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Old 07-08-2011, 11:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can you tow an AWD Subaru on a car dolly behind a RV, should the front or rear end be on the car dolly ?
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My understanding is that you cannot tow with a dolly, all 4 wheels must be on the ground and recommended using a flatbed.

Others will chime in, but I just read that somewhere....... here it is

Can I tow a Subaru behind my motorhome?
AWD Subaru vehicles with manual transmissions can be towed with all four wheels on the ground and the transmission in neutral. STI vehicles with 6 Speed Manual Transmissions can also be towed with all four wheels on the ground and the transmission in neutral. In addition, STI vehicles with 6 Speed Manual Transmissions require that the Driver's Control Center Differential (DCCD) is set in manual mode and the DCCD control dial set to the furthest rearward position.

Please refer to your owner's manual for additional important information on towing vehicles with all four wheels on the ground.
AWD Subaru vehicles with automatic transmission can only be towed with all four wheels OFF of the ground. Therefore, if you are interested in towing a Subaru behind your motorhome, we would suggest purchasing a manual transmission Subaru.
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All AWD subarus need to have all 4 wheels on the ground or off the ground. Automatic subarus need a trailer all 4 off the ground. Manual's work just fine with all 4 on the ground with a tow bar.

A good friend has a Forester manual they have towed all over the US behind their RV - no issues and its the daily driver at home. They got the manual specifically to avoid a dolly of any type.

The Automatic can be towed with all 4 wheels on the ground but its only for very short distances and at very slow speeds to prevent heating up the transmission and damaging it. For an RV your options are manual transmission and a tow bar - or an AT on a flat bed trailer with no tires on the ground.
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i think you can rent a flatbed trailer from places like uhaul and tow it that way, just make sure not to exceed your RV towing capacity and if you can get a trailer with brakes.
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The large diesel pushers generally have a 5000lb capacity - though yes you need to make sure that your within your RV tow limits
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So any market for a sets of wheels for automatic subarus with a bearing somewhere between the hub and the tire?

Fun to think about, but I bet you could build something cool that would work.

You just have to change out all 4 wheels to use the car (gee, that's all...).

Allow for extra width at the axle and you could make a locking hub.


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Thanks I was afraid of that, as I added to my Subaru fleet, my kids dumped the Civics, now I am left with all AT vehicles, sure do not want to tow my antique 90 GMC Suburban
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Towing an Impreza WRX manual 4 wheels on the ground works fine.

You WILL chew up the front tires prematurely, but that is common to all TOADs.

Normally, the driving force of the motor pushes the front tires inwards, so that's the way wheel alignement is biased. When you tow the vehicle 4-down, then the fronts tend to push outwards, leading to scalloping.

If you tow, rotate your tires religiously, regardless of the brand of auto.
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can an '05XT 5MT tow a '11 wrx hatch or is it too much?
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can an '05XT 5MT tow a '11 wrx hatch or is it too much?
It's about 200lb overweight, even before you add the tow bar and brake actuator to the WRX.
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