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Old 12-15-2014, 05:09 PM   #1
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Dingy tow 2009 Tacoma, 5 speed, 2-wheel drive, prerunner?

The owners manual only has one sentence on the towing 4 down. "Your vehicle is not designed to be dingy towed behind a motor home." Also, many have said the same on this site without the drive shaft disconnect. Since my vehicle sits high (prerunner), I slide underneath and there is only 4 bolts that holds a plate behind the u-joint to a plate on the differential. The drive shaft is supported by a carrier bearing making that last section of the drive shaft about 3 feet long. Until I get a drive shaft disconnect, I plan to just unbolt the 2 plates (mark for reattachment) and strap/tie the driveshaft up to the frame. Shouldn't have to worry about sliding out of the back of the transmission since there is a carrier bearing holding all in place. Has anyone tried this? Other than the PIA to unbolt/bolt the driveshaft (shouldn't take more than 15 minutes), do you see any problems with this method?

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It sounds like you've got it covered. But if you need to do a quick disconnect to maneuver the RV out of a tight space, you'll slow down the process having to crawl under and reconnect the drive shaft to move the truck. You might carry a tow strap to disconnect but still be able to pull the truck to where you can hook up again.


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Old 12-16-2014, 12:02 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reminder about getting out of tight spot, certainly would be a hinderence. I need to remember to throw in a tow strap as you recommended ... it might come in handy.
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