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Old 08-05-2010, 01:44 PM   #1
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Toyota Tacoma and Escape 5.0

My wife and I really like the idea of the Escape 5.0 for it's floorplan, space, towing ease, etc. We currently drive a 2007 Toyota Tacoma double cab (short bed) and wanted to use it as a tow vehicle. However, after emailing a bunch with Tammy, and talking with Paul in BC, who owns a Tacoma and 5.0, I'm still convinced that the 5.0 is a great trailer, but also that my truck can't tow it.

Here's the deal: Tammy says that the you will need the hitch to be installed 29" from the rear window to the center of the hitch. And the fifth wheel will fit any truck where the side of the box is 54" or less. Unfortunately, I measure on 22" from the rear window on my Tacoma to the center of the rear axle, so a hitch would ride well behind the rear axle and would be unsafe. Now, Paul loves his 5.0 and tows it with a Tacoma, but his truck has the long bed and can mount the hitch over the axle.

I had a hard time getting a definitive answer on this just by surfing the web, so hopefully, this is helpful to other Tacoma owners considering a 5.0. I'm not sure the wife will go for the idea of a new truck, so it looks like an Escape 19 is in our future.

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Old 08-05-2010, 02:17 PM   #2
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Re: Toyota Tacoma and Escape 5.0

We tow our 19 easily with our 06 Tacoma. It came with the factory tow package (but not the TRD), so everything went well EXCEPT the ride. The 2 main rear leaf springs are wimpy, and there's only 3" or so of suspension travel (TRD is stouter). Even though the rear hardly sagged with a standard hitch, we were bottoming out harshly on bad pavement. I nuked the problem with both Air Ride rear air bags (20 lbs. seems to be working best) and a WD hitch. Now it's all good riding. If you don't have the factory tow package, and aftermarket trans oil cooler would be a good idea also.
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Old 08-05-2010, 04:38 PM   #3
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Re: Toyota Tacoma and Escape 5.0

Yes, I've got the TRD "Sport" package with the Bilstein's and the tow package. IMO, the truck rides a lot better with some load on it, than empty. I agree that it shouldn't have any problems with the 19, I was just getting psyched about the fifth wheel for the reasons stated.
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:19 PM   #4
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Re: Toyota Tacoma and Escape 5.0

I thought that Rease towed the 5.0 with a short bed Frontier, and used a sliding hitch? But, I may be wrong.
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Re: Toyota Tacoma and Escape 5.0

We have towed our 19 all over the place up and down mountains with our 2007 Tacoma
TRD Sport Double Cab, no problems and plenty of power. If you get a 19 you will want the
high lift axle this puts the trailer perfectly level with the truck.
Hope this helps.

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Old 08-05-2010, 09:15 PM   #6
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Re: Toyota Tacoma and Escape 5.0

Hi: Scout... Don't count your Tacoma/ 5.0 combo out yet!!! There are pin box extenders out there to move the trailer away from the back of your truck cab, while still mounting the hitch over the axle. The weight of the pin still rests on the axle of the truck but your trailer becomes a bit longer... maybe a 5.50 Alf p.s. a good hitch shop will know what's avail. and also the Tacoma's composit box requires special mounting!!! IMHO
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:40 PM   #7
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Re: Toyota Tacoma and Escape 5.0

Scout,
there are links to pictures at fiberglassrv com
Scamp fifth wheel folks have been doing this a while with the tacoma.
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Re: Toyota Tacoma and Escape 5.0

Scout,

Is the 54" number for a standard 5.0 escape or with an added axle lift
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Re: Toyota Tacoma and Escape 5.0

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Scout,

Is the 54" number for a standard 5.0 escape or with an added axle lift
I'm pretty sure it's for the standard axle placement. My Tacoma is 51" to the top edge of the box, so we're good to go, there.
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Hi: Scout... Don't count your Tacoma/ 5.0 combo out yet!!! There are pin box extenders out there to move the trailer away from the back of your truck cab, while still mounting the hitch over the axle. The weight of the pin still rests on the axle of the truck but your trailer becomes a bit longer... maybe a 5.50 Alf p.s. a good hitch shop will know what's avail. and also the Tacoma's composit box requires special mounting!!! IMHO
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Alf,

Believe me; I'd love to find a way to work it out so that I could tow the 5.0. I took a look at some of the pin box extenders and it appears that they simply move the king pin point rearward and parallel to the bed of the truck. So, from a physics standpoint, wouldn't this be the same as mounting the hitch behind the axle? I appreciate your guidance on this.

A slider hitch would probably work, but, geez, they really pricey!

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