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Posted by MF on March 17, 2007, 10:59 pm

Oh, another thing - and probably very stoopid, but has anyone towed a small
trailer with a Prius? (Is there a hitch which fits it?)

Posted by Michelle Steiner on March 18, 2007, 12:04 am

Toyota says not to tow anything with a Prius.

Support the troops:  Bring them home ASAP.

Posted by MF on March 18, 2007, 2:04 am

Oh, sorry, yes Michelle, I knew that. I was wondering if everyone subscribed
to this view (warrantee invalidation aside!)

Posted by Michelle Steiner on March 18, 2007, 2:41 am

I don't know whether everyone does, but I certainly do.  The Prius
simply is not built to tow anything.

Support the troops:  Bring them home ASAP.

Posted by mrv@kluge.net on March 18, 2007, 12:12 am

The Prius is not designed for towing.  The owner's manual says not to
tow, and the warranty documents tend to say that warranty is void if
you do not follow the owner's manual...

However, there is a Toyota-approved fitted tow bar available from
Toyota in the Netherlands.

Some people have installed a receiver hitch, though.  Some examples:

Even still, a few people do use their Prius for some very light towing
of small trailers (like those for a motorcycle), so it is not
impossible, but you'd have to be careful of the weight limits of the
vehicle and drive gently...

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