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I towed 12k pounds!!

I still get amazed with my 2011 crewmax even as I approach 160k miles on the odometer. I tow my 6000# wakeboard boat all the time but today I towed a 7700# bobcat on a 3900# trailer along with 400# auger and drill bit.

It took more grunt to get up to 65 mph but it held speed just fine even with a decent head wind on the interstate (despite my 20" wheels). Brakes worked well, shifts were smooth, and the tranny temp never moved on the 20 mile trip. What an awesome half ton truck Toyota made.


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I assume this was NOT a rental bobcat, doubt a rental company would let you leave the lot with that hooked to a 1/2 ton truck?
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Way to go! You put a shit ton of people at risk of your dumbness! Yes I made that word up. But it's still not as stupid as that. Can and should are two different paths in life.


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What about the guy who pulled a 300k lb space shuttle down the road? I know, I know apples to oranges. But it's a cool picture though.
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I assume this was NOT a rental bobcat, doubt a rental company would let you leave the lot with that hooked to a 1/2 ton truck?


It says United Rental in picture.


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The rental company was booked up with deliveries, and I had to get a job done. I will not do this very often.


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The rental company was booked up with deliveries, and I had to get a job done. I will not do this very often.


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Good. Just remember had something gone wrong even if it wasn't your fault...you'd be screwed


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I can see that in the picture on a different computer LOL. Thanks. Getting the load on the trailer properly is a huge factor in how the truck will handle. Look like it did just fine
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Oh no, someone towed something over their trucks gross combined capacity! The sky is falling!

Look people, this guy towed a heavy trailer, loaded perfectly, trailer looks in great condition, has brakes, and he's experienced. Was there really a huge risk here? HELL NO.

Higher risk is those of towing large and heavy travel trailers and enclosed trailer, but a LONG shot, even when under weight specs.

As well, anyone with poorly adjusted or even non-functional trailer brakes on any loaded trailer is at FAR greater risk of an accident than this rig ever could be.

All the fear mongering on the net these days about an accident and risk of 100% liability if one tows over a trucks weight spec is ridiculous. There are no fact behind this. All it does is feed into the hypersensitive culture today.

Don't think I'm advocating towing over a trucks rated capacity. That's not what I said.

I'm playing devils advocate and stating how and why this rig was really not unsafe and putting anyone in danger any more or less than other large trailers people pull here. And that the fear mongering has to stop until there are hard facts to back up the BS talk.
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Oh no, someone towed something over their trucks gross combined capacity! The sky is falling!

Look people, this guy towed a heavy trailer, loaded perfectly, trailer looks in great condition, has brakes, and he's experienced. Was there really a huge risk here? HELL NO.

Higher risk is those of towing large and heavy travel trailers and enclosed trailer, but a LONG shot, even when under weight specs.

As well, anyone with poorly adjusted or even non-functional trailer brakes on any loaded trailer is at FAR greater risk of an accident than this rig ever could be.

All the fear mongering on the net these days about an accident and risk of 100% liability if one tows over a trucks weight spec is ridiculous. There are no fact behind this. All it does is feed into the hypersensitive culture today.

Don't think I'm advocating towing over a trucks rated capacity. That's not what I said.

I'm playing devils advocate and stating how and why this rig was really not unsafe and putting anyone in danger any more or less than other large trailers people pull here. And that the fear mongering has to stop until there are hard facts to back up the BS talk.
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Oh no, someone towed something over their trucks gross combined capacity! The sky is falling!

AMEN!!! These are the same people that cry out that putting a human in the bed of your truck is asking for immediate Death and guaranteed Life Sentence for driver. The sole argument being because it's now illegal. Never mind that some of my fondest childhood memories were my parents making a bed in the trunk of our car with seats folded then carrying us from beds into the car at the break of dawn for a long road trip. An act that today would guarantee they would both go to jail while we're put in child services for "our own good". SMH


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I towed 12k pounds!!

No worries guys. Someone basically called me an idiot while sitting behind their keyboard but that happens on all forums. I should've known better than to brag about something.

Truth is I knew this was risky, but I did evaluate the risks and decided I could manage them to get a job done. There were no other riders with me, it was one of the least busy times to be on that interstate, and I honestly drove 55-60mph the majority of the time (just had to see if my truck would hold 65 towing up a small incline and it did).


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