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Old 02-21-2015, 02:15 PM   #15
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By the way Steve, in the UK the Forester is rated for 1800 kgs/3960 pounds, and that's with a smaller engine in the UK (2L compared to 2.5L)
It would be helpful if the SAE towing test results for each vehicle were published and public knowledge. If one knew which of the test criteria affected the tow rating of a vehicle it might be easier to make an intelligent decision . The acceleration portion of the test seems to favor vehicles with larger engines with a higher torque rating. I am not an automotive engineer and can not judge the validity of the test but there must be a reason that so many vehicles have lower tow ratings following the implementation of the new standards. Blaming the insurance industry ,lawyers or the vehicle manufacturers does not answer the question . IMHO
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Old 02-21-2015, 02:28 PM   #16
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I would like to put my $0.02 in here. Our Suraru Forester SCREAMS in the mountains with our Compact II. The weight on the trailer is only 1300 lbs, which is way lighter than the majority of eggs. And that is despite slowing down to 20-something mph. Sure, you can do it. But is it optimal?
We made one trip over the Rockies with that set up and switched over to the pick up to tow. Little 4 cylinder Toyota just slopes along and happily carries all the extra gear for boondocking.
We still could use the Subaru for less taxing trips. But the truth is we don't.

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Old 02-21-2015, 02:29 PM   #17
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Subaru will not honor a warranty if used as a tow vehicle. Lots of people use them if they travel light, rv less than 2,000. Also lots of people travel at 60mph or less, if on back roads.
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:15 PM   #18
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I agree that when towing on long mountain runs the RPM increases however most 4 cylinders engines are designed for high RPM, that does not mean driving at 20 mph, at least for our CRV.

The percentage of time one is climbing significant mountain passes is limited. We made at least 14 crossings of the Rockies and crossed many times that number of passes and their was never an issue. We've traveled for 13 years, 7.5 months a year and might have saved a couple of hours if we had a V-6/8.

As to the warranty, I bet Subaru has to honor a warranty if it's used to tow, after all Subaru sells it with a tow rating. (I'm sure this will not effect anyone, but our last 8 Hondas have never had a warranty issue.)

Does anyone have a reference that Subaru tests to SAE standards?

Certainly if you want to charge up mountain passes at 60 mph definitely get a large engine. If you're looking for economy get something smaller.
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Old 02-21-2015, 04:30 PM   #19
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First-gen Forester automatic and basic Scamp 13 here. Happy with the combination, many tens of thousands of miles, many years. Some caveats and opinions: It suffers at high altitudes. Keep some tongue weight on (propane and/or battery) or it yanks disconcertingly. Trans hunts between 3rd and 4th; best to manually control it and constantly anticipate what's best. On big uphills, hold right at 4000rpm in whatever gear you can and don't worry about speed. Can't use cruise control when towing. We've had no problems with sway. Trailer brakes are always great, but we've done well without them. Use a full-width, proper hitch. Keep cargo to a reasonable minimum. MPG drops from ~27hwy to ~16-17 when towing. I wouldn't tow more than a basic Scamp 13 with a Forester. If your friend's car is a CVT transmission, that's way different and I have no idea what to recommend. I would much prefer the Outback 3.6R/5-speed automatic combination to what we have, but plan on staying with the ol' Forester most of the time.
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Old 02-21-2015, 05:25 PM   #20
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I have just purchased my 3rd Subaru, 2014 Outback. I purchased the extended warranty and read it. It is stated that the warranty is not in effect if the Subaru is used as a tow vehicle. I used my 2005, 4 cyl. as a TV for a Casita that weighed 1780 pounds. It seemed to work fine for me, but I didn't drive in the mountains. So...there you have it. Just sharing; if you tow, read the fine print or don't buy an extended warranty.
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:16 PM   #21
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I tow a Trailswest Campster with my 2012 Forester (manual). It does very well but I wouldn't want anything heavier in the mountains as I'd be crawling up them instead of going at or near trailer-towing speed limits. In mostly level towing I'd happily go up to a heavier trailer.
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:42 PM   #22
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I have just purchased my 3rd Subaru, 2014 Outback. I purchased the extended warranty and read it. It is stated that the warranty is not in effect if the Subaru is used as a tow vehicle. I used my 2005, 4 cyl. as a TV for a Casita that weighed 1780 pounds. It seemed to work fine for me, but I didn't drive in the mountains. So...there you have it. Just sharing; if you tow, read the fine print or don't buy an extended warranty.
Is ir a Subaru extended warranty or third party? How many miles does it cover? Did you buy the extended warranty because you've had past Subaru problems? If so what kind of problems?

It would be good info for other Subaru owners.
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A good compromise would be a Teardrop trailer, there are several FG versions on the market that would tow very nicely with the Forester. I towed one with a Honda CRV and it worked out great. The only down side you do not have a toilet and you most likely will be limited to fair weather camping. I also had a screen room that I set up and that made camping more comfortable.
My friends are looking at a "Little Guy Trailer" at the moment and we have just returned from the Abbotsford RV show in B.C, Canada where they had all their models on display. I was quite impressed with light weight and the build.
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:37 AM   #24
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If Little Guy is showing the Meerkat, and has solid delivery dates, that could be an excellent choice. It's basically a knock-off of the Eriba Puck, but in our world, knock-offs are hardly something unheard of.... LOLOLOL
Can you add any info on that?
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I could be wrong, but I do not think that Little Guy makes the Meerkat. The San Diego dealer for Little Guy (whose website Bob linked to) also sells Meerkat. But I see no mention of Meerkat on the website of the manufacturer, Little Guy: Little Guy Teardrop Trailers | be different.
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Well, hoodathunkit that a website called "littleguytrailers.com" wasn't the builder, who is actually located in Ohio...???

That said, as far as size, design and weight is concerned, the Meerkat is still something to consider.


And all that said, the Little Guy, at $9000 base price and 900 lbs dry, (same wt. as the MeerKat) isn't that much below a bare bones Scamp and you get a lot more with the Scamp.....
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Old 05-10-2015, 05:33 PM   #27
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I have a four cylindar Outback 2014 and i tow a Sidekick of 2200 pounds. (Full). Last summer, i traveled for about 2500 miles and it went fine.
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We have a 2010 Subaru Forester 4 cylinder. We tow a CompactII, 1300 pounds loaded. In the mountains we are down to 45 mph. Altitude makes all the difference. On the flat or downhill WhooHoo! But in the mountains of the Western States, be prepared to go slow.


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