Originally Posted by athills55
Looks like I'll be hauling it home , my Subaru is a 6 cylinder that has tow cap. of 3000. It has no trouble pulling the scamp
, it just sways above 60 mph. And if I put my mountain bikes on the back of the scamp it sways above 55. Thanks much folks for all your help , good advice and keeping me out of trouble. Unless I find out a solution on the import stuff you can consider this trailer no longer for sale
. I will keep you posted folks and thanks again!!!
Its unfortunate you needed to discover first hand why I have indicated here many many times - more than some here would like
every time someone asks about towing the Subaru Outback that people should stick to a 13' not a 16'. The Subaru is capable of providing a real amazing solid tow but only if you have at least 10% of the total trailer weight
on the tongue.
Having pulled thousands of miles with a Subaru Outback I would suggest there are few things you need to do in order to tow it home safely without the sway. Any yes as others have said as a Canadian registered trailer it does indeed need to go back to Canada in order for you to sell it. If you don't do that and sell it in the US the buyer will NEVER get it registered/plated in their name.
First off you need to get your tongue weight
up to 10% of the total trailer weight
(including the tongue). Yes some people tow with less than 10% on the tongue but they also don't often travel at over 55 mph. It unfortunate but with all the options you ordered the weight of your trailer is going to require you to put far more weight on the tongue than what the Subaru is rated for. If you weighed the trailer while it was still attached to the car its probable weighs closer or over the 2800lb range loaded - meaning you need 280lbs on the tongue in order to tow without sway at 65 mph. Or if it was unattached when you weighed it you will still need to put 260lbs on the tongue - which is 60lbs more than what the Outback is rated for.
Regardless in order to get it home safely you only have a few options.
The first thing I would do is loose the bikes off the back of the trailer. But them on the roof of the Outback or inside the trailer. Having that extra weight hanging off the back of the trailer is not helping your sway situation at all, especially with such a light
tongue weight. Putting them on the roof of the Outback is the best option as that will reduce the overall weight of the trailer and result in a reduction of how much you will need to go over the Subaru's tongue weight capacity to obtain a solid tow.
I would also go through the trailer and look at what other items I have packed that are low usage but adding weight and have a garage sale where I was. You would be surprised at how much all those small items add up to weight wise.
If you are not carrying any rear passengers or cargo in the rear of the car you should be just fine towing it home with another 40lbs of weight on the tongue in order to get it closer to the 10% rule.
Your other option is to travel at 55mph or below. Keep in mind if you have the stock tires
on the trailer they are not rated for above 65mph regardless. You may also want to take a look at the load rating on them as your Scamp sounds like it may be on the heavier side, so speed may not be in your best interest either way.