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Old 06-07-2011, 02:57 PM   #1
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Towing a Boler with a SUbaru

Does anyone know the actual towing capacity of a 2009 Subaru Outback Wagon? The specs says 2700lb with trailer brakes, 1000 w/o. I own a 13' Boler, and would like to know if I need to ( and if it is possible ) install trailer brakes?

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Old 06-07-2011, 06:53 PM   #2
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HI John-
I have a 2007 Outback and pull my 13' Uhaul CT without any problems- I've had it weighed in at 1500 lbs and it doesn't have trailer brakes- pulls and handles just great-

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Old 06-07-2011, 07:06 PM   #3
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Our son tows a 13 with an Accord with out issue. The primary concern is additional brake wear.

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Old 06-07-2011, 08:21 PM   #4
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If I had a 13' Boler, I'd probably tow it with our 2005 Outback (rated for 2700# with 200# max on the tongue).
Just measure your tongue weight and obey the 200# maximum - I have a feeling it has more to do with the rear drivetrain components than the suspension.
Brakes are always a good idea. You probably won't notice the Boler back there til you go into a downhill corner a little hot. Trailer brakes help keep things where they belong & help you enjoy the drive a little more.
They can be added if your axle has the mounting plates or when you replace the axle just order them with it.
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:07 PM   #5
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I tow a 13' Burro with a Forester. I added brakes to the trailer. I'm sure it would have worked adequately without, but brakes never hurt and might be the thing that saves my butt some time in the future when a couple of inches in braking distance might matter a lot.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:37 AM   #6
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Without trailer brakes on my 13 foot Boler, I still find that on a trip in the rockies with my Ford Explorer that I wish I had trailer brakes. I know that even driving cautiously there have been a few moment on a steep grade that I've overheated my brakes.

I looked into having them added to the existing axle and it was going to be simplier thus cheaper to have a whole new axle with brakes added at McCoy Bros here in Edmonton.

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Old 06-10-2011, 03:57 PM   #7
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I own a 13' Boler, and would like to know if I need to ( and if it is possible ) install trailer brakes?
If there is a square plate behind the spindle then adding brakes is easy. If not it may require an axle swap.

FWIW, my Ranger stops better while towing a trailer with electric brakes than it does on it's own. The brakes not only help you stop better but can be used to reduce trailer sway. There have been a few times that I've been glad to have installed the brakes. I know I feel better towing with them.
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:46 PM   #8
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Hello All,
I've only had my Uhaul CT13 out once on a curvy road, on a very windy day. Towed like it wasn't even there, but have not been in the mountains yet. My tug is an 04 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Do I need trailer brakes??
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Hello All,
I've only had my Uhaul CT13 out once on a curvy road, on a very windy day. Towed like it wasn't even there, but have not been in the mountains yet. My tug is an 04 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Do I need trailer brakes??
I wouldn't say that trailer brakes would be required as you have a fair sized SUV as a tow rig. My Ford Explorer does fine without trailer brakes on the flat as long as I'm not tail gating someone etc.. but in the mountains I wished I had trailer brakes, although I've been ok on mountain trips.

I'm currently looking into swapping to a new axle that has brakes already, as mine has no place to add them. I've been towing for 5yrs on relatively small 4hrs hauls without brakes.

If its in your budget, I would recommend them
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I wouldn't say that trailer brakes would be required as you have a fair sized SUV as a tow rig. My Ford Explorer does fine without trailer brakes on the flat as long as I'm not tail gating someone etc.. but in the mountains I wished I had trailer brakes, although I've been ok on mountain trips.

I'm currently looking into swapping to a new axle that has brakes already, as mine has no place to add them. I've been towing for 5yrs on relatively small 4hrs hauls without brakes.

If its in your budget, I would recommend them
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Thanks Rusty,
I will start looking into the costs of brakes plus install.
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Old 06-17-2011, 06:18 PM   #11
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John I have been towing a 16' for 4 years with an 07 Outback. I have no doubt that the car will pull your 13' very nicely. You need to watch how you stow it though to keep your tongue weight within Subarus specs. Although I have no doubt the Subaru can stop the 13' without any brakes on the trailer, it really is in your best intreast to put brakes on the 13' for the added safety and less wear on your Outbacks brakes. Without brakes on the trailer you would also go through brake pads pretty fast on the car.
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John I have been towing a 16' for 4 years with an 07 Outback. I have no doubt that the car will pull your 13' very nicely. You need to watch how you stow it though to keep your tongue weight within Subarus specs. Although I have no doubt the Subaru can stop the 13' without any brakes on the trailer, it really is in your best intreast to put brakes on the 13' for the added safety and less wear on your Outbacks brakes. Without brakes on the trailer you would also go through brake pads pretty fast on the car.
I agree with Carol, anything over 1,000 lbs should have brakes per Subaru. Having brakes on the trailer takes quite a load off the Subaru brakes and can help stop the combination in much less distance than not having brakes.

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of course

I'm looking for an Egg camper. One of the first things I would do is add a brake control to my wagon, and trailer brakes to the trailer.
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:00 PM   #14
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I changed my axle and had brakes included for $610 in Canada. In the US you should be able to get it cheaper. Most old Bolers need an axle anyway. A friend had backing plates installed and then brakes. I tow with a Honda CRV. 1500 pound towing capacity 1000 if no brakes. I would not tow without brakes. OK in town, but in the mountains the trailer pushes you down hills. In an emergency the trailer brakes hold you from fishtailing. The CRV pulls it like it is not there, but stopping on a long steep hill is a real problem. Get brakes.

PS weighed the Boler 1325 pounds lightly loaded for a weekend

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