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Old 12-05-2014, 09:20 PM   #1
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I was just wondering if anyone out there has towed a 17' Escape with plan "A", that is without the bathroom, with a 2012 Subaru Outback with the V6 3.6L engine? I have a class 3 hitch.
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:36 PM   #2
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:38 PM   #3
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Peter B, welcome to the forum.

I had a similar question a few months back about the 15A only I had the 2.5 in my Outback. Either way the tongue weight of the 17A will be too much. According to the FAQ on the Escape site, “17′ Escape, Plan A with a dry weight of 1,900lbs will travel fully loaded at about 2,900lbs”. That said you would be well over the 200lb max for the Outback.

The solution for me was to trade my Outback for a good used TV capable of safely towing my soon to arrive 17B.
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:19 AM   #4
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[QUOTE=OneOleMan;495017]Peter B, welcome to the forum.

I had a similar question a few months back about the 15A only I had the 2.5 in my Outback. Either way the tongue weight of the 17A will be too much. According to the FAQ on the Escape site, “17′ Escape, Plan A with a dry weight of 1,900lbs will travel fully loaded at about 2,900lbs”. That said you would be well over the 200lb max for the Outback.

The solution for me was to trade my Outback for a good used TV capable of safely towing my soon to arrive 17B.[/QUOTE

Thanks for the info Pat. I guess I'll have to find a lighter Escape trailer.
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:41 AM   #5
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The Escape 15A and 15B have a "dry hitch weight" of 190 lbs.
After you fill the propane tank, you will be over the Subaru 200 lb.hitch limit.
There were a few 13' made. Don't know the hitch weight.
Really, you need to upgrade the tow vehicle capability. You're pretty much looking at a Honda Pilot or a Toyota Highlander ( two popular SUVs ).
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We have the 2.5 engine in a 2011 Outback and have been researching towing. The 6 cylinder has the same tongue weight limit of 200 and a slightly higher maximum towing weight limit than our 2700. The problem for us is that on the 2.5, when on long climbs in hot weather, the manufacturer cuts the maximum tow weight in half to 1350. (We live in Sacramento where it is 100 + on many summer days.) It is pretty tough to find a trailer with a low enough dry weight to met this criteria for a maximum tow weight. If you start at a dry weight of about 900 lbs, like some of the teardrops, the Meercat, or perhaps a light Compact Jr. you might make it if you are very careful packing your added gear. Really, they are just not enough car to be towing most trailers. We have pretty much given up for now as we love the Subaru too much to trade it in, and I cannot talk my wife into giving up her Mini Cooper.
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We have the 2.5 engine in a 2011 Outback and have been researching towing. We have pretty much given up for now as we love the Subaru too much to trade it in, and I cannot talk my wife into giving up her Mini Cooper.
Did you say you owned a Mini Cooper... Hummmmmm.....

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We have a 2003 outback with the 2.5l 5 speed and used it to tow our Ventura which was about 1800lbs. It was right at the max and it was not the weight but the frontal area that was the killer. Bought a an older F150 to tow the Casita 17SD. The tongue weight is just much for the outback.
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I have a 4 cylinder manual transmission 2009 subaru forester. I tow a teardrop with a loaded weight of 1600 pounds. I have no problem towing even over the Oregon passes. I get 22-25 MPG on the flat and drops to about 17 on the passes. I know several people who use either an outback or forester to tow their teardrops.

I am considering buying a fiberglass trailer in the future. When I do, I will definitely upgrade my tow vehicle. I would not be comfortable towing any of the trailers with my subaru except possibly the 13' without bathrooms. If I do buy a new trailer, it will definitely have to have a bathroom.
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I probably would not have any qualms about towing a bit heavier trailer than the 1350 limit for hot weather if I had a manual transmission, vs. the CVT that I have now. I have checked around and could not find anyone, including dealer, that would install a supplemental cooler on the transmission. It would be a big ticket item if I fried that baby.
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[ We have pretty much given up for now as we love the Subaru too much to trade it in, and I cannot talk my wife into giving up her Mini Cooper.[/QUOTE]


Looks like you're going to be a 3 car family
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We have pretty much given up for now as we love the Subaru too much to trade it in, and I cannot talk my wife into giving up her Mini Cooper.
I felt the same way 'till I realized I wanted "Escaping Reality" more than I loved my Outback.
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Old 12-06-2014, 03:33 PM   #13
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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.
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Does your trillium have a bathroom?
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