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Old 10-21-2015, 10:14 PM   #1
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Question Subaru hitch needed?

Just asking opinions... I am all set to get a hitch installed by the respected business in town, where everyone goes for hitches. It has suggested the genuine Subaru hitch option is much better. The cost is substantially more... they say it sits higher and doesn't hit ground .... (I am getting a 13 ft. Scamp and not going off roads) Any input that might help me?? (my car is a 16 Outback) assume someone might have experience...

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Old 10-22-2015, 12:13 AM   #2
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I think this question can be answered best at the Outback Forum. The factory hitch has drawbacks. There is an aftermarket hitch that does not hangdown so low. I have a Curt hitch and never had a dragging problem, but it is not real pretty.

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Old 10-22-2015, 06:34 AM   #3
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U haul put a good hitch on my 15 outback. Does the job well.

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Old 10-22-2015, 08:51 AM   #4
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Hideden Hitch


There was a similar incident with my 2012 Outback.
The dealer wanted over $600 for the purchase and
installation of and 1 1/4" hitch. I ordered a 2" Class III
hitch with the wiring harness and shipping
for about $220? The istallation was straightforward with
the biggest problem being snagging the end of the wiring
harness that resided behind the interior trim over the
left rear wheel well. The hitch took about 45 minutes to
install while it took me about 2 hours finish the wiring by
making little hook to pull the harness down and to cut
the restraining tape using an Exacto knife and an
inspection mirror. Whew!

I have never managed to scrape the hitch on the ground
and the installation is hardly noticeable when not in use.

Good Luck, Larry H.
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Old 10-22-2015, 08:57 AM   #5
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hi, i have a 2012 forester and a 13ft scamp. i decided to go the genuine route mainly because i thought it might help the resale value. however, i didn't live the 'tab' wire for the electrical hookups and had a local rv place convert it to a 7 pin round connector mounted in the rear bumper.

i know of others who have gone the uhaul and other route to install and i don't know any reason why they wouldn't work as well.

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Old 10-22-2015, 09:33 AM   #6
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I have the factory hitch on my '14 Outback. The socket comes out of the fairing below the bumper and as such does not hang below the car. There is a crescent shaped area in the middle of the fairing which is cut out to allow for the factory hitch. However, the stinger I use to make the trailer tow level does drop down and I have had it catch on some curbs if I crossed them at a 90 degree angle, especially if the drive way has a fairly steep slope to it. What actually drags is the extended bolt on the bottom of the ball, which I haven't taken the time to cut shorter.

I would recommend that you first talk to the hitch installers and find out what the height of the hitch socket is, measured from ground to the top of the socket, on their Outback hitch. Then with the trailer level and your trailer ball latched in the trailer hitch, measure from the bottom of the ball base, not the bolt, to ground. The difference between the two is the drop your stinger will need to tow level. This is not an exact science, as drops are usually rounded off and at best you will get approximately level towing, which is sufficient.
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Old 10-22-2015, 10:15 AM   #7
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I had two after market Class II hitches installed on my 07 Outback and if I was starting from scratch I would go with the one Subaru is offering. Unfortunately Subaru was not making their own Class II hitches at the time I need one they only had Class I.

Of the two after market ones I used (both big name brands) one did sit a bit higher than the other giving more ground clearance (I think it may have been the Hidden Hitch but can not recall for sure). But both sat below the back bumper unlike the Subaru factory hitch that as Clif pointed out sits a bit higher as there is a factory cut out a a section of the plastic in the rear to allow it to do so.

Neither mounted using all the factory provided hitch mounting points so it requiring new attachment points to be drilled (which did not make me happy) that were not as reinforced as the factory mounting points. - although one was better than the other in that regard. As far as the mounting and location of the actual electrical plug on the two after makers - neither was great. Actually fiddled around and changed out the parts for the mounting of the plug a few times to try and come up with the best solution - so it was sitting up high and so that it did not tend to wiggle around to much when plugged in.

The factory hitch may cost a bit more but personally think that knowing its connected using the factory reinforced mounting points, having it sit and inch or two higher and a nice solid electrical plug make it worth the extra cost.
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Old 10-22-2015, 10:28 AM   #8
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You mentioned that you had a 2016 model. Were there any trim or structural changes since 2015 than may be causing the issue? Maybe the source doesn't have a hitch for 2016 listed and is opting to install the OEM part.
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Old 10-22-2015, 10:39 AM   #9
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Profit margin is another big incentive the installer may consider.
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
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Old 10-23-2015, 03:48 PM   #10
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I got my hitch and electrical wiring at U-Haul for my 13 ft Scamp, pulled by my Subaru problems - everything works great. It was speedy and most cost effective. I've had no problems. "Git 'er done".
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Old 10-23-2015, 05:40 PM   #11
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I have a 2014 Outback and I with with the Torque Lift Ecohitch hitch. I picked it because it does not sit as low as some of the other brands. The 2015-2016 is different than the one I got but is still looks very hidden.

I see you are in Washington .Here is where I had mine installed. It took less than an hour.

Torklift Central | 2015-2016 Subaru Outback EcoHitch - Outback - Subaru - Find Your EcoHitch - RVing and Towing

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Old 10-23-2015, 09:43 PM   #12
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Jeremy that does indeed look like it fits much higher than either of the two after market hitches I had installed on my Outback - one of which was a Hidden Hitch
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Old 10-26-2015, 09:21 AM   #13
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I got an aftermarket hitch and wiring adapter at for my 08 Outback. Looks good. Just wish I had ordered the 2" vs the 1 1/4" hitch since then I could use the same drawbars and bike racks that my truck uses without having to use adapters.
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Old 10-26-2015, 09:47 AM   #14
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My comment is based on a recent experience. My sister-in-law bought a brand new Toyota Highlander and ordered the hitch as part of the original purchase. When she picked it up I was surprised to see that the hitch they installed was a Curt hitch and not the factory Toyota. The hitch worked fine towing her Casita, but later that summer I noticed all the plastic under the bumper and starting to migrate onto the plastic bumper cover was all melting.

On closer inspection the Curt hitch was sitting right in front of the tailpipe and was causing the exhaust to be redirected towards the plastic rear covers. When the dealership was questioned it appears the salesman was trying to save some money (or make himself more) and had the aftermarket hitch installed rather than the more expensive OEM hitch.

The dealership is now replacing all the rear plastic and installing an original OEM Toyota hitch. If my sister-in-law had this hitch installed after she took delivery she would be paying the price for repairs rather than the dealer.

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