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Old 06-17-2020, 12:35 AM
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I have a 19’ Tacoma 4x4, rated towing is 6500lbs. How dumb would I be to pull a contender 25t from my house to the ramp which is 4 miles each way? Contender stated a full load is 6400# plus I figure 1000# for trailer. Trailer has brakes. I could skimp on a full load of fuel and be right at rated towing.

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Not a good idea.
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Nope!
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you could do it a million times and be just fine! however all it takes is that 1 time and an incident occurs leaving you and your family seriously injured or dead!

just not worth it!
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If you are saying back roads (45 mph or so). Probably be fine BUT you will be working the tranny and engine hard when you pull it out.. Plus with gas, trailer, gear and engines with rigging, I think you are a little light but close.. Good luck.

My hull weighs 3400 and on the scale my rig is 7K not loaded with gear nor much gas aboard...good luck..
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No, but you can likely get into a much more capable vehicle for short $, given how grossly overvalued used tacomas are.
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I used to tow my Bluewater 2150 with a Taco and it was not good at all. I did shorter distance 20 miles max 45 MPH . It was fine pulling out at ramp but it did NOT like pulling boat. Also backing into my parking area the taco would spin wheels on grass unless in 4x4 tearing it up.

I have ave a tundra now and much better .
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Have fun. Blow your truck up and endanger everybody on the road while your at it.
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It's certainly your risk to take and depends on your comfort level towing and the condition of the trailer as well. I pull my 25' HS locally with my 2017 Tacoma V6 and it was pretty effortless - back roads and highway (<55mph). The trailer and boat weigh about 8200# which is probably close to your Reg. I fretted all early spring about buying a bigger truck or trying to rent one during corona and this was the choice I made. I'd be more concerned about damaging the frame rather than engine/transmission issues, they felt up to the task.

As a benchmark I also trailered this boat with a 2019 F250 gasser and a 2019 Tundra on separate occasions and they were marginally better at towing. With all that said I am still looking for a larger truck to tow this boat outside of my local area. If you do decide to tow with the Tacoma pick a time of day when there is less traffic to contend with. Renting a 1/2 ton truck is probably $50-75/day so if you only put in and haul out once a season it is an economical and safer option.
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Thanks to all for the helpful input. Time to go truck shopping!
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Originally Posted by Lambo90 View Post
It's certainly your risk to take and depends on your comfort level towing and the condition of the trailer as well. I pull my 25' HS locally with my 2017 Tacoma V6 and it was pretty effortless - back roads and highway (<55mph). The trailer and boat weigh about 8200# which is probably close to your Reg. I fretted all early spring about buying a bigger truck or trying to rent one during corona and this was the choice I made. I'd be more concerned about damaging the frame rather than engine/transmission issues, they felt up to the task.

As a benchmark I also trailered this boat with a 2019 F250 gasser and a 2019 Tundra on separate occasions and they were marginally better at towing. With all that said I am still looking for a larger truck to tow this boat outside of my local area. If you do decide to tow with the Tacoma pick a time of day when there is less traffic to contend with. Renting a 1/2 ton truck is probably $50-75/day so if you only put in and haul out once a season it is an economical and safer option.
Yeah - I'm calling BS on that. F250 and Tundra tow marginally better than a Tacoma. Really - tell me more..
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If its only 4 miles away and backroads I wouldn't be scared to do that with my tractor much less a Tacoma.
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Originally Posted by lazyboi1212 View Post
Yeah - I'm calling BS on that. F250 and Tundra tow marginally better than a Tacoma. Really - tell me more..
I would like to know what “effortless” is as well. I can’t imagine a Tacoma rowing 8000+ lbs as doing it effortlessly. I imagine the truck was at high RPM and working fairly hard to pull that boat. However this is the Internet, so anything is possible.
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You could possibly make one of those "truck goes swimming" you tube videos...

That mass backing down a ramp is not easily controllable with your truck and its weight.

Once you encounter some slime and think its time to hit the brakes it could be too late.
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I tow a 22' boat with a V-8 4WD 4runner. It is about 2 miles from my house to the ramp, and I never get above 40 MPH or so. With 4WD the 4runner tows great, and my trailer has kodiak disks brakes on all 4 wheels. No problem, I thought. One day I was headed to the ramp and a traffic light turned red in front of me. I applied the brakes and found that my braking performance was about half of what I expected. My trailer pushed the 4runnner slowly though the intersection. Fortunately there was no oncoming traffic, and no harm was done except for a few new gray hairs. Best guess is that the surge brakes failed to engage. Your Contender is much larger than my 4runner. Go bigger than a Tacoma if you can.
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Originally Posted by Lambo90 View Post
It's certainly your risk to take and depends on your comfort level towing and the condition of the trailer as well. I pull my 25' HS locally with my 2017 Tacoma V6 and it was pretty effortless - back roads and highway (<55mph). The trailer and boat weigh about 8200# which is probably close to your Reg. I fretted all early spring about buying a bigger truck or trying to rent one during corona and this was the choice I made. I'd be more concerned about damaging the frame rather than engine/transmission issues, they felt up to the task.

As a benchmark I also trailered this boat with a 2019 F250 gasser and a 2019 Tundra on separate occasions and they were marginally better at towing. With all that said I am still looking for a larger truck to tow this boat outside of my local area. If you do decide to tow with the Tacoma pick a time of day when there is less traffic to contend with. Renting a 1/2 ton truck is probably $50-75/day so if you only put in and haul out once a season it is an economical and safer option.
an F250 and a Tundra tow marginally better than a Tacoma? Did I seriously just read that?
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Originally Posted by kernmw10 View Post
an F250 and a Tundra tow marginally better than a Tacoma? Did I seriously just read that?
I was thinking the same thing, kind of takes away any validatity when you say that ...
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Originally Posted by kernmw10 View Post
an F250 and a Tundra tow marginally better than a Tacoma? Did I seriously just read that?
Sounds like the Tacoma is in the same class as a RAV4
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Originally Posted by D_Westie View Post
Sounds like the Tacoma is in the same class as a RAV4
The magic of Toyota!!!!
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I have a Tacoma and a diesel Excursion. Now way in he ll the Tacoma will tow that boat. I even hate towing a 10ft open trailer with mine. And the gas milage really sucks when towing.

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