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Old 09-10-2014, 01:18 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:42 PM   #12
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Roke

You asked about 4x4 on fgrv. Here is our thread if you haven't seen it.


2 Wheel Vs. 4 Wheel Drive
Roke regarding your inquiry re; 2WD vs 4WD. I have had both and since I don't live in snow country I rarely (almost never) used the 4X4 function. Mostly to get up on the leveling blocks when I had a Bigfoot Camper. The biggest advantage for the 4X4 here (if you stay home the one day a year it snows)is that they are easier to sell. The 2X2 pickups were more than adequate payload wise. The other thing to consider is that the 2X2 vehicles generally have a lower ride and are much better suited to the 5.0, even the mid sized trucks (the Frontier being one exception).
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Old 03-01-2015, 08:58 PM   #13
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Seen lots of "opinions" on the Tacoma. but haven't heard from anyone who actual pulls a 5.0 with one. Does this animal exist?
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Old 03-01-2015, 11:37 PM   #14
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Seen lots of "opinions" on the Tacoma. but haven't heard from anyone who actual pulls a 5.0 with one. Does this animal exist?
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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Old 03-02-2015, 12:16 PM   #15
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Thank you! Did you ever weigh the 5.0 loaded? Or your TV?
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Old 03-02-2015, 04:17 PM   #16
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Thank you! Did you ever weigh the 5.0 loaded? Or your TV?
No, never had an opportunity to weigh the trailer and Tacoma loaded; however never had a problem with braking or suspension.
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:29 PM   #17
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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. ...
We came close to doing the same with our 2014 Tacoma 4X4, 6' box, tow package, manual transmission. The 4X4 option includes a slightly stiffer suspension which helps. I discussed the hitch with the same shop and came away impressed that they had the (in my opinion), all the right answers. The only concern was total payload loading, because in my case, I tend to take everything!

In the end however the desire to use a topper and the entire bed for our non-trailer adventures overcame the lust for that full-size queen bed in the 5.0TA. The pain hasn't gone away but our future '21 will help a lot.

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Old 03-03-2015, 12:58 AM   #18
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The Frontier has one important feature over the Tacoma, 30 more horses. In my opinion the Fronty will out pull the Toyota hands down anytime.
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