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Weight Distribution Recommendation For A 2007 Toyota Tacoma

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Just a quick question: I have a 2007 Toyota Tacoma with the tow package and Im pulling a 16foot Forest River No Boundries TT. Im trying to pick out a weight distribution hitch system to reduce the large rear sag in the truck while hooked up. What size or should I say weight rating should I be looking at? Is it bad to go up a size? Any suggestions? Thanks

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To start you will want to determine your fully loaded, ready-to-tow weight (cargo weight behind your truck axle plus trailer tongue weight) to help you select the right weight distribution hitch. Products like the BetterWeigh # C51701 make this process very simple and accurate.

With the 2007 Tacoma tow package you have up to 6,500lbs of towing capacity and your Forest River's dry weight should be around 2,991lbs. Tongue weight is typically 10-15% of the loaded trailer weight. As an example only, if your Forest River is 4,000lbs fully loaded, maximum trailer tongue weight is ABOUT 600lbs. Weight behind your rear axle is added into the total so if that were 400lbs, your Total Tongue Weight is 1,000lbs. Depending on your total tongue weight, I recommend one of the following systems.

I really like the Equalizer systems like the Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System # EQ37060ET because of their built-in sway control, outstanding product support, and their long-standing reputation as a top weight distribution manufacturer. This model is designed for 600lbs of tongue weight but they also offer a 1,000lb option # EQ37101ET. The system for you is really driven by your overall weight mentioned earlier.

Included is more information and video resources to help inform your decision.

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Hey Patrick thanks for getting back to me and thanks for the in depth explanation I really appreciate it! One thing I would like to clarify with you: so if my total loaded weight is 4000lbs that means my tongue weight is about 600lbs. If I add the 400lbs of weight I’m at 1000lbs of tongue weight. Since my truck is rated for 600 lbs tongue weight does that mean my Tacoma is really too small to safety pull the trailer? And if so is that dangerous? And lastly would adding a weight distribution system increase the capacity therefore making it safe? Also for this scenario would I be better off with the 600 or 1000 model? Again just clarifying this info before I order and thanks again.

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A good question for sure. Your Tacoma has 6,500lbs of tow capability pulling a 4000 lb trailer so I wouldn't say it's too small to safely pull the trailer. In my example I 600 lbs from your trailer and 400lbs of weight behind your axle in the bed of your truck. That 400lbs does not take away from the vehicle or hitch tongue weight available but just used for determining the correct weight distribution hitch to use. You really just need to be concerned with does the trailer's tongue weight exceed 600lbs.

That said however, the tow capacity with a weight distribution or sway control device, per the owner's manual can be higher. From the manual:

"If towing a trailer and cargo weighing over 907 kg (2000 lb.), it is necessary to use a sway control device with sufficient capacity. The combination of the gross trailer weight added to the total weight of the
vehicle, occupants and vehicle cargo must never exceed a total of the
following.
Two-wheel drive models except PreRunner
3402 kg (7500 lb.)
Four-wheel drive models and PreRunner
2.7 L 4-cylinder (2TR-FE) engine
3628 kg (8000 lb.)
4.0 L V6 (1GR-FE) engine
Without towing package
3674 kg (8100 lb.)
With towing package
5034 kg (11100 lb.)

If I have your vehicle model correct, you are still well under capacity when using a weight distribution hitch should you need to add more weight. I hope this helps!

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