Parts Needed to Tow a Light Pop Up Camper with a 2008 Toyota Tacoma

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Hello, I have never towed anything before but I now own a pop up camper. I will be using a 2008 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 4 door pick up. I know I need a hitch and wiring harness but not sure if I need anything else? I also do not know if I need a class 1, 2 or 3. My current pop up is about 1100 lbs I think but if the family enjoys it I could see myself buying a bigger Pop up in the future so I would like the trailer hitch to be somewhat versatile. Any suggestions? Thanks for your response.

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All of the trailer hitches for the 2008 Toyota Tacoma are Class III hitches so that narrows it down a bit! I would go with a Class III even if there were other options because the Class III hitch has a higher capacity and the 2 inch receiver is compatible with more accessories.

Curt trailer hitch # 13323 is the most popular option for the 2008 Toyota Tacoma so I recommend it. I have linked a video showing how it installs and a link to the installation instructions.

Since you will be doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. And for trailer wiring I recommend Tow Ready harness # 118496. It just plugs in line with the vehicle tail light wiring. I have linked a video showing how it installs.

Considering the trailer does not weigh much, 1100 pounds, you really do not need anything else like weight distribution or a brake controller. But should you go with a bigger trailer in the future those are things you will want to consider.

If the trailer does not have safety chains already you will want to add a couple, # 2114-553-04. They are required by law.

I have included some links that you should also find helpful.

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