Toyota Tacoma has a 6,800 lb towing capacity. This is just the maximum a Tacoma can tow. That’s the right question:
The maximum weight of a travel trailer you can safely and efficiently tow with a Toyota Tacoma.
Let’s take a look at the Toyota Tacoma’s towing capacity before we go through each of the 10 travel trailers we list as being able to be towed by it.
The Toyota Tacoma has the following towing specs as of the date of this article (9/2020).
With the Towing Package, the V6 Tacoma can tow 6800 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% – 55% of the truck’s maximum towing capacity. That’s a general rule that can be applied to any towing vehicle.
Any travel trailer weight above that, even if you stay below the maximum towing capacity of 6,800 lbs., may lead to poor fuel economy, poor handling, insufficient power for merging and highway driving, and practically no power to climb steep roads. When considering the total weight of your travel trailer there are several weights you need to consider.
There’s a maximum GVT (Gross Trailer Weight) that shouldn’t be exceeded. GVWR is listed by most manufacturers, but some don’t.
The Gross Trailer Weight of a travel trailer is its full weight including all the cargo, fluids, propane tanks, batteries, and optional equipment. Through the hitch, part of the weight is transferred to the tow vehicle. Tongue weight should be included too.
A tongue weight is how much weight a trailer is pressing on the hitch ball.
GAWR – Gross Axle Weight Rating is the maximum gross axle weight of a single axle that should never be exceeded.
In other words, this refers to the weight of a trailer in its actual state. The equipment is complete, as are freshwater and propane bottles. Includes only passengers, not cargo.
A travel trailer’s dry weight refers to its weight with the standard equipment, but excluding fluids and optional accessories.
It is the weight of an unloaded vehicle when it is manufactured in the factory.
Carry capacity or cargo weight – This is the weight of all the items added to your travel trailer’s curb weight. All personal belongings, optional equipment, and tongue weight count as part of the cargo weight. It’s important to know how much stuff you can fit in your travel trailer because it determines just how much stuff you can haul around. It’s got everything you need.
Before we get to some recommended travel trailers you can tow with a Toyota Tacoma, let’s go over some standard weights you need to know to calculate the total trailer weight.
Water – The weight of a gallon of water is 8.3 pounds. You will have to add about 250 lbs to the weight of your travel trailer if you fill your freshwater tanks.
An empty 20lb propane tank weighs about +/- 17 pounds, as does a gallon of propane. Around 37 pounds should be the weight of a full 20lbs tank.
Approximately 65 lbs can be found in RV batteries. There are two of them. If the batteries along with the propane tanks are mounted on the hitch
Riverside RV Retro 509
Among “retro” floor plans, the Riverside RV Retro 509 is the smallest one. With a dry weight of 1180 lbs and a length of 13′ 8″, it’s light and short. There’s a king bed, storage, a sink, and a two-burner range in that small room. The truck can carry 500 pounds of cargo. 17 gallons of freshwater are also included.
Here’s what it weighs:
- Weighs 1180 lbs
- The hitch weighs 200 lbs
- Carries 500 lbs of stuff
- 17 Gallon Fresh Water – 142 lbs
Flagstaff E-Pro E12SRK
A second lightweight travel trailer, the Flagstaff E-Pro E12SRK, falls within our towing capacity for the Toyota Tacoma at 50%. Besides the full-size bed and shelf, it has a wardrobe, a two-burner stove, a TV/Entertainment center with overhead storage. E-Pro comes with an outdoor kitchen that has a two-burner stove, a sink, a microwave, and a refrigerator.
- Weighs 1763 lbs when dry
- Weight of the hitch: 258 lbs
- 1135 lbs of cargo carrying capacity
- 20 gallons of fresh water – 168 lbs
Jayco Hummingbird 10RK
Another camper with an outdoor kitchen is the Jayco Hummingbird 10RK. Its interior includes a full-size bed, overhead storage, and flip-up shelves. You’ll find an outdoor kitchen with a microwave, microwave, and a 2-burner slide.
- Dry Weight: 1545 lbs
- Weight of the trailer: 180
- 455 lbs of cargo carrying capacity
Fresh Water: 25.6 gallon – ~ 215 lbs
Roulotte Prolite Plus
In terms of size, this is the smallest model that has a toilet and shower (wet bath). The table-bench converts to a full-size bed so it can easily accommodate 2 people. A stove, fridge, heating, and an AC are included.
- Is 1390 pounds dry
- 145 lbs tow weight
- Manufacturer hasn’t specified cargo carrying capacity
- 10 gallons of freshwater – ~84 lbs
- 1 propane tank, not specified in size
Intech Luna Lite
There’s something unique about the Luna Lite from Intech. It’s made of all-aluminum and has a Dexter torsion axle. Vinyl walls and carpeted accents are in the interior, along with an entertainment center, underfloor storage, a 28″ x 78″ mattress, and a 32″ LED TV with wall mount.
- 1630 pounds dry
- Manufacturer doesn’t specify hitch weight
- Manufacturer didn’t specify cargo capacity
- 10 gallons – 84 lbs of fresh water
- 20 lbs and 37 lbs of propane tanks