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Do you think a Tacoma could safely pull an MTCK 8-hole trailer? I couldn't find the specs (gvw, etc.) on their web site. It would just be pulled local.

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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.
 

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That's kind of what I was thinking. Damn little trucks are great for scooting around in but that's about it!

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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.
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.
 

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The 4Runner is basically the same set-up as the Tacoma isn't it? Or is the 4Runner bigger?
 

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I 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.
 

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I 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.
true my gas mileage sucks without pulling anything in my 4cyl tacoma, and put a trailer behind it and its even worse
 

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I'm not really concerned about gas mileage since I would only be pulling it a couple of miles at a time.
 

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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.
 

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Does the trailer have brakes?
 

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Does the trailer have brakes?

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.
 

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I have pulled a large pop up camper trailer with our FJ Crusier..

Dont even know its there. Feel very secure on the highways.. I weave in and out of traffic just like Nascar drivers do... I lock the gass pedal to the floor.... No brakin,,, just drivin,,,,, Thats what road trips is for.!!!
I have burnt out 3 horns!!!

Now ,I know that isnt an 8 hole dog trailer,, but if what you claim about only pulling very short distances,, I bet you willbe fine.
You can have trailer brake mechanisum added...

The engine and tranny in FJ is the same as Taco.. 240 HP V6,, automatic.

I pull that same Camper trailer with the F150 just fer somwthin fun to do on Saturdays sometimessss

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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.
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.
 

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P.S.

If that new puppy a Lainees is gonna be in that trailer......
Well,,, all bets are off!!!:shock:

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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.
I haven't seen any with specs that come close to that, are you sure that you aren't thinking of the Tundra?
 
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