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Old 04-15-2013, 06:46 PM   #15
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Since weight's a consideration, sticking to earlier trailers without holding tanks might buy you a little more room while staying under 2,000 pounds, Richard.

I tow a first-gen Trillium 4500 (bigger than a 13 ft., smaller than a 16 ft.) with a four cylinder '97 Kia Sportage- no black/grey tanks on the trailer. Curb weight for this trailer is around fourteen hundred pounds, and I've towed it many trouble-free miles loaded to about 2,000.

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Old 04-15-2013, 07:43 PM   #16
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Or you could look at 70's Hunter Compacts at less than 1000 lbs... sweeeeeet
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:27 PM   #17
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There are a number of makes of fiberglass trailers on the trailer Weights in the Real World that come in at under 2000lbs loaded. Hunter compact Jr's as Bob says are nice little guys some of the others are Burro B13's, Boler 13' Uhaul CT13, Scamp 13', Trillium T1300 13' and a Trillium T4500 15' - although the later weighed in at only about 25lbs under your tow cap limit.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:56 PM   #18
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Oh my gosh! I don't know why I said Outback, we have a Forrester. Will a Forrester pull a 16 footer? Sorry for spacing out there.
We used to pull our 12 foot, 1100 lb teardrop with a Forester. It did an adequate job but would drop to second gear and almost red line pulling some of the mountains in the Adirondacks. When we decided to upgrade to fiberglass we upgraded the tug to a V-6 Toyota Tacoma. Not impressed with the gas mileage - we average 15 - 16 towing our egg. Then again, the Forester only got about 19 when pulling the teardrop.

I was at our local Subaru dealer yesterday getting the DMV inspection on our ParkLiner and the owner came out for a tour. He asked the weight and hitch weight and said that an Outback would easily handle that. If you are a real Subie fan, that might be your logical move.
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I was at our local Subaru dealer yesterday getting the DMV inspection on our ParkLiner and the owner came out for a tour. He asked the weight and hitch weight and said that an Outback would easily handle that. If you are a real Subie fan, that might be your logical move.
Sadly he is wrong! The Outback could not handle the Parkliner's tongue weight loaded. Subaru has a 200lb tongue limit on the Outback and as others here with Parkliners have discovered they weigh more than that on the tongue.
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Sadly he is wrong! The Outback could not handle the Parkliner's tongue weight loaded. Subaru has a 200lb tongue limit on the Outback and as others here with Parkliners have discovered they weigh more than that on the tongue.
See, that's why it pays to go to the top! Can't you imagine a car dealer, especially the owner, who would look you in the eye and lie to you? I checked the Subaru site and you are !00% correct. Glad I went with the FWD V-6 Taco. Pardon me while I remove my foot from my mouth.
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Dont get me wrong I love Subaru Outbacks and as such have owned a number of them over the years & another one of their wagons before the Outback was made. Was really happy when they upped the tow cap on the Outback a few years back but the big down side is the low tongue weight - which means for a good solid tow of a TT it doesnt work well unless the trailer is under 2000lbs. Might work ok for a boat tow though. Have no problem suggesting that they are a great tow vehicle for a 13' trailer as well. The low tongue weight is also the one and only real reason I have to after owning Subaru's for the past 20 years look at a different brand of car :-(( Kept hoping that if I waited long enough they would up the tongue weight cap specs each year but fear that isnt going to happen in 2014 either as they actually dropped the tow specs on the Forester for 2014 - suspect they may do the same with the Outback... but you never know.
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Now I'm confused, Carol...aren't you using an Outback to tow your Scamp 16?

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Dont get me wrong I love Subaru Outbacks and as such have owned a number of them over the years & another one of their wagons before the Outback was made.
We owned an Outback followed by a Tribeca and then gas went to $5.00/gal and the Tribeca averaged between 13 and 14 mpg with nothing in tow. The Tribeca got traded for a Prius, but you aren't going to tow much with that. The Forester provided an interim solution for the tear drop but still did not have enough power to feel really comfortable when towing the tear, never mind a ParkLiner. We love Subarus but they aren't really equipped for towing, (so sad!) Still, we love the dealership and still take our vehicles there for routine maintenance.
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Fransica, Yup I am and as I mentioned here many times I dont recommend the Outback for pulling a 16' due to the low tongue weight cap, thus the one and only reason i will be changing tow vehicles.
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