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Old 04-08-2016, 12:37 AM   #521
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Finally got everything situated for the most part...

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Old 04-08-2016, 05:43 PM   #522
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That is legitimately larger than my apartment.
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Finally got everything situated for the most part...

Looks awesome. I caved and got a 7.3 6spd SRW for my 8x24' recently and am still going through the truck. $7500 but lots of work to do eliminating oil leaks & issues.
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Finally got my WD hitch and Macs tie downs in, so I got the hitch put together and adjusted with our NC in the trailer. This is the first time I've had everything together and loaded up for a test drive... finally good to go!

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I bought an 06 Frontier V6 6sp a few months ago for daily driving and towing duties. Started noticing a rear end howl a few weeks after buying it, then last week while out of town for work, I started hearing the timing chain rattle that some of those trucks are known for. I was kinda thinking about buying a new truck with a warranty before buying the frontier, and the imminent repair bills pushed me over the edge. Traded the Frontier on this last week.



I've never been much of a Dodge guy but the coil spring rear sealed the deal for me. I hate driving anything with leaf springs. Went in planning to buy a V6 work truck with nothing but the power windows/locks package, which can be had for a touch over $20k right now, but I ended up going for this one with Hemi, 8 speed, limited slip, backup camera, factory trailer brake controller, and a few other options. I stuck with the standard cab short bed since I hate trying to maneuver full size trucks in parking lots, and since this truck already has way more interior and bed space than I had in the Frontier. I didn't want the chrome rimz but they couldn't locate another truck with the exact same option package minus chrome. It's definite overkill for my current open trailer, but now I have a reason to start watching for a cheap used enclosed. Still on the first tank but so far I'm averaging over 20mpg in mixed driving.

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Old 06-19-2016, 10:46 PM   #526
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Badass little truck. What do those go for these days? (not MSRP, I mean what can you buy one for)
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With current Dodge rebates, a hair over $25k for this one. That's over $8k (about 18%) off the sticker price.
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Old 06-20-2016, 01:34 AM   #528
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Wow,not bad at all! Cool truck.
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V6, manual 4x4. My trailer is about 3300lbs fully laden (Trailex), so it tows really nicely with the 4Runner and a Prodigy P3 brake controller.
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Finally got my WD hitch and Macs tie downs in, so I got the hitch put together and adjusted with our NC in the trailer. This is the first time I've had everything together and loaded up for a test drive... finally good to go!

My wife and I have an Arctic Fox 990 that we haul around in our F350. A super hitch with an extension lets us pull a flat bed trailer. We are looking for a 2WD DRW so we have a little more stability. How do you like your current set up? Do you have air bags on the rear to help out?
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My wife and I have an Arctic Fox 990 that we haul around in our F350. A super hitch with an extension lets us pull a flat bed trailer. We are looking for a 2WD DRW so we have a little more stability. How do you like your current set up? Do you have air bags on the rear to help out?
You have a 990 on a SRW? Yikes... You would definitely see an improvement. I'd be surprised if you're within the weight rating of the tires. IIRC, the 990 is heavier than our Lance, as that was one of the campers we considered.

The camper on the stock dodge, even with the DRW, was pretty bad. I didn't want to deal with airbags, so I went with Torklift Stableloads. Basically, it's a wedge that engages the override springs full time, but pivot out of the way when you're running empty. They work on the lower overrides on the Dodge, and I fabricated some spacers so the upper overrides are always engaged as well. That reduced the sag from over 4" to ~1". I also added a Hellwig sway bar, and overall, it now handles very well for what it is. It's no longer a white knuckle ride. I can't imagine hauling a camper this heavy with a SRW truck...

Haven't hauled the trailer any distance yet, but we're pulling it to Flyin' Miata in a couple weeks, which is about 550 miles. I'm also using a Superhitch/extension... was the only extension setup that would handle the trailer we have. Great gear, but not cheap!

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Thanks man, I'll look into that. There have been a couple of oh **** moments but as long as I take it slow and look down the road I'm ok. The air bags helped a lot to steady things and I'll move them over to the new rig when we get it.

The biggest issue I have had when pulling a trailer had to do with the alignment of the trailer itself. It was so far out of whack that it was dragging down hard on the truck. Once I got that straight it pulled like a dream.
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2012 Ram 1500 Hemi. Pulls great.
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Traded my busted-*** BRG for this:



Certainly not perfect, but runs great and A/C works. Going to be shopping for a trailer in the next few months.
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Thinking about buying a Tacoma V6, rated for 6500# towing. Do you guys think that's enough or do I need a V8 truck?
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Thinking about buying a Tacoma V6, rated for 6500# towing. Do you guys think that's enough or do I need a V8 truck?
open trailer would be fine. I take it you're looking at a newer Taco?

open trailer + miata = 4500 pounds max.
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Thinking about buying a Tacoma V6, rated for 6500# towing. Do you guys think that's enough or do I need a V8 truck?
As long as you're talking 04+ with the 4.0L, it'll do fine. My 07 Xterra with 4.0L did really well with my miata on an open trailer. A couple of my friends have towed with 4.0L FJ Cruisers and 4runners and had zero complaints. The 3.4L in the first gen Tacoma looks pretty weak on paper, but should be acceptable as long as you don't go too heavy on the trailer.
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The 2004+ tacomas with the V6 all have a 6500 pound tow rating. I do not know how much an open trailer weighs, plus what I have read is that nobody tow the max rating. The other option is a V8 tundra 00-06. Very reliable, more torque, but slightly larger. I do not like big trucks.
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I tow with a 2011 4.0l v6 Frontier, which has similar tow ratings as the Tacoma, and it works great. Steel trailer with wooden deck that weighs somewhere around 1800-2000 lbs, electric brakes, and a weight distribution hitch. Also made 2 trips with a UHaul trailer and even that heavy pig towed fine behind the Frontier. Electric trailer brakes, and a good controller, are a must. Would also recommend the weight distribution hitch, although I never had any issues towing without it, to help keep the truck level and weight on your front tires.
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As stated, miata + open wood deck trailer shouldn't exceed 4500lbs. You certainly can tow that with a V6 tacoma. That engine is actually pretty good, nice flat torque curve.

That said, to me it depends on how often and how far you're towing. Across town, no sweat. Long distances up some of the mountains we have in my neck of the woods? It'll _work_ but I suspect you'd be downshifting and winding it up higher in the RPM range for longer periods than I'd really enjoy, personally. For this reason, I'm glad I have an F-150 with a V8; it can handle a light load like that all day, which is good, because I typically tow 4-6 hours for HPDEs.

I see your location is "south central TN". If that's meaning south of Nashville, and you're heading to NCM and Barber and so forth, you'll probably be fine. If you're in Chattanooga and are towing it up and down steep grades, it'll do it, but I bet you'll really know the load is there.
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