Gooseneck hitch in a Tacoma
Ok guys. Ive done a lot of searching for gooseneck hitches in tacomas. Mostly what I have found is one guy asking about them and many others bashing on him. I am a graduating in may with a BS in mechanical engineering. I have spent my whole life around trailers and have seen many stupid ideas. This idea is far from stupid. Having a gooseneck hitch in a truck is not necessarily to haul more weight. A gooseneck is easier to back up, tows better, allows access into tighter spaces such as turning around on a normal street, and it distributes the weight throughout the truck much better. All trucks still have a max GVWR and should not be exceeded. This being said, if you are towing a trailer that is (in the case of a 1st gen tacoma) 3500 lbs, why wouldn't you want to do it with a gooseneck so all of the above mentioned was involved. I have run some calculations on the set up that I built and it is rated much lower than the standard B&W turnover ball gooseneck, but it still exceeds the towing limits of the tacoma. If anyone has any serous questions, I would be more than happy to answer them. Please keep in mind when looking at the pic that this is not rated to the original manufacturers weight ratings. If anyone is interested, I can snap some pics of the bed installed.