Go Back   Club Lexus Forums > Lexus Model Forums > RX Models > RX - First Generation
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?

How much have you towed in your RX300?

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-14-12, 12:12 PM   #1
sktn77a
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (1)
 
sktn77a's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Posts: 1,982
Default How much have you towed in your RX300?

Hi all:

I'm looking at buying a boat and need to haul it approx 100 miles (no really bad hills) to the lake and then leaving it there. The maximum towing capacity of the RX is listed as 3500 pounds. The boat and trailer are 4300 pounds and I can adjust the tongue weight by the position of the boat on the trailer. The trailer has hydraulic brakes.

Do you think I'll be OK for a single, short distance trip? I have a 1999 AWD with the towing package?

Thanks.
This ad is not displayed to registered members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Club Lexus!
__________________
Keith

2010 Toyota Prius
2008 Lexus IS250
2007 Lexus LS460
2005 Toyota Prius
1999 Lexus RX300 AWD
sktn77a is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-12, 10:00 PM   #2
Raoul
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: VA
Posts: 172
Default

Transmission is the achilles heel for these RXs.

U-haul will rent you a full size pick-up with 6k towing pkg, for $19.95 plus mileage.
200 miles round trip would be about $100 -$120.
(I don't think they do one-way rentals on those pick-ups)
__________________
2015 Lexus RX350 AWD
2002 Lexus RX300 AWD (sold)
1999 Ford F150
1990 Jeep Wrangler
Raoul is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-12, 02:38 AM   #3
salimshah
Moderator
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 8,232
Default

Consider other options but RX can do it. I would pick 4am as departure time. Once you reach cruising speed, the transmission locks up. So you should avoid acceleration and deceleration. Add 45 min break after 50 miles.

Also empty out the RX. Driver +1.

Salim
salimshah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-12, 08:11 AM   #4
hypervish
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (0)
 
hypervish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: NJ
Posts: 4,819
lexusvishal
Default

I'm sure the drivetrain can handle it, atleast for one trip. BUT, the brakes. That is a lot of weight to stop, so definitely make sure your brakes are up to par.

Also, god forbid anything happens, you will be held liable. Because you are hauling more than you should be.
__________________
hypervish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-12, 08:29 AM   #5
sktn77a
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (1)
 
sktn77a's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Posts: 1,982
Default

Thanks all. Yes, I think I could do it but after I had posted I checked the Uhaul site and sure enough, they have a 1/2 ton pickup as Raoul says so I think I'll just go that way. Up to 3500 I would have tried but I'm aware of the potential for a transmission catastrophy!
__________________
Keith

2010 Toyota Prius
2008 Lexus IS250
2007 Lexus LS460
2005 Toyota Prius
1999 Lexus RX300 AWD

Last edited by sktn77a; 07-15-12 at 02:51 PM..
sktn77a is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-12, 12:04 PM   #6
Hatchman
Rookie
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: VA
Posts: 69
Default

Good call on going with Uhaul. I towed my 3500lb boat and trailer, for about 200 miles with some small hills. The tranny did not like it at all. That night, it was making a slight whinning sound. Luckily, the sound went away the next morning after everything cooled down, and never heard it again, but never towed again with it either.
__________________
2002 RX300 AWD
Hatchman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-12, 12:27 PM   #7
bufferdan
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: ohio
Posts: 103
Default

About 2000lbs in bricks..... handled fine just rested on bump stops in the rear

Click the image to open in full size.
__________________
02 Lexus IS300 Manual
01 Lexus RX300 220k
99 4Runner 230k
bufferdan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-12, 07:43 PM   #8
sktn77a
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (1)
 
sktn77a's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Posts: 1,982
Default

Sounds like the kinda stunt my wife would pull ("Honey, I think the tires need air in them.....")!

__________________
Keith

2010 Toyota Prius
2008 Lexus IS250
2007 Lexus LS460
2005 Toyota Prius
1999 Lexus RX300 AWD
sktn77a is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-12, 07:27 AM   #9
DrDan
Rookie
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: TX
Posts: 51
Default

Aha, I see that you have a Lexus pick-up truck just like I had a Mercedes 300 SD "pick-up truck." Ladders, paint buckets tools, dirt. That is when I had my rental property. Then I sold both and graduated to a Lexus RX300 "pick-up truck." Not quite as much of a load as your bricks, but for bags of landscaping dirt etc. it is just fine.

DrDan
DrDan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-12, 04:42 PM   #10
DrDan
Rookie
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: TX
Posts: 51
Default

trial run to upload an image disregard


[IMG]l:\hp v255w\servo fix\slide1.jpg[/IMG]
DrDan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-12, 06:54 PM   #11
jbl-1985
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
jbl-1985's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: AZ
Posts: 398
Default

About 2000lbs in bricks..... handled fine just rested on bump stops in the rear

Wow you're brave!
__________________

1998 Honda Valkyrie F6 (58k)
1999 Lexus RX300 AWD (70k)
2000 Lexus ES300 (90k)
2005 Lexus RX330 AWD (59k)
2006 Toyota Prius (70k)
jbl-1985 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-12, 09:13 AM   #12
lexus114
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (0)
 
lexus114's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Bethlehem Twsp. Pennsylvania
Posts: 3,996
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jbl-1985 View Post
About 2000lbs in bricks..... handled fine just rested on bump stops in the rear

Wow you're brave!


Tellin ya!!
__________________
2015 RX 350 AWD

2012 Mercedes-Benz C300 4 Matic Sport Sedan (wife`s car)
lexus114 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-12, 06:50 AM   #13
Baetke
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Oregon
Posts: 282
Default I've towed 9000 lbs!

Ok, it was only about 1 mile and about 5mph but it was cool.
You're not going to see me on the highway doing this.
Attached Images
 
Baetke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-12, 12:38 PM   #14
hypervish
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (0)
 
hypervish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: NJ
Posts: 4,819
lexusvishal
Default

^ That's crazy. Good thing it was only a mile.
__________________
hypervish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-12, 01:54 AM   #15
Australian
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: NSW
Posts: 203
Default

So could a harrier could tow a harrier?
Australian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-12, 01:54 AM
 
 
 
 
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A warning about towing HowardOR Hybrid Technology 3 04-15-11 08:41 AM
Towing with the GX (cabin wiring harness needed?) pgsandiego GX - First Generation 6 11-12-09 03:08 PM
good tow vehicle sometimes? motoguzzim RX - First Generation 9 10-10-07 05:43 PM
Looking for a picture of RX300 w/aftermarket trailer hitch slowtan RX - First Generation 5 10-17-04 10:12 AM
RX 330 Towing wdk0029 RX - Second Generation 2 03-01-04 08:16 PM


Tags
1999, 2002, 300, 330, brake, capacity, le, lexus, pounds, ratings, rx, rx300, tow, towing, trailer, uhaul, weight

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:16 AM.

Join ClubLexus
Advertising


Copyright © 2000-2008 Internet Brands, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | JOBS


Get all contact info