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Solution for Towing 2017 Toyota Prius Behind Motorhome

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Hello Folks, We have a 2017 Prius and are considering a purchase of a new Winnebago motorhome. This means we would have to tow one of our cars. I have a 2017 Jeep Cherokee but it has the most miles on it and we arent sure if this is the way to go. We also have our 2017 Prius but has only a third of the miles as the Cherokee. If we do decide to go with the Prius, what would we need to tow our Prius? I assume a dolly as the Prius shouldnt be flat towed due to the hybrid drive system? Your thoughts on this. Also, what would the entire package cost for tow bars, lighting, braking and so forth? Thank you,

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You are correct, the 2017 Toyota Prius that you have can only be towed on a dolly behind a motorhome. Good news is it won't put miles on the vehicle since the drive wheels will be on the dolly. I like dolly setups over tow bar setups for a number of reasons. The install time is considerably less, you can easily transfer the towing setup to a different vehicle unlike base plate kits that are vehicle specific, and you don't put miles on the vehicle. The price isn't that different either when you consider install time as well.

The Demco Kar Kaddy part # DM9713046 is a really great choice for your Prius. It has a self contained disc brake system, comes with all the lighting and wiring you need as well so it's the only thing you need.

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You are correct, the 2017 Toyota Prius that you have can only be towed on a dolly behind a motorhome. Good news is it won't put miles on the vehicle since the drive wheels will be on the dolly. I like dolly setups over tow bar setups for a number of reasons. The install time is considerably less, you can easily transfer the towing setup to a different vehicle unlike base plate kits that are vehicle specific, and you don't put miles on the vehicle. The price isn't that different either when you consider install time as well. The Demco Kar Kaddy part # DM9713046 is a really great choice for your Prius. It has a self contained disc brake system, comes with all the lighting and wiring you need as well so it's the only thing you need.

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If you check out the review video link I attached to this page (most likely scroll down to FEATURED HELP LINKS heading) you'll see how the dolly installs and is loaded. It covers everything you'll need to know to confidently use this the first time as well as other times in the future.

This has lighting and braking already taken care of so you do not need to wire up the Prius or add any braking. The lights are on the fenders of the dolly and the brake are hydraulic surge style which mean that when you apply the brakes of the tow vehicle the system is pressurized which then applies the dolly brakes and slows it down.

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As the lights are on the trailer, which is fine, shouldn’t the car brake lights also be used for optimum visibility and safety? I am concerned in foggy, low visibility settings, the trailer brake lights may not be enough.

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That's a really valid concern, but the lights on the fenders of the dolly are LED which I don't know if you are familiar with LED lights but they are very bright and they cut through fog really well.

I attached a picture that shows what the brake lights of the dolly look like when they are lit up. If you compare them to the motorhome taillights you can see that they are actually noticeable brighter.

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Sorry for the questions Jameson. If we wanted to add additional lights that mount to the back of the Prius on the roof, is that possible and if it is, what do we need to do? I see other vendors selling either magnetic mount or suction cup mounted lights. I just don’t know what kind of connection it takes.

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Don't have to apologize! I don't mind the questions at all.

So we have magnetic tow lights that you could use if you wanted additional lighting like the part # TL21RK which use a 4-way type connector. These would attach to the top of your vehicle and would give you the additional lighting you'd need.

So assuming you have just a standard 7-way at the rear of your motorhome you could replace it with the part # 30955 and you'd have a 7-way and 4-way for both the dolly and lighting kit wiring and you'd be set.

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We haven’t forgotten about the tow dolly for our Prius. If we wanted a complete package, the dolly, with a spare tire, a shield for the car being towed and the extra lights to put on the back of the Prius, what would we need? I see Roadmaster offers a complete solution, but I have dealt with you folks for a while and prefer to stick with someone I know and trust. Can you offer a complete package? Finally, what kind of warranty comes with the unit?

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To have a tow dolly setup that features a rock shield you'd need to go with a Roadmaster dolly setup as you can use one of their Guardian rock shields part # RM-4000 with their tow dollies like the # RM-2050-1 if you also get the mounting bracket part # RM-2000-8. To activate the brakes of these (electric) you'll need the 7-way upgrade kit part # ET7WK and the lighting and brakes of the dolly will be covered.

For a spare tire carrier you'd then want the part # RM-2000-7 and for a spare wheel/tire part # RM-200330-80. You'd then be able to use the lighting solutions that I mentioned above for extra lighting on the Prius and you'd be set!

The Roadmaster tow dolly has a limited lifetime warranty. I don't have a way to put all of the part numbers in a package for ordering but if you add all of them individually to your cart you'd be set!

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Jameson, When it comes to the dollys, I see you offer a couple of different units. The question is, with the unit without self steering wheels, would this unit track behind the motorhome well or do we need to account for it when making turns? The motorhome will already be over 37 feet long and I don’t want to get into a situation that now with a dolly, I will have to really track differently with it behind us. Thank you, Mick PS…I take it the dolly comes unassembled? Is it easy to assemble or do we need special tools, thinking of things like a torque wrench and so forth.

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A tow dolly with a non-steering axle will cut the corners sharper than a dolly that does have a steering axle. The rear axle of the vehicle then cuts the corner even sharper. A dolly that has as steering axle will more or less track behind the RV in almost the exact same path.

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