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Old 08-05-2011, 07:28 PM   #1
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Lexus ES/Toyota Camry as a Dinghy

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I would like to pull a 2005 Lexus ES 330 as a dinghy behind a Monaco motor home built on a Workhourse chassis having an 8.1 L gas engine. Certainly a Lexus ES is probably the same as a Toyota Camry. I understand that I will need to add an electric pump to cool the transmission and a breaking device. I would appreciate advice with regard to the details of preparing a Lexus ES/Toyota Camry to serve as a dinghy. Has anyone successfully used such a car as a dinghy?
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:25 PM   #2
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Hello and
I am not familiar with your particular vehicle but I'm sure someone with more experience then I will give you some good advice.
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:28 PM   #3
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Check with REMCO Home | Remco Towing

They are the knowledge base for towing a dinghy.

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I towed a 2007 Toyota Avalon about 30,000 miles using a Demco Kar Kaddy SS tow dolly. I'm now towing a 2011 Chev Malibu 4 down and wish every day I had my Avalon back. If you're set on towing 4 down then take Kens advice and check with Remco. Then check with Blue Ox or some other tow bar supplier to see if base plates are available for either car.

Oops! Just checked Blue Ox and they make a base plate for a Camry but not a Lexus.
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I bought a 5 speed manual 2009 Camry that is approved for 4 down towing. The best part was that it was sitting on the lot for so long, that the dealer was dying to get rid of it. 8k off the sticker and I am driving a fantastic toad that is easy as pie to tow4 down. Turn the key to acc and go. No fuses to pull or fuss with and tows real nice.
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I've seen an ES330 dolly-towed and can't think of any reason that a lube pump would not work as well. Remco seems to agree - they offer a Lube Pump for the ES330.
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We have towed two Lexus, an 2000 RX300 and a 2007 RX350, both using a Remco lube pump. Never any problem with the car's transmission.

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Do you have to bleed the remco lube pump, we are preparing our RX350 for towing.
Any advice would be appreciated.
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The pump on our RX350 is completely automatic, all we do is connect the cord to the car and turn the pump on from the control unit in the coach. That is all there is to it.

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