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Old 05-08-2014, 08:24 PM   #1
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Wanting to tow a Toyota Tacoma

Is there anyone towing a Toyota Tacoma. Does it have to be a 4by4? If so what has to be done?
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:42 PM   #2
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The only way to know is to find it in writing in the owner's manual. Don't trust a saleman or anyone else, look it the manual.

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Old 05-08-2014, 10:00 PM   #3
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I tow a 2007 Toyota 4x4 FJ Cruiser, thats very close, first if you have not bought it you may want something else, if you already own it like I owned mine a few things, the tow bar, on the FJ it's a job to install, yours I don't know, they require a driveline disconnect, with that and the wiring was a lot of work also for the turn signal brake lights, then the brake unit, I installed an air operated unit, it took a pressure reducer kit because Toyota uses full time power brakes, after all this I will say I have a great towing toad. Just to answer a question you may have is why one can't place the transfer case in N, and just tow it, the problem is there is an oil slinger in the transfer case, that is on the main shaft that turns with the output shaft, not the driveshaft turning, so it will work, but you will at some time after a short period burn up the bearings, best of luck, Remco is sold out of Southwest Driveline in Yuma AZ, or close to there, Ron
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A 2007 4x4 Tacoma has an electronic transfer case and thus no neutral position. It can be towed with a Remco DS disconnect. I had one on our 05 Tacoma and it worked well. Great vehicle. The Blue Ox base plate is not that hard to install.
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I saw a guy towing a Tacoma at the tampa show a couple years ago. He complained when he tried to disengage the Remco driveshaft disconnect he had to crawl under the truck and spray it with wd40. I had a 4 runner at the time. I was Leary but went with the jeep grand Cherokee after 25 years of 4 runners. So far no complaints.


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I tow a 2002 Nissan Frontier V6 4WD with a 4 speed automatic and a manual transfer case with the auto front hubs. I installed a Remco driveshaft disconnect and have had no problems at all. At times reconnecting the driveshaft can be hard because I don't like to hear the grinding so I normally just lay down and slide under and connect it like that. I have thought about trying to put it in 4WD and using it like a front wheel drive but I don't know if it would work. We bought a Chevy Equinox and I am thinking about setting it up to tow. George 2001 Diplomat PBD
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:32 AM   #7
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I tow a jeep liberty automatic. I installed the remco transmission oil pump and have towed my jeep over 30K miles the past 2 years and the jeep works fine. I did have to change the pump twice. You can change them, once installed, in 5 minutes.
It's a great hassle free system.
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I tow a jeep liberty automatic. I installed the remco transmission oil pump and have towed my jeep over 30K miles the past 2 years and the jeep works fine. I did have to change the pump twice. You can change them, once installed, in 5 minutes.
It's a great hassle free system.
Not EXACTLY hassle free! That's why I want a toad that can be towed. I've read a number of stories about the pumps or motors failing, cooking the transmission. I can drive and enjoy a manual transmission.
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True. But I already had the jeep. Not sure how they cooked the transmission. There is a pressure sensor in the jeep that connects to an alarm in the rig. If the pump goes, the alarm goes off. And pull over.
Anyway I find it to be easier than replacing my car.
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I tow an 06 Tacoma with the Remco drive shaft disconnect, a Roadmaster Sterling towbar and the M&G aux brake system. Have had no problems with over 60,000 miles.
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How about the brake system? I was looking at the ready brake but I have read that Toyota's brakes are a bit different, full time power or something like that. Would the ready brake work? I would like to tow my tacoma four down and get rid of the rain making tow dolly.
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You'll need to check on the brake system in your Toyota. If they are full time power brakes many braking systems will apply the brakes too hard and you'll squeal tires and perhaps damage things. If they are full time PB, you'll need to carefully select a brake system that can allow for more sensitive application of brakes.
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Not EXACTLY hassle free! That's why I want a toad that can be towed. I've read a number of stories about the pumps or motors failing, cooking the transmission. I can drive and enjoy a manual transmission.
I'm with you on the oil pump. Although many do use them, seemingly without any problems.

But just to be clear, there are many cars with automatic transmissions that can be easily towed four wheels down without the addition of the Remco pump. Almost any 4-wheel drive car with a transaxle (either manual or electric) can be towed. And many cars with automatic transmissions (but without transaxles) can be towed just by putting the car in neutral. The GMC Acadia I'm towing now is one such car, as are many Fords. You have to read the owner's manual. (It's usually listed under "Recreational Towing".)
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When looking to purchase a vehicle for towing we find it helpful to look at the Motorhome Magazine and FMCA towing guides. They publish one each year and the back issues are available. That is helpful if you are shopping in the used market. Of course that can be errors in any magazine and the final word is the owners manual of the car in question.

http://www.fmca.com/motorhome/towing
http://www.motorhome.com/category/rv...-towing-guide/

If you already own a non towable vehicle then go to the REMCO website and see what they have to say about that model.

You will find that Toyota does not have much interest in supporting the recreational market nor does Nissan. GM has many models that can be towed four down and Ford a few. The Jeep is also very popular. As you can see from our signature that we tow a Honda CRV. In recent years Honda only supports the RV market with the CRV and the FIT.

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