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Old 03-20-2012, 08:42 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by BCDave View Post

Are you seriously suggesting that she should head out on what may very well be her first towing adventure with a rig that is WAY over the max limits set as by the car manufacturer?

I trust that you are prepared to appear as an "expert witness" in any legal proceeding which may come about as a result of her following your advice, as well as being prepared to offer compensation for any losses that she may incur as a result of following your advice?
To all make-believe lawyers: I "suggested" nothing and "advised" nothing. I simply cited my own experience towing an unbraked CT13 with an Outback coast-to-coast and through North America's most challenging mountains, with no problems and no unusual wear on the brakes. Obviously, if you push the speed limit, like to tailgate, never downshift and ride your brakes down the long descents, your experience will be different.

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Old 03-20-2012, 09:10 AM   #16
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I am reminded of the old saw which contains the question Mother always asks...

" Billy: But Mouum! Joey's doin' it! Everybody's doin' it!

Mom: If Joey jumped off a cliff... would you jump off a cliff?"

The moral is to learn to think for yourself.

It's hard to imagine how much expounding is done on this subject by those who claim that the only thing which matters is the manufacturer's tow weight rating, even to the point of embellishing it's impact.
Wouldn't this three word sentence then make all other advice extraneous?...
Consult your owner's manual.

I am struck by the idea that weight is generally the only factor discussed when determining tow capacity while frontal area(for instance) is an equally important calculus.

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Old 03-20-2012, 10:01 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Mouse View Post
My Outback is rated for 2700 pounds so she is within that spec. .
Actual the spec on your Outback for a trailer without brakes is only 1000lbs.

I have no doubt that Outback would be a great vehicle to use for your trailer but to meet the cars towing specs with the trailer you have, you will need to put brakes on the trailer.

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