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Old 01-14-2011, 10:06 AM   #1
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Anyone Have a trailer hitch on a Yaris??

I have owned My Yaris for 13 months and love it. I have driven Gas hog SUV'S for many years and dont plan on ever going back. With the suv's I have always been able to tow a trailer and am wondering if anyone on the forum has installed a trailer hitch and done any towing. I OCASIONALLY buy and sell motorcycles and sometimes I have to travel to pick them up. Would the Yaris be up to towing a 800 lb. Harley on a small trailer? I live in the the Spartanburg SC area,...no mountains here .just rolling hills. Thanks, Suey
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:08 AM   #2
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Several threads exist on towing. Just search trailer.
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Old 01-15-2011, 04:25 PM   #3
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Had a hitch on my ECHO and towed a 14 foot boat and outboard on it. Maybe 500 pounds? I think a Harley is no problem for your Yaris at least for short distances. U haul makes an outstanding mc trailer by the way and its $10 a day.
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:49 PM   #4
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A short distance would be fine , but I sure would not take it to the Dragon . Also things could get tricky if there is a rough patch or pothole in a turn considering the high center of gravity of the trailer with load and that there are probably no shocks or power assist brakes on the trailer . ( Most small trailers that I see are straight axle )
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:05 AM   #5
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I installed a Draw-tite hitch on mine yesterday. There's no way that I would tow anything substantial with it. The hitch more or less bolts up to sheet metal. I'm only using it for a bike rack.
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:32 AM   #6
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I had one like that a 1980 Subaru Hatchback. I put a metal plate on the inside of the sheetmetal. I used it to tow a 1500lb boat five miles to the boat ramp. The first time the car would not pull the boat out of the water up the ramp! I had to tie a 50 foot rope to the hitch and then to the trailer tounge.

Once I towed that boat 150 miles with that setup. The trailer fishtailed anything above 50 mph. I inspected the mounting inbetween towings. It was fine and I would trust it.
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:07 AM   #7
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i have a Hidden Hitch ,that's the brand name you can still see it. i pull a 4 foot box trailer and flat tow my dune buggy (about 900 lbs) . pulls fine but give yourself extra stopping distance.
i used Geo Metro's for delivery in my Spacewalk business for years 1.0 motors and 1500 lb cars. the only mishap was when a trailer spring broke. 9 cars and over a million miles of towing.
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Old 06-28-2011, 03:27 AM   #8
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1Up USA Bike Rack on 2010 3DR

The lightest, best-made bike rack available = 1Up USA! I have a single tray on my 1-1/4 receiver and you can add up to five! The Yaris should probably only have 2 max. Tongue limit is 70lbs per my 2010 manual on hitches and unadvised towing...
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:23 AM   #9
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I have one of these on my car. I only use it for a folding bike rack. I don't like the kind that strap onto the back of your car as I kept reading reviews that they can dent the car.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JIC1M8 It's towing capacity far outweighs the capacity of the Yaris AFAIK
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Old 07-02-2011, 10:03 AM   #10
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my wife wants to see what the hitch receiver looks like installed before we buy one to haul our bikes around. pictures anyone? =)
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Old 07-02-2011, 01:01 PM   #11
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my wife wants to see what the hitch receiver looks like installed before we buy one to haul our bikes around. pictures anyone? =)
Hey I will see if I can throw mine on for a sec and take a picture for you so you can see what it looks like.
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Old 07-23-2011, 03:13 AM   #12
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I finally got one too. Got the hitch and bike rack at etrailer.com for $181 shipped. I got me a draw tite hitch. Installation was a sinch only took me 30-40 minutes...



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Old 07-23-2011, 03:19 AM   #13
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it's about the law.
here we can carry 750kgr.

only the 1.4 d4d can carry 1000 kgr
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:30 AM   #14
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solarvitz - pic(s) without the bike rack installed ?
wife is concerned it will make the car look ugly or something
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:07 AM   #15
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solarvitz - pic(s) without the bike rack installed ?
wife is concerned it will make the car look ugly or something
Curt, Hidden Hitch, and Draw-tite all look like this when installed.

http://www.yarisworld.com/forums/sho...64&postcount=1

It's too bad the poster didn't snap a pic without the ball mount in place. Without it, all you see a 1.25 inch black square sitting below the bumper facia.
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:33 AM   #16
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Hiddenhitch also makes a invisi-hitch one, where it is completely hidden when installed:


It uses a special drawbar:
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:43 AM   #17
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^ that one would severely limit bike rack options.
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:23 PM   #18
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It can be done....

4x8 Uhaul Trailer + 2010 Yaris + 578 mile Trip Accross 3 States = Stares & 1 happy family.

Full inspection from toyota said the everything is peachy. See the pic & marvel.
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