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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by CoastieRon, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. CoastieRon

    CoastieRon NES Member

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    holy crap that's beautiful.

    MLO has house branded Dobinson's suspension and deals Dobinson's. I'm switching to that after the summer.
     
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    Thanks man !

    On their website all I see is GTS or something..I figure all coilover suspension is basically the same and it seems that Mainline is the ONLY place that could possible have a lot of experience in suspension setting because those campers look heavy.
     
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    Yeah, the GTS is their house labeled Dobinson's. In fact, I'm probably going to let them do the whole thing this time. I follow them on FB. Some of the stuff they do is pretty insane. The Manager of the Bow store (there are two stores that I know of, on in NH and one in PA) runs the GTS stuff on his 3G Tacoma.

    For alignment, I used Gurney's in Nashua, and asked for a specific guy (friend of cousin) who is old school. Dave Glassetter.
     
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    Ya,maybe Ill head up there tomorrow and talk to them.
     
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    CoastieRon NES Member

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    Towed the camper back to its spot last night. The Taco is a pretty capable truck, but I wouldn't want to tow this camper here there and everywhere....
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    Looking for some advice from the taco owners. Sister's boyfriend (lives on the cape) is potentially purchasing a boat in NH and asked if I would mind driving up with him and towing it back with my truck. The boat is about 3k lbs (idk sh*t about boats) and with the trailer it should all still be fine and fall under the tow capacity of my truck.

    Only thing I ever towed in my life was a utility trailer about a decade ago with a Super Duty. If he ends up purchasing the boat and needing me and my truck to tow it what should I be concerned about and keep in mind. I am assuming we will be launching it as well. Of course I went to Youtube and saw the thousands of boat launching fail videos with people sinking their trucks.
     
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    You'll be fine

    I tow this

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    I just got my Taco back from the shop today with a new frame. I had them replace the ebrake cables and the rear shocks while they were in there. I may need to take it back though because the brakes feel a bit soft. They got it on Tuesday morning and I got the call to come pick it up this morning. It's pretty amazing that they have this down to a science and can do it so quickly. They don't even remove the engine/tranny. It stays with the body when they lift it off the frame. They were in the middle of doing another one when I was there today and they let me in to see it. They have two teams, one that works on the dismantling and another that works on putting stuff back together. He said that they have it down to about 60% of book time.
     
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    On the boat question, you may wish you had trailer brakes towing with a Tacoma. A 3000 lb. boat will push you around when you need to stop. If you're lucky the trailer might have surge brakes, which don't require a controller. Otherwise, maybe hit up the sailor for a brake controller. Then you'll be set to tow pretty much anything.
     
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    Just be sure your hitch is correct for the job.
    Pulling capacity , tongue weight , ball size.
    ALso I would find out if your insurance will cover anything that happens with a un registered un insured boat/trailer.
    Also a strong NO BS agreement with SBF hes to foot any costs/damages out of pocket.
     
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    I just picked up a new 2019 TRD Off-Road today. I love it already.
     
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    Stay off Tacoma world.......
     
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    LOL...While my Taco was in the shop getting the frame replaced, they gave me a 2019 Taco SR5 double cab, 6 banger as a loaner. Overall, a decent truck but I am partial to standard transmissions...this one was an automatic and it kept up and down shifting, which is one of the main complaints about the 3rd gen Tacos on TW. If I shifted as much in my standard as the automatic shifted, I’d have a left leg like Popeye’s arm.
     
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    I OV tuned mine. No whacky shifting.
     
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    All he has to do is run the title to your or his insurance co and they will write up a registration form. Off to the registry and you have insurance for free. Just pay the registry fees.

    Check the wheel bearings for heat after a couple miles. Is this a new Trailer?
     
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    I was wondering about that...
     
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    For entertainment value only.

    He says he was going down hill, slowly. There is a forum war happening at a couple of sites. He was denied any help from GM.

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    Yeah, lots of conflicting stories over this. Sounds like he was hitting a lot of whoopdidoos while towing that trailer....
     
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    If the boat is 3k #, the trailer is probably 2 axle with electric brakes. Your truck is probably not equipped with a brake controller. I would think hard about towing that much weight that far.......think "Tail wagging the Dog"
     
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    They don't come with them installed, but if they have the tow package, all you need is a controller. I have the redarc tow prow elite in mine. Works the balls. Pretty plug and play.
     
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    That. Brake controllers are a godsend, after they are tuned for the load.
     
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    I desperately need a set of seat covers for my 2018 Tacoma. Do any of you have a recommendation. I dont want to reskin the seats just put covers on them.
    Thank you for your help.
     
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    Me too man. Seat of a thousand asses lmao
     
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    I always put Marathon seat covers on my work trucks
    Excellent quality ,,,,the seats always looked better than the trucks when I sold them
     
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    Im looking at the Marathon covers.do you have a picture of what they look like installed?
     
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    Sorry to say that I don’t
    At the time I was an excavating,utility contractor.
    Plenty of dirt ,sweat, oil, grease to go around.
    The seat covers fit like a glove, and reasonably easy to install and to remove when you wanted to give them a wash.
     
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    Thank you. I am going to order a set.
     
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    I went to the dark side.

    No. I didn't. But have the 2011 tundra out for a brief jaunt across Florida with a 5000 lb camper. The 5.7 pulls it effortlessly, where as our 2003 4runner with the 4.0 did okay.

    Ebc green stuff brakes on the near 200k runner did a better job of braking vs the factory pads on the Tundra so new pads and rotors are going on when we get back from the beach before hauling off back to Maine.

    Gas mileage... Lol. I expected better than the 4runner. Didn't get it. Call it 9.5. the 4runner had days on the flats where we got 12 mpg. Worse was around 8 in the mountains including a stupid navigation error which had us climbing up the ass side of Mt. Juliet in TN on a nasty road.

    The tundra is so much stronger that I don't even want to bother doing that road again to prove it can. There is no point.

    When I do the brake job, I'm also rust busting anything I can find and swapping out shocks to fresh 5100's. I've a pair for the rear but may go a different route on the front.

    Not much cash left in the til, but I won't scrimp on safety.

    The Michelin LTX ms2's are on their last season but did great being grippy when they needed to. Will be replacing with the Micsh At3's I have on the 4 runner.

    The only complaint I have is there doesn't seem to be a mechanical Detroit/eaton locker for the 10.5" rear axle. I'd love to do one, but don't want to go ARB /electric or pneumatic.
     

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    That 5.7 is a beast. Would tow and not feel a thing behind it.
     

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