I pull my deerskin 8 hole with a half ton truck and always have with no problems. I have pulled it with my fathers four runner and it did fine.No!, mfgr's over estimated towing capacity on all their trucks IMO!!
Tacoma doesn't have enough ass to pull or most importantly STOP
when pulling anything heavier than a pair of jet skis. Transmissions,brakes,rear end,suspensions on mini and 1/2 ton trucks can't take the added stress and live a long life.
true my gas mileage sucks without pulling anything in my 4cyl tacoma, and put a trailer behind it and its even worseI have a 4 cyl automatic Tacoma and I can definitely feel a load when I pull my UTV or my boat around. A standard V6 will probably pull it fine but you will pass everything but a gas station with that type of load.
Does the trailer have brakes?
I tow all kinds of things with my Tacoma, last big thing was a Jeep Grand Cherokee on a car trailer. Didn't know it was behind me. The Tacoma or atleast the 2011 tacoma is rated for over 11,000 pounds towing. Take it how you want.
Yep. The pulling is not the issue. The smaller trucks these days have enough horsepower and torque to tow most normal loads: boats, work trailers, etc. but don't have enough weight to manage sudden stops. I bought a new Toyota Tacoma 4x4 in 2010 after driving full size trucks for several years and quickly realized it wasn't enough truck to suit my needs. If you're going a short distance in a remote area you can probably get by but I wouldn't recommend pulling a 8 hole dog trailer with a Tacoma on major highways to trials and such. This is my opinion of course but I am speaking from experience.This is the real issue ... the stopping. If you are not interested in setting any records in the quarter mile .... and have a big enough repair budget .... you can a big load moving with most small trucks, and generally keep it moving down the road. However, it is the stopping that is the issue. I don't have a lot of experience with big dog trailers but I have towed almost every boat that can be towed. Panic stops and even sudden maneuvering with a small truck and a big tow can easily get you killed.
I haven't seen any with specs that come close to that, are you sure that you aren't thinking of the Tundra?I tow all kinds of things with my Tacoma, last big thing was a Jeep Grand Cherokee on a car trailer. Didn't know it was behind me. The Tacoma or atleast the 2011 tacoma is rated for over 11,000 pounds towing. Take it how you want.