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Posted by Al M on May 26, 2008, 6:11 pm

I have purchased but not installed a trailer hitch for my 2008.  It
bolts in place of two very beefy brackets on the rear frame.  My
thinking on the car's capability is that at moderate speeds the trailer
can't be more load than a fully loaded interior.  Toyota lists the car's
payload at about 800 pounds.  If I keep the weight of the trailer,
driver, passengers and cargo below that how can that be a problem (other
than the warranty)?

Posted by Shawn Hirn on June 1, 2008, 10:38 am

The weight distribution is all wrong. Its your car, of course, so do
what you want, but I assume Toyota knows a lot more about the
capabilities of its products than you (or anyone else on this forum) do.
I doubt the frame is designed with towing in mind. That being said, I
wish you good luck with your experiment.

Posted by Ike on June 1, 2008, 8:13 pm
 Shawn Hirn wrote:

Last week I saw a (current edition) Prius towing a
boat/trailer combination that appeared to be about 14'.
The load included a motor, a couple of chests, and a lot
of gear. At a stoplight I asked the obvious questions.

"I've been towing this for the past couple of summers,
no problems," and "the whole shebang weighs about 750

Is that about right for a 'shebang'?


Posted by Earle Jones on June 11, 2008, 12:15 am

The 'book' answer is:  Don't do it.  The manuals all say that the Prius
should not haul a trailer.

However, there are people who do it -- I am sure.


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