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Eco Towing with Prius C 1575 lbs est 46mpg

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Old 10-25-2014, 01:35 AM
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Eco Towing with Prius C 1575 lbs est 46mpg

I have been pulling with my C.

Did 120 miles climbed to 2700 feet.

Trailer and PWC plus 2 passengers = 1575

Temps all good!

MG1 = 208f

HV Battery = 92.3-103f

Inverter = 88 - 103

ICE = 194f


I used the a Eco Hitch from Torklift which is the best one!

Firestone Ride-Rite rear air bags.

Prius V PIP trailer harness modified to work on a C by me.

Trailer is aluminum. I also added all LED lights for added safety.

Upgrading tires to redials.

I can climb mountains at 50+mph if I wish.

The Injen intake is the only dyno proven intake to ad power to the Prius and I love the extra power you can feel.

Beats 15mpg using a truck!
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Re: Eco Towing with Prius C 1575lbs est 46mpg

That's awesome , George !
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Re: Eco Towing with Prius C 1575lbs est 46mpg

I assume the Owner's Manual explicitly forbids towing. Sorry, I've got mixed feelings about this: what about the poor guy who buys your car when you sell or trade-in?
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Re: Eco Towing with Prius C 1575lbs est 46mpg

That is why he monitored all the temps, if he didn't have any steep hills there is no reason to be worried about the drivetrain.
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Re: Eco Towing with Prius C 1575lbs est 46mpg

For some reason there's a class I receiver on my Echo. Not sure I'd ever attempt towing, these cars just aren't made for it. CAFE killed off all the cars with much serious towing capability. Sounds like the C took on the challenge well, though. Congrats on the impressive numbers!
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Re: Eco Towing with Prius C 1575lbs est 46mpg

Show us some pics
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Re: Eco Towing with Prius C 1575lbs est 46mpg

PWC??
What is a PWC?
In any case-just 600 lbs more total weight(guessing the Prius is supposed to be able to carry 5 USA-E-INS-which could easily mean 1000 lbs-
Heck it could easily mean 1100 lbs if the Humans were a modest 220 lbs each.
In any case if you keep your speed and climbing acceleration reasonable-shouldn't be too big a deal.
PS Yeah I KNOW that the actual allowed load is probably something like 850 lbs
But Toyota certainly KNOWS USA-E-INS are fat
and certainly will overload their cars
so they design them with plenty of margin
My guess is braking and handling etc is a bigger deal weight wise(in setting weight limits)-than drivetrain wear
Engines transmissions -rarely wear out now-a-days- before the car is junk for some other reason

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I assume the Owner's Manual explicitly forbids towing. Sorry, I've got mixed feelings about this: what about the poor guy who buys your car when you sell or trade-in?
It states not recommended only.

I'm very careful with it. As a matter of fact. I have seen higher temps in the summer city traffic then I have seen on highway cruising and towing.
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Show us some pics

I tried to upload one but it say it was to big. Only lets you upload 93k lol?
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PWC??
What is a PWC?
In any case-just 600 lbs more total weight(guessing the Prius is supposed to be able to carry 5 USA-E-INS-which could easily mean 1000 lbs-
Heck it could easily mean 1100 lbs if the Humans were a modest 220 lbs each.
In any case if you keep your speed and climbing acceleration reasonable-shouldn't be too big a deal.
PS Yeah I KNOW that the actual allowed load is probably something like 850 lbs
But Toyota certainly KNOWS USA-E-INS are fat
and certainly will overload their cars
so they design them with plenty of margin
My guess is braking and handling etc is a bigger deal weight wise(in setting weight limits)-than drivetrain wear
Engines transmissions -rarely wear out now-a-days- before the car is junk for some other reason

PWC = Personal Water Craft.

I believe total wight in the car is rated at 882lbs?

I change HSD oil every 30k. I will also change my oil a bit sooner. It will be a full time tow vehicle my PWC.

Ill send my oil in to Blackstone Labs for analysis.

I'm also thinking about switch to a 0w-30 for summer time possible?
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