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Old 01-05-2014, 11:09 AM   #1
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Type of vehicle used to tow.

I have a 2012 Tacoma 4x 4 4cylinder. Have just ordered a 17B package. It seems to me that a V6 is required from most comments I have read.

The towing capacity listed for my vehicle is 3500lbs. Near the limits of a loaded trailer.

Anybody using a 4 cylinder?.


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Old 01-05-2014, 11:43 AM   #2
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I'm not using a 4 cylinder, but I would be happy to do so with a 3500lb trailer.

I assume that the manufacturers have done due diligence, and if they say the truck can pull a 3500lb trailer, then I assume it can. I'm not one who believes in derating manufacturer specifications.

But, make sure you won't exceed the recommendation. That 3500lb rating on your truck probably includes cargo and passengers in your truck. Figure out the "typical" weight of your 17B and all your gear (both in trailer and in truck) and make sure you're within Toyota's specs.

Just my take...


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Old 01-05-2014, 11:59 AM   #3
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You live in a mountainous area, I would trade up to or down to a V6,
Your 4 cyl. will have to work hard where ever it goes.
I've almost been everywhere man.
Almost been everywhere.....
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:03 PM   #4
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I have an '07 Tacoma with the V6 and a 17B. I lost 5+ MPG towing. Your 4 cyl may pull it, but not very fast IMO. I would get at least a V6.
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:23 PM   #5
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Non 4 wd

I have ordered the. 19. I have a 06 Tacoma TRD 6 cyl w towing package but not 4 W /D. I am concerned about the lack of the 4W/ D. Comments?
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:31 PM   #6
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Our TrailBlazer is rear wheel drive and it hasn't been any problem - saves $ on maintenance too.
It's lousy in the snow, so we don't go there with it. When I boondock, I pay attention to where I park it.
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:32 PM   #7
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I have towed my Casita 17 which I think weighs close to an Escape 19 for 5 years and I have not longed for 4 wheel drive at any time. I have an 08 Tacoma TRD 6 cyl (2WD) with towing package.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:06 PM   #8
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I'm thinking about a Ford Escape 2.0L FWD with EcoBoost and a tow package. Rated for 3500 lb. Just thought an Escape towing an Escape would be special.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:20 PM   #9
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The 2.0 Eco has a bit higher hp and torque then the V6 Tacoma, with the 6 speed it looks to me like you'd be okay with it. There's also a lot of head room between the dry wight and gvwr of the 17b.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:23 PM   #10
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I wouldn't even attempt to provide an answer to this question. There are so many variables. Your only vehicle? Do you need it for daily transport to a job? What are THOSE conditions like? WHERE do you live... flats, mountains, hills. WHERE do you plan to tow... flats, mountains, hills?

I live in a valley. Can't go anywhere without driving over a mountain range. Whether the Oregon beach, desert or even to California.

ALL that needs to be taken into consideration.

I've buying a V8 truck to tow my new 5er. If I lived in San Antonio, TX I could probably get by and be happy with a V6.


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