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Old 03-29-2016, 06:27 PM   #21
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Rebecca,

Since you are out West, you might look around for a Weiscraft Little Joe. Mine, loaded ready to go, weighs in at 1760 lb, with a 175-180 tongue weight. I pulls very well with my 2014 Outback 2.5i CVT.

We are retired and aren't in a hurry to get anywhere, so most of the time we travel on 2 lane roads at 55 to 60 mph. When necessary we tow on the interstate, but still we keep it in the 65 mph range. Either way, it tows like a dream.

Most of our trips are in the Eastern US, and we love to go the the Smokies, which would be the extent of our mountain driving thus far.

A couple of important notes though. That 2700 lb tow rating is with trailer brakes, so whatever you get will have to have them or you will have to install them. Also, if you are towing with the CVT, Subaru recommends changing out the fluid every 28K miles.

I like the way the CVT handles, particularly on hills and in the mountains. On uphill grades you never get that abrupt kick you get with a regular automatic transmission, just a gradual increase in RPM. I find the CVT holds speed better, up and down grades, and only some times do I use the manual paddles to keep it in a lower range. This is usually on a very steep or long downhill grade.

I'm assuming that when you say you have an automatic you mean a regular automatic, not a CVT.

In answer to a couple of folks who have questioned the wisdom of towing with a CVT, I did quite a bit of research before I bought the Subaru, as it was bought as a tow vehicle and is also my wife's everyday driver.

The CVT transmission is used on heavy duty construction equipment these days. The drive on an automotive CVT is a steel V-B belt, running between two infinitely variable sheaves, the width of which are simultaneously adjusted via hydraulics, in response to computer sensed changes in load. There is virtually no slippage in the belts. Though you can't see it in this video, there are nozzles that constantly bathe the chain and pulleys in fluid.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...CD10&FORM=VIRE

I should think that any trailer that weighs in like mine, with brakes, would suit you.

The Little Joe, by the way, has a full 6 ft standing height and the side benches convert into a full queen size bed. If you have no more than two people, it's great.

Here is a link to the Weiscraft info on the Little Joe:

Weis Craft Trailers - Little Joe Trailer Floor Plan and Specifications

You can also look at the Little Joe and most other trailers discussed on this site by going to the Gallery at the top of the page.

Good luck in your search.
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:57 AM   #22
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Hi Rebecca, we have a Cabin A Expedition for sale... (see the classifieds for all the specs) that you could pull with your Outback. I can email you more pictures if you are interested.
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Old 04-02-2016, 12:24 AM   #23
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I learned the hard way. The new 7 blade adapter/wiring harness they installed at UHaul (onto my new Ford Escape that came with a 4 pin flat) was supposed to be the right one for my camper's 7 blade flat (female.) However, since my "new" camper's 7 blade was 17 yrs old, it was a slightly different size and did not fit. I had to buy a new female 7 blade flat and visit a guy at home, at 6 pm, (already 3 hours late getting out of town on our first trip) who does contract work for my local RV dealer. Not one of the 11 retailers I visited the day before, to find the right adapter, suggested my camper's 7 blade might not fit the new 7 blade adapter/wiring harness.

7 blade flat to 4 pin flat Adapter/Wiring harness fm om Tractor Supply, $12.95
UHaul Install, $25
New 7 blade plug, $14.95
7 blade plug install, $50 Cash
Making it to our first camping trip "on time," PRICELESS
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Old 04-02-2016, 08:47 AM   #24
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The Subaru Outback the OP has does not have a CVT transmission.

The Outback the OP has also comes stock with an oversized transmission cooler - in comparison to other vehicles of its size.

I towed with the same age Outback and it was a good tow - BUT best to stick to a 13' trailer.

The OP just needs to make sure that what ever 13' trailer they buy that it has brakes already on it (or they are willing to pay the money to have a new axle and brakes put on an old trailer) as one of the Subaru requirements is that anything over 1000lbs towed needs to have brakes on it - which pretty well covers just about every fibreglass trailer out there.
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Old 04-02-2016, 08:59 AM   #25
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Rebecca, I don't know where you're located in Washington State... it's a big state! But, you're welcome to join us for Spring NOG later this month. The Happier Camper HC1 will be there along with several other brands of 13' trailers (Boler, Scamp, Trillium) for you to check out and talk with the owners.


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Old 04-05-2016, 04:35 PM   #26
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The Subaru Outback the OP has does not have a CVT transmission.

The Outback the OP has also comes stock with an oversized transmission cooler - in comparison to other vehicles of its size.

I towed with the same age Outback and it was a good tow - BUT best to stick to a 13' trailer.

The OP just needs to make sure that what ever 13' trailer they buy that it has brakes already on it (or they are willing to pay the money to have a new axle and brakes put on an old trailer) as one of the Subaru requirements is that anything over 1000lbs towed needs to have brakes on it - which pretty well covers just about every fibreglass trailer out there.
I would agree with the comment on the trailer brakes. I towed small boat trailers under 1000 lbs, with the Outback before we purchased the heavier Happier Camper. With brakes on the HC1 it stops so much better than any of the boats did.
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