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Old 12-18-2014, 10:16 AM   #15
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Hey there Wayne, i do have a class iii trailer hitch on my Outback already. i would love to have Cal Am RV in Ontario have a look at my Outback to beef up the max. hitch weight but i am just tooo far away for it to be feasible. Most likely around 4000km one way.
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:31 AM   #16
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How much larger, Peter?
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:53 AM   #17
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Initially, we were thinking of the Escape 17ft. but realistically, the 15ft would be sufficient.
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Old 12-18-2014, 12:51 PM   #18
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An alternative you may want to at least consider is a Pilot. The 4WD version is rated to 4500/450, it has more room inside, and it should give equal or better fuel mileage. Either of the trailers you mentioned would be a comfortable tow, whereas the larger might be a stretch for the Tribeca, since it's probably pushing 3000#. The AWD system is not as good as a Subaru, since it can only do a 50-50 front-rear torque split (vs. 10-90 in a Subaru), but it does have a locking feature to hold the 50-50 split in slippery conditions. Anyway, surely you're looking at a bigger trailer to spend more time away from the snow!

In my mind, a Pilot would keep more options open. Prices are comparable, at least in our area, but availability of the Tribeca is very limited. I'd also be a little nervous of owning a vehicle that uncommon in terms of long-term availability of parts & service. Perhaps they are more common in Canada.

Many of these considerations would also apply to the Highlander, another popular choice for the size trailers you are considering. We cross-shopped Highlanders, but found the right deal on a Pilot first.
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Old 12-18-2014, 01:40 PM   #19
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Now it all makes sense. Yes, any good transmission repair facility can install a transmission cooler in your new tow vehicle....I avoid the dealer service in matters like a trans-cooler as all they will install must come from the manufacturer. Transmission specialists tend to install higher capacity trans-coolers than dealers or regular auto repair shops.

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I'm sure any reputable transmission shop can install a transmission cooler if a vehicle does not come with the factory one.
If they don't offer one of the 2011, as I said previously you should check with them as to why not and what changed between now and the current models they do offer it on..... may not be a transmission issue but another issue such as rear end components etc that impact why they don't want anymore then 200lbs on the tongue.
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