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Old 11-20-2018, 04:05 PM   #1
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5.0TA towing with a Tacoma

I am in the process of buying a 5.0TA and must also purchase a tow vehicle. I know all of the full size (F-150, etc) trucks with proper engines will be sufficient. My question, does anyone have experience towing a 5.0TA with a Tacoma. there is ample excess towing capacity (5500 lbs max gross camper vs 6900 lbs rated Tacoma for 2019) but not sure about hitches, transmission temperatures, etc. Thoughts please
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Old 11-20-2018, 04:13 PM   #2
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Something that needs to be considered is how much carrying or load capacity. The 5.0 weight in the truck bed can be from 600-900 lbs, that weight and driver and fuel can limit you. My truck can pull 10,000 lbs but only carry 1400#
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Old 11-20-2018, 04:45 PM   #3
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I am in the process of buying a 5.0TA and must also purchase a tow vehicle. I know all of the full size (F-150, etc) trucks with proper engines will be sufficient. My question, does anyone have experience towing a 5.0TA with a Tacoma. there is ample excess towing capacity (5500 lbs max gross camper vs 6900 lbs rated Tacoma for 2019) but not sure about hitches, transmission temperatures, etc. Thoughts please
You probably CAN do it but the truck is going to be working very hard all the time or you will need to really slow down on steep grades. I have a 4.6l V-8 Tundra and have found my mileage is not much different than the V-6 engines I have had in the past and the Tundra does quite well with my 5.0TA and much lower RPMs.
I had a 19 ft Scamp 5er (prob 1000 lbs lighter than the 5.0TA) that I pulled with a 4.0 l V-6 Nissan Frontier and it worked hard with that.
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Old 11-20-2018, 05:33 PM   #4
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While it wasn't a 5.0TA, I towed a 21 weighing 4600 lbs for a year with a Tacoma. I really wanted it to work because the truck was relatively new (2016) and I loved it. That said, after too much time at 4000RPM in 2nd & 3rd gear, and 10.5MPG, I traded in the Tacoma for a Ford F150 Supercab with a 6.5' bed & the 3.5 EcoBoost engine.

I'm getting better mileage (13.5 - 14) can go a long way between fuel stops with the optional 36 gallon tank, love the tow mirrors, and, while I miss the smaller Tacoma when not towing, the Ford is a far more practical tow vehicle. I suspect you would find the same towing the 5.0TA.
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:40 PM   #5
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Tacoma towing a new 21

My 2009 Tacoma is heavily loaded with paddleboards, generator, etc. I drive between 55 and 60 when towing my new 21. Having just driven down the Oregan and California Coast mostly on on Highway 1 we averaged 12 mpg. As soon as we got on the freeway and are now in Borrego Springs our average jumped to 14.5 mpg. Yes we do slow down to 50 on steep grades but as soon as we park our Tacoma in the desert it's offroad driving and exploring. We towed our 19 for 8 years and averaged 15.5 mpg in about 9000 miles in 4 months each year. Air bags seem to work fine.
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Old 11-21-2018, 09:49 AM   #6
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I like others would not go the Tacoma route, choosing the correct tow vehicle for trailer size involves more that just getting a tow vehicle that list the towing weights and capabilities of said vehicle. Safety margins for me would be 50% more over the manufactures limits, GVWR's, etc. Go with one of the big four manufactures of 1/2 ton pickups and be done with it, you won't ever feel like you make the wrong decisions when it come to towing, especially a Escape 5th wheel.

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Old 11-21-2018, 10:11 AM   #7
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I wanted the Tacoma for my 5 TA when I purchased it a year ago. Both the Toyota dealership and the local Cap - It franchise advised me to go with the 5.7 Tundra. Power was not sufficient they thought. More importantly the Tacoma has a composite bed not steel. The Cap- It guys were not prepared to install the hitch. Went with the 5.7 Tundra on our first trip last year to California and Arizona. It performed flawlessly.
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I am in the process of buying a 5.0TA and must also purchase a tow vehicle. I know all of the full size (F-150, etc) trucks with proper engines will be sufficient. My question, does anyone have experience towing a 5.0TA with a Tacoma. there is ample excess towing capacity (5500 lbs max gross camper vs 6900 lbs rated Tacoma for 2019) but not sure about hitches, transmission temperatures, etc. Thoughts please
Hi: Charlie Sacremento... Here's a pic or two of our former tow. We put 172,000Kms or over 100,000 miles towing both 5.0 and 5.0TA. The Frontier 4L. V6 did have a metal box though. The Taco just takes more experience and under bed pinnings for the hitch install. Not everybodys cup of tea.
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Old 11-21-2018, 10:43 AM   #9
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I would not automatically assume that all 1/2 ton V8 full size trucks meet the specs for towing an Escape 5.0 TA . I would suggest you run the numbers especially the payload capacity .
My 1/2 ton V8 truck is marginal for payload capacity when towing my 17 ft Casita SD or my 21ft trailer . We are planning on buying a new tow vehicle before next Spring so we are doing a lot of research as well .
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I would not automatically assume that all 1/2 ton V8 full size trucks meet the specs for towing an Escape 5.0 TA . I would suggest you run the numbers especially the payload capacity .
My 1/2 ton V8 truck is marginal for payload capacity when towing my 17 ft Casita SD or my 21ft trailer . We are planning on buying a new tow vehicle before next Spring so we are doing a lot of research as well .
I know this has been discussed on other threads but just to confirm, what are the thoughts on adequate payload for the 5.0? I seem to recall 1,500# minimum on the doorjamb is a good amount. Thoughts?
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