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Old 02-13-2017, 12:53 PM   #1
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5th wheel hitch installation Toyota Tacoma

Can a 5th wheel hitch be installed on 2012 toyota tacoma TRD 4x4 with towing package.
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:07 PM   #2
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Huh ....?
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:19 PM   #3
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It might be best to ask Toyota Canada. I tow a 17' Escape with a Tacoma.
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Old 02-13-2017, 05:32 PM   #4
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I guess part of the answer would be, it depends. Tell us more what you are planning to tow. I expect not one of these?
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Old 02-13-2017, 05:45 PM   #5
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No, not one of those for sure. Lol
We're looking at the Escape 5.0 TA 21ft
The weight rating for my Tacoma is 6500 lbs so I think this trailer rating is well below specs.
Not sure about the 5th wheel hitch installation though. Many comments that it can't be done or its not recommended.
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Old 02-13-2017, 06:45 PM   #6
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For my 2011 Tacoma doublecab five foot bed I had Trademasters just up the street from ETI install a B&W Patriot slider hitch for my 2017 5.0TA. It works very well. I have the 7700 lbs package but your package should work as well.They are the only installer I know who does Tacomas.
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I have the 7700 lbs package but your package should work as well.They are the only installer I know who does Tacomas.
Bruce, not to doubt you but I have never heard of a Tacoma with a 7700 lbs package. Max tow package I have seen for Gen 2 Tacoma's (2005-2015) was 6500 lbs. I would be very curious where you got such a beast!

Toyota recommends against using a Tacoma for 5th wheel towing. But I suspect that is because there are not many 5th wheels within the Tacoma tow rating. Also because of the composite bed. That being said, if one were to cut through the bed and mount directly to the frame, the Taco with tow package ought to be able to handle it. I would check with Trademasters to get a detailed description of how they go about it.
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7700 lbs is in the paperwork that came with the truck. I know that Trademasters mounted the rails to members under the bed as the bed is next to useless. They said that they have done it many times. I looked at an Escape 5.0 east of the SF Bay Area where the owner had welded in his hitch under the bed. I try to keep within the Taco's back axle restriction by having only a little weight added to the bed area of the 5.0 and 2 light people in the back seat. The hitch is also heavy. No problem so far but if needed I could add to the suspension.
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Typically there is a sticker on the driver's door jam, which will list a lot of details, including payload capacity. Many trucks run out of payload capacity long before they run out of towing capacity. My truck is rated to tow 9,000 pounds (an F150). But the payload capacity is only 1450 pounds. The more options you have on your truck, the lower the payload. For example, mine is a Lariat, leather heated and cooled seats, side bed steps, pretty much every option you can think of. If I had a more basic version, my payload capacity would be close to 2000 pounds.

By the time you add a fifth wheel hitch, driver, passenger(s), dog, some gear, and the tongue weight of the fifth wheel, its pretty easy to run out of payload capacity. And do you want to tow with a safety margin? I am looking at an Andersen hitch for example, just to save payload (their hitch is very light weight).
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Bruce, not to doubt you but I have never heard of a Tacoma with a 7700 lbs package. Max tow package I have seen for Gen 2 Tacoma's (2005-2015) was 6500 lbs. I would be very curious where you got such a beast!

Toyota recommends against using a Tacoma for 5th wheel towing. But I suspect that is because there are not many 5th wheels within the Tacoma tow rating. Also because of the composite bed. That being said, if one were to cut through the bed and mount directly to the frame, the Taco with tow package ought to be able to handle it. I would check with Trademasters to get a detailed description of how they go about it.


Recently installed Andersen Ultimate in my 2016 F150. The weight of trailer is carried by the frame irregardless of what your bed is made of.


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