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Old 03-10-2013, 02:37 PM   #127
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Extra beyond what? The OEM wheels should handle the maximum inflation pressure of the tires, and the "extra" pressure is 10psi beyond that required to handle the load at 65 mph, but still must be no more than the maximum inflation pressure shown on the tire sidewall.
I could have been clearer-

There's been some discussion of the possible benefits of using higher load range tires whose max pressures are higher than the 50psi LR-C's many of us have on our trailers, in many cases as stock-from-the-mfr.

Should one choose to put on, say, LR-D's with a 65psi max, one needs to ascertain that the wheel itself will accommodate that (higher) maximum sidewall pressure before running a tire at that number.

As always, the weakest link in the chain governs...

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Old 03-10-2013, 04:23 PM   #128
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Good, clear, explanation of a related potential issue - thanks Francesca.
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:40 PM   #129
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Back to the Forester.........

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New engine, better gas mileage- big drop in towing capacity. 6 speed manual available still, though.

Glad I bought mine when I did.
Sorry I'm late to the party, we had connection and data limit issues.. Joe Spitze's Forester site indicates the engine is the same 2.5 liter I have in my 2012 with an upgrade to the 6 speed transmission. I can't find gear ratios but if the extra gear is on the low end, that would be a plus for hill starts when towing. I've experienced problems with hill starts when the trailer is connected. Joe suggests the down grade with the tow rating is the CVT. What's interesting is that we have a member with a CVT Outback pulling a Scamp who gave good reports. Finally the comments Joe, who is a Subaru salesman, makes about poor handling and performance with the CVT are very discouraging. Raz


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Old 03-10-2013, 06:51 PM   #130
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Joe told me it was better to tow with an automatic than a manual; I wouldn't use him as an authority on towing. Maybe the CVT is worse than the old automatic but most of us prefer a manual for towing.
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:03 PM   #131
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Joe told me it was better to tow with an automatic than a manual; I wouldn't use him as an authority on towing. Maybe the CVT is worse than the old automatic but most of us prefer a manual for towing.
I had always had manual Outbacks (as well as every other cars going back in time) and it was Joe who talked me into the automatic with the manual sport option that I use as needed when towing. Yup I bought my last Subaru from Joe even though I am a Canuck. Was skeptical at first but it has turned out just fine for towing - not sure I would go back to an manual now.
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The only time I wish I had an automatic is when backing our trailer uphill.
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The only time I wish I had an automatic is when backing our trailer uphill.
Ditto for my subaru, reverse is high geared without a trailer.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:01 PM   #134
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Just ordered a new Frontier to use as a tow vehicle. I've driven standard transmission all my life, but backing our existing trailer up our driveway convinced me to go automatic this time.

(Actually, it was watching the wife try to back the trailer up the driveway that *really* convinced me... )
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I have mentioned before that the hill holder clutch makes hill starts with the trailer difficult because it doesn't disengage until the clutch is completely up unless you wait a couple of seconds. Using the hand brake you can hold the car to avoid rolling backwards and get going but it takes a higher rpm to get the needed torque. A lower gear would be nice. Stop and go on a steep hill would really shorten clutch life.

We also have Frontier. It's a very nice truck and a great tow vehicle. As others have found, the mileage is comparable to the Subaru when towing. Raz
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