Originally Posted by lpk49
i'm really confused now because no one flashed at me again today and it is sunny. i'm trying to remember if i moved something heavy to a different part of the truck or the camper but i dont think i did. anyway-i appreciate the help and i do plan on going to the dealer anyway and i have to unhitch tomorrow to go into the city so can mark where the lights
hit the wall and also measure the difference in height when hitched and unhitched
george that was great info on the taco...i really like the smallness for parking etc but it seems to pull just fine like the letter said. i don't understand all of it with the shifting etc but its all good news i guess. i wonder if it should be posted out here-would others be interested?
had another great day on the nh ocean front...this is rye harbor:
The "letter" K is referring to is a post I pulled from the Airstream forum. Some of you may know who Andrew Thompson is from CanAm RV. Large A/S dealer, CanAm are known for setting up tow vehicles that others may not consider, for pulling rather heavy A/S trailers. In his post, Andrew pointed out the Toyota "Tachoma" ( as he calls it ) is a good vehicle for towing, so I copied his post to K in a PM. If a Taco is a good choice for a A/S, then certainly a smaller FG camper is well within it's limits.
I've long been a fan of this class of trucks. The Taco and the Frontier like I have, are a nice compromise vehicle for overall use. Small enough to easily use in the city, reasonable gas mileage empty, and legendary in how sturdy they are for towing and long life. Andrew's post was the following:
We have several customers that tow 25-30' Airstream's and some harder toiwng other brands with Tachoma's. Many of these have been towing for several years. One I know of is approaching 200,000 miles.
In mountains it will downshift more than a Tundra but you will never save enough time on mountain grades with a Tundra to make up for the extra time the Tundra will spend in gas stations. The Tachoma has more power than any tow vehicle you could buy 30 years ago and Airstreams still went everywhere.
From a handling safety perspective I prefer the Tachoma to a full size pick up. The center of gravity is lower the width of the stance is the same on both. The suspension tuning on the Tachoma is still truck like, in that it is firm but not bone crushing. In an emergency lane change or panic stop it will outperform any full size pickup when towing a 25'. Of coarse for all the solo miles it is much more nimble.
You can dramatically improve the performance and handling of a Tachoma with a more optimal tire size. Unless you are going to carry something heavy in the bed of the truck the stock springs are fine. If you find the back end low you need to transfer more weight
with your weight
distribution. If you do not have the TRD model better shocks are a nice addition.
I hope this helps.