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Old 12-10-2014, 05:26 PM   #15
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I know people with the Yaris. I'm thinking wet bath and tow capacity of said vehicle are a bridge too far.

There are some ultra lite teardrops and motorcycle sized pop ups that would be within a more reasonable weight for a Yaris.

For a shower there are battery powered pumps that heat water using one of those disposable green propane tanks. Small compact and light weight. Fit in a small bucket used to hold the water. One of those and a phone booth sized tent with mesh floor made to be an outdoor shower might be an option. Another few years I'm going to need another size reference, who will still know how big a phone both was?

There are endless debates about towing capacity exceeding, not exceeding, dire warnings and counter arguments. It is essentially really simple if you push the limits you have to do so only to the point where you (personally) can still do so safely. Yaris and 1,500 lbs. of trailer is at the least a very demanding challenge to do safely. Not to mention the repair costs that the additional wear and tear are sure to require.

Would be cheaper, safer, and a lot more relaxing to pick up a used vehicle with a towing capacity sufficient to deal with the trailer you actually want.

The best explanation backed by actual data I have seen for why Europe and US have such different towing specifications from manufacturer is speed. How fast you go has a huge impact on stability and ability to stop. In Europe the speed limit for a trailer tow is much lower, and the fines are huge for speeding with a trailer. Assumption is vehicle will not exceed that speed. In the US we not only have higher speed limits for towing there is also the presumption that we will drive over those limits and closer to the flow of traffic speeds. Speed has a profound effect on stability, there are other factors such as trailer brakes being required, special drivers licenses etc. in Europe but it mostly dovetails with the degree of difference between our speeds.

Just don't overwork your guardian angel with your tow/trailer combination.
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Old 12-10-2014, 05:57 PM   #16
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Buy the trailer and rent the truck when you need it. Put the Yaris in the back of the truck and use it to run around when you get to the camp ground. You can mount an RF brake controller to the trailer so you can have electric brakes when you rent your truck.
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:48 PM   #17
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Okay, so now we know more.

A YARIS.. OMG, my daughter and SOL have a Yaris. Great gas mileage car, but NO WAY would I recommend ANY brand/size of an all molded towable (even SANS bathroom) they could/should tow. I love them both too much.

You might be able to get away with towing a motorcycle tent trailer, but they don't have onboard full bathrooms.

Be safe, be sane.
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:52 PM   #18
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What is a Yaris? Is that like a "Yugo" or something similar? I've never heard of one, much less seen one.
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Old 12-10-2014, 09:33 PM   #19
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Maybe Google has the answer.
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:12 PM   #20
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What is a Yaris? Is that like a "Yugo" or something similar? I've never heard of one, much less seen one.
It's a Toyota build.

This is what my daughter and SOL have... a bit larger than a Smart Car!
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:54 PM   #21
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It's a Toyota build.

a bit larger than a Smart Car!
Not much! I know as I almost drove right over one with my little truck on the freeway the other night when it pulled out in front of me without looking first....

Agree with others - probable a good little commuter car but not something I would tow a 2000lb trailer with.
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Old 12-10-2014, 11:03 PM   #22
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The Yaris brings back memories of the '84 Dodge Omni I once owned. About the same weight and power. Not a good egg hauler. A used Alite 300 could work, or a Little Guy Mypod, or a Livin' Lite Quicksilver 6.0 popup. That's about as big and heavy as I would want to go with a Yaris.
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Old 12-11-2014, 07:10 AM   #23
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Had you looked for a receiver for it? Does it have a frame for such?
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Old 12-11-2014, 07:35 AM   #24
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At least one mfg (Curt?) makes a receiver hitch for this "Do Not Tow" vehicle and, according to a post on the Yaris site (see earlier link), it is attached using the shipping tie-down hooks.
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Old 12-11-2014, 08:08 AM   #25
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I know nothing about the Yaris except it is in the same class as the Honda Fit. I compared the Fit to the Yaris. They are almost identically sized vehicles except the Fit has higher horsepower.

The Scamp 13 (with Scamp brakes) has been towed successfully by at least one owner using a Honda Fit described on this site by DonFromTexas.

Unfortunately the Economical Tow Vechile thread is dominated by site members; we get very little of Don's experience. You could send Don a PM, someone who has actually towed with a similarly sized vehicle.

Economical Tow Vehicle

Air Conditioning a 13 ft Scamp

The Great American Anti-Towing Conspiracy

I also suggest you google Yaris Towing
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Old 12-11-2014, 09:02 AM   #26
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There is a link to "Towing with a Yaris" in post #13 and the replies seem to be divided into two groups (as is often the case hereabout).


Personally I can't see any way that a small Yaris or a Fit can safely tow a 1500-2000 lb trailer and I hope that I am never next to or near someone doing so on the road when things go bad.


As often mentioned, just because you can do something doesn't mean that you should.
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:07 AM   #27
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Or, you could buy a motorhome and tow the Yaris. It would make the perfect running-around car once you reach your destination, so the motorhome can stay in camp.
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:13 AM   #28
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Have you guys ever seen a Chevy "Spark"? wow... we drove one last year while the Cobalt was being repaired from a rear-end collision from a driver while my daughter was driving. I believe it's a little smaller than a Yaris.

On the Yaris? With the listed tow capacity? It's just like anything else... you're ok until you're in an accident and the liability hits then you're sunk. Is it really worth the risk? Not to me.
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