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2012 Toyota Tacoma

A matter of Mirrors

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The Taco has been exemplary in almost all areas, but it cannot see around corners. The narrower trailers have been passable, but for anything that is a full 8 feet, the mirrors are just not wide enough. Off to the interwebs and a few days later some lovely towing mirrors for the Taco arrived. I lose the turn signals on the stock mirrors, but the new ones are both bigger and wider even in the non extended position. They also have the heated option even though my Taco did not have that originally. That connector just remains orphaned. The truck looks a little less sporty in the new configuration, but it is much better when towing is needed.

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The Combo

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This is a great combo. 400 miles of running this setup at speeds over 80mph yielding about 18mpg. Excellent compared to a trailer, and a one man job to load and unload. Brilliant. I did not think that the loadall straps would be of benefit, but their config is great compared to regular ratchet straps. The approach angle takes a little getting used to for street bikes, but no issues on an adventure bike.

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Transporter Rig

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After selling the small motorcycle trailer, and researching for over a year,  we decided to go with the load all system for getting motorcycles into the bed of a pick up. It was much cheaper than any of the automated systems, and simpler. They also made a model specific for  midsize trucks such as the Tacoma.   I had to drive about an hour to the nearest shipping depot in order to pick it up, and had to disassemble the pallet that it came on in order to fit it in the back of the truck. 

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The installation was deceptively simple, only requiring two people at a couple of points along the way.   Measurement was the key element. Measure twice drill once.  There were a couple of spots where the drilled holes were not in the ideal location beneath the bed. Load all had anticipated that with some large washer plates that resolved the issue. In the end, it all fits nicely in the bed when not in use. However, it does take up a considerable amount of storage capacity under the bed cover.  

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When extended, the platform extends to the length of the tailgate went down. However, as advertised, It places no load whatsoever on the tailgate, and provides a solid platform. The ramp extends a good 11 feet, providing a reasonable slope on a level surface. Overall, we are pleased with the system. Now to put it to use in the field....

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Breathe Easy

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A mod made to most vehicles that we drive regularly is to install a K&N air filter. The forums stated an increase in power, but we noticed an increase in responsiveness and a bit more intake growl. 

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Shoulda Coulda

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Back when looking for the Sierra, the ideal truck was the Toyota Tacoma. It was mid-sized, performed well, and had legendary longevity. It was also very pricey. Even used with high mileage, they commanded good money.  Years later, I should have found/saved the extra money. Trips to the dealer and other woes have easily resulted in expenditures that would have justified the Taco. In any case, this 37k Miles example is in excellent shape, and ticked all the boxes. 6ft bed, 6 cylinder, access cab, TRD Sport package, the right color. Sold.