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Old 02-13-2012, 07:25 PM   #15
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Hi: revilo... What model Taco do you own??? There are several Toyo. owners on the escape forum.org towing both the 19'er and the 5.0. I wouldn't give up the 5th. wheel and the Nissan Frontier combo. It's all in the hitch installation. I don't know about the plastic bed on the Taco's tho?
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:27 PM   #16
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I just returned from Sebring Scamp Camp. There were two Tacomas there that were pulling Scamp 19s. One of them had the soft bed. They both built square frames which were securely bolted to four points of the truck frame and they then attached the ball assy. to their frame. One person used used 2X2X1/4 square tubing the other person used 1/4" angle iron to make their frame. Both of these hitches took up much less space in the bed than the Scamp hitch takes up in my Frontier truck bed.
Scamp says their hitch won't work in a soft bed Tocoma but that does not mean a hitch can't be fabricated to safely tow a Scamp 19.
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:29 PM   #17
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Maybe the Escape people thought you said Tundra?
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:32 AM   #18
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Doug, if you are interested in an Escape, one can probably be delivered to your general region. That has been done by quite a few people. They put two or three together so that you can split the cost. You would still have to go a good distance but not nearly to Chilliwack. You might have to wait a while to get such an arrangement but it is possible. There have been deliveries to several points. Escape does almost any customizing you want, particularly good insulation with thermal windows, which you might like in Maine.
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:59 AM   #19
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Hi: Greg H...Even the Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan can be made to tow an Escape 5.0. The critical measurements are truck cab rear window to hitch plate center(axle) and height of box rails from the ground at the axle. Our 5.0 was made with a 3" axle lift to allow a fullsize GMC Sierra shortbox pickup. We had 3-4" clearance on a 90* turn and the truck stood 51" tall at the axle. Our new 4X4 Nissan Frontier 4dr. Crew Cab has 2-3" clearance on the 90* turns and stands 49" tall at the axle.
When refitting the 16K Husky slider hitch the RV Tech had to drop the hitch head to allow for the shallower box and the tonneau cover to be used. When we got the trailer out of storage we had to let the pin box out by one set of bolt holes for a level tow and a bit more clearance from the cab. Thankfully there are lots of adjustments of both hitch and pin box.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:42 AM   #20
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Okay, I did a quick Google search and it seems that the plastic bed of the Tacoma might be the problem. Something about compression of the plastic by the hitch causing too much looseness, and maybe not strong enough? It does seem that some people have figured a way around the problem, so if you really want a 5er' you might want to research it a little more and see what can be done.
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:38 PM   #21
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I wish I could escape, and welcome from another Toyota driver.
Welcome! From a Toyota and Escape owner
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:38 PM   #22
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Wow, I didn't know Taco's had a plastic bed.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:00 PM   #23
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Don't let the composite bed stop you from getting what you want. Members here have found solutions:

Tacoma/Scamp 5th wheel hitch
Tacoma/Scamp 5th wheel hitch - Isacc's Install
Tacoma/Scamp 5th Wheel Hitch Install - Kamper Bob #1
Tacoma/Scamp 5th Wheel Hitch Install - Kamper Bob #2 (this link requires membership in YahooScampers
Tacoma/Scamp 5th Wheel Hitch Install - Taylor K.
Tacoma/Scamp 5th Wheel Hitch Install - Taylor . #2
Tacoma/Scamp 5th Wheel Hitch Install ddaytony

And that's just the ones I have for the Scamp 5th wheel!
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