Originally Posted by dayshe
The only concern I have is the TV.. We just upgraded from a Ford Ranger to a Toyota Tacoma v6 4x4 to haul the 19'. I have read through the towing thread and remain unsure about towing the 21'. I would greatly appreciate your ideas....
We purchased our 21 with plans to be campground hosts for 3 or 4 months at a time. The extra space was the immediate attraction along with the bed at the front, in a somewhat out-of-the-way location.
Our tow is a 2014 Tacoma, 4X4, V6, manual transmission with tow package. I was able to purchase a nice set of aftermarket mirrors to replace the factory standard. My towing experience is limited, having done exactly 1 trip that wasn't 100% on interstate highway coming from Chilliwack. That trip was over Loveland Pass - thru the tunnel - at 11,000'. Going from Denver (5280') to the tunnel took us up long 6 to 7% grades. Using 3rd gear at 4000 rpm I was able to maintain 60-65 as long as the cars in front were doing the same - and they frequently were not. The truck lane, at an average of 30 mph, is a little too slow for my lead foot.
But that said, the engine was working hard and my gas mileage dropped to 12 mpg. A bigger engine would have been happier, but I use my truck for a lot of other driving other than towing and don't want a full size pickup. Other characteristics like braking and steering were just fine. I purchased the Anderson hitch like so many others here and feel it is doing its job as advertised. With a lot of creative cutting with a razor knife I was able to mount the brake controller in the little drawer that rotates out in front of the fuse panel. Its a very short run from there to the plug for the trailer brakes.
Overall, its a compromise to tow a '21 with a Tacoma, but a good one in my opinion. Even my wife who drove it for the first time over (much lower but twistier) Gore Pass said "that wasn't as bad as I thought it would be."