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Towing with an RV

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Greg8, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. Nov 24, 2015 at 10:31 AM
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    Greg8

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    Is anyone out there towing their Tacoma with an RV? IMG_0199.jpg IMG_0199.jpg
     
  2. Nov 29, 2015 at 9:57 AM
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    gainman

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    Disconnect the driveshaft
     
  3. Nov 29, 2015 at 1:06 PM
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    Automatic or standard? 2wd or 4wd?
     
  4. Nov 29, 2015 at 3:05 PM
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    Wow is that RV gas? I would be concerned about it's max tow limit. A lot of gas RV's hit their max limit right when they are built.
     
  5. Nov 29, 2015 at 7:01 PM
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    Louisd75

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    Or get a flatbed trailer. Tacoma's aren't supposed to be dingy towed (see your manual, pg 233)
     
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    The unfortunate thing about the owners manual, is that it is written too generally. I.e., there are *some* configurations that would have serious problems from being flat towed, so they just say "no" across the board. The manual transmissions are splash lubricated, and the parts that do the splashing turn if the vehicle rolls in neutral, meaning that you just put the stick in neutral and you'll be fine for millions of miles.

    Automatics, on the other hand.... KABOOM!
     
  7. Dec 1, 2015 at 6:20 AM
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    Just tow it 1 million miles and report back so we all know if we can or cant without the guessing game :pccoffee:
     
  8. Dec 1, 2015 at 6:21 AM
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    Awesome little camper BTW, Need that in 4x4 haha
     
  9. Dec 1, 2015 at 6:27 AM
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    There is no guessing game. Facts are facts.
     
  10. Dec 1, 2015 at 7:03 AM
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    I towed my 2007 DBL cab Taco. I had a REMCO drive shaft disconnect. Towed great. My truck weighed in at approx 4100 lbs. Still have the disconnect and base plates sitting around as I currently tow a Honda Element.
     
  11. Dec 1, 2015 at 7:09 AM
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    If you have an automatic and like it remove the rear drive shaft when flat towing. The front wheel parts all turn the same if you are towing or not so that is not an issue there is no lube going on in the automatic with out the engine running.
     
  12. Dec 1, 2015 at 7:14 AM
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    I believe the 6 spd. has a main shaft driven oil pump I can't prove that but if it does not then the drive shaft on the 6 spd should also be removed for long distance towing the only thing that turns in the 6 speed is the main shaft it is above the oil level the counter shaft does not turn in neutral.
     
  13. Dec 1, 2015 at 7:16 AM
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    hmm, learn something new every day. I don't have any intentions on towing my truck flat like this, but it is good to know about the problems that will happen if I did.
     
  14. Dec 1, 2015 at 7:34 AM
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    You're thinking of the transfer case.
     
  15. Dec 1, 2015 at 12:47 PM
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    Been away for a few days. OK, the RV is diesel max tow limit is 5,000lbs. Truck is a manual 6spd 4wd. I took the guessing out by having a rear driveline disconnect installed. I leave the transfer case in 2wd, tranny in neutral, doesn't matter because the dl is disconnected. I have about 2,500 tow miles so far no issues.
     
  16. Dec 1, 2015 at 2:38 PM
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    As I say I have not seen a good picture of the 6 spd yet so I can't say, so that means it should not be towed long distance with the drive shaft in place. One if the problems is the head gear, there is a small bearing inside that supports the main shaft and it is well above the oil level.
     

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