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Old 02-09-2014, 10:20 PM   #1
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Questions re how to tow 2003 Lexus RX300 with a dolly

After years of having TTs and 5th wheels, we just bought a new-to-us MH. As we were looking at stepping up to a MH, we figured we'd just use our '03 Lexus RX300 as a toad, but we have since learned that 2002-on aren't to be towed 4-down. So we're looking at do we buy a tow dolly, or look at changing vehicles. We're renting a dolly from uHaul for a few days, just to try out towing a dolly. In a lot of ways, it'd certainly be easier to keep this vehicle that we've had since new and that we really like than it would be to find something else.

It seems like when I was browsing this forum some weeks ago that someone had posted some information about how an RX300 had to be towed (in Park, key to Acc??), and also about there being something that continued to use battery power even if everything was turned off, but I couldn't find that post tonight.

So, my questions: with an RX300, is the transmission to be in Park with the key turned to Acc? And does the vehicle need to be started every so often to keep the battery up?

I've watched the uHaul how-to-load-a-tow-dolly video a couple of times now, and I'll be looking at it again before we leave! From this site, I gather that stopping at 5 miles or so to check the wheel tie-downs is essential. Any other words of wisdom for a first-timer?

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Old 02-09-2014, 10:39 PM   #2
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Doesn't appear tow friendly to me, but google the 2003 dingy guide... Might shed some light....

Regardless you d be worse off damaging your car than swapping.

When we got our mh, we sold our 2004 Lexus is300 and my 2006 range rover for cash... No emotional attachment there. we replaced with a subaru outback, which has been great to tow.

The first time you need to reverse you'll regret that dolly unless you love man handling tow Dolly's
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I assume it's a 2 wheel drive, as AWD isn't towable at all. If your dolly has a pivot plate to allow for turning, then leave the car in park, lock ignition and pocket the key. If your dolly doesn't have a pivot plate, you'll have to leave the key in acces to allow wheel to turn (if equipped with steering lock) With key in acces position, there may be a battery drain. Be sure to turn off radio, heater, etc. You could make a charge wire from RV battery to auto battery, with a couple of 20 amp auto reset circuit breakers near each battery to protect the circuit. In addition, a ground wire would have to be hooked up to allow auto battery charging.
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I assume it's a 2 wheel drive, as AWD isn't towable at all.
Good point: I forgot to mention that it is a FWD model

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If your dolly has a pivot plate to allow for turning, then leave the car in park, lock ignition and pocket the key. If your dolly doesn't have a pivot plate, you'll have to leave the key in acces to allow wheel to turn (if equipped with steering lock)
I don't think there's any kind of pivot plate - I suspect the uHaul dollies are pretty basic. We just wanted to try a dolly out. If we decide that we can make one work, it should wind up being a lot cheaper than replacing the car!
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After years of having TTs and 5th wheels, we just bought a new-to-us MH. As we were looking at stepping up to a MH, we figured we'd just use our '03 Lexus RX300 as a toad, but we have since learned that 2002-on aren't to be towed 4-down. So we're looking at do we buy a tow dolly, or look at changing vehicles. We're renting a dolly from uHaul for a few days, just to try out towing a dolly. In a lot of ways, it'd certainly be easier to keep this vehicle that we've had since new and that we really like than it would be to find something else.

It seems like when I was browsing this forum some weeks ago that someone had posted some information about how an RX300 had to be towed (in Park, key to Acc??), and also about there being something that continued to use battery power even if everything was turned off, but I couldn't find that post tonight.

So, my questions: with an RX300, is the transmission to be in Park with the key turned to Acc? And does the vehicle need to be started every so often to keep the battery up?

I've watched the uHaul how-to-load-a-tow-dolly video a couple of times now, and I'll be looking at it again before we leave! From this site, I gather that stopping at 5 miles or so to check the wheel tie-downs is essential. Any other words of wisdom for a first-timer?

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we had a 2000 rx300 2 wheel drive that we flat towed for 5 yrs with no problem..then gave it to out daughter who drove it another 170,000 miles...to tow :we ran in it P for 5 minutes-put in N and turned off...leaving key in acc....we also stopped every 170-200 miles and just ran engine for 5 minutes
but, you can contact Remco, they may have a drive shaft disconnect or trans pump to install to make flat towing worry free...Chuck
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We use a Master Tow / tow dolly to tow our RX300. It has the swivel plate and we have towed the Lexus approx. 16,000 miles.. If you decide to get a tow dolly I would would suggest to look for one with 15" tires. They have more load capacity and you can get a heavier duty tire. However, our tow dolly has 14" and other than a flat tire one time, it has not been a problem.
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I turn the ign. to off, leave the key in so the wheel won't lock and away we go. No need for acc.
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we had a 2000 rx300 2 wheel drive that we flat towed for 5 yrs with no problem..then gave it to out daughter who drove it another 170,000 miles...
Over the years, we'd seen a number of RX300s being flat-towed, but found out to our chagrin that after the 2001 Lexus model year they can't be done that way. We were disappointed, as the RX300 is a great car. That's why we'll be trying a dolly!
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We use a Master Tow / tow dolly to tow our RX300. It has the swivel plate and we have towed the Lexus approx. 16,000 miles..
Good to know it CAN be done!
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Go with a Caddie and a KARKADDYSS by Demco lock ing.pocket keys and lock the doors Get in MH and PUNCH it...
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