What Size Travel Trailer Can a Toyota Tacoma Pull?

What size travel trailer can a Toyota Tacoma pull? With the V6 tow package, a Toyota Tacoma has a towing capacity rating of 6,500 lbs. However, that rating is simply the maximum a Tacoma can tow. The correct question should be:

“What is the maximum travel trailer weight you can efficiently and safely tow with a Toyota Tacoma”.

Toyota Tacoma Towing Capacity

Before we dive into the specs of each of the 10 travel trailers we list as being able to be towed by a Toyota Tacoma let’s take a look at the Tacoma towing capacity.

As of the date of this article (7/18), the Toyota Tacoma has the following towing specifications.

The V6 Tacoma with the Towing Package has a towing capacity of 6,400 lbs.

The towing package includes the following:

  • Class-IV towing hitch receiver
  • ATF cooler (not available on the manual transmission)
  • Engine oil cooler
  • Power steering cooler
  • 130-amp alternator
  • 4- and 7-pin connector with converter
  • Trailer-Sway Control (TSC)49

My research on the Toyota Tacoma forum is that generally, you want your total travel trailer weight to be 50% of the trucks maximum towing capacity. That’s a general rule that can be applied to any towing vehicle.

In the case of the Toyota Tacoma, the recommended maximum travel trailer weight should be no more than 3,250 to 3,500 lbs.

Any travel trailer weight above that, even if you stay below the maximum towing capacity of 6,500 lbs., may lead to poor fuel economy, poor handling, insufficient power for merging and highway driving, and practically no power to climb steep roads.

Travel Trailer Weight Definitions

When considering the total weight of your travel trailer there are several weights you need to consider. They are:

GVWR – Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is the maximum that the GTW (Gross Trailer Weight) should not exceed. Most manufacturers will list that GVWR some do not.

GTW – Gross Trailer Weight is the actual weight of a fully loaded travel trailer including, all cargo, fluids, propane tanks, batteries, and optional equipment. When connected to a tow vehicle a portion of the weight is transferred to the tow vehicle via the hitch. You will need to include the Tongue Weight as well.

Tongue Weight – This is the weight pressing down on the hitch ball by the trailer.

GAWR – Gross Axle Weight Rating is the maximum gross axle weight of a single axle that should never be exceeded.

Curb Weight – Is the actual weight of the trailer. This includes all standard equipment, full fresh water, full propane bottles, and all other fluids. Does not include cargo.

Dry Weight – Is the weight of the travel trailer with standard but without fluids or optional equipment.

UVW – Unloaded Vehicle Weight is the weight of the vehicle as manufactured at the factory.

Cargo Weight or Cargo Carry Capacity – This the weight of all items added to the Curb Weight of the travel trailer. Cargo weight includes all personal belongings, optional equipment, and Tongue Weight as well. Cargo weight is an important number to know as it determines just how much stuff you can pack in your travel trailer safely. Everything you want to take with you is added.

Before we proceed with some recommended travel trailers that can be towed by a Toyota Tacoma let’s take a look at some standard weights you will need to know to calculate total trailer weight.

Water – A gallon of water weighs approximately 8.3 lbs. So if you fill your 30-gallon freshwater tanks before you embark on your trip you will need to add about 250 lbs to your total travel trailer weight.

Propane – a gallon of propane weight 4.2 pounds, a 20lbd propane tank weighs about +/- 17 pounds. A full 20lbs tank should weight about 37 pounds.

RV Battery Weight – an RV battery can weigh as much as 65 lbs. each. If the batteries along with the propane tanks are mounted on the hitch those are weights you will need to consider.

Caution – Don’t always trust the specifications given by an RV manufacturer as there may be stipulations in those weight ratings. For example, you may have a tongue weight rating where the manufacturer calculates one full propane tank and one empty whereas you might be thinking both can be full. Also, make sure you understand how the manufacturer is calculating weight rating as variations among manufacturers exist.

8 Travel Trailers That Can Be Towed By a Toyota Tacoma

Below are 8 travel trailers with a GVWR of fewer than 3,500 lbs that can be towed by the Tacoma.

  • Retro RV 509
  • Flagstaff E-Pro E12SRK
  • Jayco 10RK
  • TAXA Outdoors Cricket
  • Roulotte Prolite Plus S
  • Intech Luna Lite
  • Happier Camper
  • Little Guys Meerkat

Riverside RV Retro 509

The Riverside RV Retro 509 travel trailer is the smallest of the “retro” floorplans. It is lightweight with an 1180 lbs dry weight, and it is fairly short in length at 13’ 8”. Within that small space, you will find a queen bed, storage, a sink, and a two-burner range. It has a cargo carrying capacity of 500 lbs. A freshwater tank of 17 gallons is also included.

Weight Specifications:

  • Dry Weight: 1180 lbs
  • Hitch Weight: 200
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity: 500 lbs
  • Fresh Water: 17 Gallon – ~ 142 lbs

Flagstaff E-Pro E12SRK

The Flagstaff E-Pro E12SRK model is another very lightweight travel trailer that falls within our 50% of the Toyota Tacoma towing capacity. The interior of the E-Pro has nice full-size bed, shelf, wardrobe, singe with a two-burner stove, TV/Entertainment center with overhead storage. An outdoor kitchen with two-burner stove, sink, and a microwave and refrigerator round out the E-Pro package.

Weight Specifications:

  • Dry Weight: 1763 lbs
  • Hitch Weight:258 lbs
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity: 1135 lbs
  • Fresh Water: 20 gallons – ~ 168 lbs

Jayco Hummingbird 10RK

The Jayco Hummingbird 10RK is another travel trailer with an outdoor kitchen. The interior of the 10RK features a full-size bed, overhead storage, and flip-up shelves. Outside is an outdoor kitchen with since, microwave, and slide 2-burner cooktop.

Weight Specifications:

  • Dry Weight: 1545 lbs
  • Hitch Weight: 180
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity: 455 lbs
  • Fresh Water: 25.6 gallon – ~ 215 lbs

TAXA Outdoors Cricket

The TAXA Cricket is not your typical travel trailer. The Cricket is a great blend of sophisticated designed and ruggedness. It can sleep, two adults and 2 kids. It features 4 swing doors for superior cross ventilation, a V-berth bed, lounge, and storage system. It also includes a 32”x20” picture windows, a kitchen with a large countertop with covered sink. Many standard features on the Cricket make it an excellent travel trailer.

Weight Specification:

  • Dry Weight: 1,732 lbs
  • Hitch Weight: 240 lbs
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity: 910 lbs
  • Fresh Water: 15 gallons – ~ 124.5 lbs
  • Two 20 Gallon Propane Tanks – 74 lbs when both full

Roulotte Prolite Plus S

The Roulotte Prolite Plus S is the smallest model that offers a toilet and shower (wet bath). It easily accommodates 2 people, and the table-bench converts to a full-size bed. This model comes with a stove, fridge, heating and an optional AC.

Weight Specification:

  • Dry Weight: 1390 lbs
  • Hitch Weight: 145 lbs
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity: Not specified by manufacturer
  • Fresh Water: 10 gallons – ~84 lbs
  • Propane Tanks; 1 size not specified

Intech Luna Lite

The Intech Luna Lite is a uniquely shaped travel trailer. Its all aluminum frame with a Dexter torsion axle. The interior is vinyl walls with carpeted accents along with with rear entertainment center with storage, under-floor storage compartments, premium 28” x 78” mattress and 32inch LED TV with wall mount.

Weight Specification:

  • Dry Weight: 1630 lbs
  • Hitch Weight: Not specified by manufacturer
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity: Not specified by manufacturer
  • Fresh Water: 10 gallon – ~ 84 lbs
  • Propane Tanks: 20 lbs ~ 37 lbs

Happier Camper

The Happier Camper is where retro meets modern. The shell is all fiberglass inside and out. The flexibility of the interior due to its Modular Adaptiv System in unsurpassed. The interior is easily customizable with blocks that include seating, kitchen, desk, etc. Most of the block can be used outdoors as well. It features a huge rear hatch door, independent torsion axle and can sleep up to five.

The GVWR of the Happier Camper is 3500. As long as you don’t exceed this total weight you should be fine.

Weight Specification:

  • Dry Weight: ~ 1100 lbs
  • Hitch Weight: 150 lbs
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity: Not specified by manufacturer
  • Fresh Water: N/A
  • Propane: N/A

Little Guys Meerkat

The Little Guys Meerkat is a unique lightweight travel trailer with a dry weight of fewer than 1,000 lbs. It offers stand-up headroom, porta-potty, and an icebox. In addition, you’ll find inside a sink, a full-size bed, and a table and lots of storage. This one can easily be towed by a Toyota Tacoma.

Weight Specifications:

  • Dry Weight: 900 lbs
  • Hitch Weight: 100 lbs
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity: Not specified by manufacturer
  • Fresh water: N/A
  • Propane: N/A

Summary

The list of 8 travel trailers above is what we think are some of the best campers for a Toyota Tacoma.

Towing Caution – There is quite a number of things you need to consider when towing a travel trailer. In addition to what your Tacoma can pull you need to consider the weight bearing down on your travel trailers axle, hitch, and on your vehicle. We do advise you to take precautions when towing, know your maximum weight ranges, and learn to tow safely. Get with your dealer to make sure you understand what it takes to tow your travel trailer.

Resources Used For This Article

  • Orange Coat – Information on propane tank weights
  • Changing Gears – This is an excellent site with loads of information on RVs, including excellent definitions of weight rating terminology. He has some weight calculators that you may find useful.
  • Tacoma World – A forum where you can ask questions and get answers from other Tacoma owners.
  • Tacoma Forum – Another excellent forum for Tacoma truck owners.

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5 thoughts on “What Size Travel Trailer Can a Toyota Tacoma Pull?”

  1. Thank you for this info. I have a 6,000 lb travel trailer (Fleetwood) Pioneer. I have a V6 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner. Hopefully, I can pull it without any problem.

    • Hi Lupe, I do recommend you check with your dealer. If your camper is 6,000 you need to also include the stuff you are going to put in it. Clothes, food, etc., and if your holding tanks will have water. If you have propane tanks that are filled that too will add weight. Best of luck and be safe.

    • I am thinking of buying a 5,570 dry weight travel trailer and I have a 2013 V6 TT to pull it. How was your experience with your Pioneer trailer?

  2. so a dry weight of 4900 lbs should be ok for my 2019 Tacoma sport ? Purchased a TT and puck it up next week… Im wondering if I should have stayed in the 4k lbs mark instead…

    • Timothy, the dry weight is just one of the factors to consider. You need to take into account, cargo carrying capacity, hitch weight, as well as the weight of water unless you intend to fill your fresh tanks when you arrive at your destination. In addition, if you purchase your TT with a towing package or not. I recommend you talk to your travel trailer dealer and your truck dealer to be on the safe side. You can also ask the questions to TT owners who are intimately more familiar with the capabilities of the Tacoma than I. Here is an excellent forum for Tacoma owners.

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