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Jan 22nd 2016, 04:00 PM   #1
 Flyboymedic's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S, Yamaha Radian, MZ 125SM
Question Towing with a Toyota Corolla

Anyone here tow their bike with a 1994 Toyota Corolla or similar? How does it do on the hills? What hitch did you use? Anything to watch out for?
Jan 22nd 2016, 05:07 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Bonney Lake, WA

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I used to haul a quad on a small trailer to Glamis using an '83 Toyota Corolla back when I lived in San Diego; no problemo. This included two pretty steep passes. A manual transmission is preferable but it can be done with an automatic. You might want to add a transmission cooler with an auto. Check with U-haul for a hitch.
Jan 22nd 2016, 05:16 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle, WA

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Quote:
Originally Posted by ZREX MIKE
Check with U-haul for a hitch.
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Jan 22nd 2016, 07:25 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Spokane Valley

  DRZ, Boulevard C90
U-Haul hitches tend towards the expensive.
Look for a local welding shop that builds trailers: they can hook you up, or recommend a DIY kit.


KevinD
Jan 22nd 2016, 08:26 PM   #5
 
  Jan 2016
  Spokane

I've towed the Ninja behind a '94 legacy and an '02 Lincoln Towncar. Works out just fine. Subaru hitch hits pavement going off steep curbs but didn't do damage. No problems on hills. I have what is basically a piece of C channel as long as the bike is, and the front has another piece welded 90 so it sticks straight up. Bolt the channel to the trailer, roll the bike into the channel until the front wheel hits the 90 piece, then strap the front wheel to the 90 and the back wheel to bolts in the trailer. Bike suspension gets to absorb bumps by itself.
Jan 22nd 2016, 08:48 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Bonney Lake, WA

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Quote:
Originally Posted by KevinD
U-Haul hitches tend towards the expensive.
Look for a local welding shop that builds trailers: they can hook you up, or recommend a DIY kit.


KevinD
My experience has been just the opposite. I checked all of the local options before three different hitch purchases and U-Haul offered the best deal by far.
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