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Posted by Ashton Crusher on March 19, 2007, 6:51 am

On Sun, 18 Mar 2007 18:52:31 -0400, mikePOST@TOGROUPmacconsult.com
(Mike Rosenberg) wrote:

I read the manual and it shows a towing eyelet that presumably you
install for towing.  But it doesn't really explain why you need the
eyelet and when.

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on March 19, 2007, 10:08 am

Yes, it does.

That eyelet is there to install in an emergency.  Go back and read that
section.  That section discusses towing the vehicle with all four wheels
on the ground.

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on March 19, 2007, 10:06 am

The owner's manual doesn't specify that as a preference at all.  Rear
wheels on the ground is fine.

Posted by Michelle Steiner on March 20, 2007, 7:58 am

For short distances, but not for cross country.

Support the troops:  Bring them home ASAP.

Posted by mrv@kluge.net on March 18, 2007, 10:56 pm

There is a section in the owner's manual on proper towing technique.

The Prius cannot be dinghy towed as a toad.  However, you can tow a
Prius provided that the front wheels are off of the ground.

Preferrable method (less wear) is a flatbed or 4-wheel towing dolly,
so that all 4 wheels are off of the ground.

Next is with the front wheels up, back wheels down.

Next is back wheels up, front wheels on a dolly (so the front wheels
are not on the ground).

For emergency towing, under short distances and with a driver in the
car, you can use the towing eyelet in the front bumper to slowly tow
the vehicle with all 4 wheels down.  (Car on, driver to steer, do not
exceed 40mph)

For safety reasons, you should not use a sling-type tow truck.

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