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Cargo Tray Gone Astray

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by textoytaco, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. Aug 12, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    textoytaco [OP] Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Houston, Texas
    08 Tacoma Double Cab 4x4
    I"m not sure I need help, but I thought you might get a kick out of this.

    I took the family camping last week. I completely loaded the back of my short bed and had to use my cargo tray that plugs into the hitch receiver. The pin I used to secure the cargo tray was held in place with a cotter pin.

    The tray was loaded with two tubs, two coolers, an Easy-Up canopy, a locker, and two matress pads. All-in-all, I'd say it weighed about 350 lbs, including the tray. Yeah, I know, I take way too much stuff camping.

    As I was driving along, doing 65, the tray came out of the receiver. I heard an awful scraping noise, looked in my rearview mirror, and saw the tray with the whole stack sliding down the road behind me. After a few dozen feet, it started to spin and then slid to a stop. Lucky for me, it never did roll.

    My son picked on me when I was loading the tray because I used two cargo straps and about 10 bungee cords to hook everything together. However, the whole stack remained intact. The receiver pin was no where to be found. A local rancher pulled up to offer help and gave me the receiver pin off of his truck. I was distressed for only about 15 minutes and eventually made it home 4 hours later safe and sound.

    Now, with the load I was carrying, I had been bottoming out on a regular basis. I tried to get the suspension TSB on my '08 and the dealer where I bought it wouldn't do it. I suspect that all the jarring knocked my receiver pin out, but I don't have any proof of that. I do know that if another car had been following me, if the stack would have rolled, or if I didn't get help so fast, the situation could have been much worse. As is, I think it's a pretty amusing story.
  2. Aug 12, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    klown Tacoma World Ring Leader

    Dec 5, 2007
    Lynchburg, VA
    2008 TRD sport 4x4 double cab 6-speed
    Black, leather and heated seats, borla sport exhaust, side curtain airbags, daytime running lights, all weather mats, JBL premium 6 disk changer system, stainless step tubes, window tint, tow package
    Do you have a long bed? You must have a long bed if you have an '08 and it's bottoming out. Only the long beds bottom out. There is no TSB for it yet. But take it to the stealer with some weight in the back and show them how it's bottomming out. They'll take care of it.
  3. Aug 12, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Brunes abides.

    May 31, 2008
    First Name:
    08 Red/Graphite and Satin Black
    Inside: Tint, Wet Okole 1/2 Piped Red/Black Covers, Black Weathertech Digital Fit Mats, URD Short Throw w/ TWM Weighted Knob, USA Spec iPod adapter. Outside: 4300K Retro w/ Angel Eyes and Red Shrouds, 5000K Blazer Fog Light Retrofit, Debadge, Bed Locking Handle, Satin Black Rims Performance: TRD/Steigmeier Blower w/ 2.7 Pulley. 668 Injectors and 320 LPH AEM Fuel pump. URD UCON and 7th Injector. DTLT Headers, URD Y-Pipe, Wicked Flow Muffler. Suspension: Both: OME Shocks Front: 886X's and TC UCAs Rear: Dakars Armor: Relentless Front Bumper Relentless High Clearance Rear w/ Tire/Rotopax Swing Out Relentless Front, Mid, and TCase skids BAMF Diff Skid Recovery and Spares: Fullsize Spare Tire 2x2 gal Rotopax 1x1 gal Rotopax 1x1 gal Water Rotopax Warn 9.5XP-S Winch Hi-Lift Extreme 60" Ironman Off-Road Recovery Kit
    Yeah...I'd be pissed at the company that made your hitch pin. Sounds like it needs a safey lock of some sort.
    I use a hitch pin with a locking cylinder on it (for security) and never had an issue with it coming out- as long as you engage the lock-good to go.
  4. Aug 12, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    j4x4ar3 Well-Known Member

    Feb 13, 2008
    First Name:
    Austin, TX
    05 DC 4x4 - TRD Off Road - White
    Round Step Bars, Bed Mat, Cargo Bars w/Thules ski and bike attachments, JVC MP3 Head Unit, TRD Cat Back Exhaust, roadmaster active rear suspension, more when $$$ allows
    Try this on your truck if you can't get the TSB done. I have an 05 and although I didn't experience any bottoming out it definitely has helped when I pull my trailer with about 700# of tongue weight on it. No harsh ride when unloaded as some have said by using AAL's or the extra leave from the TSB.

  5. Aug 12, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    45longcolt Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2007
    DFW Area
    2020 Off Road
    Looks like Timbren's would be your best bet. Normal ride height but there when you need them. :)

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