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Old 02-13-2014, 07:29 AM   #29
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I have a 2005 Prius and a 2002 Mazda Miata. Neither can tow anything - not even a bicycle (though the Miata had an optional luggage carrier). Guess I'll have to get rid of the Prius in order to buy a Nissan XTerra.
There are many who are using the Prius for towing. Here is a hitch for a Miata...CURTŪ - Mazda Miata 1998-2005 Rear Trailer Hitch with Receiver Opening
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:38 AM   #30
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I had so many experienced people who were horrified that I wanted to tow with the Prius that I decided to go with an XTerra. This should generate many comments, but maybe I will start with the Prius, and get the XTerra if it doesn't work. Thanks for the encouragement!
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:44 AM   #31
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In Canada we start towing at a young age and work our way up.

Utility trailer behind a 77 Granada coupe. Made a custom receive (hidden behind a hinged licence plate. Car hauler. Coleman pop up, Airstream TT.
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:22 AM   #32
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Hay rake and baler behind various tractors in high school days. Baling I was usually on the wagon. Dumped mess hall garbage from a utility trailer behind a 3/4ton and occasionally hooked on a deuce.5, R.V.N. 1970. Had to back to the edge of a pit; couldn't see the darn thing with bows and canvas on the trucks but I managed to avoid destroying the trailer or backing it over the edge of the pit. Night SOG did this chore every morning BEFORE breakfast. Compensation in that shake and bake NCOs didn't have to burn sh7t. Fishing boat and an old Lippincott Comet behind a couple of Toy Hilux trucks. Utility trailer behind a couple of 4runners. Only pulling this egg for about three yrs. I could have happily lived the remainder of my life without towing anything. Now I wish I could spend more time camping but don't find the accumulation of towing miles all that enticing.

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Old 02-13-2014, 11:11 AM   #33
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Ten years of truck driving I towed quite a variety of trailers and learned to back them up pretty good. As a local driver you may back up ten to fifteen times a day. Now ,retired, I love towing my Scamp 16'. I wish I could do it more but not just yet. Still getting used to being retired and a big change in income. All in due time.
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:16 AM   #34
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There are many who are using the Prius for towing. Here is a hitch for a Miata...CURTŪ - Mazda Miata 1998-2005 Rear Trailer Hitch with Receiver Opening
As this thread is suppose to be about people sharing actual towing experience I would suggest that anyone interested in actual towing experience with a Miata contact user Dyanear via PM. Last time I heard from him he was looking for a used Subaru due to his white knuckle towing experience pulling a 13' Scamp with a Miata.
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:30 PM   #35
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There are many who are using the Prius for towing.
Most of them aren't towing much, or very far. And please do note that I said MOST of them... no need to post the exceptions-to-the-rule we've all seen before.



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I had so many experienced people who were horrified that I wanted to tow with the Prius that I decided to go with an XTerra. This should generate many comments, but maybe I will start with the Prius, and get the XTerra if it doesn't work. Thanks for the encouragement!
Before committing yourself to the Prius as tow vehicle, Deborah, do consider the costs associated with making it do that job, which may be substantial in more ways than one. Overtowing with small vehicles attracts some people just because of the "look at me" factor, but it should be understood that there are risks involved if contemplating towing something as naturally heavy/awkward/wind resistant as a standup travel trailer.

In addition to cash expense of initial setup/car wear and tear, overtowing also requires a degree of focus that can make the experience less than relaxing, to put it mildly. Anecdotal evidence at this very site seems to indicate that even the most passionate users of smaller tow vehicles often move up in size to bigger tugs, perhaps because they're seeking more edge in the safety/ease-of-use department.

And for the most part, those are folks whose smaller tugs were towing within or very near mfr. stated limits, not with a vehicle like a Prius whose maker refuses to "authorize" the towing of any trailer at all with this vehicle.
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What happens when your out in the middle of nowhere and you have a problem with the Prius? You may find a mechanic but does he know how to work on a car like that ? He may say he does but two weeks later when your car is all over the floor of his garage, well I don't think you'll be very happy. Just my thoughts.
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:43 AM   #37
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Francesca and Jeff - Thanks for your concern. Every time I see a post that people are towing with a Prius, I think "I'll be so much closer to buying my trailer". But then the anal engineer takes over, and I go back to buying an XTerra with 5000# capacity. It'll just be a little longer before I join everyone.
The Miata never was in play :-)
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What happens when your out in the middle of nowhere and you have a problem with the Prius? You may find a mechanic but does he know how to work on a car like that ? He may say he does but two weeks later when your car is all over the floor of his garage, well I don't think you'll be very happy. Just my thoughts.
Heck, I had that happen with my 1996 GMC Savana. I am convinced that real mechanics are a dying breed.
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I agree - they just look at the computer readout, and don't know how to fix a real mechanical problem.
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I got my first horse trailer in....1993 I think. And a crappy used Suburban to pull it with. My horse at the time (who is now 28 years old!!) was a TERRIBLE passenger. He would fall down on turns and I'd feel the trailer and him lurching around behind me. It was a pretty horrifying maiden voyage, and he never got any better. That damn horse would get off the trailer at our destination like nothing bad had happened, and he'd never hesitate to hop right back on. I once rode with him, obviously with somebody else driving to try to figure out exactly what his deal was. The only thing I was able to conclude is that he just couldn't be bothered to make the effort to stay upright. Well, at least he didn't freak himself out by falling and he never hurt himself. Weird.

I much prefer the quieter ride of the Burro these days.
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I think that is why most horse trailers have the the following letters on the rear "Caution Horses" to warn others of the erratic cargo.
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What happens when your out in the middle of nowhere and you have a problem with the Prius? You may find a mechanic but does he know how to work on a car like that ? He may say he does but two weeks later when your car is all over the floor of his garage, well I don't think you'll be very happy. Just my thoughts.
We tow with a Honda CRV and have been 500 dirt road miles and two ferries with14 ferry hours on two of ferry travel from the nearest Honda dealer and a source of parts. Our solution is a reliable car, carry a fan belt and a set of brake pads. In over 200,000 miles we haven't had a single reason to find a Honda dealer.

Nothing beats a reliable car. So far the only road failures were a thermostat and a cooling fan that we lived without until we got home.

There have been descriptions of North American cars with problems on this site that weren't satisfactorily repaired for many days and no dirt roads or ferry travel were involved.

Should one tow with a Prius? I don't know but for someone like me it would be fun to investigate. My biggest fear would be the CVT transmission.
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