Originally Posted by John Linck
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
Thank-you for your comments, John.
I've been reading all the posts about Outback towing here and on the Outback forum, and doing a lot of research. We also have a 2014 Outback 4cyl with the CVT. We love the Outback and the CVT works well.
Just bought a 2012 Egg Camper
. The Egg is 1924# with existing options and no luggage or extras. John's 13' Scamp
w/bath should be about 1600# without any extras or luggage, so we would be starting at 324# more, but we hope to travel very light
. The frontal wind load area of the Egg and the Scamp should be similar, so the wind load should not add to our pulling ability in a comparison with John's.
The 200# Outback max. tongue weight has been mentioned a lot. The light
subframe to the rear of the rear axle
of the car could be one reason for the low limit. I installed the hitch myself and can attest to the lack of "robustness". The CVT may also be a factor, but most reports give very good marks to the CVT towing. Another issue is one that a Subaru tech mentioned--that is the all wheel drive system. The system on the 2010-2014 4 cyl. Outback's with CVT is a front biased drive 60%/40%. A reasonable guess is that a large amount of weight in the rear of the car (like from a heavy tongue weight) might make the front wheels light
, changing that ratio, which might make the all wheel drive system work to correct more often than in normal driving.
Whatever the reason for the 200# hitch weight limit, I plan on keeping with the 200# limit. We'll have to load lightly and carefully as close and low to the trailer axle
as possible, adjust the front to back load, then take a few test runs, and if it appears the Outback is straining, then we'll have to tow with the Chevy Tahoe. Luckily, the price of Gas is down. We plan on a trip from the Northeast to Florida, then Texas and maybe Calif. and back in winter 2015.