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#1100 of 7624 Fifth wheel hitch in 2005 Tacoma
Jan 25, 2005 (1:34 pm)
I have a 1996 V6 Tacoma 4x4 with a Hijacker SL-16 fifth wheel hitch. I pull a 21 foot light weight Bonaire fifth wheel trailer which weighs about 3500 lbs. It pulls with no problem, and we have travelled extensively. I want to buy a 2005 Tacoma, but my problem is I cannot find a fifth wheel hitch to fit it. The difficulty lies in the structural ridges under the new composite bed that would prohibit tight bolting of frame brackets to the bed frame. Other than cutting holes in the bed(bad plan),and without shims machined or cast to match the channels, I am stuck! Any suggestions? I wrote Toyota and pointed out the irony of them increasing towing capacity, but also apparently eliminating fifth wheel installation. There are many lightweight 5er's on the market and gas is going up! I got no response.
#1101 of 7624 Re: Rust protection [juliagoolia]
Jan 25, 2005 (2:13 pm)
The "warranty for life of the vehicle" is only for the duration of your ownership, more than likely, so you're only buying peace of mind for yourself, not for any other potential owners. Unless you actually try to do things that will induce rust to generate, the truck will more than likely not rust in any reasonable time frame. So, if you only plan to keep it 3-5 years, I am certain it is not a good deal. However, if you plan to keep it for 20 years, it could actually come in handy! That is assuming that the dealer is still in business if it is a dealer mod rather than factory - if so, the warranty would not be honored at other dealerships. Or, if the warranty is through the company Cap Final Coat, the warranty would expire along with the solvency of the company should it cease to exist.
#1102 of 7624 Re: Rust protection [xwesx]
Jan 25, 2005 (2:27 pm)
Actually I thought of all those question to, but the warranty can be transfered to another owner. You can also take the module out and install in another vehicule, but there will be no warrenty once it is removed from the orignal vehicule. The warrenty is through cap Final coat. I am not sure how long this company has been in business for????
#1103 of 7624 Re: Rust protection [xwesx]
Jan 25, 2005 (2:30 pm)
You may also want to check what they are warranteeing? No rust? Most are for no rust perforation of body panels. That means if you get surface rust, you lose. If you get a hole through a body panel, you might get something out of it.
Also, check the cost to dealers of these accessories. It is not abnormal to charge people as much as they can get away with, as opposed to a reasonable 5% over cost. The cost to purchase and apply a coating is often less than $75.
Finally, rust is not generally a problem for cars anymore, unless they are scratched or scraped as a part of their regular use. In this case, the warrantee might be voided.
Jan 25, 2005 (3:16 pm)
road salt + water = rust potential. If you live in a salt heavy state: MN, WI, MI etc where the roads actually turn WHITE in the winter because of the salt, the likelihood of rusting is not negligible over 10-15 years.
I got corrosion protection only because it cost the same to get the "whole package" (meaning paint sealant (helps resist scratches), Interior fabric protection (I have kids), and corrosion protection, than it was to just get the fabric protection. Total was $500, and is worth it just for the fabric protection (protected my last truck's fabric from kid vomit and cat urine....#$!% Cat). The name brand of the protectant is Auto Armor, the protector or something like that. Warranty is lifetime and can be transferred to 1 new owner. Like I said, if it weren't for the interior protection, I would have passed, but I don't think you can say a rust inhibitor is of no value in a rust friendly enviornment like we have here.
Jan 25, 2005 (3:46 pm)
If you are worried about buying a tacoma from the mexico plant, look at the first digit of the vin. If its a 3, it was made in Mexico:
First vehicle identification number digit: U.S.A.(1 or 4), Canada (2), Mexico (3), Japan (J), Korea (K), England (S), Germany (W), Italy (Z)
#1106 of 7624 Re: Mexico Trucks [valance2]
Jan 25, 2005 (4:07 pm)
My '05 starts with a 5
#1107 of 7624 Re: Mexico Trucks [wes240]
Jan 25, 2005 (4:33 pm)
Sounds like you have an impostor, Wes. ;D
Back to rust, though. Julia, what exactly is this mod? It can be removed and installed on another vehicle? Now I'm really skeptical that it is something that truly inhibits rust.
A rust warranty is not necessarily bad or a scam (like I said, a scam is only a scam if someone feels cheated), but you can bet that dealers make good money off them or they wouldn't be offered. In Fairbanks, it would be a complete waste of money. You could own a rig up here for 100 years and it probably wouldn't rust out on you under conditions of normal care and use. In salt-happy regions, not so. Maybe DOT in those areas will someday evolve and stop using salt.
Vehicles don't rust out like they once did and I would be shocked to see significant rust on any vehicle less than 5 or 10 years old. Then again, I don't live in the upper midwest.
#1108 of 7624 Re: Mexico Trucks [xwesx]
Jan 25, 2005 (4:45 pm)
Ah, interesting. It is an electronic module.
I suppose that could help to reduce the speed at which the body rusts by negating or lessening static-charged conditions. If it did not run constantly (24-7-365), then charged conditions would still persist. Let's face it, metal rusts even when we're not driving, and most of a car's time is not spent in operation. That's still more effective than an after-manufacture undercoating. It would not inhibit rust though; only slow the process.
#1109 of 7624 Electronic Corrosion Module [juliagoolia]
Jan 25, 2005 (7:44 pm)
Do a search for "rust protection" at the FTC http://www.ftc.gov/
Save your money.