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Old 02-15-2014, 08:45 PM   #21
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The 5.0TA's extra width (compared to the classic 5.0) will require more cab-to-hitch space, but I assume that a long-box Tacoma should accommodate that. The often-discussed with compact, midsized, and even lighter full-sized pickups with fifth-wheels is Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, not rear axle capacity or cab clearance; I don't think the pin weight of the 5.0TA is known yet so I don't know if this will be a problem.

I agree with Donna that most people don't need 4WD (and truck 4WD systems are crude compared to the full-time systems common in SUVs and cars); however, in this area a 2WD pickup is usually a special-order item... the dealers only stock 4WD in most models and trims.

I was staying in Nk'mip campground once (same one used for the Escape rally, in the same loop) and noticed on a walk around that one Dodge one-ton looked lower than all the others, as well as being raked (nose lower than tail) - it turns out to have been the only 2WD one-ton in the place. Other than during the Escape event, this loop (or these loops, as there are now two of them) can be entirely filled with large rigs - mostly 34-foot-plus fifth-wheels - especially during the winter season, thus the many one-tons.
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Old 02-19-2014, 12:17 PM   #22
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Rosemary, did the trucks you tried the sit test... have running boards? I have them on my current F-150 and they make a huge difference in getting in and out. My next truck will also be a 2x4... no need for four-wheel drive and it will also have running boards.
Only a few. None of the Fords had them. Guess they want their trucks to look "macho" or something. The ones that did have them, had the narrow running boards which are a bit awkward but doable. Like the Silverado.
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Old 02-19-2014, 12:19 PM   #23
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Sold an F150 to buy my FJ a couple years ago. Drove a nearly new F150 supercrew at work yesterday and was reminded how big and long these full sized trucks are. I am happy that the Escape trailers are mostly light enough that they can be comfortably towed with a small or mid sized vehicle. Of course, the new 5TA may be the exception to that.
That is something that I will be waiting to hear on. It seems to have the capacity but I want to hear about the performance as well.
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Old 02-20-2014, 07:15 AM   #24
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Hello neighbor, my tundra has running boards so if you ever want to check it out even prior to our 21 coming just let us know. Depending on things the 5ta might be the better choice as you can look through cab window to hitch up versus having to climb out and then bend over with a bumper pull setup. Even with my backup camera I still have to get out and back in a couple times unless I'm lucky.
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Old 02-20-2014, 09:21 AM   #25
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...Even with my backup camera I still have to get out and back in a couple times unless I'm lucky.
I find the factory backup camera to be a real help when hitching up. After a few "calibration" back-ups to get a feel for how accurate the camera is, I can usually back up to within about 1/2" of correct spot using the camera.

Of course, now that I have not done any towing for several cold winter months, I am out of practice again and will need a few tries to re-calibrate myself again in the spring.
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:17 AM   #26
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I'm looking forward to trying my Swift Hitch backup camera, but I figure I'll have to get out and check the height of the hitch approaching the ball. I have to jack up the front of the trailer to get it level while parked, so when hitching, I have to lower it.
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:38 AM   #27
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My F150 backup camera has a black guide line built into the software, the darn line is bigger then the ball and I can't turn it off.
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Old 02-20-2014, 02:32 PM   #28
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Hello neighbor, my tundra has running boards so if you ever want to check it out even prior to our 21 coming just let us know. Depending on things the 5ta might be the better choice as you can look through cab window to hitch up versus having to climb out and then bend over with a bumper pull setup. Even with my backup camera I still have to get out and back in a couple times unless I'm lucky.
I did try the Tundra, it was too high. Most of these trucks have narrow running boards that make it difficult for me. But thanks for thinking of me.
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Old 02-20-2014, 03:36 PM   #29
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There are a wide variety of aftermarket running boards and step bars avaliable for most any SUV's and pickup's at multiple sources. Such as Running Boards & Nerf Bars - We sell more running boards online than anyone.
The beloved wife appreciates them on our 2012 Tundra.
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:22 PM   #30
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I'm looking forward to trying my Swift Hitch backup camera, but I figure I'll have to get out and check the height of the hitch approaching the ball.
You could use two cameras, the extra camera looking horizontally from one end of your truck bumper. I just know you want more gadgets...

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I have to jack up the front of the trailer to get it level while parked, so when hitching, I have to lower it.
But the height doesn't change as you back up, and the truck is likely at about the same height every time, so can't you just set the hitch height before you start the process to a suitable consistent level?
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