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  • avatar actualsize 04/09/08 5:06 pm PST

    I would say no. 1450 lbs might be the trailer's advertised weight, but the actual weight might be higher if you bought options. And then there is the weight of the water in the tanks, and the weight of your luggage, and the weight of your passengers, etc.

    You are cutting it too close here. Yes, the Corolla can tow up to 1,500 lbs, but the weight of passengers and luggage and the hitch itself are typically deducted from that (hence the "maximum" or "up to" language in most tow ratings or tow limits.)

    And advertised trailer weights are notoriously inaccurate. Without a weight slip, as ballasted and loaded with water and stuff, you don't really know.

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  • MrShift@Edmunds 04/09/08 12:50 pm PST

    I'd imagine they know what they're talking about, but of course common sense applies. For towing over 1,000 lbs, that pop up should have its own brakes and i'd also install a transmission cooler on the Toyota if you don't have an external one (other than the one in the radiator I mean).

  • actualsize 04/09/08 5:06 pm PST

    I would say no. 1450 lbs might be the trailer's advertised weight, but the actual weight might be higher if you bought options. And then there is the weight of the water in the tanks, and the weight of your luggage, and the weight of your passengers, etc.

    You are cutting it too close here. Yes, the Corolla can tow up to 1,500 lbs, but the weight of passengers and luggage and the hitch itself are typically deducted from that (hence the "maximum" or "up to" language in most tow ratings or tow limits.)

    And advertised trailer weights are notoriously inaccurate. Without a weight slip, as ballasted and loaded with water and stuff, you don't really know.

  • bobpaul 12/26/08 11:47 am PST

    The 1500lbs is for an empty car with an empty truck. That 1450lb trailer is also, probably empty. If you weigh less than 50lbs, are going alone, and have no luggage of any kind, then why are you even bothering with the trailer for such a trip?

    If, however, you have a 500lbs of family members including driver, 100lbs of food and a couple hundred lbs of luggage, you're 600-800lbs over your towing capacity. It's not going to happen.

    Source: That manual in your dash and the info on the trailer brochure you looked at.

  • alm8 01/23/11 2:11 am PST

    AFAIK, yes, carefully, occasionally and preferably over short distances. The rating is for a car with unspecified amount of fuel and one driver under 150 lbs - so you can weigh as much as 200 lbs, not 50 lbs as somebody suggested. Or - carry 50 lbs luggage in the trunk. This car used to be rated to 2000 lbs until the introduction of new SAE J2807 method of determining towing capacity, which method many manufacturers adopted voluntarily. In Australia and some other countries Corolla is still rated to 2000 lbs. I know people towing light travel trailers 1200-1300 lbs with Corolla.

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