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    46 MPG towing a 2014 RXP-X w/ Triton Trailer.

    I have been pulling with my Prius C

    I have a Scangauge to monitor all vital temps which are all within normal operating range.


    Speed limit when pulling is 55mph here in California which is no problem towing with the C. My lake is 2700 feet and I can climb the grade no problem.

    I installed Firestone Ride-Rite air springs for extra support.

    My TorkLift Ecohitch hitch is the best made! Welds are and fit are top notch. Made in the USA.

    Rated for 2000lbs and 200lbs tongue weight.

    I have full LED on my trailer and radial tires.

    This setup is ready for long road trips!


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    That will give you more fuel to burn on the ski ....hmmmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by superjetpilot View Post
    I have been pulling with my Prius C

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    I installed Firestone Ride-Rite air springs for extra support.

    ... TorkLift Ecohitch hitch ... Rated for 2000lbs and 200lbs tongue weight.

    I have full LED on my trailer and radial tires.

    Thing setup is ready for long road trips!


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    What tongue weight is the trailer applying to the tow ball?

    Does the Prius have low rolling resistance tires? If yes, how is the traction/grip when pulling up a wet launch ramp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve-m31164 View Post
    That will give you more fuel to burn on the ski ....hmmmmm

    Yea that was the main reason I did the install. I could pull with my Land Rover Defender @ 15mpg. For 110 mile round trip to the only lake near by worth ridding. It adds up quick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by superjetpilot View Post
    I have been pulling with my Prius C

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    I installed Firestone Ride-Rite air springs for extra support.

    ... TorkLift Ecohitch hitch ... Rated for 2000lbs and 200lbs tongue weight.

    I have full LED on my trailer and radial tires.

    Thing setup is ready for long road trips!


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    What tongue weight is the trailer applying to the tow ball?

    Does the Prius have low rolling resistance tires? If yes, how is the traction/grip when pulling up a wet launch ramp?
    The tongue weight showed 164lbs at the dolly so it would be a bit less at the tongue? This is not on a full tank on the ski.

    I have the Yokohama Avid Accend LLR which have very good traction. I have the larger 195/55/16" factory option wheels and they grip very good!

    In fact my friends F150 was having traction issues on his gravel drive way where my double trailer and Honda Aquatrax were. It had sunk in a bit and need a pull. I hit the EV button to lock EV mode and I pulled trailer out with no a hint of wheel slip. His truck would slip doing it.

    The electric motors make good torque. I believe the HSD ( Hybrid Synergy Drive) also deliverers torque very even to both wheels which is why it doesn't slip.

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    It's very easy to get a heavy foot in f150 where torque is plentyful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by superjetpilot View Post
    ... I have the Yokohama Avid Accend LLR which have very good traction. I have the larger 195/55/16" factory option wheels and they grip very good! ...
    Does the Prius have an actual tow weight rating?

    How well does it handle sudden emergency lane change and emergency braking maneuvers at highways speeds?

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    LOL I toe with my Jetta TDi. Its a 2003 and I get around 46 also, but its a diesel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by superjetpilot View Post
    ... I have the Yokohama Avid Accend LLR which have very good traction. I have the larger 195/55/16" factory option wheels and they grip very good! ...
    Does the Prius have an actual tow weight rating?

    How well does it handle sudden emergency lane change and emergency braking maneuvers at highways speeds?
    This is the Prius C which is smaller then the Prius Liftback which is mostly what people drive.

    It states Not Recommended for towing. It does not say "You Can't Tow"

    The C is based on the Yaris chassis but further reinforced and stiffened. In Europe, Australia or Canada. The Yaris with engines from 1.0l to 1.5l are rated to tow for 1245lbs or 1975lbs with trailer brakes. This is straight from Toyota's web site.

    There is a lot of discussion on other forums about this. Many same cars overseas have tow ratting but the same car here does not. Owners even went through the cars to check for changed parts and most case they were the same exact drive train with no extra cooling parts.

    There are liability here in the US and truck sales to push. In Europe people don't us trucks like they do it here. Many hatchback owners pull trailers and that's very popular.

    For brakes the C can do 60-0 in 123 feet from Motor Trend. A 2015 Ford F150 2.7 Eco Boost Lariat the most popular truck in the US. Does it in 127 feet. This is with the new aluminum body. The old one was worse.

    The C is lite and stops pretty good thanks to the electric regenerative brakes. In case I'm going down hill I can use a engine brake mode which really helps slow down the car if I need to.

    I have been cut off and stopped hard in front once. I hit the break hard but not full lock and it stopped right away. I haven't done any radical lane changes yet but with a lower center of gravity and lite weight the C would take emergency lane changes better then a big truck. Radical lane changes can be dangerous because you can hit people you may have not seen. Better in some case just to hit the brakes and take your chance then to cause a chain reaction.

    Overall the experiencing so far has been surprisingly good. It's as if nothing is even behind me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Water4fire View Post
    LOL I toe with my Jetta TDi. Its a 2003 and I get around 46 also, but its a diesel.
    Diesels are awesome no doubt about it. With the VW though they have expesive fuel system that need to be rebuilt at around 100k like the injector pumps.

    I normal get 60mpg and can get even more if I want to hypermile.

    The 46mpg was with the mountain climb. If it was a flatter tow. I get much better numbers and in the city is really good which what the C stands for.

    Here is a 82.9mpg drive I did with my parents in the car for 41.9 miles.

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