but can still use the manual portion of gears that it offers.. I really appreciate the input.. I may still go with the 19' but would love the 21'. I plan to live in it full time for about 5 yrs, as I travel the US. I plan to sell my home, and hit the road in the next couple of years... The Escape travel trailer is the best thing I have seen out there for what I want to do.. If you have time, send some pics or post them online. Thank you so much for all the help... Cary
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Old 06-09-2015, 11:52 PM   #35
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cubic inches & hp

The new small cube motors do develop more HP with superchargers or turbos but lack the advantage of the big blocks. That is larger crank and rod bearings to carry the load. For a specific trailer weight the load will be applied to less bearing surface in a small block than in a big block. Less load per cubic inch will probably give you longer engine life. The big blocks usually get a stronger transmission from the manufacture too. For myself, I would rather work a big motor easy than a small one hard.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:20 AM   #36
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James,
That is/was my thinking exactly when I decided to replace my v-8 Hemi with another one versus a smaller v-6 turbo model. With the newer transmission and rear end gearing I was able to almost match the mpg number of the smaller turbo diesel.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:26 AM   #37
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This spring I was also comparing rear ends with my friend's Chevy Silverado. He has the 3.42 rear end and turns 250 rpm less than I do with my 3.73. This is at 70 mph. As for gears, towing, and speed, I'm just going to have to play with it and find that sweet spot. Loren
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:33 AM   #38
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The lower gearing reduces your total towing capability, which is a moot point with an Escape, but also gives somewhat better efficiency.
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:26 AM   #39
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The lower gearing reduces your total towing capability, which is a moot point with an Escape, but also gives somewhat better efficiency.
If i can get 15mpg cdn towing the 5.0ta at 60 mph then i will be happy.
towed the old 5.0sa with 3.42 and 5.3l with 6spd but only towed in5th gear with 6th gear locked out and always got 16 to 18 mpg cdn.
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