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Old 02-26-2008, 11:32 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by cardriverx View Post
haha that thing kicks ***, right in my backyard too, i wonder if it will do donuts?
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Old 02-27-2008, 03:06 AM   #22
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A typical pickup with v6 will have more than enough torque to tow the car, which is what you need. Hell, you can do it with a 4-banger, if you're patient, and not expecting to go up hills at full speed.. but you're usually "supposed" to be going about 55mph with a trailer, in the right lane.

The difference is going to be in how comfortable it feels, hauling the load... much different from tossing things in the bed, which may actually improve the overall feel (though will reduce stopping distance). It's actually more than just being able to stop in 5 seconds vs. 10 seconds, it's how straight the truck tracks down the road, etc... guys running big f350's, the engine isn't what they're paying for.

I'd actually suggest looking on some of the truck forums. Definitely recommend a Toyota. Surprisingly enough, I've heard a lot of people comment they prefer hauling a trailer with their 4runner, than their Tacoma. The Tundra is also good, but if you're not hauling frequently, it'll probably be a waste.

Keep in mind, the load ratings for towing are maximum. That's what you _could_ attach and haul, and not be so dangerous that they feel you could win a lawsuit against them for over-rating the truck's ability, assuming you were doing everything perfectly safe and to the letter. Doesn't mean you'll actually be comfortable at that load rating, or anywhere near it, especially not at speeds over 55. General rule would be assume 50% of the load rating.

Don't be shy about a used model, they run forever... I think I mentioned in another thread, I have a 20 y/o Toyota pickup with almost 300k on the odometer, and it'll probably stay last until 500k. Toyota pickups run in fleets can make it to 1mil miles, if not abused, and it's not unheard of to go 500k miles without a clutch on almost all highway miles.
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