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    I dream skis
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    Towing Hitch Required On Toyota Tacoma?

    I currently tow my single F12 using the ball mounted on the back above the bumper. I am buying a second ski so I now will be towing around 1800-2000 pounds. QUESTION:Why do I need to buy a hitch? I even spoke with the Hitch House in Sarasota and he could not explain exactly why I should spend 150 bucks on one. Contray to what many people think, the ball is not secured to the bumper. The ball bolts thru the frame of the truck. If it was the bumper that flimsey thing would rip right off. CAN ANYONE EXPLAIN?
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    Re: Towing Hitch Required On Toyota Tacoma?

    I tow A pop-up camper about 2600 Lb with a bumper mounted ball in my tacoma. What you need find out is the tow rating on the bumper. Look near the ball mount area and its usually be stamped in the metal of the bumper. Also the ball needs to be rated similarly. Figure double skis and trailer should be 1500-2000 Lbs with gear and gas

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    Re: Towing Hitch Required On Toyota Tacoma?

    So if your towing a camper I should have no problem at all as long as the ball itself is rated at over 2500 pound correct? So basically I am throwing away my money if I install a hitch correct?

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    Re: Towing Hitch Required On Toyota Tacoma?

    installing a hitch would be for peace of mind basically. It also pulls better because it lowers the hitch point. But with two jetskis it probably wont matter. Also, whatever the rating is, i wouldnt be scared to put on a little more than that. Thats a pretty conservative estimate IMO.

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    Re: Towing Hitch Required On Toyota Tacoma?

    Thanks
    BTW: I was told I should install a clutch kit since my truck is a 5 speed. Is this really needed in FLAT Florida?

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    Re: Towing Hitch Required On Toyota Tacoma?

    No clutch kit. i have a 5spd. it has 130k miles with ZERO slippage! Also, i think the reason for the hitch is if you need to hav adrop ball. I HATE towing trailers on an angle. my tacoma has a 3" drop hitch so i can tow even.

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    Re: Towing Hitch Required On Toyota Tacoma?

    Spend the money and put on a hitch. You will discover very quickly when you have to jack-knife the trailer your going to get a nice ding on your chrome bumber. also your ride height on the trailer will be off. It will look like your ski is doing a wheelie going down the freeway.....

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    Re: Towing Hitch Required On Toyota Tacoma?

    Quote Originally Posted by red rider
    Spend the money and put on a hitch. You will discover very quickly when you have to jack-knife the trailer your going to get a nice ding on your chrome bumber. also your ride height on the trailer will be off. It will look like your ski is doing a wheelie going down the freeway.....
    I tend to agree.

    My 99' came with one but if it hadn't I def. would have spent the money to get the real hitch. Well, well worth it in my opinion. My dad tows on the bumper of his Ranger and now the bumper is all bent to sh1t. He only tows a 15 ft aluminum fishing boat too! I keep telling him he's an accident waiting to happen to which he says "yeah, yeah, yeah".

    Oh yeah, mines a 5spd as well with 100k no clutch kit and no slippage at all.

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    Re: Towing Hitch Required On Toyota Tacoma?

    a bumper hitch is basically a class I hitch which has a limit of 2000# if i remember right.
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    Re: Towing Hitch Required On Toyota Tacoma?

    05 Tacomas and up are rated for 3500 lbs at the bumper. Just don't screw up and lift it and put bigger tires. I can't even get my trailer on my bumper now it's way to high LOL.

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