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Discussion in 'Towing' started by Deacon, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. Dec 29, 2010 at 7:16 AM
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    Deacon

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    I have purchased a 2011 Tacoma 2WD Manual transmission and would like to know if it can be towed behind an RV. The manual says no but doesn't give a reason why not. The only reason I can think of is the electronic rear-end possibly not functioning properly.

    Thanks for any information.
     
  2. Dec 29, 2010 at 7:19 AM
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    Welcome to TW! You should be able to tow it dingy style, if you remove the rear drive shaft.
     
  3. Dec 29, 2010 at 7:22 AM
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  4. Dec 29, 2010 at 7:24 AM
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  5. Dec 29, 2010 at 9:28 AM
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    What about using a 2 wheel dolly on the rear wheels and towing it tailgate first?
     
  6. Dec 29, 2010 at 9:36 AM
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    i dont think you want the front wheels trailing , they steer!
     
  7. Dec 29, 2010 at 10:40 AM
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    Thanks for the responses, I think I know why you cannot tow a manual transmission, spoke to the expert at the Toyota store.
    He informs me that to reduce friction in the transmission, and increase mileage, Toyota now has a pump that directs oil directly on the gears eliminating the oil bath they usually run in, therefore improving gas mileage. A drive shaft disconnect would be required to flat tow.

    Thanks.
    Deacon
     
  8. Dec 29, 2010 at 11:11 AM
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    You can lock the wheels.
     
  9. Dec 30, 2010 at 7:56 AM
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    Why not?
    There are still unanswered questions regarding the flat towing. I have spoken with Toyota customer service and TRD about the issue and get the company line that the vehicle is not flat towable. I have also spoken with Remco, who deal with towing issues, and they tell me that the 5 speed manual IS flat towable but the 6 speed is not. I also got the line that Toyota has not done testing with the 5 speed manual and therefore does not recommend flat towing.
    I will continue searching.

    Deacon
     
  10. Dec 31, 2010 at 7:16 AM
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    Chris;
    Thanks for the reply. You seem to be the expert on the Taco's and I would like to ask if you know what the difference is between the 6 and 5 speed tranny's as far as flat towing.
    Remco says the 5 can be flat towed.

    Thanks;
    Deacon
     
  11. Dec 31, 2010 at 7:24 AM
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    I havent gotten into the internals to see the differences, nor researched.
     
  12. Jan 3, 2011 at 1:14 AM
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    I dont think towing with front wheels trailing is a good idea, front is heavy due to the engine and weight distribution could be a safety issue
     
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