So I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been busy preparing for and buying a boat!
The preparation involved getting the Camry ready to tow and making room in my garage for the boat.
The tow setup is an Eckharts weld on hitch (up to 2000 lbs) with standard 4 plug wiring. I initially went to Uhaul but they could not bolt their hitch up because one of my tow bolt threads was stripped. The whole setup with wiring cost me $245.
Getting the garage ready was the hard part. Fitting a 15 foot boat on a trailer with an outboard hanging off the back was not easy. If anyone is interested I can elaborate.
Last week, I drove 100 miles to pick up the boat. It’s a 1995 Boston Whaler 15 Dauntless with a 50 horse Honda 4 stroke. I estimate the total towing weight to be around 1700 lbs.
I’ve only towed it back from where I bought it, so not too much experience yet. Here is what I can say though – the car handled tailoring surprisingly well. I did drive slowly (<60mph) and kept a long distance from cars in front. The other surprising thing is that out of 250 miles on the tank there were 100 miles towing in traffic and the wagon still got 20.5 mpg!
Well..it will become burnt and change color. By the time you git that figured out...yer transmission will lose most of it's life by then. Yer clutches will shred by the time you figure it out. ATF will lose half it's life fer every 40°F above normal temps. You can't overcool ATF in normal ambient temps.
Git the biggest stacked plate transmission cooler you can git and install it. B&M 70264 from Summit Racing is a good one. You might even consider gitting a trans fluid temp gauge, too! Also, don't use the plastic ties to fasten the cooler to yer radiator. It will eventually kill yer radiator from the physical contact. Use the included metal straps and secure it to yer car that way.