Originally Posted by brulaz
My previous truck was a Tacoma 4x4 TRD with tow package rated for 6500#. Towed my 4000# TT fine, except it had to down shift a lot, and it was really, really noisy. We did crawl up the mountains, but you just tuck in behind a big semi; sort of makes you feel like one of the big boys!
Also the 5-spd auto didn't have tow/haul, so it was running long periods with the torque converter unlocked, unless you noticed it and down shifted manually (making it noisier). Biggest problem though was the lack of payload (only ~1000#).
Our new (last year) F150 Ecoboost gets the same mileage towing the TT but has about twice the low-end torque, twice the payload, is twice as quiet, and is generally twice the truck. Couldn't be happier.
I recently traded in my '08 Tacoma DoubleCab 4x4 TRD Sport for my '09 F150 SCrew 4x4 with Max. Towing and I love the capability of the F150 and the towing mirrors!
We originally bought the Tacoma thinking we'd be getting a 19ft. TT but we came across a used 2010 Rockwood Roo 23SS at a great price so we bought the Roo knowing we might have to upgrade the truck. The Tacoma hauled the 5280# (loaded) Roo fine on flat roads but I couldn't have all 5 of us in it without going 300# over GVWR. So we had to use a 2nd vehicle for 3 of us. Hauling up hills with the Tacoma, it lacked the power I wanted. It regularly exceeded 3500 rpm and drank around 13 mpg average.
My F150 gets close to the same mileage but with much more power and a lot more room for all 5 of us. I'll have to take the truck and trailer to the local CAT scale to check my weights but I'm very comfortable with the way it hauls.
I also noticed a fair bit of the bounce others have noted, even with my 10K rated Equal-i-zer hitch, so I had an extra leaf spring added in the back end and the excessive bounce is gone without a noticeable effect on the unloaded ride.
For tires I have Bridgestone Dueller A/T Revo 2's rated at 2601#. They're excellent tires, very quiet, good load rating and good in snow.