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Old 07-19-2019, 07:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I wish I had more confidence in my Insight's hitch. I may try to reinforce it, but given the entire car is made of thin aluminum sheet metal, I'm reluctant to overdo it. When I'm pulling a trailer (especially with some weight) I'm very cautious about how I accelerate and decelerate.
You'll be fine. I think the tongue weight on mine is only ~100 lb.

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Old 07-19-2019, 07:20 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Are those skirts over your rear wheels? Did I miss a post on those?

I just made a Goodwill run with 4 large plastic totes full of books, two floor speakers, and two floor lamps. It always amazes me how much this car can swallow.
I buy boat motors all the time and put them on the inside with a tarp. Way more cost efficient when you can just put a huge long shaft yamaha outboard on the inside of a Prius than taking a truck that gets 18 mpg lol
I think the trip I'm thinking of was Jonesboro to Illinois and back with a 40hp yamaha, two gas tanks, a deep cycle battery, a tilt and trim kit, and some relays.
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Old 07-19-2019, 09:21 PM   #13 (permalink)
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You'll be fine. I think the tongue weight on mine is only ~100 lb.
Yeah but how about slamming on the brakes with 1200lbs in the trailer? That's a lot of impulse for the sheet metal to take.
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Hitches can be reinforced. It’s old hat. Diagonals out to other points, or extensions plus a new crossmember. Unit body cars are “stronger” than BOF.
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Yeah but how about slamming on the brakes with 1200lbs in the trailer? That's a lot of impulse for the sheet metal to take.
Nothing stops you from adding trailer brakes. Surge-type is the most common for boat trailers.

For that matter, a boat trailer sans boat could have a platform fitted. It would need to have some numbers run.

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