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Old 09-08-2011, 06:27 PM   #29
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Good joke, but Smart Fortwo are limited to VERY light towing capacity due to VERY flimsy rear bumper steel inserts into a light aluminium bumper.

Really, you must consider the maximum gross weight of your trailer (fully loaded max autorized weight) and find a matched vehicle for this load with a professionnaly installed hitch. Your car insurance will not cover if your trailer overloads the towing vehicle. Preferably you should look for electric brakes and a proportionnal brake controller (not just ON/OFF). The lighter and the shorter the towing vehicle, the more you will need anti-sway bar and electric brakes.

Towing capacity is often considerably increased by adding an automatic transmission cooler. Transmission internal plastic bushings willl otherwise overheat and fail prematurely. This will provide the towing power, but not the stopping power you need. Towing rating often specify that it requires independent brakes on the trailer: go ahead and read the fine prints of the specs !!! Another advantage of adding brakes on the trailer is that the towing vehicle brakes will last considerably longer. If you are towing for any significant distance in hills, independent brakes on the RV will pay for itself within a couple of seasons.

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Well yes, obviously the trailer fits the vehicle. I just thought it was remarkable to see this rig. We tow our 17ft EggCamper with a Toyota Highlander Hybrid. It was perfect for the 7882 miles of our maiden trip in the EggCamper.
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:26 AM   #30
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" We tow our 17ft EggCamper with a Toyota Highlander Hybrid. It was perfect for the 7882 miles of our maiden trip in the EggCamper. "

GailO,

What kind of mileage did you get towing with the Toyota Highland Hybrid?

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Old 09-09-2011, 08:14 AM   #31
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" We tow our 17ft EggCamper with a Toyota Highlander Hybrid. It was perfect for the 7882 miles of our maiden trip in the EggCamper. "

GailO,

What kind of mileage did you get towing with the Toyota Highland Hybrid?

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I am sorry we didn't bother to record that, but next time we go I will. We are planning another drive to California & Oregon, with Eggboy in the winter.
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Old 09-11-2011, 05:13 PM   #32
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Saw this at Yellowstone.
We towed with a 2003 Toyota Echo 4 door sedan 1.6L for over 5 years and class I hitch just kept the load under 1000 lbs and no problems

Sway bar plate, proportional brakes and transaxle cooler are all very good ideas

Old draw bar with sway bar plate used with Echo cost about $110 with small ball plus extra for friction sway bar unit

P.S. Loved the milage! towing
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:41 PM   #33
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Towing my '81 13' Casita w/ a 2002 Civic EX Coupe.

Couple significant points that help:

We WILL be adding brakes to the Casita. (Just picked it up last weekend.)

We have a MANUAL Transmission, so not the same concerns there as automatic as far as overloading the trans, overheating it, etc.

The EX Model of this year Civic (at least the coupe) w/ the manual trans. has shorter gearing (higher revs at a given speed), so it's got more oomph up hills.


We did OK up some pretty steep/long hills, but had to drop it down to 4th for those. Put about 100 miles on this weekend bringing the Casita to where we were tent camping from the prev. owner, and then home from there. Only issue was a fair amount of bucking from rear suspension over certain bump scenarios. (Not uncommon on WI roadsaccording to RV magazine I read!) I also suspect a higher hitch ball (in the works) and or new shocks (Current ones are getting worn) may help.

On the interstate, had it up to 70, but we cruised around 64-65.

Best guess so far is that MPG went from 35-36 Hwy to about 27 w/ the trailer.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:53 PM   #34
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We tow with a 2004 Honda CRV with a manual transmission, towing a 1991 Scamp 16 and reguarly get 22-23 mpg. We now have about 200,000 miles on the CRV. It has been very strong. Our non-normal repairs include a thermostat and a fan. We have made two loops of the USA, getting ready for our third, plus over a good part of Canada.

I know there was a thread about by guy from Texas that towed with a Honda Fit with a manual transmission.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:05 PM   #35
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Smallest car??

Maybe this one.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:15 PM   #36
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In Germany the govt sets trailer towing capacities as well as approves even the design of trailer hitches. That said, the 36 HP VW Bug was certified to tow the 12' Eriba Puck Fiberglass & Aluminum trailers,
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:16 PM   #37
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I saw a Smart car pulling a cargo trailer a little longer & wider than the Smart car & about 4 feet taller. Both the Smart car & trailer were wrapped & advertising some kind of smart battery or eco-friendly lawnmowing something.

I think that might beat out the Mini.

Edit: Got motivated to Google it... http://mowsmart.com/Why_Choose_MowSm..._mowsmart.html
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That mini was back when I had a 16' SD. Since I got the 17'SD I'm towing with an F150.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:30 PM   #39
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toyota solara v6 tows my pontoon boat

My small pontoon boat weighs near 1800 lbs. depending, like a trailer, how much stuff one carries on it. This has been towed long distances with my 05 Totoya Solara v6 and it tows it like a breeze here in the Rocky Mountains up and down
six percent grades to elevations over 10,000 feet. I sometimes take it out of OD.l

I am looking for a Casita or Scamper 13 or 16 to drive the Alaska Hiway again.
Does anyone know of a good well contained unit I could buy for cash.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:23 AM   #40
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I saw a Smart car pulling a cargo trailer a little longer & wider than the Smart car & about 4 feet taller. Both the Smart car & trailer were wrapped & advertising some kind of smart battery or eco-friendly lawnmowing something.

I think that might beat out the Mini.

Edit: Got motivated to Google it... http://mowsmart.com/Why_Choose_MowSm..._mowsmart.html
Lol! I was having trouble picturing that trailer by your description. Now I see the typo: should have been "4 feet tall," not "4 feet taller [than the Smart]."

That would have been quite a trailer!
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I know I repost this image every year or so, and apologise to those who remember it, but I do like it!

The Weferlinger 200 trailer is seriously small and light (660lb loaded) but the Bond towing it has a single cylinder 200cc two-stroke motor with all of 10hp. I presume the bicycle was carried so that it could be hooked up as a 'double header' to get the rig over hills. As the Bond had poor cable brakes, I have no idea how it went downhill - well, apart from quickly.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:49 AM   #42
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Lol! I was having trouble picturing that trailer by your description. Now I see the typo: should have been "4 feet tall," not "4 feet taller [than the Smart]."

That would have been quite a trailer!
I could have sworn the one I saw had a taller trailer than the one in the picture. Could have just been surprise though. It's a bit taller than 4 feet total, about 6' or something I'd wager, average person height ish.
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