Towing Weight of a 1979 Boler 1700SGH - Fiberglass RV

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Old 08-12-2015, 07:01 AM   #1
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Towing Weight of a 1979 Boler 1700SGH

Towing vehicle is a 2015 Subaru outback 2.5 max towing weight is #2700 for this car.
The tag on the trailer says GVWR 3000?
This is a very sweet trailer selling at an auction and I just would like to tap into your knowledge bank before ruling it out due to the fact it's too heavy.


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Old 08-12-2015, 07:45 AM   #2
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There's only one 17' Boler in the Real World Trailer Weights database, and it weighed in at 2970 pounds.*

Here may be your bigger problem. Most Outbacks in recent years have a hitch weight limit of 200 pounds. Check your owner's manual on this. Camper trailers generally need at least 10% of total weight on the hitch for stable towing; less can lead to dangerous sway and loss of control.

So, despite the tow rating of 2700 pounds, it appears you are practically limited to a 2000 pound camper trailer. There have been a lot of discussions on this one. A Google site search on "Subaru Outback towing" should turn up quite a few threads.

We have learned recently that Subaru is not the only manufacturer with this apparent mismatch between towing capacity and hitch weight capacity- Volvo is another, at least on some models.

The linked thread would be a good place to start your research. It has scaled weights of many different makes and models loaded for camping. Post #297 has a useful Excel spreadsheet of the data.

*EDIT- It looks like there may be data on one other 17' Boler. It's listed in post #1, but doesn't show up in the spreadsheet, and weighed in at 2585 pounds.

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Old 08-12-2015, 09:08 AM   #3
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Thanks Jon. Link to awesome 17' Boler for sale

Thanks for the info Jon. Too heavy for my TV but here's the link to a very nice 1979 (tag says Aug 1978 though) Boler Model B1700SGH. Inspected it yesterday and it is in great condition. No leaks and doesn't even stink inside. BTW I am in no way affiliated with the seller or auction company. It's just a really great trailer for someone. Located in MN
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