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RE: Subaru Outback experiences

I do have a Subaru. 2012 3.6R Outback. I tow a 2200 lb utility trailer and even did Monarch Pass in Colorado. They do not come much more difficult than that for a major highway. There were no problems with power. Pulled the pass at the posted speed limits. I do have electric brakes on the trailer as you should have when towing with a car regardless of the make. I installed my own 7 way connector and am using the factory hitch and a Prodigy brake controller. I did install an auxillary transmission cooler for the 5EAT transmission. I have a s ScanGauge II that I use to watch my engine temperatures and transmission temperatures. Also watch the same temperatures with my diesel pickup when towing. http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x479/lavaphoto/IMG_0466_zps1c3e4777.jpg height=320 width=460 http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x479/lavaphoto/cb1e7d59-3a10-411a-a5b0-c28d7cff9803_zpsc462d271.jpg height=320 width=460 THANK YOU! This is a great post. I did get the factory install hitch, but I was wondering where to install the 7-pin. I love how you did it. I have owned two Prodigy's prior. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Stumps 04/21/17 07:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Subaru Outback experiences

I have a Subaru. I love it! It's my wife's car, it has 330whp and almost 400 at the crank. It runs 12 in the quarter mile. It's an epic grocery getter. That being said, I'm a male, so I own a ram 3500. I tow as fast as I want, I tow safely, and I do work with it. Please don't clog up the roads, waste other people's time, and more importantly put people in danger by towing with it. easy Enis Del Mar - we get it. you're a guy.
Stumps 04/21/17 07:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Subaru Outback experiences

I have neither an F350/Ram 3500 nor a a Subaru. But then the OP hasn't asked about towing a 10,000 pound trailer, now has he? To the OP, I would only say be aware that wind resistance will likely be more limiting than weight. For that reason alone, you'll be best served by some sort of pop up. A full-height/width TT no matter how little it weighs will suck up so much power you won't like towing it. good point - I will say I have towed 2 popups up to 5000 miles round trip, I always appreciated not having to deal with the wind.
Stumps 04/21/17 07:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Subaru Outback experiences

Stumps, you may want to check out the T@b Lin of trailers, they are teardrops but quite comfortable for what they are. I could pull one with my Jeep CJ 7 if needed. They also fall inline with the all wheel drive persona of the Subaru. Depending on the transmission you have you may want to look into a tranny cooler. If it's the CVT transmission I'm not too familiar with them and their needs for towing. For having such a light tow vehicle I would look at something with brakes on it, otherwise stopping could be iffy. This would require a 7 pin plug being wired in and brake controller. Yes, Yes and Yes. T@bs are in the running I always put an aux. tranny cooler on my TV's and always use electric brakes but all good suggestions, thanks!
Stumps 04/21/17 07:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Subaru Outback experiences

Friends of ours (family of 4) towed their good sized popup (Coleman Santa Fe I think) all over the West with their Subaru.... Thanks Downtheroad! I've been able to hear from a few folks who have towed on the east coast as well as out west - this helps.
Stumps 04/21/17 02:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Subaru Outback experiences

Erwin Hymer Group has announced they will be selling four of their ultralight Touring series trailers in North America during 2017. These are very popular in Europe for towing with sedans or compact SUVs. Gross weights range from just under 2000 lbs to a bit under 3000 lbs. The Hymer Touring announcement is available at: Erwin Hymer NA Touring Series Announcement Erwin Hymer Group NA just finished their second production facility for Hymer campervans and ultralight Touring trailers in March 2017, so the final products should become available fairly soon. Thanks Rocky! great information. and thanks to nearly everyone else who didn't follow my OP. (roll eyes emoticon inserted here)
Stumps 04/21/17 02:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Subaru Outback experiences

you never mention what the trailer weights, I assume you had a popup and are moving to a camper with more frontal surface and drag. ..... what did I ask in my OP? I don't have a ram 3500 But since were being smart grab some reality your sub isn't going to enjoy pulling much more than a popup! Thanks F350.
Stumps 04/21/17 11:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Subaru Outback experiences

you never mention what the trailer weights, I assume you had a popup and are moving to a camper with more frontal surface and drag. ..... what did I ask in my OP?
Stumps 04/21/17 10:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Subaru Outback experiences

The fact that your talking about a 7 pin plug indicates your looking at a trailer with electric brakes which will most likely be over your hitch weight. . why would you assume this? I have found several campers with GVWR and hitch weights within my tow limits. Electric brakes are a good idea at any weight, and most campers come from the factory with them installed.
Stumps 04/21/17 10:56am Tow Vehicles
Subaru Outback experiences

I am looking for folks who tow their lightweight camper with a Subaru Outback to share their experiences - what has gone well, what did you learn - did you wire your own 7-pin plug, install aux. tranny cooler, etc. This question is for those with experience towing with Outbacks to chime in. Please... please... I realize that the American mentality for towing is that you have to have an SUV or a truck. but realize what I am asking: I am not asking if you think towing with an Outback is a good idea. Esp. if you have a Ram 3500 in your signature line. I'm not asking you to tell me what I cannot tow with an Outback, I have read the tow limits. 2700 pounds tow capacity 200 pound hitch carrying weight limit. Subaru Outbacks are widely used as tow vehicles in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, where most campers tow with cars, not trucks. It can be done, I'm very curious to hear from folks who have or are using them. Thanks!
Stumps 04/21/17 09:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer tires, radial vs. bias ply

well you asked.... so my opinion based on personal experience with both on a pop up camper- RADIAL.
Stumps 04/20/17 07:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Scamps

The Casita people I see traveling like to have van with them where they can put the bulkier items. They keep popup canopies and such and assemble them near their Casita. The Casita is where they sleep, cook, shower, etc.but everything else is done outside. This is how we have always traveled when we had the popups (Had two Jaycos, a 2004 and a 2009). We used the Jayco as a rolling motel room. we'd set up, tour the area, and we were only ever in the camper for our pre-bed time routine and to sleep. We don't even like cooking inside, we prefer to cook outside. I don't think these habits will change much, so our next camper can be tight inside, as long as we have bed space and storage space. I wouldn't even get a bathroom in it, it's not necessary for us. We don't mind campground bathhouses.
Stumps 04/20/17 06:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Scamps

Does it have to be fiberglass ? https://www.livinlite.com/products/camplite-travel-trailers/ Bobndot - I have seen the Livin Lites - great weight and interesting design. The drawback for me is the fabric roof and door - It seems like a lot of cash to spend on something that is essentially a tent in a box. at least with a traditional popup I get a hard roof with roof AC and a hinged door. I have been taking my son with me on our scouting adventures - and his theory is - dad just trade the wagon in on an SUV that can tow something larger and then get the larger camper. :-) which might be the answer. but we're still weighing our options.
Stumps 04/20/17 06:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Toddlers in a PUP

well... back when we camped in a popup when the kids were younger - we did two things. we set up the pop-n-play where the dinette table was- fit perfectly. When the kid got a bit older, we had a camper with a U-dinette. the kid slept on the bunkend on that end of the camper, so if she did roll off, it would be a short roll onto the dinette cushions. but that never happened. of course, we had 3 kids across the same bunkend.
Stumps 04/19/17 07:47pm Folding Trailers
RE: Scamps

I just discovered the Safari Condos - brilliant design. If you have any info you don't mind sharing with me (purchase process, out to door cost to you in US dollars, etc.) I'd appreciate it.I agree it is ab neat design, but in their specs they do not list water capacity among other things. Here is the spec sheet: http://www.safaricondo.com/pdf/caracteristiques_alto_en.pdf just received the details on the Safari Condos- including pricing. Definitely on the upper end, especially for what you get. For the same price I could upgrade my TV and buy a traditional ultra light with more room. Definitely a niche camper - just not worth the $$ for me. too bad, I liked them.
Stumps 04/19/17 01:16pm Travel Trailers
Aliners

Ready to purchase a new unit, seriously considering the Aliners. Any current or past owners with any thoughts? feedback? likes/dislikes? We don't full time, the most we would do aside from weekends would be one two-week trip each summer. Thanks!
Stumps 04/18/17 07:21pm Folding Trailers
RE: Scamps

Many of the smaller TTs are made by companies without nationwide distribution and the attendant offsite trained technicians' network so after much thought I chose an Alto Safari Condo as the right fit for us. . I just discovered the Safari Condos - brilliant design. If you have any info you don't mind sharing with me (purchase process, out to door cost to you in US dollars, etc.) I'd appreciate it.
Stumps 04/18/17 02:10pm Travel Trailers
Scamps

Hi Folks! Well - after 4 years without a camper (had 2 kids in college at the same time, so the former Jayco went overboard) I made my final payment to Carson-Newman University and I'm ready to get back into camping. I still have one going into college and one at home, but our needs have changed - I will be camping with 2-3 at the most. I'm looking at a few light weight campers, and the Scamp (13) looks promising, but it's tough not being able to visit a dealership and sit in them. Would love to hear how folks like theirs, and how the buying process was if you bought new. Thanks!
Stumps 04/18/17 11:26am Travel Trailers
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