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Old 04-25-2012, 01:34 PM   #1
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Can I Flat tow?

I just needed to know if i can flat tow a new 2012 toyota tacoma 4door 4x4 behind my camper.Thanks
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:35 PM   #2
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Not without removing the rear driveshaft.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:41 PM   #3
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would a manual trans be able to be flat towed?
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would a manual trans be able to be flat towed?
I posted a section directly from the manual.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:46 PM   #6
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:32 PM   #8
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would a manual trans be able to be flat towed?
yes, manual tranny can be flat towed. Auto cannot, unless you hook up a tranny pump or disconnect drive shaft
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It says not to with 4 wheels on the ground...

I don't think this would be any better.

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It says not to with 4 wheels on the ground...

I don't think this would be any better.


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yes, manual tranny can be flat towed. Auto cannot, unless you hook up a tranny pump or disconnect drive shaft
I don't think so man. Of course I have never tried it. I just follow what the manual says.
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:46 PM   #12
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I don't think so man. Of course I have never tried it. I just follow what the manual says.
our manuals are different because of auto/manual.

Autos should not be flat towed because the tranny pump is powered by the engine, so if the engine is off, oil is not circulating even though the gears are moving when being towed.
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our manuals are different because of auto/manual.

Autos should not be flat towed because the tranny pump is powered by the engine, so if the engine is off, oil is not circulating even though the gears are moving when being towed.
I know why not to flat tow but I just wasn't sure about the manual.

I wouldn't think Toyota would make 2 manuals.
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I'll have to dig through my manual when I get home.
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Regardless of whether they make to different (owners) manuals for our truck. your not supposed to flat to an automatic but it is common practice to do so with a manual trans.
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I have a 2011 Taco 4X4 automatic and will be towing behind my motorhome. The best way to find out if your or any vehicle can be towed is search dinghy towing and there are many RV sites that provide lists. For my Taco I have to put a drive line disconnect on. The primary and in my mind the best manufacturer that does this right is Remco look them up. My estimate to include plug in for lights, with tow reciever and balance the drive shft (recommended) is $2865.00. That is the out the door price. I live in So Cal so price may vary in NY. Good luck let me know how it goes.
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I have a 2011 Taco 4X4 automatic and will be towing behind my motorhome. The best way to find out if your or any vehicle can be towed is search dinghy towing and there are many RV sites that provide lists. For my Taco I have to put a drive line disconnect on. The primary and in my mind the best manufacturer that does this right is Remco look them up. My estimate to include plug in for lights, with tow reciever and balance the drive shft (recommended) is $2865.00. That is the out the door price. I live in So Cal so price may vary in NY. Good luck let me know how it goes.
damn, just disconnect the drive shaft and put some of those magnetic lights on your truck! $3000 is serious business!
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I have a 2011 Taco 4X4 automatic and will be towing behind my motorhome. The best way to find out if your or any vehicle can be towed is search dinghy towing and there are many RV sites that provide lists. For my Taco I have to put a drive line disconnect on. The primary and in my mind the best manufacturer that does this right is Remco look them up. My estimate to include plug in for lights, with tow reciever and balance the drive shft (recommended) is $2865.00. That is the out the door price. I live in So Cal so price may vary in NY. Good luck let me know how it goes.
Wouldn't a trailer be cheaper and easier at that price point ?
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Wouldn't a trailer be cheaper and easier at that price point ?
I'd rather just buy something with a neutral option for the transfer case. Runner and FJ have that option.
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I'd rather just buy something with a neutral option for the transfer case. Runner and FJ have that option.
I'm assuming the OP already has a Tacoma , I could be wrong
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