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Old 04-09-2016, 09:59 AM   #21
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Now I have a whole new problem, don't know what class hitch receiver was installed on my Tundra way back when. It is definitely NOT factory installed according to the vin number. If it's a class 3 isn't my TT too heavy for that hitch? Also when I got underneath there to see if I can find any info on the hitch I saw all the rust. Oh boy....a whole new can of worms now. I will attach some pics










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Old 04-09-2016, 10:20 AM   #22
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Was your Tundra recalled for frame replacement? We did have our 2000 Tundra frame replaced at a considerable cost to Toyota.

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Old 04-09-2016, 10:32 AM   #23
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Was your Tundra recalled for frame replacement? We did have our 2000 Tundra frame replaced at a considerable cost to Toyota.

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I guess the previous owner had the spray coat done. We have only owned it for 1-1/2 years now.
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Old 04-09-2016, 10:35 AM   #24
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There was a recall for Tundras. The frame needed to be inspected and replaced if necessary.

It would be prudent to find out if the frame was inspected and appropriate action taken before the spraycoat was applied. Those older Tundras did not have adequate sealing done at the time of manufacture.

A spray coat was a part of the frame replacement process. Frames did not all need to be replaced but some did. Spray could be part of a proper fix or a cover up.
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There was a recall for Tundras. The frame needed to be inspected and replaced if necessary.

It would be prudent to find out if the frame was inspected and appropriate action taken before the spraycoat was applied. Those older Tundras did not have adequate sealing done at the time of manufacture.

A spray coat was a part of the frame replacement process. Frames did not all need to be replaced but some did. Spray could be part of a proper fix or a cover up.
UPDATE....found info from the Dealer that it was "inspected" in 2010. Campaign is now over
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Old 04-09-2016, 12:07 PM   #26
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There was a recall for Tundras. The frame needed to be inspected and replaced if necessary.

It would be prudent to find out if the frame was inspected and appropriate action taken before the spraycoat was applied. Those older Tundras did not have adequate sealing done at the time of manufacture.

A spray coat was a part of the frame replacement process. Frames did not all need to be replaced but some did. Spray could be part of a proper fix or a cover up.
Did you have a factory installed hitch put on your Tundra? If so, can you tell me if it has a sticker right next to the receiver hole like this in the pic. I am wondering if I do in fact have an original Toyota hitch that was installed after the fact. According to my local hitch company if it has that sticker it comes from Toyota.
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Lukenick1; Holy smokes you must live in a salt belt, I never have seen so much rust in my life. Looks like the Hitch is heavy duty and looks like a class 4 or 5. On a half ton it would not be less than 4.
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We had our Tundra frame replaced in 2012.
Per Federal Law a recall is never over. Whether it was a true recall or had time limits due to a class action lawsuit I don't know. I did not research it.

But we got our Ridgeline simply because in spite of the frame replacement we were suspect of towing things across country.

Yes In New England a lot of the roads are treated with salt.

Consider checking on other Toyota service departments. Ours in Auburn Maine was exceptional in 2012

I don't fear the hitch as much as the vehicle pulling it without more knowledge.
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Ha Ha Yes! The previous owner lived near the shore so lots of salty air flying around over there. Plus the winter salted roads. Ok so glad to know I have at least a class IV. Phew
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Spoke to the local Rv service place. He's been in business there over 30 years servicing camper, trailers, RV's etc. They used to sell them but now only services them. Anyway, he told me that no hitch will do me any justice without upgrading my tires. He said my tires are load C and I would get a much better tow and ride with load D. Told me to keep the hitch I have and invest in new tires. Now another wrench has been thrown in to my situation.......ha ha ha We thought our tires were a very great tire and expensive.

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