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

taco fifth wheel?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by commtrd, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. Sep 4, 2009 at 8:29 PM
    #1
    commtrd

    commtrd [OP] commtrd

    Joined:
    May 4, 2009
    Member:
    #16801
    Messages:
    356
    Gender:
    Male
    Corpus Christi TX
    Vehicle:
    09 Access Cab 4wd V6
    I am looking into a Scamp 19' fifth wheel travel trailer which wieghs in at around 2100 I believe which should be well within the capability of my truck ('09 access cab w/ v6 and manual 6 spd trans / tow package). So has anyone out there ever set up their 2nd gen truck to do the fifth wheel thing? I don't know to what extent the plastic bed interferes with or negates even towing a fifth wheel at all.

    Could someone who has rigged up their truck to tow a fifth wheel please post all about their experience doing so?
     
  2. Sep 4, 2009 at 11:30 PM
    #2
    johnecon2001

    johnecon2001 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2009
    Member:
    #16456
    Messages:
    1,019
    Gender:
    Male
    Phoenix, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2005 TRD Sport 4x4 Access Cab
    Downey front skid, Trail Gear U-Bolt flip, Toytec AAL, Total Chaos UCA's, Bilstein 5100's x4 + Eibach adjustable coils, Doug Thorley Long Tube Headers, Custom Rear bumper, TRD OffRoad front tow hook, TRD Trail Team wheels, Federal Couragia M/T 265's, ARB rear locker + on board air (CKMA12), TRD shift knob, Alpine W205, TRD seat covers, Tom Woods 1 Piece drive shaft, Powermaster D2700, Stubbs HD-SKO Sliders.
    Did you search? Our trucks aren't ment to tow a 5th wheel trailer. Buy a bigger truck (Tundra) if you want to tow that stuff.
     
  3. Sep 4, 2009 at 11:48 PM
    #3
    falco

    falco Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2007
    Member:
    #2331
    Messages:
    23
  4. Sep 5, 2009 at 12:34 AM
    #4
    ttylerr

    ttylerr Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2009
    Member:
    #17913
    Messages:
    834
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tyler
    Fort McMurray, Alberta
    Vehicle:
    09 MGM 4Banger 4x4
    5% tint all around, Alpine IVA-W505, 16x8 Mojave Teflon Rims w/Hercules Terra Trac 265/75, Grillcraft Grill, Slimcubby HIDs, Front 5100's @ 0 w/Eibach 1.6" springs, URD Short Shifter, Extang Trifecta Tonneau Cover, Uniden Pro510XL and K30Mag Mount, Relentless Fab Bumper soon to come
    lol wow a 4cyl w/5th wheel... thats awesome!
     
  5. Sep 5, 2009 at 12:35 AM
    #5
    derekabraham

    derekabraham Living vicariously through everybody

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2008
    Member:
    #7822
    Messages:
    29,134
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    TW'S Hippy Liberal
    Portland, OR
    Vehicle:
    2002 4x4 4Runner
    Stick on hood scoop from Autozone.
  6. Sep 5, 2009 at 12:48 AM
    #6
    johnecon2001

    johnecon2001 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2009
    Member:
    #16456
    Messages:
    1,019
    Gender:
    Male
    Phoenix, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2005 TRD Sport 4x4 Access Cab
    Downey front skid, Trail Gear U-Bolt flip, Toytec AAL, Total Chaos UCA's, Bilstein 5100's x4 + Eibach adjustable coils, Doug Thorley Long Tube Headers, Custom Rear bumper, TRD OffRoad front tow hook, TRD Trail Team wheels, Federal Couragia M/T 265's, ARB rear locker + on board air (CKMA12), TRD shift knob, Alpine W205, TRD seat covers, Tom Woods 1 Piece drive shaft, Powermaster D2700, Stubbs HD-SKO Sliders.
  7. Sep 5, 2009 at 5:27 AM
    #7
    commtrd

    commtrd [OP] commtrd

    Joined:
    May 4, 2009
    Member:
    #16801
    Messages:
    356
    Gender:
    Male
    Corpus Christi TX
    Vehicle:
    09 Access Cab 4wd V6
    That is the exact trailer I was talking about. The Scamp 19' trailer just weighs a little over 2000 lbs. It has electric brakes and should not be any more unsafe than trying to tow a 24 or 26' trailer at the limits of these trucks' GVWR. In fact it would seem to be A LOT SAFER to tow this trailer at 2000 lbs. and aerodynamically shaped with the weight right over the rear axle than a huge box (aerodynamic as a brick) at over 5000 lbs. with a drivetrain that clearly was not designed to be towing like that. If someone is towing a trailer against a headwind and the mileage drops down to under 5 mpg, and have to run in 2nd or 3rd gear, that truck is not capable of safely towing that load.

    It may not be safe to try to tow a fifth wheel trailer with a truck that has a plastic bed either. That's why I asked. The weight and aerodynamics of the trailer are not the problem. That fiver actually weighs a LOT LESS than the huge heavy boxes (24 to 26 feet) some of these guys have said they have a hard time towing.
     
  8. Sep 7, 2009 at 7:10 PM
    #8
    uood8

    uood8 If You Search...You Shall Find.

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2009
    Member:
    #18086
    Messages:
    1,287
    Gender:
    Male
    Greensboro, NC
    Vehicle:
    '14 4x4 OFFROAD DC
    AFE Intake, URD MAF Calibrator

    The 5th wheel doesn't connect anywhere to the bed. It has bolts going through the bed and thru the frame rails. No pressure is applied to the bed itself.

    Alot of people in europe have 5th wheels in midsize trucks...its very common....Pic from my old frontier forum, its a navara (european version of frontier)

    [​IMG]

    also found

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Sep 7, 2009 at 7:26 PM
    #9
    commtrd

    commtrd [OP] commtrd

    Joined:
    May 4, 2009
    Member:
    #16801
    Messages:
    356
    Gender:
    Male
    Corpus Christi TX
    Vehicle:
    09 Access Cab 4wd V6
    Thanx for replies and especially the pics. I will do some research to find a suitable fifth wheel mounting system for the tacoma trucks. I am leaning very strongly towards getting one of the 19' Scamp trailers. It looks to be the perfect solution to a useable trailer that can be safely towed with the capabilities of the tacoma with a V6 / manual trans.
     
  10. Sep 17, 2009 at 10:59 PM
    #10
    JKD

    JKD Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2009
    Member:
    #18207
    Messages:
    2,011
    Gender:
    Male
    I was flipping through my 09 owner's manual a couple of days ago, and it had information on towing a 5th wheel trailer.
     
  11. Sep 19, 2009 at 9:33 AM
    #11
    Isthatahemi

    Isthatahemi Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2009
    Member:
    #16582
    Messages:
    1,160
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    TRD OFF ROAD
    BFG AT's, Weathertechs, Hoppy's brake controller.
    X2 - No reason a properly installed 5th is perfectly safe as long as the trucks GCWR and GAWR are adhered to.
     
To Top