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Old 04-11-2016, 11:55 AM   #1
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somewhat rare Toyota and 5th wheel

this is on ebay and about to expire! looks really cool and the 5th looks like an Escape 5TA sort of....guessing that some of you rv old timers have seen something like this.
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Toyota-Custom-Dually-5th-Wheel-/222074634482
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:59 AM   #2
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Old 04-11-2016, 12:13 PM   #3
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Old 04-11-2016, 12:31 PM   #4
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I've seen a couple of the pickups years ago but haven't seen the trailer. A friend of mine showed me a Sunraider brochure years ago when he was thinking about buying one but I can't honestly remember if the trailer was in it. Very interesting
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Old 04-11-2016, 01:21 PM   #5
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That is awesome! It looks like something from an 80's sitcom.
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Old 04-11-2016, 04:50 PM   #6
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Forget that "somewhat"... that's just rare!

Many of us are familiar with the Sunrader and similar small Class C motorhomes built on small truck chassis, but I have never seen a tow body like this before. It looks pretty slick. Of course the factory availability of longer cabs, longer wheelbase, and larger stock tires have made this sort of custom setup obsolete, but it was an interesting solution at the time.

The box sides look really low, but that's not a custom feature... small two-wheel-drive trucks were just that low back then.

I'm pretty sure that Toyota never provided or approved the dual wheel setup. I've seen motorhomes with different wheels on the front and rear axles, because the stock Toyota setup is on the front, and some high offset (to work as duals) wheels with an oddball bolt pattern on the rear to work with the adapters that the RV maker stuck on. Unfortunately, the dual wheels don't increase the axle or suspension strength or capacity at all, so many of these motorhomes are overloaded even when they're empty - this would be much better that way, although the engine may still not be up to the task.

In this case, the frame must have been substantially stretched, presumably by cutting it and splicing in extensions. The stretch length would equal the length of the cab extension. It looks like the stock box with fender flares added, and the stock cab plus an extension.

I don't recognize the trailer, but it's not fiberglass.
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Don't know what it is - but I know it's cool.


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