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Old 08-27-2014, 09:26 AM   #1
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Has anyone towed a Prius?

Hello,

Has anyone towed a Prius behind a MH? If so, did you use a dolly and did you have to disconnect something so the steering wheel moved freely for the towing?

Thank you, Lynne
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:16 PM   #2
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A Prius must be towed on a dolly (or trailer). If the dolly has a pivot pan the steering wheel should be tied down to prevent it from turning.
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Hello,

Has anyone towed a Prius behind a MH? If so, did you use a dolly and did you have to disconnect something so the steering wheel moved freely for the towing?

Thank you, Lynne
If you check the owner's manual, Toyota doesn't recommend it.
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Bob,

I checked the VOM and could find no info on it which is why I was asking. I called Toyota and they said "Yes, with a dolly" but would not E-mail me the info.
I am thinking when we go fulltime we will be selling the Prius and keeping the Colorado. Dang, the Prius gets twice the mpg as the Colorado.

Oh well! Thank you for the info though. Lynne
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Several folks here towing Prius using a dolly. Ford c/max hybrid can be flat towed.
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Bob,

I checked the VOM and could find no info on it which is why I was asking. I called Toyota and they said "Yes, with a dolly" but would not E-mail me the info.
I am thinking when we go fulltime we will be selling the Prius and keeping the Colorado. Dang, the Prius gets twice the mpg as the Colorado.

Oh well! Thank you for the info though. Lynne
if you are into gas mileage, you can look at honda fit. i am getting 42 - 46 mpg. a great little car without the complexity and battery worriness.
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if you are into gas mileage, you can look at honda fit. i am getting 42 - 46 mpg. a great little car without the complexity and battery worriness.
Just bought a 2013 Honda fit. Does it need a fuse removed when towing? Any other things I should be aware of?
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if you are into gas mileage, you can look at honda fit. i am getting 42 - 46 mpg. a great little car without the complexity and battery worriness.
Last I read the '15 Fit with CV trans was not towable four down. Has that changed?
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Hi, I'm considering adding a toad to our 2000 Tradewinds 7370. I like the DEMCO SS because it is so compact when storing. My Prius is a 2011 and I am not sure about the procedure in towing this vehicle. First question I have is do I leave the car running? If I turn it off it automatically switches to "Park". Just the basics I need to learn for the auto prep before driving away. The other question is my RV unit. Is a 300 HP Turbo enough form me towing the car?
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Hi, I'm considering adding a toad to our 2000 Tradewinds 7370. I like the DEMCO SS because it is so compact when storing. My Prius is a 2011 and I am not sure about the procedure in towing this vehicle. First question I have is do I leave the car running? If I turn it off it automatically switches to "Park". Just the basics I need to learn for the auto prep before driving away. The other question is my RV unit. Is a 300 HP Turbo enough form me towing the car?
According to Toyota, a Prius can't be towed 4 down. No way, no how. You could put the front wheels on a dolly and tow it that way. To see if your RV can tow a vehicle, check the sticker on the driver's side wall for GVWC and look up the weight of the car you wish to tow. The numbers tell the tale.

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Last I read the '15 Fit with CV trans was not towable four down. Has that changed?
The manual transmission version of the Fit is still towable 4 down. But if you want/need an automatic, you are out of luck.
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Hi Bob, Never planned to tow with 4 wheels down. As I said in my post I like the Demco SS. This is a Tow Dolly. Thanks on the GVWC I will check. My main concern is the electronics in the Prius. If the car is turned off the transmission will electronically go to Park. That is why I am asking what the procedure is for making my Prius ready to tow after Dolly hookup.
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The PARK position locks the drive wheels with a pawl in the transmission. Since your drive wheels will be on the dolly, I don't see the issue. Just be sure parking brake is off.
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Thanks a lot Bob. I don't know why I didn't know that. What about the steering wheel? I have heard some talk of tying the steering wheel. Anyone know about this? Or if it is necessary.
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