looking for a hitch for a cross country move

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  1. Dusty rug

    Dusty rug Junior Member

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    im going to be moving 1500 miles away from where i am now and im wondering what class of hitch i would need, im moving about 400 to 500 pounds worth of stuff with me. ive been looking at u hual but im not that educated about this subject. maybe i would also tow a small camper after the move too.
     
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    I have this one on my 2012 Prius v. Installation was easy with no panel removal.

    https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/Toyota/Prius+v/2014/24847.html?VehicleID=20141140044

    I used this ball mount with the hitch.

    TowSmart 3,500 lb. 2-1/2 in. Drop, 2 in. Rise, 3/4 in. Shank Class II X-Mount Reversible Trailer Hitch Ball Mount-700 - The Home Depot

    The mount is a Class II, but it has concave sides. There is a small tab inside the hitch's 1-1/4 inch tube that prevents it from sliding in. I used a triangular file to file away part of the tab, and it now works perfectly. The drop is ideally suited for the Prius v and keeps the trailer level.

    I didn't like all of those extra wiring and plugs, so I had my dad's friend install this one for me. He even posted a review of my installion of Amazon.



    And, it works perfectly with my class 1 trailer.
     
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    the e trailer never arrived, so I bought the same hitch receiver from Amazon. it's a ten minute install (twenty if you're picky) and takes a minute to hook up a trailer.

    found a 5x8 for 300$ and it pulls nice.

    get yourself a couple of parking whips to go on the corners so you can see which way it's moving, the Prius hides everything. oh ya, and ditch the tail gate
     
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    i am looking at the u haul class 1 hitch, my main concorn is will it be enough to move all of my stuff without worrying about a failer? im maining looking to tow a washer/dryer and a qween bed with box spring in a trailer. the route goes through the rocky mountains so im a little worried about this.

    i am planning to install it my self but i have a deadline of 20 days to get it on so i dont trust some of those hitch sits since their arrival date is so close to move out time. there are trailer hitch store near me too.
     
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    UHAUL is another good source of hitches. Have you checked them/their website yet?

    moto g(7) power ?
     
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    I would read the caution in the manual
     
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    i did see that in the manual say i have zero towing cap but i did see that other people have hauled trailers before and its far cheaper to install a hitch and rent a trailer then to rent a truck lol the total price for uhaul is about 230$ i mean the 300$ class 3 hitch is temping but sadly im trying to move on a budget lol

    ill have to take it slow and easy on the speed and watch how much i push it during my trip. i orded a complete kit from uhaul so im hoping itll all go good
     
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    @Dusty rug Have fluids changed with the good synthetic stuff for a layer of protection...

    moto g(7) power ?
     
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    rent a moving van, stuff it tight, then pull the Prius in behind your stuff.

    guys have been doing this with smaller cars forever.

    pros:
    zero stress on your daily
    zero worries about "making it" over the mountains
    cool AC and plenty of power

    cons:
    have you seen the mpg a uhaul can gets?
    have your seen fuel prices?
    moving always sucks
     
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    thanks guys, i dont have much to move, i think its about 350 pounds alltogether, i do my own oil and use fullsyth, i recently cleaned out my air intake and EGR, also installed a oil catch can, im even thinking about changing the fuel filter but im pretty sure thats in the tank so itll take me a while to for that lol thank god i drive a prius, takes 20$ for a full tank in denver, in LA where im moving too it might be 25-30$ im not looking forward to that!

    ill post some updates based on my trip and install, might help others with these ideals
     
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    If you are moving to Los Angeles, you might want to install a cat shield, since catalytic converter theft is very high, there.

    Also, the oil catch can might not pass the C.A.R.B. smog inspection, there.
     
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    Welcome. We're in the $4.xx range I'm afraid just an FYI...

    moto g(7) power ?
     
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    i cant believe we have to worry about our catalytic converters being cut off our cars ever since i heard about it ive been paranoid about leaving my car outside lol

    the gasbuddy app is telling me costco is around 3.50$ around LA so thats not that bad, im not looking forward to all the extra taxes down there, if i didnt get free room/board down there i would never consider it
     
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    prius towing.jpg i did it! i fully loaded this trailer with 2 queen sized mattresses a washer and dryer and the rest of my stuff including some heavy tools. before i lefted for my 1200 mile drive i did a full oil and cooling system fluid change. it drove pretty smooth for the most part and i planed ahead knowing its going to drink oil no matter what i did so i bought 5 qt of oil just in case.

    Driving challenges weren't that difficult to get used too unless you never towed anything in other trucks, i had to reduce speed going up inclines to about 35 mph since my trailer was pretty heavy and i didnt want to blow it with overworking it to death, i ended up having to use 4.5 qt of oil after i got out of utah since i basically burned all of my oil by then. my avg mpg was 32 so doing this was vastly cheaper then using a truck. avge speed 65 mph

    i was worried about long term damg i could have done by towing this much weight so after i got in LA on the 2nd i did alot of driving without the trailer, long highway driving to see if my mpg was effected, i noticed no change so im still gettting the 48 mpg i was getting back in denver. i havent lost any oil in the 500 miles i drove since i got here either so, i would recommend towing with the prius v! ill be doing the same thing when i move back to colorado and out of this blast furnace hell scape these people call California lol

    on a side note i did love seeing people look at me on the highway like they couldn't belive a prius couldn't tow anything lol
     
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    How does the hitch setup from UHaul compare to other brands? I've seen other brands advertised and am trying to figure out if there is really a big difference between different hitches when it comes to safety. I would like to tow a tear drop trailer if possible.
     
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    U-Haul uses DrawTite hitches, which are the same as the ones that you can but from DrawTite vendors.
     
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    Not sure there is a big difference as @Georgina Rudkus notes they are affiliated with a major manufacturer. They do offer one of the best optional warranties in the business for a quite reasonable price, (at least last time I checked).

    moto g(7) power ?
     
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    hey @Dusty rug I heard you just thought about towing with a Prius and died two times. then you ordered a hitch and died again before it shipped. two more deaths during install, and five more the first time you hooked up the 4 pin plug. then, I heard you died in a firey ball of firey fire every quarter mile after that.

    obviously your post was uploaded by someone else, because you died like 3,462 times during this attempt at towing with a Prius.

    everyone knows towing with a Prius equals instant, constant, never-ending death
     
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