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Posted: 11/19/21 11:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How far would you be towing the trailer? This will e a factor for the 2021 Subaru Ascent that is not an ideal tow vehicle. Short trips like 100-200 miles a few times per year I dont see such an issue, but do not expect to tow much of a trailer across the country too many times.
Yes, the vehicle trans, axles and motor will get a great deal of wear and trans are expensive to replace.
Either get a much much smaller trailer or a truck / suv that can handle towing. Consider also a folding trailer that will have minimal wind drag if towing with a subaru.
You really need a rear wheel drive (or 4wd) vehicle with a solid axle for durability.

Is this your first camping?
Most first time buyers get way too big of a camper than they need. Yes, big expansive campers look nice and provide luxury, but consider you are camping, not moving into a condo. Are you going to live in it, spend all your vacation inside, or is it just for sleeping, showering and relaxing after a fun day outside?
Get the minimum trailer you can live with, not the maximum you can tow.
Small trailers are much easier to tow, park and maneuver.

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Posted: 11/19/21 01:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

^Weird, most everyone else says "buy your second camper first" as most upgrade to bigger...


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Posted: 11/19/21 03:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I believe that you should buy the smallest trailer that you can live with , we have had fourteen starting with a 38 footer , then smaller until we love our 20 footer , drives like a sports car !

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Posted: 11/19/21 06:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jpmogle1 wrote:

Thank you all for your insight and confirmation! While disappointing news regarding the trailer, I'm not willing to take a chance with our safety. We will keep looking for the right trailer for us.


Good decision


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