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Posted by Jim Smith on April 27, 2008, 11:19 pm

You're assuming someone is manufacturing a receiver or hitch for the car.  I
doubt the car has the structure (frame) to allow towing.  If Toyota says
don't do it, I wouldn't.  If something were to happen while towing a
trailer, you may find your insurance not covering the damage.

Posted by Bob & Holly Wilson on April 28, 2008, 2:47 am

I have a 2" receiver hitch on my 2003, NHW11. I also have a Harbor
Freight folding trailer I use for lightweight, oversized loads. No real
problem since I'm at city speeds and city distances.

If you are interested in doing highway travel, I'd recommend keeping the
speeds as modest as possible, say 55 mph max. But if you are serious,
think about installing a temperature probe. This will give you a way to
at least monitor the transaxle temperature.

Bob Wilson

Posted by David Kelly on April 28, 2008, 2:58 am
 R.J. Babin wrote:

What you are suggesting is a pretty high wind load.

As others have said, the Prius is built for efficiency with little
overhead. All come with traction control and no means of override
because Toyota is concerned about protecting the delicate driveline.

At least one place sells receiver hitchs, nominally for use with bicycle

This guy puts his Kayak on top, which is even greater wind load than a
trailer: http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/toyota-prius/

Posted by Mr Ed on April 28, 2008, 12:55 pm
 The address for the trailer hitch is:


Mr Ed

Posted by Tomes on April 28, 2008, 9:57 pm

.... and this is also on the website:
**NOTE: As Toyota does not recommend towing by the Prius, Coastal Electronic
Technologies intends the use of its' receiver hitches for bike racks and
related accessories and not for towing.**

I would be calling this a bike hitch or an accessory hitch rather than a
trailer hitch.

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