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Old 03-26-2016, 05:59 PM   #1
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5.0 TA hitch for 2016 Toyota Tacoma?

Hi. I am looking at the Escape Trailers and really like what I see--especially the 5.0 TA. My question is this: Does anyone know if it is possible to put a 5th hitch on a 2016 Toyota Tacoma, double cab, short bed? The truck has the tow package which is rated for towing 6,800lb, so weight in not the issue. I am looking for advice on a hitch and if anyone has done this with a Taco short bed.

Many thanks for any assistance with this!

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Old 03-26-2016, 06:12 PM   #2
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The dealer Reace uses in Chilliwack has done Installations in Toyotas.
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Here's a discussion about the 2016 Tacoma--not specific to towing a fifth-wheel but you may find interesting info in the thread...

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Old 03-26-2016, 06:47 PM   #5
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Does anyone know if it is possible to put a 5th hitch on a 2016 Toyota Tacoma, double cab, short bed? The truck has the tow package which is rated for towing 6,800lb, so weight in not the issue.
That's a tough combination for any trailer hitched in the truck bed, leaving very little distance from the back of the cab to the location of the hitch, which is normally just ahead of the axle. That leaves you looking for clever hitch mounting methods to move the pin back so you can turn without the front corners of the trailer hitting the cab, and considering how that affects rear axle load.

This size issue, combined with the very small number of fifth-wheel trailers which are as narrow as an Escape, means that there is little interest in fifth-wheel hitch setups for Tacomas. There are certainly people who tow the original Escape 5.0 and the similarly sized Scamp 19' with Tacomas, but I don't know if any have a double cab and short box, and custom bracket installation is required, because it is not likely that anyone offers a ready-made bolt-in bracket set (certainly Curt and Reese don't).

This has been discussed a few times; try a Google search of this forum for "Tacoma" and "5.0". Remember if looking at older posts that the original Escape 5.0 was 20 cm (8") narrower than the current 5.0TA, so the current trailer needs the pin to be further from the cab than the old one.

This is the closest I have found, but it is a longbox (with the current 5.0TA):
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We pulled our 5.0 with an 08 Tacoma 4x4,6' box which had the towing pkg. and it was an excellent TV, sufficient power and good handling. No problems with hitch installation as Reace provided us with a good hitch shop in Chiliwack who had installed several hitches in the composite box of the Tacoma. Did not have any issues with the hitch or the Tacoma.

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The truck has the tow package which is rated for towing 6,800lb, so weight in not the issue.
I agree that the total weight of the trailer, or even of the trailer plus passengers and cargo in the truck, is not an issue. The difficulty that many people have with light pickups (even full-size, let alone the Tacoma) is that either Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or rear axle capacity is inadequate for the weight on the hitch, which will be several hundred pounds.
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:53 PM   #6
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Payload capacity seems to be a limiting factor for many half ton trucks when it comes to 5th wheels.
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Old 03-27-2016, 01:14 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone. I will do more research into this since I see this is not very straightforward! I do LOVE my Taco and *hope* the 5.0 TA will work out!
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Need to find your trucks payload, I saw from 1100 to 1500 in the brochure for the 4 door depending on the options you have. The trailers pin weight is about 800 max, add your body weights and anything else you carry in the truck, and probably a couple hundred for a slider hitch.. If it all adds up to your trucks payload or less, then proceed to look into clearances and such.
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Need to find your trucks payload, I saw from 1100 to 1500 in the brochure for the 4 door depending on the options you have. The trailers pin weight is about 800 max, add your body weights and anything else you carry in the truck, and probably a couple hundred for a slider hitch.. If it all adds up to your trucks payload or less, then proceed to look into clearances and such.
It appears that Ford has taken on the payload issue with their 1/2 ton trucks while many others have not . Ford lists their 1/2 ton truck for 5th wheel towing and has a higher payload . My truck , a Ram 1500 and the Toyota trucks have a payload , GVWR , RAWR that are marginal at best for 5th wheel towing. That is assuming one's intentions are to stay within the vehicles manufacturers listed ratings. When we were considering the purchase of a 5.0TA , I ran my vehicle's payload numbers versus the 5.0 and the only way I could get it to work was fudging the numbers.
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:34 AM   #10
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another reason why I am sticking with pull behind, my truck, like yours, would work, but I had to be careful. I'm too old to be careful anymore......
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