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Old 10-14-2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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Does any one here tow with a 4cyl (auto) Tacoma? I am thinking of buying a Tacoma 4cyl. (auto) to tow my 13 ft. Scamp, and possibly a 17 ft. Escape in the future. Would the Taco be capable of handling the Escape? I know the 4 cyl. Taco can tow up to 3500#. Although the Escape is within the wgt. Limit, would it strain?
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I have been towing with a 4cyl. Tacoma auto tran. I bought a new one in 2005.
It towed my 16" Scamp Sd with ease.
I have to admit it does slow down on some long slow up grades in the Mountians.
The longest trip was about 4000 miles up through Yellostone and back.
I averaged 22 MPG.
That was with a full water tank, dual propane tanks and a 50 w solar panel with a group 29 battery that weighed about 80 lbs.
My only complaint has been the low gear isn't very good for slowing you down on log downhill grades.
That's been remedied in 09 with a grade retard.
I have 78000 miles on it and have never had a problem other than one recall to replace a wire of some sort in the Air Bag system.
My first Toyota PU was in 1976 and I've had many since then.
I don't think you will find a better or lower cost of ownership PU than a Toyota.
My youngest grandson is driving the 76 Toyota and it has close to 500,000 miles on it.
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Thanks for the info John. It is exactly the kind of first hand experience I wanted to about. I know the 6cyl. will be more than able to handle what I want it for, but I was unsure about the 4 cyl. It would be a $3000 difference between a 4 cyl Taco and a 6 cyl Rav 4. Hills are a struggle for any vehicle, just some more than others. My Subaru Forester took the 13' Scamp from Utah to Denver fine, not fast, but fine. Thanks again for the review.

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