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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-11-2013, 11:57 AM
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Towing 2013 Subaru Outback 4 down

Thanks, that was very helpful.
We also managed to get an email from Subaru and from the dealer. Here it is in case anyone else needs it. It's stupid of them to have nothing in the new manuals about flat towing manual trans four down other than emergency.
Dear Ms. Gerhardt,
Thank you for visiting the Subaru Website and for your interest in our products.
AWD Subaru vehicles with manual transmission can be towed with all four wheels on the ground and the transmission in neutral.
AWD Subaru vehicles with automatic transmission can only be towed with all four wheels OFF of the ground.
Therefore, since you are interested in towing a Subaru behind your motorhome, we would suggest purchasing a manual transmission Subaru.
When towing a manual transmission Subaru behind your motorhome, you would want the transmission in neutral and the key in the 'ACC' position. As all new models are equipped with digital odometers, mileage will not accumulate when being towed.
Thanks for the opportunity to be of assistance. If you need any future assistance, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-SUBARU3.
Best wishes,
Kelly Shinault
Subaru of America, Inc.

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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-11-2013, 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Ifly1956 View Post
I had the Subaru dealer install my Blue Ox base plate. They had the body shop do it. I figured the body show was more experienced at removing the front-end and replacing it than the RV dealership was.
That was a shrewd decision. I have dealt with RV service departments and my conclusion is that for the most part they are clueless morons who shouldn't be allowed near tools of any kind.

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Originally Posted by Hudsoner View Post
Do you have any idea how to lock all doors and the rear hatch when the key is in the ignition lock for towing?
Use the gray "Valet" key to unlock the ignition, and keep your primary electronic key with you, and lock the doors and the hatch by pressing the lock button on the keyfob. I haven't tried this myself yet on my 2014 OB, but I can't think why it wouldn't work with the key in the ACC position.
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