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    Junior Member clifgray's Avatar
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    A good friend just picked up a 04 TW200 and he was able to pick up a trailer hitch as well. I am not sure what the official name of the hitch is because he picked it up on Craigslist but here is a picture of a similar one: http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d9...1002001839.jpg Do you have any idea if I'd be able to put this on a Toyota Camry? I think I may be able to get the hitch attached but I'm not so sure about the car being able to handle 300 extra pounds on the back of the frame. It may be fine but I'm not sure. Anyone in similar situations or have experience with this?
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    The Toy could probably carry it; but I don't know if you'll be able to lower your headlight beams enough.

    I've looked at hitches for my Solara(2 door Camry), and they are a very specific design.

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    I'm inclined to say, no.... I put my bike on the back of my small 1/4 ton Ranger. The headlight beam were in the trees and the hitch would drag when I pulled into a gas station. I used that system one time and then purchased a small trailer. Gerry





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    Gizmow is correct. You'd be better off with a small trailer.



    To test the theory try loading your trunk with 400 pounds of bricks. Th average small car will ride and handle like a beached whale with that much weight aft of the rear axle, whereas a properly loaded small trailer with 2 TW's on it will put as little as 50 pounds on your bumper.



    We pull both TW's with a Pontiac Vibe (Toyota Matrix) using a modified Harbor Freight trailer. Hardly know it's back there and a lot less hassle than loading them in the back of the truck.



    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

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    Kwizard what do you mean by lower the headlight beams enough? Is it illegal to have them higher than the car?



    Gizmow how much did that little trailer run you?
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    What he means is that with so much weight in the rear your headlights will be on the sky rather than the road.



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    Quote Originally Posted by lizrdbrth View Post
    What he means is that with so much weight in the rear your headlights will be on the sky rather than the road.
    think a see-saw with a 300 lb kid on one end.....
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    I have the same type of transverse hitch carrier as Gerry, but I did have to put airbag lifters on my Tundra right away, the weight is so far behind the tires. I'm not sure you can put airbags on a Camry, and at around $285-300 installed, you are nearly to the price of a second hand trailer.
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    I got one of those hitch carriers awhle back. They suck! I used it on my truck so the headlight aim wasn't really the problem. Getting the bike on the hitch was a pain in the butt. Too unsteady and made me nervous with it back there. Probably will block your tail/brake lights. Get the small trailer. Much better choice!
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    Just put a hitch on it and get a small trailer. I think the ol hitch carrier could

    Make the yota get very interesting on a downhill braking or any hard braking you would have to so. Plus it would probably be to much weight on the hitch. "need to spread it out" if you do get one well get out the video camera

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