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For all you OBW 4 cyl. owners who worry about towing, don't. Wife and I are in the process of moving from Hendersonville, NC to Waynesboro, Va. Its 370 miles door to door, and I figured I would move our non essientials up a bit at a time. Bought a 4 1/2' x 8' utility trailer ( 450 lbs ) and I've been loading it up with 1000-1200 lbs and making the run up via I-81 running 70 mph all the way, turning around and running back the same day. Granted, its no rocket ship, but I have no trouble maintaining 70-75 mph, running with traffic. Do have to downshift out of OD going up some of the steeper grades, but that little 4 cyl just purrs along. Best milage was a bit under 22 mpg. Check the trans fluid ( auto ) before and after each run, fluid still full and no sign of fluid "burning". Have made 2 trips a week for 4 weeks and have about 3 to go. Just thought you'all would like some info. bout towing.

You all drive safe,

Grumpy, 2004 OBW
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Good news. I too have 4 cyl. (2005) and a 4.5 x 8 utility trailer (Snowbear from Home Depot). I've taken it up to North Dakota on a deer hunting trip, 9 hr drive, but I only had a few hundred pounds on it. My gas mileage was around 21 mpg to 23 mpg but I was bucking a nasty headwind up and back. All other trips have been just around town with little or no weight on it. I was curious how it would pull with some weight on it. Maybe someday I'll be able to buy another toy, ATV or Snowmobile and test it out.

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Thomas, you have the same trailer as I do, a Snowbear from Home Depot. Good little trailer, and I'm guessing at the weight I've put on it. One load consisted of a Toro garden tractor that was about 800 lbs along with lawn mower, pressure washer and tools-probably about 1200-1300 lbs. Moved right along. I know many tow with their OB, but I just posted this for any new owners who were wondering about towing with a 4 cyl. I was used to towing with my previous guzzler, a Ford Expedition, and was suprised at the capability of the OB, using a bit of common sense.

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I have yet to get off my butt and put a hitch on my 98MT. However I did once tow my Escort with it, and I was surprised at how little resistance I felt through the clutch.
 

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For all you OBW 4 cyl. owners who worry about towing, don't. Wife and I are in the process of moving from Hendersonville, NC to Waynesboro, Va. Its 370 miles door to door, and I figured I would move our non essientials up a bit at a time. Bought a 4 1/2' x 8' utility trailer ( 450 lbs ) and I've been loading it up with 1000-1200 lbs and making the run up via I-81 running 70 mph all the way, turning around and running back the same day. Granted, its no rocket ship, but I have no trouble maintaining 70-75 mph, running with traffic. Do have to downshift out of OD going up some of the steeper grades, but that little 4 cyl just purrs along. Best milage was a bit under 22 mpg. Check the trans fluid ( auto ) before and after each run, fluid still full and no sign of fluid "burning". Have made 2 trips a week for 4 weeks and have about 3 to go. Just thought you'all would like some info. bout towing.

You all drive safe,

Grumpy, 2004 OBW
( Mrs Grumpy ), 2003 OBW
Nice to meet you, Mr. and Mrs. Grumpy. I hope your move goes well and that you enjoy your new home. Nice to have a fellow "crank" on the site. Don't be a stranger, you hear?

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I towed a 5x8 UHaul trailer fully loaded 900 miles with no problems at all. The 4-cylinder is plenty capable. My car is a 5-speed (geared really short) so downshifting wasn't really needed.
 

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Same here - small covered trailer, 2.5i 5MT, 650km each way trip last week. Cruised at 120kph most of the time, a couple of grades needed 4th, no problems.
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Back in August (04) just one month after buying my 1997 LOB (my first subie) I over packed it and then towed an over weight UHaul 5X8 trailer from NY to OR.

Somewhere before Davenport, IA my front right axle broke after running it dry. I paid about $250 or so for repairs at Lujack's Subaru who were awesome I might add. Other than that the trip was great and I was VERY pleased with subie's overall handling under the circumstances. One could say that I bonded with her on that trip. It was our honey moon after all :10:

The only unrelated problem was that my A/C clutch froze in Idaho on the hottest day of my trip. I cut off the belt as I had accidentally let the smoke out of it ;) and I made it that day to Eugene :6:

Note to OneOBS: Does rubber run on smoke too? :19:

http://tinyurl.com/6b45y for those who didn't get it.
 

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smoke is vital to alot of things outside of electronics. yes, if you see smoke and your belt is gone, then the magic smoke has left the building. time to goto the smoke parts store. They might also be called auto parts stores, it depends on where you live.

just a general rule of thumb, avoid smoke made by a company called "Fram"
 

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...just a general rule of thumb, avoid smoke made by a company called "Fram"
INDEED! I definitely don't need any "Framned" smoke ;)
 

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Thanks for all the comments. I'm looking to switch out of my 2004 BMW 325i to either a 3.0R or an XT. I think both are pretty close to the Bimmer in the road manners dep't.

I use a '98 GMC Jimmy to haul horse manure "down the hill" at my place, 4 seasons. I imagine therefore, based on your posts, that I can get rid of the Jimmy too. Thanks!
 

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can a "hidden hitch" be used on an Outback or just a regular "ball" hitch? I also would like to get a little trailer for use when a truck would be necessary.
 

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I have Hidden Hitch on both our Forester ande 2004 OBW. Here is their website http://www.hiddenhitch.com/Home/

Ratings are: Weight Rating: 3,500 LBS. (pull weight) GTW / 300 LBS. (tongue weight)

We have 1 1/4" receivers with the ball joint adapter that comes with it. We have a Thule bike rack that holds four bikes and this is a great alternative to the roof mount. As well I pull a 3- rail motorcylce trailer with ease loaded. I think Subaru's work great for towing. Hope this helps!
 

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Thanks for the additional link. I will look at that one too. :)
 
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