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Old 11-08-2015, 12:20 PM   #1
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Has anyone thought about towing one of he new Tacos? We had an 05 that we towed for 4 years. Had to install a Remco driveshaft disconnect. It was a great vehicle and towed well. I did ask the service mgr. at the dealership and he said it cannot be towed 4 down. No neutral in the transfer case. But I wonder if there are any other surprises? Maybe electric power steering? I'm going to call Blue Ox and Remco. Sure don't want to buy a new vehicle that cannot be towed.
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Old 11-08-2015, 01:01 PM   #2
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I'm looking at one also. The no neutral tc is not a big deal as I intend to transfer my driveshaft disconnect to it. I contacted BlueOx and Roadmaster. Neither one has a baseplate for it yet. Need to check on the brakes.
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Old 11-09-2015, 05:37 AM   #3
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If you go to the plant Blue Ox will build and install a base plate at zero cost if they need a sample truck. Keep us posted on the towability.
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Old 11-09-2015, 08:54 AM   #4
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If you go to the plant Blue Ox will build and install a base plate at zero cost if they need a sample truck. Keep us posted on the towability.
Both Blue Ox and Roadmaster extended that offer to me. Two problems. First I don't own the truck yet and really don't want to buy one until I know it can be set up to tow. Second I'm not retired and neither location is remotely close to me. I need to go look under the hood at the dealer and see how the brakes are set up. I have a Stay n Play Duo aux brake that I want to transfer over to it but if it has electric assist that may be a problem.
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Old 11-10-2015, 06:41 AM   #5
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It seems there less and less Auto Trans vehicles that can be towed. The vehicles have become so complex that you can have lots of problems. Witness all the posts about new GM's and transfer cases. I doubt you will be able to use your existing DS disconnect. The rear axle is probably different and the shaft is probably very different in length. U joints may not be the same. Maybe by spring a brave soul will install a DS disconnect.
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Old 11-10-2015, 09:28 PM   #6
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It seems there less and less Auto Trans vehicles that can be towed. The vehicles have become so complex that you can have lots of problems. Witness all the posts about new GM's and transfer cases. I doubt you will be able to use your existing DS disconnect. The rear axle is probably different and the shaft is probably very different in length. U joints may not be the same. Maybe by spring a brave soul will install a DS disconnect.
I fully expect to have a new driveshaft made but I should be able to utilize the existing shift collar and shift mechanism. I already confirmed on another forum that the 2016 Tacoma has a conventional ujoint connection at the rear differential so it should not be a problem.
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Both Blue Ox and Roadmaster extended that offer to me. Two problems. First I don't own the truck yet and really don't want to buy one until I know it can be set up to tow. Second I'm not retired and neither location is remotely close to me. I need to go look under the hood at the dealer and see how the brakes are set up. I have a Stay n Play Duo aux brake that I want to transfer over to it but if it has electric assist that may be a problem.
I sent an email to SMI and received a reply shortly thereafter from Logan in their tech support department inviting me to call and discuss the subject of electrically assisted power brakes. He explained that all of SMI's braking systems are compatible with electric assisted brakes so I will be able to use my existing Stay n Play system with the new truck. Good news and great customer service. I just need one of the mfrs to offer a tow baseplate now and I can pull the trigger.
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I had a quick peek under the hood of a 2016 yesterday. Very HI-Tec! The bumper ( actually a fascia) is very far forward from the front crossmember. But it does look like the mfrs. should be able to make a good baseplate. I sold the disconnect from my 05 so will have to start from scratch. Some of the better installers are DS shops. They do not carry ready made kits. They have all the parts and simply put together a kit from shelf parts. Unfortunately I do not live anywhere near a decent shop. My last one was installed at Remco in Omaha. The new company does not do any installs. One of the best is Southwest driveline in Yuma. They do have a website. I have lots of time as I probably wont buy anything until summer.
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Old 11-11-2015, 07:45 AM   #9
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I had Driveshaft King in Texas build the driveshaft for my Xterra and ship it to me. Did the install myself. Will likely go that route again. I realize that not everyone has the skill or desire to go that route. I've heard good things about Southwest Driveline.
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I could do my own install but chose to let a pro do it. I did install the baseplate and I do all my own wiring. I have installed a US Gear brake system in 3 toads and 2 motorhomes. When Remco did my Disconnect they had to use parts that were not listed for that vehicle. It was a brand new Tacoma series and the diff had a different shape. They also had to grind off some of the reinforcing webs on the diff housing.
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Yeah I get that. On my gen1 Tacoma it required some grinding on the diff housing.
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Old 11-11-2015, 04:05 PM   #12
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I spoke with Bill @ Remco today. It is your lucky day! They looked at a 2016 and it takes the same kit as the 05! I sold my baseplate and DS disconnect complete with the shaft 5 years ago!
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I spoke with Bill @ Remco today. It is your lucky day! They looked at a 2016 and it takes the same kit as the 05! I sold my baseplate and DS disconnect complete with the shaft 5 years ago!
That is good news. Is he referring to the disconnect, the baseplate or both? Can you post contact info for Remco?
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That is good news. I actually took the drive shaft disconnect and baseplate off my 07 Tacoma. I was pleased with the way it towed, but I now tow a Honda Element - works for us.
BTW, I tried to sell the baseplate and disconnect on here, but no luck. Still have both in my shed.
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