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Old 12-05-2015, 03:47 PM   #15
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How do you find the CVT works under tow? That's something I've been curious about.
Oh, and does the trailer have brakes, or has that been covered already? At that weight many states don't require them.

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The trailer come standard with brakes. My Subaru requires brakes when the trailer is over 1000 lbs. I had a Prodigy P2 brake controller installed on the Subaru. As far as braking is concerned, I like towing this way better than my sailboat that is sub 1000 lbs, without brakes on that trailer. The whole rig stops very well.

So far the CVT seems to work fine towing, especially on cruise control where the computer decides where to set the gearing and rpm's. Tows well and does not hunt the rpm's on the flats and small hills. On long climbs, such as the Grapevine out of Los Angeles, I pulled the shifter into manual mode. (paddle shifters on the steering wheel) This made it easier to keep the rpm's at a bit higher level while getting in line with all of the slow trucks in the right two lanes. Also, in manual mode, this allows you to use more engine braking on the downhills.

I have towed in the valley at 100 degrees F and on the long climbs at about 80 degrees F. Subaru cuts the allowable tow rating in half for the Outback when climbing over 5 miles at over 104F, so in hot weather I might need to take it a bit easy or plan the drives for the cooler part of the day. I am learning more about the car as I tow more. I looked into a transmission oil cooler but was not successful for this transmission.
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Old 12-05-2015, 04:19 PM   #16
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By chance, have you tracked your fuel economy while towing?
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Old 12-05-2015, 04:26 PM   #17
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By chance, have you tracked your fuel economy while towing?
I have not calculated it or watched the trip computer do it. Sometime ago, till I flopped it on its side in the snow, I owned an Xterra. For the first few months I obsessed about the gas mileage since it was so bad. I finally realized that to stop worrying about it, all I needed to do was stop calculating it. When tank is empty, fill it up. I have proceeded with that philosophy since, and cannot bring myself to do the calculations. Maybe someday.
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Old 12-05-2015, 08:40 PM   #18
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Hah. I should try that. I love my Ridgeline except for the mileage under tow.

Interesting that you couldn't find a transmission cooler for your CVT. Any idea why? Did you ask Subaru?

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Old 12-06-2015, 01:26 PM   #19
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I saw your pictures and can say that it's very comfortable Camper. If you like nature you need to have one.
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Old 01-02-2016, 12:23 PM   #20
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OK, Twice now I turned the vehicle computer on to calculate average mileage while towing. On the flats I was getting from 18.6 to about 20.6, depending on the day I did it. I have done this twice now and just as I suspected, I started obsessing about my mileage. I could not keep my eyes off of the readout and started drafting big rigs, modifying speed, etc. to try to get the number up. No more of that. I now leave the average mileage readout off and life is much calmer. Even in my retirement I obsess about things. I am an Architect, it is a curse. Now, when the tank is empty I stop for gas.

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OK, Twice now I turned the vehicle computer on to calculate average mileage while towing. On the flats I was getting from 18.6 to about 20.6, depending on the day I did it. I have done this twice now and just as I suspected, I started obsessing about my mileage. I could not keep my eyes off of the readout and started drafting big rigs, modifying speed, etc. to try to get the number up. No more of that. I now leave the average mileage readout off and life is much calmer. Even in my retirement I obsess about things. I am an Architect, it is a curse. Now, when the tank is empty I stop for gas.

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Hi: Dbybe... Used to obsess too!!! My son say's I have OCD. In my world "Trailer towing" and "MPG's" should never appear in the same paragraph!!! When the tank is empty you need gas.
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Hi: Dbybe... Used to obsess too!!! My son say's I have OCD. In my world "Trailer towing" and "MPG's" should never appear in the same paragraph!!! When the tank is empty you need gas.
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Old 06-12-2016, 09:33 AM   #23
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I like your layout. What's the width of the bed in front? I do wish the door was further back on the trailer as it seems odd to have the front bed in front of the door.
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I like your layout. What's the width of the bed in front? I do wish the door was further back on the trailer as it seems odd to have the front bed in front of the door.
The front bed is one box wide (20") plus the width of the fixed ledge across the front which is a about 10". This makes a good size for one person. It curves in at the front corners a little but is similar to a Twin width.

The door is not really a problem as the bed is about 6' long. With the 3 x 5 grid of 20" boxes, the door would interfere with the next grid if it is moved towards the rear. Everything is a tradeoff though, but so far we like the layout.
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Old 06-15-2016, 11:43 AM   #25
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How does the water hook up ? Have you weighted it yet ?
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There is a 5 gallon tank in the sink box, with a fill valve on the back side of the box. (Does not go through the side of the trailer so the box can move around). The water is pressurized by a 12 volt pump. There are two ways to fill it. You can use a food grade hose with a flexible shut off wand. This needs to be brought through the door and into the trailer. The second option is we use a long necked funnel and fill the tank with water jugs. (Camp ground water or purchased if the local water tastes bad). This all sounds more cumbersome than it is. You have to realize we come from tent camping and this all seems so lux to us. Using the jugs is so quick and easy I hardly ever use the hose. Our water usage is pretty low so we only have to add water after 4-5 days. The drain from the sink goes to a threaded outlet in the side of the trailer. We attach this to a portable Barker 5 gallon gray water tank.


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