1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Hitch mount

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by dayriesw, Aug 16, 2016.

  1. Aug 16, 2016 at 9:49 AM
    #1
    dayriesw

    dayriesw [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2016
    Member:
    #193059
    Messages:
    15
    Gender:
    Male
    Louisiana
    Vehicle:
    16 Taco, 5 speed, 4x4
    I have the basic package for a 2016 taco, no tow package. I felt under the 3 piece bumper and it feels as if there is a ball mount, but the bumper covers it above. Can I install a ball there by just cutting the plastic part of the bumper above out? Or do I have to get a full hitch installed?

    I am just looking to pull a utility trailer to the dump, probably tandem axle trailer.
     
  2. Aug 16, 2016 at 10:10 AM
    #2
    mcdean

    mcdean Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2016
    Member:
    #188538
    Messages:
    194
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    San Jose, CA
    Vehicle:
    2016 DCLB TRDOR 4x4 A/T
    LED int lights, Morimoto HID lows, Philips LED fogs
    It seems like using bumper mounts always ends up bad. You should probably invest in a decent hitch to be safe.

    I'm kind of curious why you didn't get the tow package? I'm not trying to bust your chops, but I've seen a few threads along these lines (wanting to tow stuff but don't have a hitch) and it seems to me that the extra $700 makes the truck a lot more usable.
     
  3. Aug 16, 2016 at 10:14 AM
    #3
    2016_dbag

    2016_dbag Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2015
    Member:
    #159501
    Messages:
    3,513
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2016 POSTURD
    I thought the tow package was standard equipment now?
     
  4. Aug 16, 2016 at 10:47 AM
    #4
    mcdean

    mcdean Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2016
    Member:
    #188538
    Messages:
    194
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    San Jose, CA
    Vehicle:
    2016 DCLB TRDOR 4x4 A/T
    LED int lights, Morimoto HID lows, Philips LED fogs
    Just went to the "build a truck" part of the Toyota website and for the 2016 SR5 DCSB the tow package is included in the "SR5 appearance package (V6) with options" for an additional $2150.

    For the 2017 SR5 DCSB 4x4 it is available as the "V6 tow package" for an additional $650.

    You would think for the low cost ($650) Toyota would just make it standard equipment for the level of usefulness (hitch and additional coolers).
     
    2016_dbag likes this.
  5. Aug 16, 2016 at 11:45 AM
    #5
    dayriesw

    dayriesw [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2016
    Member:
    #193059
    Messages:
    15
    Gender:
    Male
    Louisiana
    Vehicle:
    16 Taco, 5 speed, 4x4
    What do you mean always ends up bad? Do you have any examples or just what you read on the internet?

    People have been utilizing bumper mounted towing for 40 years. I was just asking if that is what I felt under there or I was mistaken.
     
  6. Aug 16, 2016 at 3:03 PM
    #6
    mcdean

    mcdean Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2016
    Member:
    #188538
    Messages:
    194
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    San Jose, CA
    Vehicle:
    2016 DCLB TRDOR 4x4 A/T
    LED int lights, Morimoto HID lows, Philips LED fogs
    Bumper hitches are usually rated at 1000lbs pull and 100lbs tongue weight or less; both of those numbers are easy to exceed without realizing it. I've seen someone pull the bumper off his truck trying to recover a small boat that had taken on some water.

    For $100 you can get a frame mounted class III hitch and not have to worry about it, so why would you risk a bumper mount?

    http://www.autoanything.com/towing/...yTQdaB1yOsCwDFHaw5guCu-2o5Py-INr9kaAuX08P8HAQ
     
    Wallbright likes this.
  7. Aug 16, 2016 at 3:13 PM
    #7
    hiroslammer

    hiroslammer Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2011
    Member:
    #50519
    Messages:
    136
    Gender:
    Male
    Carlsbad,CA
    Vehicle:
    2016 OR 4x4
    Don't do it!!! The bumper is a three piece and strictly cosmetic, buy the Toyota hitch or aftermarket and attach it to the frame.
     
  8. Aug 16, 2016 at 4:23 PM
    #8
    Gus Gorilla

    Gus Gorilla Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2016
    Member:
    #178869
    Messages:
    168
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2016 White TRD OffRoad
    None...yet
    I got a Curt class 3 hitch and a wiring harness for under $200.
    Couldn't get the truck I wanted with a tow pkg back in Feb. they were made, just not available within 200miles of KC. anything with it was a truck I didn't want.
     
  9. Aug 16, 2016 at 5:42 PM
    #9
    evilfij

    evilfij Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2016
    Member:
    #179152
    Messages:
    292
    Vehicle:
    2016 ACLB SR 4x4 MT Utility Package Black
    TRDOR wheels, sheepskin seat, cruise and intermittent wipers, curt hitch
    Drawtite (I have the Curt) hitch is like $130 delivered. But yes, you can bumper pull 3000lbs per the manual so you could do that. Wiring is the bigger issue. I have not found anything I like.
     
  10. Aug 16, 2016 at 8:00 PM
    #10
    Gus Gorilla

    Gus Gorilla Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2016
    Member:
    #178869
    Messages:
    168
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2016 White TRD OffRoad
    None...yet
    For wiring...
    You can buy a simple 4pinfrom WalMart and get busy cutting.
    Or buy an aftermarket system and just plug it in.
     
  11. Aug 17, 2016 at 7:18 AM
    #11
    DC-USAF

    DC-USAF Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2013
    Member:
    #99665
    Messages:
    1,301
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dale
    WNC
    Vehicle:
    2015 SR5 Access Cab 4x4 V6
    TRD PRO Grill, mobtown offroad recovery bar, SCS Ray 10's
    Does anybody know if a factory 2nd Gen trailer hitch will fit a 3rd gen? I'm only asking because my father bought a new 2016 AC SR package. Thanks in advance.
     

Products Discussed in

To Top