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James123
01-28-2008, 06:19 PM
Hello all!

I know the celica is by no means a good towing size but I was wondering what is the maximum weight of load it can tow. I have just bought a 16 foot fiberglass boat with a 80 hp engine and I am praying my car will be able to tow it to the local lake. Thanks!


*Its a 5th gen GT 2.2l 5 speed

hobbie2k
01-28-2008, 06:27 PM
Most cars in this class are rated for 1,000 lbs. The car could probably tow more, but I wouldn't try it. I'm sure there are legal consequences for towing more than your car is rated for. Also, it may be hard to find a hitch rated for more than 1,000 lbs that will fit.

Conrad_Turbo
01-28-2008, 06:42 PM
I built my own hitch and pulled my 1700-1800lb Toyota Starlet on a few race trips (5-8hr road trips). There is no tongue weight however just dead push-pulling weight.

juggernaut
01-28-2008, 07:26 PM
its a standard so that will help. it wont kill your trans like it would with an auto. keep tongue weight below 200 lbs. 0 tongue weight is bad. it will slap the trailer back and forth on the car. towing a boat that size should be fine. just dont speed, anticipate any stops, and give othrs around you more than enough room, and hope they do the same for you. how many miles will you be towing?

extremeskillz
01-28-2008, 07:30 PM
i believe our cars can tow up to 1000lbs and thats not including the driver. This would depend on your suspension as well. since my car is modded it would never tow with performnace suspension. coil overs would be nice because you could raise you car anytime you want.

Conrad_Turbo
01-28-2008, 07:41 PM
its a standard so that will help. it wont kill your trans like it would with an auto. keep tongue weight below 200 lbs. 0 tongue weight is bad. it will slap the trailer back and forth on the car. towing a boat that size should be fine. just dont speed, anticipate any stops, and give othrs around you more than enough room, and hope they do the same for you. how many miles will you be towing?

I was dead towing a car, not pulling a see-saw on wheels. :D Tongue weight in my case is moot, but with a boat you are correct, some tongue weight is necessary.

James123
01-28-2008, 08:22 PM
Ok I will have to get the Tongue weight of the boat/trailor but I hear I can adjust that. I will try to keep it under 100pounds. The miles I will travel could be as short as a few miles up to 200 miles. There is one boat launch like 5 mins away from me(lake ontario) but there is a huge hill going down to it, and im scared I would not be able to stop or get back up it. I have been looking around for a hitch will I have to drill holes? also anyone where I can get one in Ontario

Thanks for the replys

Also I have stock suspension, and not the hatchback

extremeskillz
01-28-2008, 08:57 PM
Yes you will have to drill holes as tow hitches are for trucks :hehe:

Galcobar
01-29-2008, 07:26 AM
Owner's manual lists the maximum trailer weight (trailer and cargo) as 1500 lbs for a 4AFE, 2000 for a 5SFE.

You also have to watch the load capacity for the car -- include yourself, any added equipment (e.g. audio, dampening), cargo and tounge weight. Max is 750 lbs for the 5SFE.

grayscale
01-29-2008, 10:23 AM
Yes you will have to drill holes as tow hitches are for trucks :hehe:
Actually, there have been tow hitches specifically made for 5thgen Celicas. IIRC there is no need to drill holes. The hitches I've seen were rated at 2000lbs gross trailer weight and 200lb tongue weight.

KoreanJoey
01-29-2008, 10:40 AM
I need one... something to carry tires and tool with.

grayscale
01-29-2008, 10:59 AM
If there is enough interest, I may consider building some.

hobbie2k
01-29-2008, 06:12 PM
Owner's manual lists the maximum trailer weight (trailer and cargo) as 1500 lbs for a 4AFE, 2000 for a 5SFE.

You also have to watch the load capacity for the car -- include yourself, any added equipment (e.g. audio, dampening), cargo and tounge weight. Max is 750 lbs for the 5SFE.

There's your answer. Any hitch shop or even most truck accessory shops should be able to find a hitch for you and install it correctly.

As far as the hill you're worried about, if the car isn't overloaded, you keep your speed low and hold a low gear (for engine braking) you shouldn't have a problem stopping at the bottom, though if you tow regularly or are hard on your brakes you may want to check on the brake condition regularly. Getting back up, as long as you have decent traction I can't imagine there being a problem.

KoreanJoey
01-29-2008, 09:38 PM
Yeah I don't need much, I'm pretty sure I can fab something up that'll work.

James123
01-31-2008, 04:53 AM
Yea after looking under my car I have pre-drilled holes so it should be easy to install, I have also found this hitch online it should work. Wow I am quite surprised that this car can tow 2000lbs I think it will not be to bad to tow my boat. Thanks for the help everoyone!

http://kitchener.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles-parts-accessories-87-97-Toyota-trailer-hitch-89-91-Geo-W0QQAdIdZ12489587

Sean
01-31-2008, 06:28 AM
please take pics :)

VikingJZ
01-31-2008, 04:48 PM
Around my area, its a common occurance to see a small car towing something quite large. I would venture to say that yes there are legal consequences for towing more, however, I can't see any cop stopping you and citing you for doing so. Even in a small town where cops stop you for no apparent reason and seem to make things up as they go.

As always, check local laws and make sure what you're towing is safe.

Toyota_Todd
02-01-2008, 02:52 AM
Got that exact hitch on both of my ST185's. It works great and is easy to install. Good luck on the towing!!!

amx
02-02-2008, 01:03 AM
please take pics :)

+1

James123
02-05-2008, 10:31 PM
Ok for sure I will get some pics on here of the install. I have a hitch on its way to me. I have just recieved the boat here is a pic of what I will be towing
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/5/9/4/4/sideview.JPG

*pic works now

G.W
02-06-2008, 05:03 PM
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James123
02-17-2008, 11:29 PM
Ok guys so my hitch has arrived and I bought the bolts that I am pritty sure will fit. They may be a bit long so I might have to cut them but I will try them as is first. As for the weld nuts on my car thats another story, I am trying WD40 at the moment. Here are a few pics of what im working with...
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/5/9/4/4/hitch.JPG

Toy_Celi
02-17-2008, 11:32 PM
you wanna tow a boat with your celi?! thats something you dont see every day