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stumps

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Subaru Outback as TV
« on: April 15, 2017, 06:01:38 PM »
If you tow with a Subaru Outback - please share what you tow and your experience.  I'm shopping for my next camper and curious about experiences -

If you don't tow with a Subaru Outback - please do not:
tell me I cannot do it - I will.
tell me what my tow limits are (I have read the manual)
tell me I need an aux. tranny cooler (I know that)
tell me what TV I really should buy - if I wanted a different TV I'd buy one. 

Thanks!
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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2017, 06:26:46 PM »
 ;D

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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2017, 07:27:47 PM »
Sounds to me that you already have all the answers.
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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2017, 07:31:05 PM »
If you already know all the answers, why do you ask?  You know it will not work.  We will not bless your idea.
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stumps

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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2017, 07:43:35 PM »
If you tow with a Subaru Outback - please share what you tow and your experience. 

I'm... curious about experiences -



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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2017, 08:08:22 PM »
A friend of mine tows a small Tab with her Outback. It is just her and a kayak, and it is within the tow ratings. She has many thousands of miles on it. I tow a canoe trailer with mine. Four tandem canoes plus canoe camping gear for 6-8, maybe 1000 pounds (I don't have the trailer brakes required at 1500 pounds).
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stumps

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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2017, 08:38:22 PM »
Thanks UTT!
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UTTransplant

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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2017, 08:50:27 PM »
I forgot I also tow my little bitty motorcycle camper with my Forester. It is designed to be towed by a big touring motorcycle. Weight is around 450-500 loaded BTW, it is great fun since it will fit about anywhere! I have seen people towing small Aframes and lots of different small to medium pop ups with Subarus. I think those will be ok with a Subie.

For non-Subie fans, a Subaru can tow 2500 pounds when loaded with 800 pounds of passengers and gear. It is not a lot, but it is suitable for something small. Trailer brakes are required over 1500 pounds.
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OutdoorFT

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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2017, 09:03:33 PM »
Tabs, r pods or popups. Take your limited picks.

But you should really buy a Volvo truck for towing.
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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2017, 09:11:05 PM »
Tabs, r pods or popups. Take your limited picks.


Have you ever towed any of the above with an Outback?
If not pipe down. :D

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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2017, 09:44:25 PM »
Have you ever towed any of the above with an Outback?
If not pipe down. :D
Well, I pick the right tool for the job. And am clearly beneath others here. Ill return to my safe space.
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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2017, 09:52:10 PM »
Well, I pick the right tool for the job. And am clearly beneath others here. Ill return to my safe space.

Those are the rules.
Go hug a kitten, and play with crayons. :D :D :D

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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2017, 11:10:39 PM »
Stick to the topic, can the wise cracks. 
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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2017, 01:39:00 AM »
I was in a Miata club for several years and one of our members pulled a small teardrop trailer with his Miata. Actually went coast to coast one time.

So I think if you get a smaller trailer you'll do fine.
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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2017, 09:18:35 PM »
My 2013 Outback has a payload of 750#.  That is for passengers and cargo.  Not much for a trailer left.  What's yours?
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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2017, 10:25:26 PM »
My 2013 Outback has a payload of 750#.  That is for passengers and cargo.  Not much for a trailer left.  What's yours?
What is your GVWR? I have been looking at 2017 models, and Outbacks can tow between 2700 and 3000 pounds depending on engine. New Foresters have decreased towing capacity (1500) as compared to my 2008 Forester that can tow 2500 pounds. I am actually waiting on the new 7 passenger Subaru coming out in the next year or so as our daily drive. We would be trading in or selling a Rav 4 and my Forester, keeping the truck as our secondary vehicle. Kind of silly to keep 3 vehicles now that we are retired and don't have work commutes, but I don't like the Rav 4 and the Forester is too small and not that comfortable (it is the lowest trim level). We will either get an Outback or the 7 passenger version, depending on how things work out.
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stumps

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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2017, 09:22:00 AM »
UTT is right -

my towing capacity is 2700 pounds, with 200 hitch carrying limit.  The light tongue weight is driving my choice more than the 2700 limit.  While I'm not one to push tow limits on any vehicle, I also know that part of this changes based on location.  For example, if you look up what Subaru's are towing in Europe and Australia - they are TTs.   The mentality is different.  In the US you always get someone who drives a heavy duty pick up telling you that you cannot tow with a car (see the snarky remarks above).  That's just not true.  The Outback can tow 2700 pounds, I'm aiming to tow something under 2000 pounds, and I'll add the tranny cooler.  I should be just fine.  :-)   There seem to be a lot of folks towing Scamps with Outbacks - and a fair number towing T@Bs.  It is possible, just need to find the right camper. 

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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #17 on: April 17, 2017, 09:30:43 AM »
UTT is right -

my towing capacity is 2700 pounds, with 200 hitch carrying limit.  The light tongue weight is driving my choice more than the 2700 limit.  While I'm not one to push tow limits on any vehicle, I also know that part of this changes based on location.  For example, if you look up what Subaru's are towing in Europe and Australia - they are TTs.   The mentality is different.  In the US you always get someone who drives a heavy duty pick up telling you that you cannot tow with a car (see the snarky remarks above).  That's just not true.  The Outback can tow 2700 pounds, I'm aiming to tow something under 2000 pounds, and I'll add the tranny cooler.  I should be just fine.  :-)   There seem to be a lot of folks towing Scamps with Outbacks - and a fair number towing T@Bs.  It is possible, just need to find the right camper.
Good for you. I really meant the question to be to RVRAC but I guess I wasn't very clear. I am quite yin/yang on trailers. I love my heavy four season trailer that I pull with a big Dodge pickup. I stay comfortable for weeks at a time with all the luxuries. I also love camping in my tiny motorcycle camper pulled by my Subaru into a tiny and remote campsite. No running water, no electricity, just nature. Oh, and I even love wilderness canoe camping with a tent and only the items that fit in the boat. Most people on forums like this use bigger trailers and can't imagine going small. Enjoy your trailer and Subie. I am on my third one, and looking for the fourth. I can't imagine having anything else; I am definitely a Subaru groupie.
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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2017, 03:23:41 PM »
Cricket trailers look very appealing for a lightweight trailer.  I have a Forester that I've towed cargo trailers with.

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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #19 on: April 17, 2017, 08:27:53 PM »
I don't know what my Outback GVWR is but knows its payload is 750, of which I need to deduct passenger and stuff before considering tongue weight of a camper.  It doesn't leave a lot for this last item.  Maybe a 2000 TT is doable, but for me that is not much of a TT.  I am getting a 2017 next month.  Will let you know what I found out on the new ones. MHO
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Re: Subaru Outback as TV
« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2017, 10:03:24 PM »
I don't know what my Outback GVWR is but knows its payload is 750, of which I need to deduct passenger and stuff before considering tongue weight of a camper.  It doesn't leave a lot for this last item.  Maybe a 2000 TT is doable, but for me that is not much of a TT.  I am getting a 2017 next month.  Will let you know what I found out on the new ones. MHO
Look at the yellow sticker on the driver's door post. Based on all my previous Subies, I am guessing the 750 is the passenger/cargo weight (it is 800 pounds on mine). That is in addition to a 150 - 200 pound tongue weight and a 2700 - 3000 pound tow capacity (depending on model). Subaru rates their cars totally different than everyone else; the tow rating assumes passengers. And while a Subaru can't tow a 20' hard sided trailer, they can tow some of the bigger tear drop style hard sided trailers and many pop ups.
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