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which trailer hitch "goal post"?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by RoyB, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. Mar 19, 2009 at 10:17 AM
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    RoyB

    RoyB [OP] Well-Known Member

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    The thule for around $170

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    The trail FX version for 107?

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    I know the Thule will let you open the tail gate while raised based on what someone here said. Not sure about the FX model. The fx model looks a bit more rugged though. I would use it for hauling ladders and/or conduit for work mostly.

    Also, what kind of pin do we need? I know it's longer than standard..
     
  2. Mar 19, 2009 at 11:56 AM
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    JDCPA

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    Trail FX. I like the two way capability
     
  3. Mar 19, 2009 at 12:04 PM
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    I agree...

    Since I'm in construction and traded my 8' bed, I think one of those is in my future as well...
     
  4. Mar 19, 2009 at 12:28 PM
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    riftsawn

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    I just bought a Harbor Freight version yesterday for $25. It is an exact copy (even same weight) of the DARBY extend-a-truck (who makes the trail fx). The only thing I don't like is T-bar dosen't extend high enough to support sheet goods being hauled ontop of the wheel wells. It appears to be about 4" short, but it's not a big deal I will just make a 4" tall wood spacer to attach to the top of the t-bar.
     
  5. Mar 19, 2009 at 12:58 PM
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    RoyB

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    i have to swing by harbor freight today, ill take a look. I ended up ordering the FX because it was cheaper and i got free shipping and 5% off since my order was over 200 bucks.
     
  6. Mar 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM
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    Got the one from Harbor Freight today for $40. Great idea, but poorly executed product. The post in the hitch is a bit loose even with the pin in place. The T-bar piece is loose on the post with the pin and it doesn't sit straight. I can't believe that my tow box is that far out of whack considering it's a new truck and this is the first thing I've hooked up to it. The T-bar is definitely tilting almost two inches from one side to the other.

    I'd really like to get a similar extender so it will be easier to haul those 2x's from Lowes or Home Depot. Is the Darby unit any better, or can someone recommend another brand that they've used. I'm not planning on hauling major items in my SB, but need to pick up lumber and trim moulding for a home project soon. I'm open for alternatives also. Thanks.
     
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