Help A Rookie ... Cross Country Travel *Pics*

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Main Forum' started by Ray66, May 22, 2010.

  1. Ray66

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    Hello Group -

    I just purchased a 2006 Prius and will be driving from Florida to California. A cross country trip. That said, I have a few questions ...

    - Hitch. What kind is best for the Prius and does it affect MPG?
    - Bike Rack. Roof rack or hitch?
    - Roof Rack. Best brand?
    - Mud Flaps. Do they protect side lower panels?
    - Sheepskin Seat Covers. Best brand?

    About the Hitch ... I'd rather avoid u-haul because they messed up the install on my old Volvo.

    Thule or Yakima ... ?

    Thanks in advance
     

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  2. davidj08

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    Sounds like a great trip! I recall my owner's manual telling me not to tow anything, so I went back to it to see if I correctly remembered the admonition. On p. 181 in my edition it says, "Toyota does not recommend towing a trailer with your vehicle. Toyota also does not recommend the installation of a tow hitch or the use of a two hitch carrier for a wheelchair, scooter, bicycle, etc. Your Toyota is not designed for trailer towing or for the use of tow hitch mounted carriers." Doesn't this mean you go for a roof rack?
     
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    Go with the Thule roofrack. Some members have that, I've seen it, it looks good.

    Mudflaps, I dont believe the cover the side lower panels - you can check them out at the priuschat store.

    A hitch will definitely affect MPG. We don't have much torque.

    Sheepskins I highly recommend the Rocky Mountain SS Co.
     
  4. justlurkin

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    Plenty of people have put hitches on their Gen-2 Prii with no problems. I'm one of them.

    I got the Curt 1.25" hitch back in 2007 and have been hauling my bike on it ever since.

    A hitch-mounted rack gives you FAR BETTER fuel efficiency than a roof-mounted bike rack.

    With a hitch rack, your bike sits behind your car's laminar slipstream, minimizing its drag.

    With a roof rack, your bike and roof rack are fully exposed to the headwind.

    And no, just the act of installing a hitch will NOT void your vehicle warranty. It's only when you do something to damage the vehicle that voids the warranty.
     
  5. DGH

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    Sounds like fun!

    Thule works for the roof.
    Curt for the hitch.
    Hollywood for the hitch rack.
    Or get all three-- see pic.
    Unless your front end paint is trashed, get a "bra" clear or black.
    Cross country really dings up the front of the car.
     

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    Ok you win. I was gona post pics of luggage & the 100 lb lab in the back ... but why bother ~

    :p
     
  7. Ray66

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    Thanks guys! Excellent pic DGH. :rockon:

    However, what's better, your Thule roof rack or a permanent set up like EVNut has? Because I'd like to store the racks in the back area when not in use. A scratched up roof will come so that's life I guess ..... :(

    I'm headed to U-Haul soon for installing the Curt hitch .... it can't effect MPG that much, can it?

    Thanks again!

    I appreciate the advice. :)
     
  8. Boo

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    Ray,

    I just noticed your photos:

    Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!
     
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