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Old 05-11-2015, 02:38 AM   #29
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Hi Al. It's important to know that the 2014 Foresters have a much lower towing capacity then the earlier models. It went from 2400 to 1500.
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:24 AM   #30
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If one reads back in the posts there is a story about what pulling overweight can do to a Subaru Forrester, but certainly not in the first few years/miles. It's not a good or safe thing to do.
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Old 09-24-2015, 10:23 AM   #31
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I believe when Subaru went to a CVT transmission from the 5 speed Automatic towing capacity was reduced.
Not sure what year change was made
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Old 09-24-2015, 10:53 AM   #32
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Our 2008 TriBeCa with the playpac about 1200lbs.
I used to tow with a mini van. We have discovered that putting our coolers in the car makes a huge difference in towing. I don't even feel the camper when I tow. I live in the mountains and I keep up with my friends old pickup towing an Apache pop up weighing twice as much. Don't ask how fast I drive on the thruway....Ill get yelled at I'm sure


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Old 09-24-2015, 11:37 AM   #33
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In New York State trailer brakes are required at 1000 lbs and above, I'd be more concerned about that requirement.


And... if you think you are driving to fast on the throughways: a) you are and b) let us know where you will be so we won't be there.... LOL
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Old 09-24-2015, 12:14 PM   #34
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In New York State trailer brakes are required at 1000 lbs and above, I'd be more concerned about that requirement.


And... if you think you are driving to fast on the throughways: a) you are and b) let us know where you will be so we won't be there.... LOL
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Every trailer and semitrailer weighing more than 1,000 lbs unladen, and every trailer and semitrailer manufactured on or after January 1, 1971, having a registered maximum gross weight or an actual gross weight of more than 3,000 lbs. shall be equipped with adequate brakes in good working order."

I doubt there is any immediate concern.
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Old 09-24-2015, 12:48 PM   #35
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Aren't the large majority of fiberglass eggs over 1000 pounds unladen, so the first condition applies?
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There must be something to Bob's assumption(from post #24)...

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Aren't the large majority of fiberglass eggs over 1000 pounds unladen, so the first condition applies?
I doubt if your assumption applies to a PlayPac, but I guess just being paranoid doesn't mean they are not out to get you.
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You're very likely right about a Play-Pac, Floyd. But the whole thread is broader than that, so I just wanted to clarify. I'm actually not sure how "unladen" would be interpreted with a camping trailer, versus a cargo trailer: published dry weight or actual empty weight as built (or rebuilt, in the case of many vintage trailers). What do you think?
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Old 09-24-2015, 01:18 PM   #39
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Our 2008 TriBeCa with the playpac about 1200lbs.
I used to tow with a mini van. We have discovered that putting our coolers in the car makes a huge difference in towing. I don't even feel the camper when I tow. I live in the mountains and I keep up with my friends old pickup towing an Apache pop up weighing twice as much. Don't ask how fast I drive on the thruway....Ill get yelled at I'm sure Sent from my iPhone using Fiberglass RV
We too towed with a Mini Van for many years and then upgraded to a more powerful car for towing. We do the opposite. Load everything in the trailer and keep the car as light as possible. This seems to work the best for us.
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You're very likely right about a Play Pac, Floyd. But the whole thread is broader than that, so I just wanted to clarify. I'm actually not sure how "unladen" would be interpreted with a camping trailer, versus a cargo trailer: published dry weight or actual empty weight as built (or rebuilt, in the case of many vintage trailers). What do you think?
I like brakes on a trailer, but if I lived in New York I would feel comfortable taking the risk and then claiming the "unladen" weight was less than a thousand pounds, assuming unladen meant the removal of anything not permanently attached to the trailer. I really don't think that a PlayPac would be a likely target for enforcement, nor do I think a ticket would be written for a few pounds over.
While I might add brakes if I owned it, it would not be for safety so much as for performance. It must be noted that no other state sees the New York Standard as necessary.
BTW, I do not tow above 65MPH.
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I'm with the get brakes group. With trailer brakes you can stop sway by activating just the trailer brakes. Fortunately it rarely happens but it's the fastest way to stop it if it ever happens.

Of course the real way to stop sway is a properly loaded trailer (and reasonable speeds).
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I'm with the get brakes group too. They are inexpensive and easy to install. As a much younger person I put on a lot of miles towing rally cars on trailers ~3000 lb behind small tow vehicles much lighter than my Subi Forester and got away with it. Now I prefer the reduced stopping distance the trailer brakes afford. It is safer, no question.
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