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Old 01-23-2019, 01:05 AM   #19
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Do you have a link to that youtube video, zoidberg444? Would love to see it.
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Old 02-01-2019, 03:59 PM   #20
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Done right, a second tow hook mount installed opposite the existing one might make a good attachment for a fork-type tow bar?
I really don't understand. Could you draw a picture?

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Wow. Ultra-cool. Thanks for posting. Would like to see what it's like inside the camper.....




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DUDE.

I SAW YOU ON SV SEEKER's CHANNEL ON YOUTUBE!

Nice work. I couldn't believe it. I take it your car is the 1NZ engine? I had a feeling it would do fine towing a small trailer. I have loaded my 1L up with hundreds of kilos and driven it up and down mountains for a couple weeks. These cars are tanks.
Thanks zoidberg444! Yes, all Yarii in the USA have the 1NZ. And I agree, these cars can handle a lot more than people expect.

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Do you have a link to that youtube video, zoidberg444? Would love to see it.
There are a few, here's one with my trailer around 31:20.

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So, the little trailer was a gateway drug. I've now ended up with this.



Poor Yaris has been demoted from the tractor to the toad. I'll probably keep the trailer to lend out to friends, unless someone really wants to buy a totally custom Yaris-sized travel trailer.

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Old 02-01-2019, 06:20 PM   #21
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I'll probably keep the trailer to lend out to friends, unless someone really wants to buy a totally custom Yaris-sized travel trailer.
It looks well done. You'd probably get a decent buck for it.

There's more demand for these type of trailers than you'd expect. I think it's because most people who want one don't have the skills to build one or the budget to buy factory built.
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Old 02-01-2019, 06:38 PM   #22
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Also many just can't afford something that needs a half ton truck to tow. I sold my truck. The maintenance and fuel costs are crazy. Wheel bearing on a yaris: $130cad. Wheel bearing on a 1500 ram: $450 cad. Funny thing is, the yaris with a small utility trailer can carry just much weight as a half ton pick up can in its bed. Just can't tow a 26' r.v. with a yaris.
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Old 02-01-2019, 09:51 PM   #23
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Thanks so much, grilled cheeseus! So awesome.....
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Old 02-01-2019, 10:56 PM   #24
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Yaris double tow bolts for receiving a tow hitch?

(for towing a Yaris...maybe)
There's a big eyebolt in the trunk that screws into the right side of the front bumper. Weld same socket for same eyebolt on left side of bumper.
Aim central axis of each eyebolt eye horizontally.
Now a typical sort of forked towbar can be fitted to a ball on the tow vehicle and swing vertically on the eyebolts so the towed and tow vehicles can move as they need to in road slope transitions, but stay in one track.
(Not advice, but something I'd consider for my own vehicle...I'd like to have two tow points at each end of the car in any case...like cars used to have.)
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Old 02-01-2019, 11:10 PM   #25
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(for towing a Yaris...maybe)
There's a big eyebolt in the trunk that screws into the right side of the front bumper. Weld same socket for same eyebolt on left side of bumper.
Aim central axis of each eyebolt eye horizontally.
Now a typical sort of forked towbar can be fitted to a ball on the tow vehicle and swing vertically on the eyebolts so the towed and tow vehicles can move as they need to in road slope transitions, but stay in one track.
(Not advice, but something I'd consider for my own vehicle...I'd like to have two tow points at each end of the car in any case...like cars used to have.)
Oh, got it, for flat-towing the Yaris!

For my trip back East later this spring, I'll probably just rent a car dolly from U-Haul. No mods to Yaris needed for that. Eventually I might install one of these which are actually designed for flat-towing. I don't think I would trust that eyebolt to not eventually strip the threads in the bumper.
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Old 02-02-2019, 11:37 AM   #26
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(for towing a Yaris...maybe)
There's a big eyebolt in the trunk that screws into the right side of the front bumper. Weld same socket for same eyebolt on left side of bumper.
Or for those who don't have access to a welder, a scrap yard is your friend. That eye bolt threads into the bumper rebar support. If you grab one from a u-pull yard, you can invert it and mount to the drivers side. Youll need to make a hole in the bumper rebar to access the threads in the mount and you'll only be able to get 2 of the 3 bolts that attach the rebar to the mounts (no big deal to me)



Here you can see
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Old 02-02-2019, 02:14 PM   #27
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Thanks for that idea and photo! Are those OEM Yaris towing eyebolts? All the way screwed in? (I didn't picture mine sticking out that far.)
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Old 02-02-2019, 02:17 PM   #28
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Yes sir
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Old 02-14-2019, 12:39 AM   #29
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Didn't mean for this thread to turn into an advert, but after upgrading I've decided to sell the little trailer. If anyone is interested, I'm asking $5k firm and it's currently in Tucson.
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Old 03-12-2019, 11:41 PM   #30
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To wit: https://tucson.craigslist.org/tro/d/...832242764.html
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Old 04-02-2019, 05:33 AM   #31
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towing a trailer too!

i did this! tho mine is bigger at 5ft wide and 1300 pounds. ususally cruise at 4k in 4th, 75mph. going up hills is a fight to stay at 60. manual. im really amazed at the yaris. tough little car.
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