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Old 12-12-2014, 09:16 AM   #29
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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.
Hang the liability, what about putting Humpty Dumpty (me) back together after I get all busted up in the accident? I will just continue to tow with my (probably too large) current tow vehicle thank you.
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:05 AM   #30
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The question was just asked by Floyd and obviously deleted; does anyone make a hitch for the Yaris? Yes. Here's a link to a CURT hitch rated at 2000lbs. That still doesnt make it "legal" (OR safe) if the TOW Cap of the vehicle is lower than the hitch rating.

2014 Toyota Yaris Trailer Hitch | etrailer.com
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:15 AM   #31
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Hang the liability, what about putting Humpty Dumpty (me) back together after I get all busted up in the accident? I will just continue to tow with my (probably too large) current tow vehicle thank you.
So, you sit on the wall on this issue??
Real men don't want to be quiche.
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:52 AM   #32
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The question was just asked by Floyd and obviously deleted; does anyone make a hitch for the Yaris? Yes. Here's a link to a CURT hitch rated at 2000lbs. That still doesnt make it "legal" (OR safe) if the TOW Cap of the vehicle is lower than the hitch rating.

2014 Toyota Yaris Trailer Hitch | etrailer.com
Yes Darral, I deleted that question, since I saw that it was already asked in post#23.

The fact that a reputable company makes a hitch for the Yaris is of course, not definitive... but it is a factor to consider for those who want to make informed decisions.
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My point was, just because it says 2000 lbs for the hitch, doesnt make it a good choice to tow with. Especially, when the Yaris's actual US cap is somewhere around 700??

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Yes Darral, I deleted that question, since I saw that it was already asked in post#23.

The fact that a reputable company makes a hitch for the Yaris is of course, not definitive... but it is a factor to consider for those who want to make informed decisions.
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Old 12-12-2014, 02:39 PM   #34
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That item certainly has a use as a receiver for removable bicycle racks & other light weight carriers and may be suitable for that use. And it may also be labeled "Do Not Exceed Vehicle Manufacturers Towing Limits".
Here's a link to the Curt page: Hitch Lookup for 2014 Toyota Yaris Liftback, Excluding SE


As I have mentioned before, the factory installed receiver on my Blazer is labeled at 6000 lbs, well over the vehicles capacity per the owners manual.
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:14 PM   #35
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Yes Darral, I deleted that question, since I saw that it was already asked in post#23.

The fact that a reputable company makes a hitch for the Yaris is of course, not definitive... but it is a factor to consider for those who want to make informed decisions.
It just like any hitch and tug combo. The hitch is rated to X so many pounds but the tug is also rated to only X so many pounds. The lower of the two is the one that needs to be followed for safety reasons.

The Class system IMO of rating hitches is outdated and leads some misinformed people to believe just because they can buy a hitch that is rated at X so many lbs for a tug, then they can tow that amount.

Would be way better if North America was to do the same as is done in Europe were the hitch is stamped and rated at the same tow rating the tug manufacture has set for the tug. No tow rating for the car, no hitch. Simple.
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Not sure how that could work Carol. You're buying the generic hitches from about anywhere. So, the hitch CAN carry the weight that's stamped on them. It's up to the person if they're buying and installing it themselves to use common sense and understand they can only tow at the capacity of the weakest link.

Now if they take it to a dealer or a professional customizing shop or what have you, I agree 100%! It would be interesting to know that in the case of a lawsuit (the legals we speak of when concerning towing OVER the cap. of the TV) where a business would stand in the scheme of things that installed it knowing that it was rated for more than the vehicle. To me, it simply falls back on the owner.... common sense? (Unless of course something broke that was caused by the installer). And finally, I'm surprised insurance doesnt have a "say" in this type of situation if they know about it...then again if they DONT, are they obligated to pay out?

Interesting stuff..
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Not sure how that could work Carol. You're buying the generic hitches from about anywhere. So, the hitch CAN carry the weight that's stamped on them.

Interesting stuff..
It works well in Europe.

There you call into a hitch shop and tell them the make and model of the car and they order in the hitch and put a hitch on it that is made for that car and its stamped with a rating the same as the cars tow rating. Simple. You go to hitch shop to buy a hitch to install yourself the same thing happens. Your sold a hitch that is stamped with the same rating as the car you have. Simple. Police stop and check your set up they look at the stamp on the hitch and they may even ask to see the manual for the car to make sure the manufactures rating is the same as what is on the hitch. If I am not mistaken the European cars may actually have a sticker on them showing the actual towing capacity if it has one. They look at the trailer and its weight decals and if your over your fined. Doesnt get any simpler as far as how it works.

Funny enough Nissan has gone to the same type of system. When I asked if the factory hitch was a Class III or a IV, I was told Nissan no longer uses the Class system for rating their factory installed hitches and has gone to the same practise as they do in Europe and said the hitch was simple rated at the same towing capacity as the truck. It neither a Class III or a Class IV. Again simple and effective. It also has a sticker on it stating its capacity to be the same as the trucks. Again pretty simple system.
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Oh! Never mind
What worked in Europe was precisely why I'm an American!
Thus the Preamble.
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