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Old 10-16-2014, 04:13 PM   #21
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As mentioned check www.etrailer.com before you buy to see what's avaiable for the target car. Great company and their videos make installation easy.

I use my 2005 Mercedes E320 CDI with my Kendon and two bikes. No issues and well under the tow ratings allowed. 27 MPG at 75 MPH.
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Old 10-16-2014, 04:54 PM   #23
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I tow bikes with a mazdaspeed 3 and before that a regular mazda 3 all the time, if you choose a turbo car I would just take it easy on the boost when pulling. Overseas everyone pulls trailers with cars.
+1 hes towed more with the ms3 than me but I love using my ms3 to tow, got 29.6 mpg from msrh last time cause it was raining so I was crusing real slow

If you want the hitch installed on a car, lmk I can do the work
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Old 10-16-2014, 06:02 PM   #24
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Old 10-16-2014, 09:04 PM   #25
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i tow a jetski converted trailer with a 03 civic si around town no problems. like everybody said, if you tow with smaller cars, be careful how you load the trailer. keep most of the weight near the axle, so you don't overload the tongue.
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Old 10-16-2014, 10:45 PM   #26
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Towing one bike on a single rail harbor freight trailer I get no real difference in MPG. About 23mpg at 85mph to GSS and back this summer. Genesis 3.8 track, 6 spd manual so no worries about transmission overheating.

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I've seen a guy who tows a sailboat with his gen 1 prius for 100,000 miles with no issues. Here is another...

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Old 10-17-2014, 07:36 AM   #27
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:57 AM   #28
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+1 on etrailer.com Their express shipping was extremely cheap for such a large package. Just got it yesterday, I'm about to install this afternoon.
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The escape would be a good choice. The Cherokee is going to suck gas. Ive seen people pull bikes with just about any car you could imagine. Youll be fine with what ever you choose. Just make sure you can put a hitch on it.
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:54 AM   #30
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Diesel jetta would be a good option for a car but an SUV will do it much better. Do a lot of research to see the pros and cons of each between mileage wear and tear and being able to handle it.
This ^^^....any of the diesel wagons will do it. My buddy towed two S1000's and a trailer behind his Golf TDI...still got 25MPG+ and towed it thru the hill country.
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buy a cruiser and tow with that.. LOL

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Just be prepared for people to give you lots of weird looks on the highway when you're towing a bike on a trailer with a bike. Been there, done that, and it's kind of amusing.
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The trailer and the trackbike. Even loaded with the big Multi, I can push/pull it around the parking lot pretty easily.
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:33 PM   #33
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So I'm needing some opinions on something. My old trusty steed, current daily driver (when I'm caging anyway) and current towing vehicle, a 2002 Ford Explorer is about to bite the dust, and I'm gonna be in the market for something new fairly soon. I'm looking for something quite a bit smaller, with better gas mileage, yet still able to tow a bike or two. My other hobby is music, and I sometimes I need to carry a lot of gear, so it has to be a hatchback or SUV. My last ride was a Chevy HHR SS, 2.0L turbo, great little car. Decent cargo room, unique looking, decent power/weight ratio. Never tried to tow with it, though, since I didn't have a trailer at the time.

Now I have a trailer, 5x8 wooden floor utility trailer with wheel chock set up for hauling 1 bike. Rarely, I might need to haul two of my bikes, but the vast majority of the time, just 1. The trailer weighs about 500lbs. Loaded with both my bikes, I figure it might weigh 1500lbs altogether, the most I would ever need to tow.

My question is this: I'm currently thinking of a few small SUVs (Jeep Cherokee V6, Ford Escape 2.0 Ecoboost), and also of a few hatchbacks (Volkwagen GTI, Ford Focus ST). I've noticed car companies post tow ratings for the SUVs (I think ~3500lbs for the Escape and Cherokee), but not for the cars they're based on. They usually say something like "not recommended". I'm more of a hatchback guy, as far as looks go.

Assuming I can find the right hitch, how do you guys think one of the hatchbacks, or the small crossover SUVs would be at hauling my trailer? At the track, I've seen everything from GTIs to CR-Vs to Audi and Merc sedans hauling bike trailers, but never knew anybody who'd done it. Any thoughts?
I have a BMW X3s 3.0. I pull my Kendon with two bikes and a car full of gear and tools. Its also AWD so I'm sure that helps.

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Old 10-17-2014, 12:57 PM   #34
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Just installed my etrailer.com hitch with the spliced in wiring.

Took a grand total of 1.5 hours with a helper. I will find out how she tows later on today
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Old 10-17-2014, 01:37 PM   #35
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Look at a TOyota Matrix. I was thinking of doing something very similar. Basically lots of storage, hatchback, great gas mileage (30s) and is rated by Toyota themselves at 1500lbs which means you could probably get a little more ha.
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