Ozimiev
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:07 pm

The other thing that towing a trailer (apart from its utility purpose) could be the option to experiment with aerodynamics in the i's brick wall rear end area. I do plenty of 100kmph driving and the wind drag is very noticeable in energy use.
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jray3
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Six seater iMiEV (Re: Trailer Hitch Installation)

Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:24 pm

You never know when that hitch'll come in handy.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4rffre1t7cvla ... 0imiev.JPG

Tonight, I needed to deliver my Burley bicycle trailer to a buddy's house only a couple of miles away, but it's very dark and cold, so I didn't exceed 45 mph.
;)

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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Sun Jan 20, 2013 2:08 pm

I would've just thrown it in the back of the i, but that works, too :lol: :) . Or tow it with a bike.

Did the trailer give you much hassle being dragged at 45 mph?
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:31 pm

Sorry, I'm now a fair weather cyclist. Especially at night when it's freezin' and time's a wastin'. Besides, there's a bunch of drivin' fools in my neck of the woods! ;)
The classic Burley might fit in the back of an i with the wheels removed, but it was faster and cleaner to just hitch 'er up. The trailer was not noticeable, save a quiet clunk upon deceleration and going over railroad tracks...
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1965 Karmann Ghia Cabriolet

offgridQLD
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Thu Oct 24, 2013 5:36 pm

Any chance you could take some clear pictures of the hitches mounting locations to the car (were dose it bolt to). Its very hard from your first pics to see where it is bolted to the car . I can only see the point on the right with the L bracket and bolt going vertically through the chassis. Were is the 2nd and possibly 3rd bolt on the right? the left side I cant see at all where it bolts on the car.

Thanks much appreciated if you can do this.

Also how did you go with the trailer lights , apparently some new cars perhaps Imiev included have issues just tapping into the tail lights to run trailer lights as the lighting system runs through can bus and throws up warning codes when modified.

Kurt

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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:54 am

Just to clarify - I own the North American I Mieve - (Wider & Longer)
Don't know if this affects the hitch mount points measurements

The square attachment channel drops down to clear the bumper.

Here is a link to my pictures (photobucket)

http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Sandange/slideshow/miev/I%20Miev%20Trailer%20Hitch

Also a link to Torklift web site
http://shop.tlcentral.com/Store/pc/ECO-Series-Stealth-Trailer-Hitches-c157.htm

The installer had to use some kind of electrical relay box for the wiring connection.
Can't remember how much but it was expensive

Hope this helps

BTW
I just hauled another 75 bags of heating wood pellets ( 40 lbs ea, 18.14 kg) 20 at a time.
with out any problems.
Preparing for winter - This is our fall season.

Sandy
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:48 am

Sandy - Most cars with separate turn signal and brake light bulbs require a 'converter box' to operate with standard trailer lights, since on the trailer there is only one bulb which does both the turn signal function and the brake light function and those are separate bulbs (or LED's in our case) on the car. I suspect this was the 'expensive' box they used in your installation. The converter boxes are available on eBay for about $30. I have them installed on my other cars and they work great

The Torklift website says "Notching of lower plastic is required" - Did you have to cut the lower rear bumper plastic for your install?

I'm actually a little hesitant to install a hitch on our iMiEV - Our little Mazda wagon is getting so little use, I think it enjoys getting out in the sunshine every couple months when we need to take the trailer to Lowes to pick up building supplies :lol:

Don
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:10 am

No - it was not necessary to cut the bumper plastic it just clears from underneath.
Should show it on in one of the pictures.
Sandy
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88,850 miles, 143,000 km
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offgridQLD
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:26 pm

Thanks for the link and photo access. Sorry to be a pain but I was looking for a pic of where the hitch bolts to the car. like Like I said befor I can see where the L bracket bolts up that pics clear but all the other bolt locations can't be seen on any of the pics. No rush but If you get a chance to take just a pick of that each side so I can see were its actually bolting to that would be great.

I have a feeling that on the US models you have a section of steel running horizontally along the length of the rear bumper between the ends of the two chassis rails and part of the hitch is bolting to this. Given they state that no drilling of the car was involved.

I will be building my own hitch but some ideas of how they have tackled the mounting locations is always a good start .

Kurt
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carnut1100
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:43 am

No converter issues here in Aus.
Indicator and tail bulbs must be separate.
Indicators must be Orange and brake/tail must be red.

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