Originally Posted by Bobbilane
No, my reasoning is it's 300 bucks to install the box etc when I'll only have the car another year. Subaru recommends brakes
too over 1000 pounds. And then another 300 plus the 800 to install for the next vehicle...which I may not lease...buy.
I think you may want to reconsider your trailer purchase for this summer until you can pick a vehicle with the capacity to handle the 13' Scamp
you are wishing to tow with it. The Outback would probable be a much better fit for the trailer if you are wanting to stick to a Subaru.
I towed with a Subaru for years but a larger version (Outback) and I would never tow anything over a 1000lbs behind it without full trailer brakes
connected as per the owners manual. Also there are laws that require you to have brakes on the trailer under certain conditions and one of them is often in regards to the trailers weight
in relationship to the vehicle towing it. Pretty sure as the CrossTeck only weighs about 3000lbs itself you will fall
into that category for sure & need brakes not just because Subaru says so.
Not to mention the Scamp
13' you are wanting once loaded for camping with be well over the 1500lb towing capacity of the Crossteck.
See the thread Real World Trailer Weights for clarification on that
- Scamps have a weight
range from a low of 1620 lbs to a high of 2020lbs. All but one weighed in with a tongue weight
that is not over your 200lb tongue weight specification set by Subaru - so even if you find a way to keep the total weight below 1500lbs (which based on your options isn't going to happen) don't plan on carrying anything in the back of the car when its connected.
Per Subaru the options for the Cross Over reads "Trailer hitch, 1.25", wired, includes insert. The Crosstrek is rated for 1500lbs towing with trailer brakes, 1000 lbs without. $498"
Here is the problem you have. I recently asked a few vehicle manufactures what the actual class of hitch was they put on at the factory & was told they don't use of Class # system anymore. (its not just small SUV's this is happening with - happened with my current truck as well). As the hitch put on at the factory & specially designed for the vehicle is only rated to the towing capacity of the vehicle it is attached to - similar to how it is done in Europe.
Any which way I am willing to bet that Subaru wouldn't/didn't put anything more than a Class I hitch on the CrossTeck regardless - which means its only good for up to 2000lbs - which you again would be very close to or exceed attaching a 13' Scamp
to it. Assuming of course Subaru didn't in fact put a specially designed hitch of the car that is in fact only rated to 1500lbs as the options listing seems to suggest is the case..... which means you would not only be over your total towing capacity but the hitch capacity as well.... add to that no trailer brakes.... humm not a pretty picture forming in my mind!
Its a cute little vehicle it just wasn't designed to pull safely the trailer you were hoping to pull with it.
EDIT: Forgot to mention looking at your list of options I would say it would be a pretty safe bet your trailer will be at the high end of the Real World Weights listed.