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Old 08-24-2017, 05:00 PM   #1
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Scamp 13 Towing with 2016 Prius

I was reading about the new towing capabilities of the 2016 and newer Prius here:
https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/t...ng-capability/

I have a 2016 and I'm thinking I might try it. I have the 13' Scamp without bathroom. If I take off the propane tank and drain the clean water tank I should easily be under the maximum towing load of 1598 pounds.

I'm thinking that I'd get approx. 50 miles per gallon allowing a 4 MPH decrease for hauling the trailer (maybe more/maybe less), but it's sure tempting.

I know it's a risk putting a strain on vehicles that aren't designed for towing, so I will have to give it some serious consideration.

Until then I'm towing with my Sprinter diesel van (20 MPG on my first trip with it):
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Old 08-24-2017, 05:50 PM   #2
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I'd expect more of a drop than 4mpg. My Pilot drops about 7mpg. Generally the smaller the engine, the greater the drop.

Diesels change the game. Small displacement gas-electric hybrids are uncharted territory. We do have a few members towing with larger hybrids, such as the Highlander. Perhaps they'll chime in.

I'll look forward to your reports!
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Old 08-24-2017, 06:32 PM   #3
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My Tacoma goes from about 20mpg to 16mpg towing, but I would also think that the penalty for towing a trailer is some sort of a ratio, not a difference, so with a high mileage vehicle the number would also be higher. An interesting question.
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Thank you both for the input.

I think I will not try it. I just got over-enthusiastic thinking my Prius could tow 1600 pounds.
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Old 08-24-2017, 07:13 PM   #5
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My Tacoma goes from about 20mpg to 16mpg towing, but I would also think that the penalty for towing a trailer is some sort of a ratio, not a difference, so with a high mileage vehicle the number would also be higher. An interesting question.
I had a carpool friend years ago with a Honda Civic, He consistently lost 4MPG with only one passenger! (34MPG and 30)
My turn with the Fairmont 4dr (4CYL STICK) lost nothing measurable but got about 25MPG with or without a passenger. (much bigger car)
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Old 08-24-2017, 10:23 PM   #6
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Frontal area is a relevant consideration. I think if the Scamp were a couple feet shorter, the Prius might do tolerably well. As it is, you'd probably want to keep it under 50 mph... maybe under 45.

Now, if you had one of these....
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Lisa, there was a lady from Florida that had been towing her 13' Scamp with her Prius, and had no problems doing so in flat Florida. You could try an archive search for towing with a Prius, then send her a PM.
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I enjoyed reading the additional posts.
That Little Guy Trailer would surely tow well, too bad I love the height of the Scamp more.
Time to go search for that woman in Florida, thanks for the tip on that.
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Lisa, there was a lady from Florida that had been towing her 13' Scamp with her Prius, and had no problems doing so in flat Florida. You could try an archive search for towing with a Prius, then send her a PM.
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I haven't found the lady from FL yet, but I did locate a couple of Prius users' posts just now:
Finally found (and got) my Scamp!
(see post #4 in this thread: ) gas milleage

I didn't recall these, so it was a bit surprising to me. Maybe the Prius would do fine with a 13' Scamp after all. But the fuel economy advantage would be minimal.
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Thanks Mike for those links.
I was thinking the Prius would have been a nice comfy ride compared to the Cargo van I am using. Gas mileage is a bonus.
Right now I'm having coffee in the Scamp in my driveway.
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It would be up to Toyota to say if you can tow anything, or how much.
I did see a Prius with a trailer hitch, but it was just pulling a small untility trailer.
The rear end is low to the ground, so any hitch you put on needs to fit up tight to the bumper with a high rise bll mount.
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Old 08-25-2017, 11:21 AM   #12
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Interesting thread. The Prius has earned and deserves respect from the automotive industry. I was more of a skeptic when they were introduced. But they are one of the most viable alternatives for daily driving.

I never considered the Prius a tow vehicle. Do you have a Harley Davidson?

Never mind, I suspect plenty of us would enjoy hearing about your results with your Prius. But most of us wouldn't try it, if we owned a Prius.

I also suspect the drop in mileage might exceed 4 mpg. First, most do not buy RVs for primarily city driving. My understanding is that the Prius does best in city driving, where it operates as an electric for a higher percentage of the time.

On a highway, I understand the small gasoline engine plays a bigger role. In that case, I would expect a bigger mpg drop. Perhaps 1/4th to 1/3rd.

Like I said, "Let us know."

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I did buy the hitch and wire kit, and will have it installed to support some mountain bikes, but I bet I'll hook the Scamp up even if only to drive it around the block.

I noticed on YouTube that a young couple tow their Scamp (same layout as mine), with a Mini Cooper manual shift.
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We are on our third Prius, this last one is a Prius V. It makes less mileage than the regular ones, but still good.
We do get higher MPG on the highway than in town, but that is because we live in a hilly place. We've learned that using the "goose-it-and-coast" method gets better mpg.
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