2008 Outback 2.5i
The 12" wheeled trailers will work just fine. The max weight usually is close to the OB max towing. I have 12" tires on my popup and it tows just fine from MD to FL (Walt Disney World) going down I-95.Hi All,
I know lots has already been written about towing with an Outback but unfortunately I still a bit confused and would welcome any advice, suggestions or opinions, about towing a utility trailer with a Subaru Outback. (My wife and I are moving ~3000 mi from Pennsylvania to Vancouver, BC and plan to buy a utility trailer to bring the minimum necessary clothing, books, furnishings)
In particular, then, a few very specific questions. Thanks in advance for your time and help.
1. Does anyone have any experience with the *real* towing capacities of a 2007 Subaru Outback (XT, MT). Factory specs say I should be able to tow 2700 lbs safely with my factory installed class I hitch, but I get nervous thinking about dragging all that weight up through the Rockies...Should I expect the smell of a burning clutch? Any advice?
2. It seems that trailers with larger wheels are more stable and probably easier to take cross country. I've found a nice 5x8 with 15" wheels, which looks more solid than the usual Walmart 12" wheel version, but of course it's heavier by ~250 lbs.). Any preferences?
3. Most trailer forums emphasize suggest strongly that a trailer over 1,000 lbs or so should be fitted with breaks, which makes sense. Anyone do this themselves and/or know the approx. cost?
4. Any advice for the, um, lead-footed among us about optimal towing speeds to keep the car in good shape?
The big thing to keep in mind is that ALL trailer tires* are rated for a max speed of 65mph.
SOA says over 1k requires brakes, it is not that hard to add them your self as long as the axle has a square mounting flange behind the tires. If it doesn't have one, then it can be welded on. Check etrailer for videos on added brakes.
Avoid an open trailer with a ramp, they function as a parasail on the highway.
*there are a few tires rated for 75mph but they are much larger tires for much heavier trailers