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Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on March 19, 2007, 8:16 pm

OK, let me rephrase:

to tow a Prius, the front wheels must be off the ground, regardless of
what you do with the back wheels.  The only exception is for emergency
purposes, for very short distances, with a driver in the car helping to
operate it, at very low speeds.

Posted by Eric on March 20, 2007, 1:24 am

Thanks for the input guys.  I should have clarified.  My folks want to tow
their Prius cross country behind the RV.  Just wondering what the best way
to do that is.  I'm a little reluctant to advise them to use a front-lift
dolly for this distance, but maybe it's OK.

Posted by mrv@kluge.net on March 20, 2007, 1:49 am

as I stated, you cannot dinghy tow a Prius behind a motorhome (often
called a toad, all 4 wheels down).

However, you can rent/buy a tow dolly (see an RV center) where you can
keep the front wheels up, and some will even do all 4 wheels up.

There are many cars besides the Prius that cannot be towed with all 4
wheels down.  (For a list of Toyotas, go to their FAQ site at
http://toyota.custhelp.com/  and search for "tow" - the first item,
"Dinghy Towing" will answer:  "Is it possible to tow my Toyota with
all four wheels on the ground?" (most automatic transmission Toyotas
cannot be towed with all 4 wheels on the ground.) )

Just make sure that the front wheels are off the ground, and that you
have enough ground clearance on the rear of the vehicle, and you
should be fine.  (I've seen a few people in rec.outdoors.rv-travel
comment about towing a Prius...)

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on March 20, 2007, 2:50 am

If you don't advise them to use a front-lift dolly, what *will* you
advise them to do?

The only alternative is not to tow.  Will you advise them to do that?

Posted by Eric on March 23, 2007, 2:13 am

Sell the prius, buy a couple mopeds, get a bike, get a hitch mounted camper,

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