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Old 03-22-2011, 10:22 AM   #15
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Side Opening Door.

The CRV has a side opening rear door as well and we have never considered it an issue. The only reason for us to open the door is to grab the chocks, easy to do connected.

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It's an issue for me because I have dogs in crates in the rear and need to be able to take them out without unhooking the trailer. Otherwise I wouldn't care.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:29 AM   #16
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'Without the overheight surcharge' what is the limit?
On Washington State Ferries it is 7 1/2 feet tall, 30 feet combined length. On BC ferries I think it is only 7 feet tall, although I think that might have changed to no overheight charge? (Probably means cost for my trailer went up.) Bikes standing on the roof go over it and I've seen people pull out of line and tie their bikes down flat to avoid the charges.

I think even with the taller Subaru and the Thule box I'm good in Washington. And the last few years they waived the charges on a few routes (like San Juan Islands and Keystone) but I don't see how they can afford to do that anymore.
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It's an issue for me because I have dogs in crates in the rear and need to be able to take them out without unhooking the trailer. Otherwise I wouldn't care.
When we retired we instituted one rule: "No pets and more petting."

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They must get a lot of hight over charges. The 17' boler is 8'1" tall with out adding the max air vents.
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When we retired we instituted one rule: "No pets and more petting."
Not an option here, the main reason I camp is to go to Corgi Campouts and Agility trials!

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Old 03-22-2011, 12:48 PM   #20
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They must get a lot of hight over charges. The 17' boler is 8'1" tall with out adding the max air vents.
Yup. One reason you see lowered Boler's in Canada is the 7 foot charge.
That has apparently been dropped on some routes.

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Yup. One reason you see lowered Boler's in Canada is the 7 foot charge.
That has apparently been dropped on some routes.
We can not get that low as trailer is 8'1" plus ridge height and Max air vents on top of that plus well over 20' with TV 'will look into that per foot charge'.

Just for fun For Pet Lovers we have Bear 8 Leo 11 and Keisha 16
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I imagine only the 13s ever got that low, and I've seen them advertised as lowered for the ferry. My Campster barely makes it into a standard 7 foot garage but I think would fit the ferry requirement (it goes into the garage up a short drive so is angled up which makes it a tighter squeeze) but it sits a lot higher off the ground than a small Boler does.
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Like Rav-4, other types in the same class? I just want to see what else is out there that can still tow.

I'm also interested in knowing if anyone is using a Forester near its 2500 lb max?
Ford Escape, is a very stable platform, in this class.
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I looked at the Escape, but if I went that route it would be to get the hybrid, and that isn't available in AWD (though IS rated for 3500 with towing package.)
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Yeah, me, too, but I don't think it will happen.


I think I'll like it when I get used to it but I love the old design so I don't know why they had to change. Maybe I should look at the outback. I picked Forester initially for the headroom and legroom.
I thought about the Forester a while back found an amazing low mileage,old lady driven deal from one of my car dealer clients.
I took it for a weekend to see if it would work for me and it had so little leg room for me I had to turn it down.
The new one is a whole different beast and is a lot more comfy for me so I guess it depends on the driver to determine just how practical a vehicle is.

Nothing mean intended if you feel like an old lady of course!
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Headroom was more important than legroom in the old Forester. The new one has much more legroom- I had to scootch the seat up to reach the pedals; in the old one I have it all the way back. My dad drove one but he was tall like me-longer body, not longer legs. Mom drives it now with the seat forward a notch.

I'm getting more used to the looks of the new one and will probably go for it. Now to decide whether to buy in California or change residencies and buy in Washington. I was all set to do the latter but taxes and registration are about equal and it will cost more to register the trailer in Washington so now I'm not sure. (I have to change in a few years, the question is when, as I'm half time in each for awhile.)

Oddly the dealership here had a 5-speed in stock. When I bought my first Forester they not only didn't have one, they weren't very interested in getting one for me, so I bought mine in Porterville instead. But no Subaru dealer there anymore.
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I drive an '09 2.5x Forester towing a 13' Scamp/full bath, water, and travel gear. Have no idea what it weighs, but it pulls the trailer very well. Gas mileage is about 19 MPG travelling between 58-63mph. Have to downshift out of o/d when going up long hills. Have towed in 115 degree weather on interstates with no problems. Got the Forester because of it's higher tow rating. Had 2003 Honda CRV before. Liked it, but was afraid it wouldn't tow the little Scamp.
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That's good to know; I know it can tow what I have now but I might decide to upgrade some day.
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