: How much weight can I tow?


01TAKOMA
07-01-2005, 12:04 PM
I have a 2001 Tacoma, v6 4x4, etc

I bought a boat last night and drove it home about 30 miles or so, it didnt seem to be a problem, but there wasnt much power when going up the hills, etc

I have a 5 speed, so I never put in 5th gear, and I tried changing gears around 3rpm and I never went over 55mph

I dont know the weight of the boat, but its a typical family/ski boat. Its a 17ft Four Winns, 8-9 person boat with a trailor...

will I have any problems? and are there any other dos/donts ???

Fernslinger
07-01-2005, 12:13 PM
I have a 2001 Tacoma, v6 4x4, etc

I bought a boat last night and drove it home about 30 miles or so, it didnt seem to be a problem, but there wasnt much power when going up the hills, etc

I have a 5 speed, so I never put in 5th gear, and I tried changing gears around 3rpm and I never went over 55mph

I dont know the weight of the boat, but its a typical family/ski boat. Its a 17ft Four Winns, 8-9 person boat with a trailor...

will I have any problems? and are there any other dos/donts ???

It is rated to tow 5000lbs with a class 3 hitch. Should be fine towing that boat.

Dick Foster
07-01-2005, 12:36 PM
#1 This should be in the newbie section not the 4x4Tech section!!! It has nothing to do with 4X4 tech so why did you post here?

#2 That info is in your owners manual, if you care to read it, dummy.

tbplus10
07-01-2005, 01:31 PM
I'm in Fort Worth and have a 99, V6, 5spd, 4X4, Xcab, with 32" tires about 300lbs of extra off-road gear, and tow a 19' Glastron (3200lbs), probably to the same lakes you will.
If you have a tow package with receiver hitch good, if not buy a receiver hitch ASAP.
Trailer brakes are recommended, you can tow with out'em but it's safer with.
Look at adding an AAL to the rear springs, increase's trailer control.
The only time I've had a serious lack of power is climbing the ridge lines near Possum Kingdom, it was too hot to turn off the A/C so I geared down and crawled, probably a good thing, the backsides are steep and you dont want to carry alot of speed down.
If you want alot of power to tow fast up hills buy a bigger truck. The Tacoma is serviceable for towing your boat around here, but it wont be the fastest rig out there.

"Any other dos/donts"
Never tow your boat with three kegs of beer in the bed of the truck, you will be buying new springs afterwards.

Tim

EndersTaco
07-01-2005, 01:33 PM
I love it when people flame. If I remember correctly the 2001 was the last year that had the high power fan coupling as a standard feature. I got to stop doing this work from home :P I think the 5000 lbs fan coupling is blue (?) as opposed to orange (??). As I said, I am pretty sure that the 01 was the last year before they got cheap. 02-04's had to get a $225 upgrade to pull 5000 lbs instead of 3500 without having a cooling issue.

tbplus10
07-01-2005, 01:36 PM
I've pulled 5K plenty of times without cooling issues, if you do preventative maintenance this doesnt become a problem. It's seems to be another way to make extra $$.

Tim

EndersTaco
07-01-2005, 01:38 PM
I've pulled 5K plenty of times without cooling issues, if you do preventative maintenance this doesnt become a problem. It's seems to be another way to make extra $$.

Tim

I wouldnt doubt that. No wonder you call them stealerships lol :cool:

Bergger
07-01-2005, 01:57 PM
I love it when people flame. If I remember correctly the 2001 was the last year that had the high power fan coupling as a standard feature. I got to stop doing this work from home :P I think the 5000 lbs fan coupling is blue (?) as opposed to orange (??). As I said, I am pretty sure that the 01 was the last year before they got cheap. 02-04's had to get a $225 upgrade to pull 5000 lbs instead of 3500 without having a cooling issue.

The 5000 lbs coupler is green, 3500 is orange. i have an 03' with the orange one and tow a camper up in the Rockies often. Never had a problem towing or over heating.

Fernslinger
07-01-2005, 04:37 PM
#1 This should be in the newbie section not the 4x4Tech section!!! It has nothing to do with 4X4 tech so why did you post here?

#2 That info is in your owners manual, if you care to read it, dummy.

LOL, on behalf of the Dick, welcome to the board!

absolut taco
07-01-2005, 04:47 PM
02-04's had to get a $225 upgrade to pull 5000 lbs instead of 3500 without having a cooling issue.
Does that price include labor?

EndersTaco
07-01-2005, 04:55 PM
The last time I had one done for a customer it did, with a labor rate of $60/hr. Depends on your local dealership.

Tatunka
07-04-2005, 02:48 PM
I just pulled a car hauler (1700-2000 lbs) with a load of TREX (1700-2000 lbs) and a Land Cruiser (3600-3800 lbs) so about 7000-7800 lbs to my cabin this weekend (250 miles) with no problem going about 60-65 mph , even stopped on some steep inclines and got going no problem. I think that you can pull a lot more then toyota states, but they won't warrenty it if you have a problem. Anyway I did add a hayden trany cooler for my automatic and had trailer brakes so I wasn't totally out of control. The tranny didn't even heat up too much! (yes I have a gauge and the OD was off and the ECT was engaged) From my experience I do not think that a boat that weighs 3500-4000 lbs would be a problem. Just be patient when you accel, you wont be drag racing any one but once you are up to speed it should hold pretty easy.

mick67
07-07-2005, 01:01 PM
I have a 2001 Tacoma, v6 4x4, etc

I bought a boat last night and drove it home about 30 miles or so, it didnt seem to be a problem, but there wasnt much power when going up the hills, etc

I have a 5 speed, so I never put in 5th gear, and I tried changing gears around 3rpm and I never went over 55mph

I dont know the weight of the boat, but its a typical family/ski boat. Its a 17ft Four Winns, 8-9 person boat with a trailor...

will I have any problems? and are there any other dos/donts ???

I have a 20' Mastercraft that with trailer weighs about 3000lbs. I had similar issues before the turbo pulling my boat up and don the hills here in Georgia, seemed like I could only hit 65 or so. I don't think you will have any issues, you just will not be winning any stoplight drags while towing.