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    Posted: 17 Nov 2020 at 10:41am
Hi My wife and I will pick up out R-Pod 196 on Saturday. We live in Texas and have been looking for something light that our Tacoma could haul. We are so excited and will likely ask many stupid questions. Be patient with us. Looking forward to learning from the experts. LOL
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Welcome. 

What is the tow rating of your Taco? To safely tow a 196 you're going to want a tow vehicle with a rating of around 6000 lbs or more. The highest rated Tacos are in that range but most aren't. 

Don't let the RV salesperson tell you that the trailer is Ok because the empty weight is within your vehicle's capability. That empty weight is very misleading, the trailer is going to end up weighing in nearer to its max gross weight, and the max tow rating assumes the truck is empty which of course it won't be, you will have gear and passengers subtracting from the tow capacity. 

 
 
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Tacoma has a towing weight of 68000, so we figure we are alright. We did a bunch of research before we even considered.
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Welcome--
There are no "stupid questions" here.  Just about  any problem or question that you have or can think of probably has been covered.There are are a lot of good people here with literally hundreds of years of combined RV experience.  Everyone is always happy to give advice and try to help.  sometimes there are multiple ideas or answers depending on experience.
 As a new owner, spend the first weekend camping in your driveway. You will learn a lot and start a whole new way to travel and camp.
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+1, good points.
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Thank you so much for the welcome. Looking forward to meeting all
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Welcome and congratulations! I hope you have many fun adventures with your RPod and make many great memories. We may make it out that way some day.
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6800 is good, you should be fine unless you really go overboard with gear and supplies. Glad you did your homework, so many don't. Still, once you get your trailer and get it an your Taco set up and loaded for the kind of camping you plan to do (full hookups, dry camping with electric, or boon docking), I suggest you get a weight on your trailer, trailer tongue, and whole rig so you know what you actually have to deal with. 

If you haven't already done so, most folks here would recommend you get a weight distribution hitch and sway control. You will prefer the  ride, handling and security. There are multiple options, if you do a search on this forum you will find a lot of pros and cons of various alternatives. 

Do you have a brake controller installed in your Taco? You will need one. 
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They are putting on the brake controller in our Tacoma, when we pick it up. We figure we will set it up in the driveway so we can figure everything out. LOL we will look into that stabilizing thing. Not sure what it comes with. Do you have a satalite to bring in TV Channels? What kind is good?
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They are putting the break control in our Tacoma when we pick it up. Will check into stabilizer bar as well, thank you for that advice. We are going to camp in our driveway to see where everything is. Do you use a satalite to bring in TV channels? What kind did you get. Thank you for the advice. It is much appreciated.
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