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Old 08-21-2016, 02:37 PM   #1
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Question Towing a Prius?

Hello, total newbie here, picking up Thor Chateau 29G on Tuesday. Original thought was to tow Prius on 18' flat trailer; people are telling me to tow Prius instead. Read warnings that Prius must be towed front wheels up, but some people even warned about that. Anyone pulled a Prius? HELP!

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I've towed my 2007 Prius on a Demco Kar Kaddy for 3 years without any problems.

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Old 08-21-2016, 03:18 PM   #3
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Hi, Welcome to the Forum!

We tow our 2012 Prius on an Eze Tow Dolly. It works fine but both of us have had back issues and before I retire we will be finding a vehicle that can tow four down so we aren't climbing underneath to attach security chains.

Also don't like having to deal with the dolly when camping. Where do you put it.

Otherwise, it towed with no issues. If you go to the Eze Tow Dolly site you will see them towing a Prius in their video. Good Luck
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Old 08-21-2016, 04:04 PM   #4
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Wish the Prius was flat towable. Don't want to fool with a dolly. So no Prius for us.
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Old 08-21-2016, 04:15 PM   #5
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Yep, the majority of newer cars cannot be flat towed. For a Prius, that means a car carrier trailer (high cost and weight) - or - tow dolly.

The dolly is a very easy option. We have over 15,000miles towing our Ford Hybrid (basically a mod'd Toyota Hybrid system). The EZE-tow was our choice, but all the major brands are good.

Your car will be very happy and safe up on the dolly, free of the miles added to the car's lower driveline and free of the risk of rock strikes like so common for flat towed cars.

Just load the car, cinch the tire straps, hook the safety chains and go (parking brake released, of course). We load and unload in about the same or less time with our travel partners who flat tow. Our dolly has built-in brakes and there's lights on most all dollies, so no mods to the car at all.

There's 2 point to know about dolly towing:
1. Where to put the dolly when stopped? If you must disconnect the dolly (rare on a Class C due to size) just slide it under the RV's rear overhang (you can get a caster for the tongue to make that super easy).
2. Getting under the car for loading/unloading? There is NO NEED to get under the car. If safety chain hook-up does not have an easy spot on the Prius, just add a loop of chain or steel cable to a hard point on the car, which is easy to access.

Just like flat-towing, always wear gloves to protect your hands while loading/unloading...and stop to check the hook-up a short distance after departure and at every stop.

If there is any question about dolly or trailer towing, why not test it with equipment rented from U-Haul? We did this 3 times just to be sure before purchasing anything for towing.

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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

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