3 Surprising Things a Camry Can Tow

The Toyota Camry packs a lot more power than you might think - the latest year model produces up to 268 horsepower and up to 248 lb-ft of torque.

You know what that means? The Camry has some towing power!

With a towing capacity of 1,000 pounds, the Camry can haul small loads. Some people who own 90s-era Camry models report being able to tow 2,000 pounds, but we'd recommend sticking with 1,000lbs or less.

While the Camry can’t tow a 25-foot boat or a full-sized RV, it can pull a good number of things. Here are a few examples:

1. Teardrop Trailers

Teardrop trailer

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Most teardrop trailers weigh around 900lbs, with a few getting up to over 1,000lbs. To play it safe, stop yourself from fully loading your teardrop trailer when you hitch it up to your Camry. The total weight of the trailer - supplies and all - shouldn't exceed 1,000lbs.

If you can't get a teardrop trailer in the right weight range, look into pop up campers. Basic pop-up campers weigh only 650 pounds, which means your Camry has enough muscle to tow one.

2. Jet Skis

A Camry can pull one jet ski at a time, as the average jet ski weighs about 850 pounds. If you’d rather stay on land with an ATV, your Camry’s got you covered there, too!

That’s not all, though. You can count on your Camry to pull jet boats out of the water. Yes, really! Just check out this video:

See? We told you the Camry is pretty strong!

3. Small Utility Trailers

Utility trailers are lightweight, and you can haul a good number of tools or power equipment without much trouble. A 4 ’x 6’ utility trailer weighs about 300 pounds, so you can load it up with another 700lbs of stuff.

Tips for Safe Towing With Your Camry

  • Avoid riding your brakes. This is important when you’re towing with a Camry because you’re wearing out your brakes with a heavy load in the back. Instead of riding your brakes (which can overheat them), tap your brakes in gentle pulses, especially when driving downhill.
  • Leave a lot of room to stop. Hauling a trailer means you need extra distance for braking. It’s safest to stay at least four full seconds behind the car in front of you.
  • Carry a spare trailer tire. A blown tire on your trailer is just as bad as a blown tire on your Camry. You’d be stranded on the side of the road either way. It also can’t hurt to stock your Camry with a spare wheel and wheel hub for the trailer.
  • Before your trip, take your Camry on a test run. By doing this, you can get a feel of the way your Camry handles a heavy load and fix any sway or bouncing issues.
  • Practice backing up. With a mid-size sedan like the Camry, backing up with a trailer can be tricky. You know what they say: practice makes perfect!
  • Stay under 55 mph. With a trailer hitched to your Camry, any speed above 55 mph can cause the trailer to sway or whip. It’s also worth mentioning that in some states, 55 mph is the absolute maximum speed limit for towing.

Setting Up Your Camry for Towing

tow trailer

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Here’s a great tutorial on installing a trailer hitch on a small car. We suggest getting OEM Toyota towing components for your Camry because you’ll know that these parts will fit your Camry like a glove and offer optimal performance. A few suggestions:

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Written by Jason Lancaster