U haul trailer (4x8 or 5x8) from Miami to NY

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by zeke0700, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. zeke0700

    zeke0700 New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2018
    2
    1
    0
    Location:
    Miami
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius
    Model:
    Three
    Hello,
    I have a 2012 Toyota prius and absolutely love my car ! Best decision I made.
    I was wondering if it can safely tow a 4x8 or 5x8 U-Haul trailer. from Miami, FL to NY - approx 1200 miles over a 3 day journey.

    If so, what specifications for the type of trailer/hitch I should buy? I have never done this before, hence would appreciate any feedback or suggestions. Thanks a lot !
     
  2. Flyin2Low

    Flyin2Low New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2018
    9
    5
    0
    Location:
    NC
    Vehicle:
    2014 Prius
    Model:
    III
    Why not rent a U-Haul truck and tow your prius on a dolly behind the truck? Personally, I wouldn't tow anything with my prius.
     
  3. tvpierce

    tvpierce Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2015
    481
    396
    0
    Location:
    Maine
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius v wagon
    Model:
    Five
    No you cannot. U-Haul wouldn't rent it to you even if you wanted to.
     
  4. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    71,527
    28,856
    0
    Location:
    boston
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    welcome!

    a lot of people tow trailers here. you can find hitch specifications by searching the gen 3 threads. or better, just google, and priuschat hits will come up.

    toyota doesn't condone towing, so you have to get your advice from those who have done it. i think they do allow it in europe iirc, so it's not a mechanical issue if that's the case.

    i would keep the weight down as much as possible, and stay at 55 in the right lane. fortunately, there aren't any major elevation changes on that route.

    all the best!(y)
     
  5. tvpierce

    tvpierce Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2015
    481
    396
    0
    Location:
    Maine
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius v wagon
    Model:
    Five
    I should have elaborated more in my first post... I was in a hurry.

    I'm not generally a naysayer when it comes to pulling a trailer on short trips with a Prius -- within reason. But you're not talking about a cross town jaunt with 800 lbs of mulch on a utility trailer. This is a major trip with a pretty big trailer. From the Uhaul web site, it appears the empty 5x8 trailer weighs 900 lbs., plus your payload. Add to that the very substantial aerodynamic drag from pulling that big box at highway speeds for the entire trip... and you are going to be working that engine and transmission like a rented mule. The Uhaul website also says to limit speed to 55mph. You can't safely do that between Miami and NY -- you'll be a nuisance to yourself and everyone around you. Also, depending on how much weight you intend to put in the trailer, you may be required to have trailer brakes.
    As I said before, I'd be very surprised if Uhaul will even rent one to you based solely on the fact that Toyota doesn't specify a trailer towing capacity, and explicitly advises against it.
    Of course... IMHO!
     
  6. Johnny Cakes

    Johnny Cakes Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2016
    253
    171
    1
    Location:
    Washington, D.C.
    Vehicle:
    2015 Prius
    Model:
    Five
    Even if the car would survive, tvpierce is giving you good advice.

    Especially between WDC and NY, a car with a trailer going 55 MPH is going to be a hazard due to the speed differential with the rest of the traffic. The speed limit signs indicating 65 MPH are pretty much meaningless as I would say that most traffic is moving at 80+ MPH. There is a high level of aggressiveness by drivers on that stretch and you will be cut off and have people stop short in front of you. I'd worry about braking distance with the additional load.

    While the drivers south of WDC are saner for the most part, the speed limit is often 70 MPH, again putting those who figure "speed limit plus 10 MPH" at 80 MPH.

    Finally, getting that load up to speed is going to be hard on the Prius and there a bunch of toll booths between WDC and NY. Also, add in the fact that you are bound to get into stop/go traffic at some point, so you will be repeatedly pulling the weight from a dead stop. It's one thing for the car to keep the load at a speed, thus only having to overcome drag. It's quite another to have to overcome inertia and get it up to speed in the first place.

    Could you do it? Probably. Is it a good idea? I'd say no.
     
    fabio likes this.
  7. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    71,527
    28,856
    0
    Location:
    boston
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    they also post a minimum speed down there of 45 mph.
     
  8. zeke0700

    zeke0700 New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2018
    2
    1
    0
    Location:
    Miami
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius
    Model:
    Three
    Got it. Thanks a lot everyone ! Went to U Haul today. They said a 5x8 would be possible but considering the cost of installing a hitch and the risk involved with towing on a prius, am thinking its safer not to. I still love my prius.
     
    fabio likes this.
  9. Leadfoot J. McCoalroller

    Leadfoot J. McCoalroller Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2018
    668
    570
    1
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius c
    Model:
    Two
    I have towed both of those trailers over substantial mileage with a Subaru Outback. There is a considerable difference in the wind drag between them.

    I would not attempt the 5x8 with a Prius. I would pull the 4x8 with a Prius.

    You will want to end up with a 2" ball hitch and a standard 4-pin lighting connector to be compatible with the U-Haul fleet.
     
  10. tvpierce

    tvpierce Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2015
    481
    396
    0
    Location:
    Maine
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius v wagon
    Model:
    Five
    Wow. That really surprises me. From a civil standpoint, it would seem they're exposing themselves to a lot of risk/liability for a relatively small gain. Or maybe the clerk/representative you spoke with just didn't check. Either way... interesting.
     
  11. qdllc

    qdllc Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2013
    1,289
    361
    0
    Vehicle:
    2013 Prius
    Model:
    Two
    FWIW, I rented a 5 x 8 back in the late 1990s. The trailer alone pretty much pushed the envelope of what my pickup was supposed to tow. Don’t ask what it weighed after I loaded it.
     
Loading...