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Old 05-07-2018, 09:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Towing a Ford Courier Pick Up Bed Behind Prius?

The Prius is 68.7 inches wide. The '78 Courier long bed is 63 inches wide, narrow enough, and low enough to hide in the Prius' aero shadow, but the bed is 59.5 inches inside, Just wide enough for a queen mattress.

When the bed is fully opened, I would erect half hoops over the whole thing, and cover it Conestoga style. Any other trailer I can find that will fit the air shadow has wheels and bearings rated for 45 to 55 mph. I built a camp trailer once on a utility trailer, drove it up to 80 mph, and blew out a wheel bearing. The courier is built for the highway.


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Old 05-08-2018, 02:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, the added weight of the trailer will exact an FE penalty on acceleration and up hills, but on a round trip much of that penalty will be regained in down hill coasting. And regenerative coast down for stops and reduced speed ahead zones would load up the battery more. If I put a removable cone on the back of the trailer, I may even be able to lower the CD of the combo, and lift some of the tongue weight.
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Old 05-09-2018, 07:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Here, with the lid flipped down behind the trailer and covered for the night's camping:



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Old 05-09-2018, 12:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I did a little more streamlined trailer behind my CRX and only lost 2-mpg,while a quarter-ton heavier.
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I have found a ready made tunnel tent that will fit over the combo. I'll probably back the trailer into one end of the tent, (through an enlarged door, if necessary,) then disconnect the car, pull it out, and seal the door. Entry is through the door at the other end.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Tra...ef&athena=true
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https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot...on-wheels.html

I always like the shepherd's wagon approach.

Dutch door, foldable end walls and hoops and a cover.
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https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot...on-wheels.html

I always like the shepherd's wagon approach.

Dutch door, foldable end walls and hoops and a cover.
Yeah, my tent only goes up when parked for the night.
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Anyone else pull a pick up bed with a hybrid? How's that working? I found a small lightweight trailer, but the sleeping area is too narrow for two people with "Mature" figures. And not much distance betwen the bed and the porta potty!
Lightweight Pop-Up Tent Trailors | Pop Up Tent Trailers | Small Car Tent Trailors And it costs about 35 nights in a Hampton Inn.
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OK, Change of plans. OK, I realized a Twin mattress will fit between the wheel wells of the Courier Truck Bed, so all I needed was a place for my twin mattress. A side-closing lid would hold MY mattress. I just need cabin tent to cover it all, https://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/s...tm_source=bing and a floor area for chairs, potty, TV tables.

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