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Old 06-20-2012, 11:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I only ask as the wife & I are on the fence with buying a Pop-up tent type trailer in which we would like to pull with our Outback, or buy a full on 24'+ travel trailer in which we would pull with our truck. Option one is most ideal for us as we are "testing the waters" with outdoor camping and would like to go this route but would be just as well jumping to plan (B) if the Outback is not up to the task.

I only ask this because while searching the net for rental trailers, I found this photo clearly showing a 3rd gen Outback that has towed one to a camp site. Surely the bigger/ larger 4th gen should be able to do the same right?

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What's the weight?
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Look in your owner's manual, it will give the towing parameters for your vehicle (tongue weight, max tow-able/stoppable weight) and then compare with the specs on the pop ups you're looking at.

Most push or exceed the OB's limits.
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What's the weight?
I really don't know what these things weight to be honest. A guy on my street tows one with a CR-V and says "You really can't feel it behind you" So I'm thinking the 170hp the 2.5 makes has got to be more than what a CR-V has, unless the limiting factor is the CVT?
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I towed an Aliner hard side popup trailer with my. 2010 2.5 cvtc and it handled it fine. Moslt of the time you didn't feel it behind you. I also towed a small hard side camper and the extra height was definitely noticeable to the point that it felt underpowered much of the time. The increased wind resistance due to the height was very evident. I wouldn't hesitate to pull a popup as long as it didn't exceed the weight limits for towing. Trailer brakes may be needed!!!
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Depends on what you pack with you and where you plan on going? We do hot 110 115 degree long sierra climbs to some of our favorite places to camp. We also like to bring boats and lots of kid crap. We have been towing stuff with the subaru 2.5 since 2001.
For zero concern go anywhere with good mileage the sweet spot is around 1500_1600lbs or less. Once you hit 1700_2000lbs your mileage drops into better tow vehicle range 16_19mpg ie take the truck.

We specifically picked the lifetime tent trailer for its 890lb empty weight and ability to haul lots of crap! Boats, bikes, wagons, atvs etc. We post 25_26mpg flat towing 65mph and under with our general camping crap on its deck.

Been using it for two years love it! The ob goes anywhere with it. Our truck only gets boat hauling duty on long hard hot climbs when we are we are over 1200_1500 lbs.
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The 2010 is way better than the older gen cars regarding cooling capacity but it still works way hard when your 1500+ lbs especially if the load presents major windage ie drag etc. Nearly no rv big brand maker makes a quality tent trailer that uses light quality materials. Livinlite is about the only maker I found that built good tent trailers in the ob weight range. If your camping involves shoulder months and crummy weather my number one pick is a teardrop rig for that application. Especially when it is just you and the wife.
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I have a popup that pushes the scales at 3000lb when loaded, but I wouldn't tow it empty with the outback totally. The popups empty unloaded weight is around 2000lbs and I definitely feel it behind a RAV4 V6 (3.5liter).
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I really don't know what these things weight to be honest. A guy on my street tows one with a CR-V and says "You really can't feel it behind you" So I'm thinking the 170hp the 2.5 makes has got to be more than what a CR-V has, unless the limiting factor is the CVT?
The CR-V has 160 I think, but it isn't just engine output that determines towing rating. You do need to find out what the trailer weighs and what the OB can handle. If you were to be at fault in an accident and they found out you were towing a trailer that your car couldn't handle, you are looking at a mess.
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I echo what I said in Post 3.

Find out what they weigh, that will determine if you can tow it safely and legally. What another vehicle can do is entirely irrelevant.
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