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Old 08-27-2013, 10:25 PM   #1
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Towing with a Tacoma

We have a 2008 17B. Has anyone had any experience towing it with a Toyota Tacoma in the mountains of BC? Does it have enough power?
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:52 PM   #2
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With the Tacoma TRD 4L V6 access cab it's no problem. The 5 spd auto has up and down hill assist. The 17B and the Tacoma is our set up and a good combo. Hills are not much of an issue.

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Old 08-28-2013, 12:19 AM   #3
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With the Tacoma TRD 4L V6 access cab it's no problem. The 5 spd auto has up and down hill assist. The 17B and the Tacoma is our set up and a good combo. Hills are not much of an issue.

I am thinking of getting a Tacoma SR5 V6 and I am curious if you could tell me what your L/100km is for city and highway and what you get when you are towing the 17B. Thanks.
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:33 AM   #4
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My milage varies but averages about 12L / 100k combined.
And 16-17L / 100k with the trailer. But I keep the speed about 90 km/hr.
Sometimes 110km/hr on the straight and level. And I take it easy on the hills. Thats when you can use a lot of fuel , pushing it hard on the hills.
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:17 AM   #5
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I don't know what my mileage is, but I've found my 05 Tacoma v6 quadcab has been doing really well towing on the hills. I rarely go over 3500 rpm and only drop down to 75kph on the Coquihalla hwy's steepest spots. I usually don't go over 3000 rpm for the most part.

I also carry 2 motorcycles(150lbs and 230lbs), a Honda gen(i2000), 12 gals of fuel, 5 gals of extra water and all the extra riding gear for riding motocross bikes. Of course this is on top of all your normal gear and supplies for a 3-4 day weekend. I was really pleased at how well the Tacoma towed.

it should be noted, that I do have airbags and WDH to help handle the extra weight.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:56 PM   #6
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Hey,

I tow with a 2011 Tacoma V6 4x4 Sport It pulls fine, avg fuel mileage was 12 mpg based on 100 mile trip half being flat land @ 60 to 65 mph, hills were ok running in 4th gear @ avg 35 mph slow roll on of throttle works well and stresses the drive train less. I do have an Andersen Weight Distribution hitch, Firestone Ride Right Air Bags and a Prodigy Brake controller . I also run a Scan Gauge2 programed for the transmission temp I never went over 201F. Be aware if you order the Firestone bags check the air fittings for the bags and ensure they screw in they had a parts problem and there are kits out there with the in correct size fittings in them. Firestone is aware you just have to call them and they send you new ones.

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Old 08-28-2013, 02:30 PM   #7
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17B and Tacoma's are a great pair in my opinion. On flat ground and no significant wind we usually get 16mpg (US gallons) and I drive right at 65 mph on the highway. We use a WDH and I would never go back to towing without one. Climbing mountains never seems to be any problem at all. I just make sure to never use cruise control when climbing or in up and down terrain - (it will really get the revs up sometimes to try to keep the exact speed.)
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:00 PM   #8
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Just to add to the positive replies...our 06 Tacoma, V6, 4WD, with WDH does well towing our 17B. Uphills are not fast but stable, flats cruise easily at 60- 65mph, I get about 15 mpg while towing and near 20 mpg without the trailer. The weight distribution hitch is a very good thing to have. We towed the trailer home to Oregon without it and thought it was fine until I got the hitch. Makes a positive difference.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:19 PM   #9
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Thank you for the info on towing with the Tacoma. The trailer I am considering purchasing is the 15A.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:15 PM   #10
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I get 15 mpg in the flats with my 19'. My suspension is beefed up (4 leaf springs) but I think it still needs a WDH. I can almost watch the gas gauge move though when I'm in hilly terrain. Closer to 10-11 on a lengthy grade. Plenty of power.
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