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Old 07-13-2015, 02:11 PM   #1
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why so big?

Hi all of you wonderful people out there. I have a question about a tow vehicle. Now I have read a lot on this forum and some on the tacoma forum...you can see where I'm going... I was wondering, if the numbers work, why most of you don't seem to think a tacoma V6 with a trailer package and a towing capacity of 6500 lbs could tow a 5.0TA? Is it the speed going up the mountains or the weight coming down the mountains ? Is it just that a bigger truck is going to be an easier tow?
Now I live in southern BC and to get out of my town you have to go over a mountain pass....big passes so I realize that we wouldn't be charging up the hills but I just don't understand, if the number work why not?
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:22 PM   #2
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The tow capacity is not the issue . The GVWR ,payload capacity and RAWR are the issue.
Please refer to the recent thread concerning the GMC Canyon. My half ton full size pickup
is rated to tow 10,250 lbs but I cannot tow a 5.0 TA and stay within the stated limits of my vehicle.
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:25 PM   #3
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Towing a 5.0 TA with a Tacoma - thoughts?
You need to be concerned with the payload. The difference between the GVWR and the weight of the tow vehicle determine the payload. The 5th wheel hitch and the 5.0TA hitch pin weight add up fast. Although there are those the tow on the edge of capacity. "What goes on in the mountains stays in the mountains".
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:54 PM   #4
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5.0TA Pin and hitch can run up to about 900 lbs, depending on how you load it on any given trip. Taco advertised payload is 1250 lbs +/-, leaves 350 lbs for anything in the Taco, including the driver. You'd have to take the Taco to the scales and get a real life weight as opposed to what the brochure says. Do they put the yellow payload stickers in the door in CA? might be able to go by that. I wouldn't do it, but would be interested in how you make out if you try it.
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Old 07-13-2015, 04:32 PM   #5
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In addition to the great advice above, its also about stopping / controlling the rig when cross winds, sharp corners or a random elk cross your path.


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Old 07-13-2015, 05:40 PM   #6
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Hi all of you wonderful people out there. I have a question about a tow vehicle. Now I have read a lot on this forum and some on the tacoma forum...you can see where I'm going... I was wondering, if the numbers work, why most of you don't seem to think a tacoma V6 with a trailer package and a towing capacity of 6500 lbs could tow a 5.0TA? Is it the speed going up the mountains or the weight coming down the mountains ? Is it just that a bigger truck is going to be an easier tow?
Now I live in southern BC and to get out of my town you have to go over a mountain pass....big passes so I realize that we wouldn't be charging up the hills but I just don't understand, if the number work why not?
Thanks Jill
Hi DeeDee... I just got up enough nerve to get some weights for the 2014 5.0TA at the Agrico Can. Ltd. scale here in St. Thomas. At risk of being eaten alive on the forum here are the results for our Nissan Frontier V6 Crew Cab 6100lb. tow capacity and 5.0TA.
Truck and trailer/... on the scale 9840lbs.
Trailer attached to the truck...no truck on the scale/ 3840lbs.
Trailer on the scale...off the truck/ 4720lbs.
Our 2007 5.0 and Nissan Fronty... truck and trailer was 1340 lbs. lighter, 980 lbs. lighter on the axles, and 1080 lbs. less trailer weight.
These weights are all ready to go camping... All of our gear, four days of supplies in the fridge, full of fuel, two persons in the truck, full of propane, 1/3 full fresh water tank.
Our truck squats about 1" when loaded and I tow in 4th. gear @ 2200 rpm's. This is a good mpg range. Alf ps. Going in for new front brakes @ 114,500 kms on Wed.
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Thanks everyone for all the input. I have a lot to consider. Escape artist do you tow in mountainous areas? and thanks escape artist you give me hope. I am very partial to the tacoma but I need to be keep an open mind.
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Total = 9840, trailer = 3840, truck = 6000 (all pounds)
Per: 2010 Nissan Frontier Specs: 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE Dimensions
the max weight for the truck is 5816 pounds, which agrees pretty well with the specs for a new Frontier. Although Nissan does not give gross vehicle weight on their US web site, you can add the payload to the curb weight and get about 5800 pounds.

Gross combined weight and trailer weight are well within limits, but the truck is about 200 pounds too heavy - due mainly to the high pin weight of the 5th wheel. This is why many folks tow 5th wheels with 3/4 and 1 ton trucks.
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Thanks everyone for all the input. I have a lot to consider. Escape artist do you tow in mountainous areas? and thanks escape artist you give me hope. I am very partial to the tacoma but I need to be keep an open mind.
Jill
Hi: DeeDee... We towed thru the rockies eastbound and the Appalachians south and northbound. Not a problem!!!
The Taco would probably require adjustable air shocks on the rear axle. Their rear suspension seemed a bit wimpy even if you have a 4X4.
Our Nissan Frontier has a 6100# tow capacity and only 1100# cargo cap. and comes std. equipped with helper springs!!! Alf
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Total = 9840, trailer = 3840, truck = 6000 (all pounds)
Per: 2010 Nissan Frontier Specs: 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE Dimensions
the max weight for the truck is 5816 pounds, which agrees pretty well with the specs for a new Frontier. Although Nissan does not give gross vehicle weight on their US web site, you can add the payload to the curb weight and get about 5800 pounds.

Gross combined weight and trailer weight are well within limits, but the truck is about 200 pounds too heavy - due mainly to the high pin weight of the 5th wheel. This is why many folks tow 5th wheels with 3/4 and 1 ton trucks.
Hi: jamman... If I lose 25#s and leave my wife and extra cases of beer at home...I'm good to go... and probably stay gone. Alf
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