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Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Doug88, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. Oct 5, 2009 at 7:47 AM
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    Doug88

    Doug88 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I need a hitch because I run a pool service and I want to know what hitch most of you prefer.

    thanks
     
  2. Oct 5, 2009 at 7:53 AM
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    JeffRock

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    I got a hidden hitch off ebay with the wiring harness, hitch, Hitch ball for about $250. All that matters is class really.
     
  3. Oct 5, 2009 at 8:01 AM
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    Doug88

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    ok I found someone local who has a reese hitch instock should I just go with that?
     
  4. Oct 5, 2009 at 8:11 AM
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    Kyouto42

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    I've tow'd about the max capacity with the stock toyota hitch just fine. Also, if you're doing a lot of towing I'd recommend getting the transmission cooler as well.

    *note: stock hitch from the towing package.
     
  5. Oct 5, 2009 at 11:17 AM
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    RCBS

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    try finding an OEM hitch that someone has taken off. i have seen them in the for sale adds on here. the toyota hitch is very stout and i have not seen an aftermarket that compares. also as stated above, if you're giong to do much towing...get a tranny cooler as well. i have read that the transmissions run a bit hot, even without a load.
     
  6. Oct 5, 2009 at 11:27 AM
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    NAAC3TACO

    NAAC3TACO Just east of crazy

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    He has a manual trans, so a cooler won't be needed. Good advise for those with autos though. Coolers are a must for towing.
     
  7. Oct 5, 2009 at 12:59 PM
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    JDCPA

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    Yes
     
  8. Oct 5, 2009 at 5:18 PM
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    Raven65

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    I got THIS Curt hitch from eTrailer.com for my '09. It was an awesome finish on it... VERY thick and glossy - and tough. Head & shoulders above the thin paint on the Draw-Tite I had on my last vehicle. The hitch itself is very stout too - and can handle more weight than my truck is rated to tow. I like that you don't have to bolt it through the step in the bumper (in front of the plate) - so that area remains completely flat instead of having those two caps sticking up to cover the bolts like the OEM hitch.
     
  9. Oct 5, 2009 at 7:51 PM
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    JKD

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    My Valley hitch came with a couple of flat allen head bolts that fit in the holes in the step bumper. I had to trim the plastic "X" underneath the caps, but once trimmed properly they went on just fine.
     
  10. Oct 5, 2009 at 7:55 PM
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    Kyouto42

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    I lost those stupid caps long long ago in a desert far far away. At least, I presume that's where they ran away at :/ Worst plastic cap design evar.
     
  11. Oct 5, 2009 at 8:01 PM
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    buckslayer

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    checkyour local u-haul rental place,brand new,all welded,one piece round tube class 3 that sits nicely under the bumper.15 minute install yourself. 6 bolts no drilling
    Also less than 125 bucks!
     
  12. Oct 6, 2009 at 5:48 PM
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    Raven65

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    FWIW, I believe the U-Haul hitch is a Valley with a U-Haul sticker on it.
     
  13. Oct 6, 2009 at 6:28 PM
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    WilsonTheDog

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    PSJ

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    U-haul... I believe $119, Curt hitch, very solid and sturdy. Straddles and bolts to side and bottom of frame when mounted $20-25 installed
     
  15. Oct 6, 2009 at 6:53 PM
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    10taco

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    ...Originally I considered a used OEM, but they were still pretty pricey...I got a VERY nice Curt hitch WITH Curt plug-in light harness (4-pole) for just over $200. I PREFER to install it myself (have installed others before) so that I know the setup and can be sure of the installation...After seeing this Curt hitch in person I was sold, what a nice piece of equipment! Also it does not bolt to the bumper as mentioned in previous posts. Just a very well made, cleanly installed rock-solid hitch! :D ALSO; as for towing with a 4-CYL: can be done, no problem, just remember: there's a fine line between working it and beating it! :eek:
     
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