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Owners Disappointed With 2022 Toyota Tundra Towing Hitch. No Room for Safety Chains?

Why are some owners of the 2022 Toyota Tundra who tow trailers unhappy with the factory tow hitch? Safety afterthought?

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The new 2022 Toyota Tundra proved to skeptical owners that a non v8 full sized pickup can do just as good and even better than a conventional v8. Even so, the hybrid drivetrain remains one of the best combinations for towing to date because of the electric torque that the EV motor provides. Altogether, a lot of new owners of the 2022 Tundra are much more contempt with their truck than those who still drive the previous generation around.

Owners Disappointed With 2022 Toyota Tundra Towing Hitch. No Room for Safety Chains

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Toyota didn’t just make a truck to haul your kids around, they made it for working people. The new Tundra was advertised as the do-it-all truck which has the capabilities to tow a good amount of weight which I think that jobs in the farming, mining, and oil industry need. In fact, we did an article on a 2007 tundra with a million miles which was used by an oil worker which Toyota used to take inspiration for their 2022 model Tundra.

That being said, a lot of people who daily their Tundra as a towing rig experienced something that might cause some potential trouble. On Facebook’s 2022+ Toyota Tundra owners’ group, Mark Murray said, “Who comes up with these things? No safety chains are going to fit this properly. It should be vertical for hooks without a latch. And the distance to the hole is way too high to use a hook with a latch.”

He also posted a picture of his tow hitch and how the little hooks next to it are a little small for things like a latch. The way most trailers would is they are attached from the neck and then they have these tough carabiners which act as a safety latch so that conventional metal hooks wouldn’t fall off. In fact, one of the commentors posted a picture of his trailer carabiner not being able to latch onto the side latch because the outer metal was too thick. Let’s take a look and see what some of these owners said about their experience.

Roby Dascotte said, “I can barely get my safety chains on them. the draw bar pin is in the way. not a very smart design.” Safety chains are important because they share some of the tension weight of the neck when the truck and trailer is turning. Almost like one of the exercise bands.

One simple solution that Josh Perez shared in a video was that he essentially connected the hook from the back of the latch instead of the front and then slid it over to the front side which made it tighter. He has one of those big 24’’ trailers that they use for big lawn car companies or towing cars.

What do you think? How did you solve this? Let us know in the comments below.

Harutiun Hareyan is reporting Toyota news at Torque News. His automotive interests and vast experience test-riding new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique insights. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun and on YouTube at Toyota Time for daily Toyota news.

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EDWARD OMAR AGUIRRE (not verified)    August 15, 2022 - 1:00AM

Did you read the comments in that Facebook thread? That guy bitching about the towing hooks is a moron. There is nothing wrong with the towing hooks.