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Old 01 May 2005, 10:40 am   #1 (permalink)
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Hi folks,
I have a question for you all. I have a 1997 Camry LE, with the
2.2L I4. I am going to be towing a light sailboat, but I am concerned
with the back end sagging. When I load it up I have to worry about
bottoming out.
Has anyone used the Air Lift 1000 to help with this problem??

http://www.airliftcompany.com/new-index/Frameset.htm

I dont expect to have much tounge weight, but I would like to
increase the ride height in the back end. I have searched for lift
kits, but its coils in the back.

Does anyone have any ideas?!?!
thanks for your help,
-Dan

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Old 01 May 2005, 10:45 am   #2 (permalink)
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Rent a vehicle for towing

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Old 01 May 2005, 11:53 am   #3 (permalink)
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dano615 wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I have a question for you all. I have a 1997 Camry LE, with the
> 2.2L I4. I am going to be towing a light sailboat, but I am concerned
> with the back end sagging. When I load it up I have to worry about
> bottoming out.
> Has anyone used the Air Lift 1000 to help with this problem??
>
> http://www.airliftcompany.com/new-index/Frameset.htm
>
> I dont expect to have much tounge weight, but I would like to
> increase the ride height in the back end. I have searched for lift
> kits, but its coils in the back.
>
> Does anyone have any ideas?!?!
> thanks for your help,
> -Dan


Get/rent a pickup truck.



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Old 01 May 2005, 02:15 pm   #4 (permalink)
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The springs from a 6 cylinder are stiffer --- they might help in the rear.
It should easily tow a Hobie Cat or other <15' sail boat. Even with a
couple people in rear seat it sites precariously low.

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> Hi folks,
> I have a question for you all. I have a 1997 Camry LE, with the
> 2.2L I4. I am going to be towing a light sailboat, but I am concerned
> with the back end sagging. When I load it up I have to worry about
> bottoming out.
> Has anyone used the Air Lift 1000 to help with this problem??
>
> http://www.airliftcompany.com/new-index/Frameset.htm
>
> I dont expect to have much tounge weight, but I would like to
> increase the ride height in the back end. I have searched for lift
> kits, but its coils in the back.
>
> Does anyone have any ideas?!?!
> thanks for your help,
> -Dan
>
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Old 01 May 2005, 02:44 pm   #5 (permalink)
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dano615 wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I have a question for you all. I have a 1997 Camry LE, with the
> 2.2L I4. I am going to be towing a light sailboat, but I am concerned
> with the back end sagging. When I load it up I have to worry about
> bottoming out.
> Has anyone used the Air Lift 1000 to help with this problem??
> http://www.airliftcompany.com/new-index/Frameset.htm
> I dont expect to have much tounge weight, but I would like to
> increase the ride height in the back end. I have searched for lift
> kits, but its coils in the back.
> Does anyone have any ideas?!?!
> thanks for your help,
> -Dan


:-)
I have a `94 ...
looking at the potential/possible hitch 'anchor' ?points? ...
I'd opine 100lbs tongue weight, 500lbs towed weight ... =MAX= .

I'd be leary even about 'that'.

Find a 'roof_top' weight boat ... a "sit atop".

<VBG>
I also have a 3/4T diesel PU ...
pulls a 30'+ keel boat.

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Old 02 May 2005, 02:41 am   #6 (permalink)
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On 1 May 2005 10:40:31 -0500, dano615 <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com>
wrote:

>Hi folks,
> I have a question for you all. I have a 1997 Camry LE, with the
>2.2L I4. I am going to be towing a light sailboat, but I am concerned
>with the back end sagging. When I load it up I have to worry about
>bottoming out.
> Has anyone used the Air Lift 1000 to help with this problem??
>
>http://www.airliftcompany.com/new-index/Frameset.htm
>
> I dont expect to have much tounge weight, but I would like to
>increase the ride height in the back end. I have searched for lift
>kits, but its coils in the back.
>
> Does anyone have any ideas?!?!
>thanks for your help,
>-Dan


How heavy is the boat ? I assume the Camry is an automatic ?
My biggest concern would be the transmission , depending on the weight
of the boat of course. I ran air lift some time back and I really like
it.
I sold hitches a few years back when I was a partner in the RV
business. Sold everything from Class 1 to Class IIII and also the 5th
wheel type.
Draw Tite has a Class 1 hitch for your Camry . Class 1 is rated for
2000lbs gross and 200lbs tongue weight. A very nice hitch that
requires NO drilling and a very easy installation. I have put this
type on in as little as 15 minutes. I don't sell them anymore so this
is not a plug for myself. I was at one time a dealer for Draw Tite and
highly recommend them.
This hitch will set you back about 100.00 plus shipping and another
15.00 or so for electrical plug and wire.

http://www.drawtite-hitches.com/hitc...ctor_combo.htm

Incidentally , I used to to pull my bass boat , a 16' fiberglass boat
with a 115 hp V4 outboard and all my and my brothers junk.All this
with a 1983 4 cyl Honda Accord and later with a 90 Honda Accord.
The total weight of the rig and gear was approx 1400 lbs. I still have
the 90 model and it's still going strong at 200,000 miles.
Both of these cars were manual 5 speeds. We used to pull 500-600 miles
each way quite often. I live in WV and we made lots of trips to SC ,
GA, TN and Lake Erie. I would have never tried to pull this much
weight with an automatic.
The little 4 cyl didn't do real well on the long interstate grades but
we did keep above min speed LOL....on level we could easily break the
speed limit.
I remember being stopped for speeding on I 75 in KY. The trooper
happened to be a bass fisherman and was admiring my boat.
"By the way" , he said " How does the little Honda pull that boat" ?
....." How fast was I going " ?, I replied. Very nice guy , but ,
I still got a ticket . :-(

Not a fish tale.

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Old 02 May 2005, 01:01 pm   #7 (permalink)
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"dano615" <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote in message
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> Hi folks,
> I have a question for you all. I have a 1997 Camry LE, with the
> 2.2L I4. I am going to be towing a light sailboat, but I am concerned
> with the back end sagging. When I load it up I have to worry about
> bottoming out.
> Has anyone used the Air Lift 1000 to help with this problem??
>
> http://www.airliftcompany.com/new-index/Frameset.htm
>
> I dont expect to have much tounge weight, but I would like to
> increase the ride height in the back end. I have searched for lift
> kits, but its coils in the back.
>
> Does anyone have any ideas?!?!
> thanks for your help,
> -Dan



I tow a 12foot runabout which is aluminium c/w a 10 horse
outboard,..occasionally and not very far (10ks or so) The manual Camry has
more than enough power and the trailer is nicely balanced, so there is not
too much down force on the coupling. Different story if you wanted to travel
on a long trip,...the Camry is a bit too light for this.

Jason


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Old 02 May 2005, 02:29 pm   #8 (permalink)
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"Jason James" wrote:
> "dano615" <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote in message
> news:1_573774_fad55d1fc50ca44e3f706b3197887aca@aut oforumz.com...
> > Hi folks,
> > I have a question for you all. I have a 1997 Camry LE,

> with the
> > 2.2L I4. I am going to be towing a light sailboat, but I am

> concerned
> > with the back end sagging. When I load it up I have to

> worry about
> > bottoming out.
> > Has anyone used the Air Lift 1000 to help with this

> problem??
> >
> > http://www.airliftcompany.com/new-index/Frameset.htm
> >
> > I dont expect to have much tounge weight, but I would

> like to
> > increase the ride height in the back end. I have searched

> for lift
> > kits, but its coils in the back.
> >
> > Does anyone have any ideas?!?!
> > thanks for your help,
> > -Dan

>
>
> I tow a 12foot runabout which is aluminium c/w a 10 horse
> outboard,..occasionally and not very far (10ks or so) The
> manual Camry has
> more than enough power and the trailer is nicely balanced, so
> there is not
> too much down force on the coupling. Different story if you
> wanted to travel
> on a long trip,...the Camry is a bit too light for this.
>
> Jason


Well,

Thanks for all your input!! Looks like I need to save for a
different vehicle if I want to be towing more. I just like the
non-towing MPG (CA gas is $2.60 and climbing).

I forgot to mention that I have the automatic, which some of your
assumed and your were correct. Seems to me that there would be too
much strain on it.

Any more input on the airlift kit would be great just for general
use on vacations and having 4 people in the car!

thanks again!

-dan

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Old 02 May 2005, 03:15 pm   #9 (permalink)
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dano615 wrote:
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> Any more input on the airlift kit would be great just for general
> use on vacations and having 4 people in the car!
>
> thanks again!
>
> -dan'


Just out of curiosity, I'd like to see a compact air bag that would work
with a McPherson strut, like the Camry has in the rear.


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