Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Arnold, MD
Car: 2011 Outback 2.5i Premium, CVT, Steel Silver, all-weather package. Upgrades: Tweeter kit, BlueConnect, media hub, remote start, Curt 2" receiver hitch.
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Keep a close eye on the trailer weight... Especially the tongue weight. Many American made trailers have very high tongue weights, because they know that most of us re towing with pickups and don't care about high tongue weight. Also, most manufacturers under estimate trailer weight by quoting the weight of a completely empty trailer with no options. According to the manufacturer, my camper weighs 900 pounds... In fact, it weighs 1,200 pounds empty.
In my opinion, the 2.5 would be fine for your trip, so long as the trailer is within the weight rating. But who am I to argue, I am just someone who actually TOWS a camper with a 2.5i powered Outback.
I know you want a manual, and that's fine. My previous tow car was a 128 horsepower Toyota with a 5-speed. I much prefer the CVT, though.
2011 Outback 2.5i Premium, CVT, Steel Silver, AWP. Upgrades: Tweeter kit, BlueConnect, media hub, remote start, Curt 2" receiver hitch, 19mm RSB, coil SumoSprings on rear.