Hi all! I'm new to these forums, and was hoping to get some help.
i've searched high and low to find an answer to "how do I properly tow my Prius V behind my RV?" I keep finding contradicting answers, so I thought I'd finally post and see what I can find out from you lovely people
I know that having a tow dolly with a built in swivel pan is probably the most ideal way to go, however I...just don't have one.
Since I have a tow dolly that DOESN'T have a swivel pan or wheels that turn, I know I need to make sure the Prius steering is unlocked for transport (similar to how the front wheels of a wagon need to be free to swivel).
How do I ensure that the steering wheel security lock doesn't activate?
I keep reading that if it kicks in, it will break during transport if you turn too far then straighten out.
Any time I search for some combination of that question, I get endless posts on how to unlock the steering wheel when that happens (or how to manually activate it)...but no answer on how to prevent this from happening entirely when being towed.
I've tried manually turning the wheel when the car is off, and it's REALLY hard to turn it! I haven't really been able to turn it back and forth enough to determine if mine will lock.
I can't put it in accessory mode (push button start), as the vehicle automatically shuts off after x amount of time.
I don't mind pulling the battery to accomplish this, if I KNOW that is what needs to be done to keep the steering mechanisms free to do their thing. I can always get a memory saver device.
I don't mind pulling a fuse if that is what needs to be done, too.
I've read that the steering wheel lock remains inactive after you turn the car off as long as you don't open the doors. Do I have to climb out the window 'Duke's of Hazard' style? Sounds fun, but I'm hoping I don't have to do that.
I just need to be 100% sure I can put the car into the proper state for long tow trips once I've secured it to the tow dolly, even if it's a pain in the you know what.
If anyone can give me a super straightforward answer to this, I'd be forever grateful.
I'm hoping someone out there has experience towing a 2010-2015 year Prius (V or non V), and has experience with the steering lock situation.