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Old 10-29-2017, 04:57 PM   #1
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Tacoma Double Cab pulling 5.0 or 5.0 TA

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Does anyone have experience towing either a 5.0 or 5.0 TA with a 2016 or new Toyota Tacoma? I see a number of references to the Toyota Tundra - with some comcerns / observations; any advice with the Tacoma? Thank you.
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Old 10-29-2017, 04:59 PM   #2
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I have a 2017 Tacoma Access cab. The owner's manual specifically says not recommended for 5th wheel towing.
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Old 10-29-2017, 05:07 PM   #3
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Thank you for your quick response. I am checking manual and dealer too.
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Old 10-29-2017, 05:16 PM   #4
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Just remember, when you talk to a dealer about towing a 5th wheel, they have no clue you're talking about a tiny one (comparatively speaking).
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Old 10-29-2017, 05:22 PM   #5
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I've driven my Dads Tacoma with a 17b - wouldn't like towing my 5TA with it, that's just my opinion, everyone has a comfort level.
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Old 10-29-2017, 05:47 PM   #6
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My owner's manual for my 1/2 ton full size truck does not specifically approve or prohibitive 5th wheel towing.
The only indication in the manual is that under towing they only list 3/4 and 1 ton trucks as suitable for 5th wheel towing and under the 1/2 ton heading there is no mention of 5th wheel towing.
I called the dealer and the factory and got the following & same answers

1 ) Unless the owners manual specifically states that the truck is suitable for 5th wheel towing then it is not.
2) The truck was not engineered , tested or rated for 5th wheel towing , no matter the size , pin weight or total weight of the 5th wheel trailer.
3) Warranty coverage COULD be denied if I operated my vehicle for an unintended purpose.

I am only stating my experience and what I was told specific to my vehicle. Others may choose to ignore their vehicle's guidelines. Anyway what the H_ LL does Toyota know about Toyota trucks ?
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Old 10-29-2017, 05:50 PM   #7
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Tacoma has a composite Box , basically some hi-Teck plastic . Not fifth wheel friendly.
I think there is a spacer kit available. But its a lot of trouble .
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While I do not, there are folks I know who tow ETI 5th wheels with Tacomas. Maybe someone who actually tows that configuration will post here. As Donna says, dealers ( and manufacturers) are not thinking of something like an Escape 5,0 when they talk about 5th wheels.

I am NOT saying that a Tacoma is or is not a good tow for a 5.0, but am advising be careful of the advise of the resident "experts" who don't even own an Escape, nor have ever even towed one.
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Old 10-29-2017, 07:25 PM   #9
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While I do not, there are folks I know who tow ETI 5th wheels with Tacomas. Maybe someone who actually tows that configuration will post here. As Donna says, dealers ( and manufacturers) are not thinking of something like an Escape 5,0 when they talk about 5th wheels.

I am NOT saying that a Tacoma is or is not a good tow for a 5.0, but am advising be careful of the advise of some of our resident "experts" who don't even own an Escape.
Yes. People have very different ways of travel in the first place and then they have very different expectations. Can't really go that well by someone else. I would say to meet the numbers first and then see what you like: GVWRs, GCWR, tow capacity, tongue weight for starters. By the time you get all of that straight on some vehicles, you will know what you like.

On towing standards though, I do appreciate that there are now towing standards to be able to compare a vehicle from one company to a vehicle from another. Which I think is far better than companies making up their own numbers. The tests looked pretty good to me. But there are also other considerations.
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Old 10-29-2017, 07:45 PM   #10
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We once camped next to a nice guy from Florida towing a Scamp 5th wheel with a Tacoma. (Just guessing, I'd say his Tacoma was well past warranty coverage.) He liked the combination. He used the original bolts holding the composite bed to bolt down some lengthwise steel plates, then he bolted the 5th wheel hitch to those plates. He also welded side braces on the vertical sides of the hitch to stabilize it from bending sideways under pressure. Again, it worked well for him and his Scamp.
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