Towing with 2011 Toyota's,
Cimarron and Titan Trailers
Tundra full size 1/2 ton is a
top towing truck in it's class with 401 torque from it's 5.7L V-8, a 6
speed auto, 4.30 rear axle ratio, engine and transmission cooler.
EPA fuel mileage rated at 13 city and 17 highway.
the price of fuel you may need an oil well above or a load of
hay (left) to ride your horse to Starbucks.
Tacoma handles the
Titan Trailers dump trailer well. Tacoma with 4.0L V-6 and
5-speed automatic transmission is rated EPA 16 mpg city and 20
highway. This Titan dump trailer is 6 x 8 ft and dumps your
mulch, sand, hay etc without messing up your truck bed. Titan
rated 6000 lb GVWR, just right for the Tacoma.
Toyota trucks are usually associated with quality, long
life and fuel mileage. Tundra has become a larger truck in 2007 and can
tow with the best of the 1/2 tons. Towing ability is the hidden equation
with most trucks. Marketing departments keep the public confused on how
much trucks can tow by bragging about a trailer towing weight and then
in the fine print explaining that weight is only for a 4x2 regular cab.
Finally there's hope comparing truck models towing ability. SAE (Society of
has established towing standards that go into affect 2013.
The Society of Automotive
Engineers along with a group of truck manufactures,
trailer manufactures and hitch companies decided to
determine which tests and rules should be used to give
consumers the most accurate and comparable tow rating,
classified as standard J2807.
Toyota takes the lead
with tow ratings, being SAE J2807 standard compliant on
all 2011 models already. Many of the new tow ratings on
identically equipped vehicles from the previous year
have gone down, in some cases considerably.
2011 Tundra CrewMax 4x4 trailer towing was10,100
is 9000 lbs. down 1100 lbs.
2011 Tundra DoubleCab 4x4 trailer towing was 10,300
2011 is 9,800 lbs. down 500 lbs.
2011 Tacoma DoubleCab 4x4 trailer towing was 6,500
still 6,500 lbs.
This may not
mean the vehicle has changed in any way, just that it is
being tested more thoroughly than before. Pay special attention as to
whether the pickup truck you are interested in buying is SAE-rated or not.
whole story on SAE and Toyota trucks
Double Cab, bold looking truck, surprised it had steel wheels, V-8
with great acceleration is a towing machine. The big
knobs for heat and ac are done right. I drive several truck models each
year and the big knobs are the easiest
for me to figure out quickly, like when you need defrost and it's night.
I'm not a fan of a small backup screen in the mirror for the backup
camera. It's a sharp screen with a grid that does help and is
useable if you have 20/20 vision.
truck that has tilt and telescoping steering wheel gets extra points.
shifting improves control for downshifting down the mountain. Electronic
Brake Force Distribution and trailer sway control makes trailering
safer. For normal driving, traction control, Vehicle Stability Control,
and the front and rear parking sonar take away the need for trucking
skills. Anyone can drive it.
SR5 Package for towing includes receiver
hitch, 4.30 rear axle ratio, trailer brake controller pre-wire, tow-haul
switch, transmission temp gauge, supplemental transmission cooler,
engine oil cooler and HD alternator for $915
|The bed cargo tie downs
with railing, great option for keeping us all safe from flying
||Tundra has outside
the frame rear shocks like the Ford F150 for stability
screen in the rearview mirror is small and clear, the grid helps
backing to a trailer
||Front and rear
sonar is the cat's meow for parallel parking
Access Cab, not a full size nor are the seats. Driver seat sets low so
your thighs are in the air. But I'm not the demographic (old fat guy), it's a young
drivers truck that wants to play on the weekends. Rated to tow 6500 lbs
of trailer with the V-6, it's sufficient to tow a two horse Cimarron
trailer and the 6000 lb Titan dump trailer I hauled hay with.
Fills good on the highway, solid ride, in pot holes it does bounce
harder than a larger truck but good control.
left, TRD Off-Road package gives you all those toggle switches, from
rear diff lock, traction control, hill decent, locking diff, and on/off
switch for the AC converter. AC plug in the bed (right) is what I add to
my trucks, very useful. Small compartments in the bed and under the rear
seats in the Tacoma bed will come in handy. Both the Tundra and Tacoma
had the cargo hooks in a track that I think all trucks should have.
Securing cargo in truck beds is so often over looked.
an off-road truck, the TRD TIX Pro Package has performance
exhaust, beadlock 16" wheels, off road tires and adjustable tire
air settings (right.) This way you can set tire pressure for
sand or mud. To complete the well equipped off roader, you can
manually engage the rear locker, use
hill decent to crawl down the trail and Traction Control to crawl up the
hill. Vehicle Stability Control keeps the truck and steering
wheel going the same direction on slick roads and improves how
empty trucks handle. Electronic Brake Force Distribution is an
interesting feature for truck braking to match brake pressure
empty or loaded.
V6 Tow Package $650; Class
4 receiver hitch, oil coolers, HD alternator and battery a must for
TRD Off-Road Extra Value Package $4035
and TIX Pro Package $1699, is what makes this Tacoma a sport/off-road
specialty truck. All the toys on a truck you can go anywhere on the
weekends. Which explains why it's just $3190 less than the Tundra SR5
instead of $10,000 on a lesser equipped Tacoma.
Picture left, subwoofer with
on/off switch and blue light. My Snoop Dog CD sounds better on
it than Shania Twain. She needs more bass guitars.
||110 AC outlet and storage
compartments in bed
||Access cab rear seats all opened
||Side seats fold up with storage
|Rearview mirror with backup
screen is on the small side...
||But it will get you close to
your trailer ball
||Nice, oil filter sits inside of
funnel, all trucks should have this
||The graphic, tires, fender
flares, exhaust tip and beadlock wheels, all say "cool"
two horse bumper pull trailers is one of the easiest trailer to tow.
Wish I had a wind tunnel to see why. The tongue is narrow, but the
V-nose angle is similar to allot of trailers.
This trailer has a total empty weight of 2700#. Coupler weight = 280#
(10.4%). Axles weight = 2420# (89.6%) Easy towing aluminum
two horse bumper pull, that's just 400 lbs heavier than a
This is important for towing fuel mileage. Not
all trailers tow the same, some are lead sleds and some like Cimarron
can be towed with smaller vehicles.
Picture above you can
see how flat the drop down feed doors sit on the trailer side.
left, closed feed doors with lower latch.
aluminum siding is also inside the fender well. A trailer of beauty you
can give to your grandchildren when you retire.
windows on tail side
boards are beveled on the ends
were all wire looms pass thru metal
is well braced to the floor
floor where you can't see it and..
solid where you can see it
jerks on all hinges, look at the beautiful welds.
wiper on rear doors, works no mater which door you open first
gasket all around doors like a truck
cam rods with bracket spacer keeps the latches quiet and free
framed feed doors and custom heavy duty
kind of stall door slam latch, you don't have to think about it
Thanks to Transwest Truck Trailer RV
for the Cimarron 2h horse trailer and
for the SUV dump trailer.