Originally Posted by GerriJ
Toyota would not honour his warranty if a 5th wheel hitch was installed (drilling holes in the frame/bed is apparently the issue). Nevertheless the Toyota looked like it could pull the 5.0 all day long. I have seen many Tacomas pulling construction trailers loaded to the hilt.
I looked into the possibility of a 5th wheel hitch for a Tacoma. Similar to Frontiers and others, drilling into the frame would void the warranty. In addition, the composite material in the box on the Tacoma could limit the install of a 5th wheel hitch.
When I broached the issues the hitch shops, they have both hitch designs and installation techniques that negate those issues making it possible and easy to install a 5th wheel hitch in a Tacoma. In the end, I did not get a 5th wheel so cannot speak to its performance.
Overall, pretty pleased with the Tacoma and the Escape 17' combo though.