Originally Posted by Myron Leski
We have been close to buying our 16 ft Scamp
a new Subaru. Everything about the Subaru appeals to us but a recent visit to the dealership provided zero information on towing. They just were not prepared with answers. That surprised us and raised an immediate red flag. (!) Which model would be best? Does Subaru even supply hitches? Outback or Forester?...etc.
You need to know 1st what your 16' actually weighs loaded. I don't think you will find any 16' Scamps that meet the Foresters tow specs so the Outback is your only option. Having said that there are also only a few 16' ' Scamps that fall
into the Outback's tow soecs as well. due to their layout & options many are well over the Outbacks 200 lb tongue limit.
I have towed a 16' Sidebath Scamp
with an Outback for 5 years, thousands of miles & it does well with it but I need to be very careful about what I load & don't load in the trailer & how I loaded what I do load in order to keep within Subaru's specs & to have a solid safe tow. Mine has no AC & only one propane
tank & I never travel with water in the tanks.
I love my Subaru it's actually my 4th one but due to the tongue weight
limitations I will be replacing it in the not to distant future, as much as I don't really want to with a vehicle with the ability to take a higher tongue weight
in order to have an even safer & more solid tow for those times I travel on the Freeway at higher speeds.
As far as hitches go as far as I am aware Subaru only started to offer factory hitches a few years ago and its only a class I which is of no use for a 16' Scamp but you can take the car to any hitch installer & they will have a hitch that fits the Subaru nicely and meets the 16' requirements. Subaru also requires that you have brakes on anything you tow over 1000lbs so you will need to have the hitch installer run the brake wire as well as that is not part of the standard towing pre wiring that comes from the factory found on either the Forester or Outback.
As I said I love Subaru's & i am nit overly happy with the thought of changing vehicle makes. As folks here will tell you I'm the first to say that the Outback is a good tow vehicle. In fact way better than some here seem to think. I am for the most part very happy with how it tows my 16'. Did 12000 miles last year alone with no problems but if starting from scratch I would look for something with a higher tongue weight
limit if I was planning to tow a 16'.
By the way if anyone suggest to you that you can over come the tongue weight limitation by using an equalizer hitch it's important to note Subaru's. Manual states they are not to be used on their vehicles.