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Re: Towing capacity
« Reply #20 on: June 06, 2018, 01:04:12 PM »
If the mill has brakes and you have a controller, I don't see the problem. It's not like you are driving to Wally World or something. If you're worried, go via county roads and take your time. I mean we're not even talking two tons here.... A couple days ago I hauled around 28,000lb a couple miles in hilly terrain with my F-550 and it didn't even act like I was hauling anything more than a log or two. I just put it in a lower gear and let the diesel do it's thing. I do it all the time. It won't stop on a dime and you'll be slower getting up to speed. Make sure your hitch is at the right height. If you don't know how to set it up, have someone help you. Don't tailgate.   ;D

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Re: Towing capacity
« Reply #21 on: June 06, 2018, 02:36:53 PM »
Three thousand more pounds in towing capacity - 6,500 vs 3,500.  Towing your mill with gear and a passenger should be no problem.  The 3,500 pound number wasn't workable in my mind.  I don't like towing very far at the rated limits.
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Re: Towing capacity
« Reply #22 on: June 07, 2018, 05:01:59 PM »
I've been driving, and towing with, Tacomas for 9 years. First a 2009, now a 2013, both V6 auto, double cab with a 6' bed, both with the factory towing package. This is the longest wheelbase arrangement and makes for good handling/towing. If there's a weak spot with these trucks it's probably the rear suspensions, some address this by adding helper springs, I've added air bags to the rear axle. This helps when the back is loaded or when leveling a trailer.

If I have something heavy to move (skid steer etc.) I have a F350 diesel dually in the stable that will do the job so I don't need to push the limits of my Tacoma or my luck. It has done everything I've asked however.

For moving my mill over the highway I prefer the Tacoma, I would want more seat of the pants feedback should something go wrong. I'm afraid if I moved it with the F350 I wouldn't feel a thing until I noticed sparks in my rearview.

Not as much weight as a hydraulic mill but here is my truck and mill:

The reason I put the bags on my trucks was to handle this camper but there are many uses for them the rest of the time with loads and trailers:

My "big trailer" that I'll move with light and moderate loads. You definitely feel it more than the mill but the truck does fine with this one too:

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