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Old 07-07-2016, 01:35 PM   #15
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I tow a Prius

A Prius is a front wheel drive. When the front tires are going around it charges the battery.

The Prius VOM states it cannot be towed four down. It must be on a dolly due to the above. Don't want to burn out the $1,500. battery and or start a fire.

I tow mine on a dolly as instructed.
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Old 07-07-2016, 07:29 PM   #16
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...I have a Smart Electric Drive. it weighs 2000 pounds. I could use it, or buy a used Leaf. (they are retailing on the used market here for about $9500.) The Smart would have to be towed 4 wheels up, since it is rear wheel drive

We looked at the same thing (Smart Electric), but a 100 mile range when running around a place like Yellowstone would be limiting (the Grand Loop in the park with no side trips is more that), and when camping somewhere with places to see outside of the vehicle range would mean we might as well be stuck at home. So we bought a Ford C-MAX as our tow and love it (primary use is a commuting vehicle for my wife). Tows 4 down with minimal effort...just got back from a 2500 mile trip with zero issues. Thread here:

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Old 01-13-2017, 12:46 PM   #17
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We use the Leaf as toad when we know that either our side trips will be under 80 round trip, or there are charging stations at the destination. Charging in camp is 3.3 with the EVSE upgrade connected through their adapter to the 50amp at the site. We have a gas toad we take at other times. Stehl electric brake dolly.
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Old 01-13-2017, 12:57 PM   #18
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We use the Leaf as toad when we know that either our side trips will be under 80 round trip, or there are charging stations at the destination. Charging in camp is 3.3 with the EVSE upgrade connected through their adapter to the 50amp at the site. We have a gas toad we take at other times. Stehl electric brake dolly.
Thank you for posting. Although we normally pull our Smart electric on a trailer we also have a 2016 Leaf SV 30 KW. I wonder if you wouldn't mind posting a picture of the leaf on the dolly. I would also be interested in hearing your comments on how it trails, any special setup, cautions etc.

Thank you in advance.

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Pics and tips in the other post John. Pulls great. TST TPMS sensors on all tires, even toad and dolly, cause you never know.
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Pics and tips in the other post John. Pulls great. TST TPMS sensors on all tires, even toad and dolly, cause you never know.

Thanks dude.
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Is that an off the shelf trailer or custom?
Really interested in towing new 2017 electric smart behind our coach
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Is that an off the shelf trailer or custom?
Really interested in towing new 2017 electric smart behind our coach
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It was an off the shelf trailer by Kendon but they are no longer in production. However, modifying a standard single axle or dual axle trailer is pretty easy at a good welding shop.
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I found some pictures that might be interesting. The ED on the trailer behind the motorhome, the Smart ED and the EVSE mounted in the moorhome that charges the Smart.





Our "on the road" EVSE set up.

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Would be interested in your thoughts on trailer for new electric smart car
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Would be interested in your thoughts on trailer for new electric smart car
A number of people have used this trailer and then did some personal mods as far as preference for ramps, tie downs etc. I like it.

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Here is a picture of another members smart car on his aluma trailer. Looks good. Let us know how it goes.

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I never thought of a Smart car as very practical until I read this thread.

I found another trailer manufacturer that makes Smart car specific trailers at SMART CAR TRAILERS, SMALL CAR TRAILER, AND UTILITY TRAILERS
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