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Re: i-MiEV Trailer Hitch Wanted

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:46 am
by JoeS
jray3, I'd appreciate it if you could ask them directly; as of this morning we have five requests - if they need a half-dozen minimum, put me in for two (one for my neighbor, one for me).

Re: i-MiEV Trailer Hitch Wanted

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:01 pm
by jray3
Thx Joe, I spoke with the production foreman and am awaiting a response. He did recall several previous requests to restart this hitch, and should get back to me tomorrow. I told him all 2012 models with 2" receiver. I don't believe there were any differences in 2012-16, do you?
-Jay

Re: i-MiEV Trailer Hitch Wanted

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:25 pm
by JoeS
jray3 wrote:Thx Joe, I spoke with the production foreman and am awaiting a response. He did recall several previous requests to restart this hitch, and should get back to me tomorrow. I told him all 2012 models with 2" receiver. I don't believe there were any differences in 2012-16, do you?
-Jay
Jay, thanks. Good that you selected the 2" receiver. I'm not aware of any differences 2012-2016 that would affect the receiver mounting. Anyone know of any?

If anyone is interested in a hitch for a North American (wide-body) i-MiEV, right now is probably the last time we'll ever have this opportunity, so please do add your name to this list. Thanks.

Re: i-MiEV Trailer Hitch Wanted

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:53 pm
by PV1
I just sent an email to the other I-MiEV owner I know. Waiting to hear back.

Not sure if I want to put one on Koorz or not. Bear and Photon both have them.

Re: i-MiEV Trailer Hitch Wanted

Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:08 pm
by jray3
I exhausted my appeals to Torklift to produce a few more hitches. I believe when they claim to have scrapped the jigs, but “threw out the drawings”?!!
Anyway, the lightweight design posted here by a user years ago should be good for bicycles and light towing, but it’d take replication or a quality custom hitch for full utility. Meanwhile, I feel like repositioning the tiny home.....

Re: i-MiEV Trailer Hitch Wanted

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:56 pm
by Adoepner
Bummer. I guess I'm fabbing something myself!

Re: i-MiEV Trailer Hitch Wanted

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:52 am
by JoeS
Jay, thank you for taking the time to approach them on this and for asking them to do it in the first place way back when... I can't help but wonder if they even sold enough units to amortize the labor required to design the hitch and build their tooling jigs and come up with the installation procedure (love their little unique spring tool for feeding bolts through the channel).

When Tesla first announced their Model Y came without a hitch option, that immediately became a non-starter for me - I must not have been alone, as within a month they reversed their position.

Then there's the fellow in my community who asked me to show him how to attach garbage cans for pulling them to the main road as the local garbage company would no longer come up the driveways ... he had no idea what that square thing in the back of his monster SUV was for :!: :?

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Re: i-MiEV Trailer Hitch Wanted

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:10 am
by Don
Adoepner wrote:Bummer. I guess I'm fabbing something myself!


You can buy used trailer hitches for other cars very cheaply - Find one in a recycling yard & you might get it for $10 or $15. *Assuming* you can find one with a center section similar to the hitches made specifically for the iMiEV and *assuming* the car that hitch came from was a bit wider than our cars, it's not too hard to cut off the ends which made it fit the other car and fab up ends which fit the iMiEV. I have a friend who is a welder and he's done several 'repurposings' of used trailer hitches - He's a bit of a collector of used trailer hitches and rather than pay $150 for one to fit a specific car, he's made quite a few with just an hour or two of labor and a few bits of scrap iron . . . . which he also collects :lol:

So, if you're at all handy with a welder, this might be an option for you. If anyone discovers an ideal used hitch for repurposing, maybe we could share it here?? If it came from a Ford Focus or a Chevy Cavalier, there are likely hundreds, maybe thousands of them out there waiting for a new home

Don