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Old 12-06-2014, 03:41 PM   #15
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No, it doesn't have a bathroom. Front gaucho, rear dinette/bed. We do have a porta-potti though.
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Old 12-06-2014, 03:42 PM   #16
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Old 12-06-2014, 04:20 PM   #17
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As far as I know, you only live once. When you can no longer GO, will you regret hanging on to a tow vehicle or will you regret not GOING when you could?

Make memories!
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Old 12-06-2014, 04:25 PM   #18
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That is so, so true! Got to have a good talk to the DW about that!
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Old 12-06-2014, 04:28 PM   #19
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We presently tow a 2010 trillium Outback 13 ft. with absolutely no problems. I don't know what the hitch weight is but I have weighed it full and it was 1750 lbs. and the car and trailer were almost level so I didn't think the tongue was too heavy. We have travelled some high elevations during hot weather and never had any problems. I too have thought about getting a different tow vehicle like the Highlander or Pilot but we like our Subaru too much at the moment.
What year is the Outback and what engine and transmission do you have in the vehicle?

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Old 12-06-2014, 04:30 PM   #20
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As far as I know, you only live once. When you can no longer GO, will you regret hanging on to a tow vehicle or will you regret not GOING when you could?

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At this point we go, go, go. We just do not go with a fiberglass egg. I over analyze everything anyway. Before retirement I was a practicing Architect so it is a curse.
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Old 12-06-2014, 04:36 PM   #21
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We tow our Scamp deluxe front bath with our 2014 outback 4 cyl. cvt. Seems to work well after 10,000 plus towing miles over the Rockies, etc. Not that we can pass everyone on mountain grades, but it works fine for us. Really rare when we couldn't hold 60 mph on mountain grades. Most of our miles are in cool weather so we don't know about over-heating. Mileage is about 18 on the flat. Tricky to keep the Scamp's tongue weight under the Subaru's recommended 200, but it can be done with load shifting in the trailer. Tows like a dream, no sway. We only know the Scamp is there when asking for quick acceleration or when we look in the rear view mirror. Then again when we tow we are in vacation mode and don't really look for quick off-the-line starts. Any towing calls for paying attention driving up on-ramps and if possible even planning your stops. I would not tow anything over 1000 pounds without electric brakes.

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Old 12-06-2014, 04:56 PM   #22
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Donald, you'll figure it out... what works best for YOU.

There are those that are happy car camping or in tents or popup tent trailers. Then there are those that buy sticky trailers. Or forever stay in motels!

Whatever works for you.. works for us!

But remember, it's not about your past. It's about your future.

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Old 12-06-2014, 05:43 PM   #23
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We tow our Scamp deluxe front bath with our 2014 outback 4 cyl. cvt. Seems to work well after 10,000 plus towing miles over the Rockies, etc.
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Not surprised at that John. I always looked at the Sub's as Japanese Volvo's. Speaking of Volvo's my pal towed a good sized Airstream all over North America with a 5cyl Volvo sedan (manual tranny).
You don't need a big engine to tow aerodynamic trailers like Eggs, Awards, Airstreams, etc.
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Old 12-06-2014, 06:01 PM   #24
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It's a 2012 Outback with the 3.6L
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Old 12-06-2014, 06:53 PM   #25
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The engine isn't the issue with the Outback. It's the low tongue weight capacity.
My '87 Subaru Loyale GL Wagon towed my tent trailer. It got up most hills and stopped most of the time going down ( cost me a bundle in brake jobs ).

If you do the numbers for the Outback and most travel trailers, it's not a good combo.
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The engine isn't the issue with the Outback. It's the low tongue weight capacity.
My '87 Subaru Loyale GL Wagon towed my tent trailer. It got up most hills and stopped most of the time going down ( cost me a bundle in brake jobs ).

If you do the numbers for the Outback and most travel trailers, it's not a good combo.
Glenn, with such a light trailer wouldn't one use the engine compression/gearing to maintain speed on the down side or were the hills that steep??

Peter... Edmunds shows a 3,000lb tow rating with the 260HP V6. That's lots of ponies for a 3,600lb vehicle.

http://www.edmunds.com/subaru/outbac...tyle=200471869
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The hills were that steep and that long.
I'm in the slow lane doing 80 kph, but approaching a semi with four-ways flashing, doing 40 kph.
There are two left lanes, where I planned to go, that are suddenly full of cars doing 120 kph. I couldn't accelerate to change lanes ( Subaru Loyale ). Could only apply brakes, gingerly, but wife comments on the burning smell. I told her it was the semi. My mechanic told me it was the Subaru. No brakes on the tent trailer.
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Old 12-07-2014, 12:59 AM   #28
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Smile Towing with Subaru

I will admit that Subarus are not F-350's, however, ours have done us good towing Homelet since 2009.
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Fr Crowley Point on Hwy 190 west of Death Valley.
I will say I wouldn't want to do this drive in summer.

The Green Subaru is a 2000 2400cc shift 2000# tow rating.
The Red Subaru is a 2014 2400cc CVT Automatic 2700# tow rating. (The old knees can't take clutching any longer.)

I show that the combination can climb steep grades by some of the locations.
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