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Old 03-02-2012, 10:30 AM   #127
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Foresters at least through 2010 still have the saggy rump. We and our daughter have the same model and they had the astronomical headlights when mounting their heavy mountain bikes on the receiver hitch. That's one reason we opted for the Compact II. Well have to load carefully to get 100 lbs on the tongue. Right now. Empty it's well under 50 pounds

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Old 03-02-2012, 11:34 AM   #128
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Trying to see some RVs in person now

John McMillin & Donna D,

I follow all these quotes closely and continue to do my homework. I'm much more confident my Forrester will work.

I really now need to see some FGRVs in person. The RV shows I've been to just don't have FGRVs. I suspect this will take some time to accomplish. I'm probably 2-4 months away from making the plunge and posting my own pictures! I'll prbably do the 15', 16' or 17' depending on cost and weight.

The brands I am most interested in are Scamp, ParkLiner and Lil Snoozy. Most of the others are just too expensve or heavy.

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Old 03-02-2012, 11:40 AM   #129
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Now you tell me, Carol H, that I'm doing it all wrong. I've been towing a Scamp 16 all over Colorado for years with a 2004 Forester XS. And today I had a Euro hitch installed on its replacement tow car, an Audi allroad./
The nice thing about sharing on this site is when someone asks for an opinion they are going to get a wide range of experiences.

Obviously my experience in towing the 2nd lightest 16' Scamp on the "Real World Weights" list here, through 8 states and thousands of miles each year, with a vehicle (an Outback) with a higher tow rating than your Forester is different from your experience.

As I have already given MHO in regards to tow over a vehicles towing cap or using equipment that does not meet the manufactures recommendations I see no value to the original poster in repeating it as you request.

I say with all sincerity that I truly hope for the sack of those who share the road with you, that luck remains on your side in regards to your choices and you continue to travel incident free.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:26 PM   #130
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I want to talk more about Rav4 vs. Subaru. I am getting close to getting a new TV and currently I have a 2000 Subaru Forester which I like, but I don't think I would want to tow anything larger than my Campster with it. So I like the idea of the Rav4 V6 but I'm iffy on going to automatic and slightly lower gas mileage. I am going to start this as a new thread to catch any Rav4 owners. Hope that is okay.

I jumped to here.
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:02 PM   #131
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Calm down, Carol...

I have never towed above my vehicle's USA rating. That's 2400 lbs for the 2004 Forester XS with manual transmission, as stated in my owner's manual. I wouldn't suggest anyone else exceed that limit. You wouldn't be able to maintain sufficient tongue weight for stability. As I've said, the Forester's 200 lb. tongue weight limit is probably overstated.

The point is, my Forester-Scamp combo has proven safe and reliable over a wide range of conditions. I feel the car is quite capable of towing it's full rated weight. I just don't want to anymore. After eight years of "saggy butt" and the wind noise, I sought out a more capable and luxurious alternative with the Audi. If I still wanted a Forester, I'd slightly prefer a smaller trailer so I could carry more gear & people poundage. But from my experience, a light Scamp '16 is also a pretty good choice.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:20 AM   #133
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I was trying to say to stop worrying about we Subaru tow-ers. But that would only prolong an already tired argument.


Just for grins, I looked back in this forum and found 13 pages on this topic "Can a Subaru pull a 16?," scattered among four threads. It's a question that won't go away, and it eludes a final answer. Any car tows well until it breaks or goes off the road. That you have some real data.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:38 AM   #134
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I was trying to say to stop worrying about we Subaru tow-ers. But that would only prolong an already tired argument.
Carol IS a Subaru tow-er
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:02 PM   #135
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Oh. This has been a long thread, so I probably lost track of who was warning about what. Carol's concern was about Euro-hitches. That was the best option for my new Audi, which didn't present that middleweight Draw-Tite option. It's not pertinent to the original Subaru question, so I'll let it drop.
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:09 PM   #136
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LOL I can't imagine what it would be like to have all of you sitting around a camp fire at some RV rally discussing this topic.

Hope it happens. I'll provide the wine.
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Carol IS a Subaru tow-er
LOL thanks for confirming that for me!!! Was starting to wonder if perhaps one of the tornados had picked me up & dropped me into the land of OZ ;-)))
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I was trying to say to stop worrying about we Subaru tow-ers. But that would only prolong an already tired argument.


Just for grins, I looked back in this forum and found 13 pages on this topic "Can a Subaru pull a 16?," scattered among four threads. It's a question that won't go away, and it eludes a final answer. Any car tows well until it breaks or goes off the road. That you have some real data.


We are very close to pulling the trigger on getting a new tow for our stripped-down '86 16 ft Scamp Deluxe: Loving the 2012 Subaru Outback --yet... The logical angel on one shoulder says get the 6 cyl engine just to be safe, and the other shoulders' logical angel says we don't need a 6, get the 4 cyl. --put your money into a more necessary option.
What to do? Opinions pleeze?
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It is hard to get a good answer to this question. Those who tow with a 4 cylinder will tell you that it works just fine. Those who tow with a 6 cylinder will tell you that they wouldn't want anything less.

I would have considered the 6 cylinder if they offered a CVT transmission with it. Towing with the 4 cylinder and the CVT is perfect for me.
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Thumbs up Subie-Scamp

Seeking guidance, my forum search of old Subaru-related posts was... the-glass-is-half-full encouraging.
  • Just checked actual tongue weight on my 16 ft Scamp. It is 216 pounds. Hope I did that right.
Evidently the latest, newest Subaru is a bigger fellow. 2012 Outback specs, with 2.5i 4 cyl engine, recommends max trailer weight of 2700 lbs and max tongue wt. 270 lbs!

...oooh,
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