500 lbs is really not too heavy....It may depend on what else you are bringing with you in terms of how many people and cargo....I'm a new 2011 Insight owner. I have a small sail boat which I take to the local lakes on a trailer. Total weight for both is approx. 500lbs. Anyone have good or bad experience with a tow hitch? I know the maual says it is a no-no.
Did you mean for those words to come out like that when you typed it?Towing a 500 lb trailer couldn't be any worse than going uphill in a headwind. I wouldn't worry about it.
What he said. Don't do it!"They" don't care if you void your warranty.
"They" don't care if it does damage to your car.
"They" figure people are going to do it anyway, so why not make a few bucks off of them.
"They" don't have a package designed for the 2011 Insight. You don't really think "they" got a 2011 Insight, designed a kit for it, and tested it, do you? What "they" have is a small car kit and minimum wage employees creative enough to hook it up to most small cars.
There are other accessories that require a hitch besides toweingWhy would "they" make a hitch for this vehicle if it isn't designed to tow?.
Yes, I meant exactly what I said. A 500 lb trailer would have about 50 lb tongue weight. We've all heard of people overloading their cars way worse than this. Assuming the hitch is mounted correctly, I would be more concerned about the lack of power that we deal with, and I just don't see a problem.Did you mean for those words to come out like that when you typed it?
The forces that a trailer put on a tow vehicle don't begin to compare with with static weight inside the car or a car by itself in any condition.
I am taking delivery in a few hours so I have not looked under it.Tim, have you looked under your car to see the layout of the structural components?
Your input is appreciated but I am not so sure you can take such a strong position on this topic for a bike rack.It is wrong on many technical, design, and engineering levels..