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I have pulled a laser on a big box store steel utility trailer a well as car topped it, the trailer is better. Not sure about saftey/milage, but I got real tired of having to find another person to help lift my single person boat onto the roof. At about 140 lbs it is pretty heavy to lift overhead.

If I was to get another trailer it would be a Trailex or Kitty Hawk. They are so light they can also be used as a hand launch dolly. The total weight of boat plus trailer would be under 250 lbs if you spring for the aluminum version. Both make a laser specific version (or used to, have not looked in a while).
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It really depends on the car and manufacturer. If there's no tow rating, don't tow with that car. E.g., the Ford Fusion is larger and more powerful than my old Golf but is not rated for towing.[/QUOTE]

Yet the European Mondeo is the same car, and rated for towing 1475kg (over 3000 lbs!). The lack of towing rating is really a marketing decision - they would rather people bought a separate tow vehicle, eg SUV or pick-up, on which they make a much better margin.

There really is not a car made that can't tow 300lbs in complete safety.
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I have a Rhodes Bantam, which is about the same size and weight as a Laser...I tow it with a little Subaru Forester and it does just fine...pay attention to hills, you may have to do some downshifting, and use your tranny to help stopping when headed down hill...brakes can smell awful when burning up.
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Thanks for all the advice, I've definitely added (quite a bit) more to the list of things to do/check out (and still leaning towards towing).

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Google is your friend. Looks like Reese makes a hitch (Class I)... sounds like the Proto is given at 500lb tow cap by Europe, if you have the auto... the manual gets slightly more.

But there are people who lived to tell about towing more:
Towing capacity...or lack thereof - Club Protege

Also try etrailer, they are good for prices, and very helpful.
Somone else towing a trailer with a Protoge'
http://www.etrailer.com/question-4183.html

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