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dlbeck23

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Posted: 01/23/13 05:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks to all for your input. One more question. I'll be towing this camper 90% of the time to local campgrounds with a Toyota Tacoma rated to 6500lbs. For longer trips I have access to an F150. I've been told a lot of different things on the kind of hitch for the Tacoma. Thoughts?

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dlbeck23 wrote:

Thanks to all for your input. One more question. I'll be towing this camper 90% of the time to local campgrounds with a Toyota Tacoma rated to 6500lbs. For longer trips I have access to an F150. I've been told a lot of different things on the kind of hitch for the Tacoma. Thoughts?

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David
Is that right, 6500 lbs. towing capacity? I'm looking at the 2013 capacities and it is 3500 lbs. with standard cab/V8/ and towing package. The GCWR is 7500 lbs. and the truck weighs 3250. I think the 6500 lbs. is wrong. Heck, my 4x4 F-250 CC is rated to 6900 lbs.


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Checked the specs again and with the 4x4 V6 with towing package it says 6400lbs. Hope that's right.

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Sounds about right. My 2012 Tacoma v6 4x4 double cab long bed had a tow rating of 6300 or so. The tricky thing with the Tacoma will be payload and hitch weight limit. My Tacoma had only 1100 lbs payload and they all have 600 lbs hitch weight max even with a wd hitch. So watch that hitch weight. Pretty much any good wd hitch should do you well.

I think a 28 foot trailer is way too big for the Tacoma though. My truck felt barely adequate with a 20 foot Lance 1685, though it handled well. I would shoot for a dry weight as close to 3500 lbs and no more than 23 feet long if you have the long bed model with 140" wheelbase. Shorter if you have the short bed.


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We are very happy with our Prime Time Inc. product so I'd recommend the Tracer. They do NOT offer a 2nd year warranty on their units except for one of their 5th wheel lines however they will bend over backwards to make sure you are satisfied. Kodiak is a great product also but I've never owned one.


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I can't say much about the Tracer because I dont know much about them, but I have been happy with both Kodiak's I've owned. Any problems I did have, Dutchmen was quick to help.


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mister_d wrote:

We are very happy with our Prime Time Inc. product so I'd recommend the Tracer. They do NOT offer a 2nd year warranty on their units except for one of their 5th wheel lines however they will bend over backwards to make sure you are satisfied. Kodiak is a great product also but I've never owned one.



This must have changed then because they had a 2 yr limited warranty on tracers when we were shopping. Also primetime is owned by forest river who offers a second year warranty for an extra fee.


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anaro wrote:

mister_d wrote:

We are very happy with our Prime Time Inc. product so I'd recommend the Tracer. They do NOT offer a 2nd year warranty on their units except for one of their 5th wheel lines however they will bend over backwards to make sure you are satisfied. Kodiak is a great product also but I've never owned one.



This must have changed then because they had a 2 yr limited warranty on tracers when we were shopping. Also primetime is owned by forest river who offers a second year warranty for an extra fee.


I would pass on the second year warranty as almost all other things are covered by their own warranty. Forest River has been great with service on our TT.


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texasclarks wrote:

anaro wrote:

mister_d wrote:

We are very happy with our Prime Time Inc. product so I'd recommend the Tracer. They do NOT offer a 2nd year warranty on their units except for one of their 5th wheel lines however they will bend over backwards to make sure you are satisfied. Kodiak is a great product also but I've never owned one.



This must have changed then because they had a 2 yr limited warranty on tracers when we were shopping. Also primetime is owned by forest river who offers a second year warranty for an extra fee.


I would pass on the second year warranty as almost all other things are covered by their own warranty. Forest River has been great with service on our TT.


The second year warranty through Forest River is not an option with Prime Time products. Prime Time does include a second year warranty as a standard option on their Sanibel 5th Wheel trailers.

For more information on their products, the President of the company frequently visits the Forest River Forums and answers ALL questions straight up. The forums there aren't nearly as busy as here but they are filled with important information and shouldn't be missed.

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I'm waiting on my new Kodiak. Cant find anyone saying anything bad about them!


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