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New Post 10/13/2015 3:35 PM
  VOcamper
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Towing a teardrop 
Hey everyone,
Brand new to trailer camping here (actually, I am more than brand new - I just placed an order for a teardrop for delivery in the early Spring 2016!).

I currently have a 2012 Subaru Forrester, and I'm wondering about the feasibility of towing with it. Weight-wise, it's well under the max towing weight for my Forrester, but I've been cautioned against going up into the mountains with it. The spec's are as follows:

Teardrop weight (without supplies): ~700 lbs.
Max. rated towing weight for the Forrester: 2400 lbs.

I'm planning to get a transmission cooler installed, but one of the mechanics I've talked to thinks the strain on the drive train will be too much, especially heading West from Denver, where I live.

Any thoughts or advice from seasoned towers?

Thanks in advance,
Rob
 
New Post 4/23/2019 4:53 PM
  TravelLife
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Re: Towing a teardrop 
 VOcamper wrote
Hey everyone,
Brand new to trailer camping here (actually, I am more than brand new - I just placed an order for a teardrop for delivery in the early Spring 2016!).

I currently have a 2012 Subaru Forrester, and I'm wondering about the feasibility of towing with it. Weight-wise, it's well under the max towing weight for my Forrester, but I've been cautioned against going up into the mountains with it. The spec's are as follows:

Teardrop weight (without supplies): ~700 lbs.
Max. rated towing weight for the Forrester: 2400 lbs.

I'm planning to get a transmission cooler installed, but one of the mechanics I've talked to thinks the strain on the drive train will be too much, especially heading West from Denver, where I live.

Any thoughts or advice from seasoned towers?

Thanks in advance,
Rob


This sounds great. I've done something very similar and didn't have any problems but the hook of the trailer did seize up at one point and the mallet that I usually use had broken. Luckily I had an old sturdy set of weightlifting shoes with me (like here https://powerliftingbelts.org/ which had a very tough wooden heel which doubled as a great hammer. Got it unseized in no time!

So I'm sure you will be fine!
 
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