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#102 of 151 Re: Just installed a 2" Class-III hitch on my 2010 Forester [ateixeira]
Feb 17, 2010 (11:05 am)
Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised by that as well. The hitch is nearly flush with the bumper shell (about 1" short of it), so I do lose a little bit of departure angle, but no ground clearance. However, I doubt there will be many, if any, times that I will lament the lost of angle. And, in the rare instance it is a problem, I might just be happy that I hit the receiver instead of tearing up my bumper shell!
#103 of 151 Re: Just installed a 2" Class-III hitch on my 2010 Forester [xwesx]
Feb 17, 2010 (11:15 am)
Yep. I went off roading with a buddy in his Bronco, and he kept slamming the hitch when we hit sharp angles.
There was no damage at all in the end.
#104 of 151 Towing Near Max Capacity
Mar 30, 2010 (6:56 pm)
Has anyone towed with a 2009/10 Forester, non-turbo, a trailer over 2000 lbs., up to the max rated 2400 lbs.?
I have the factory hitch and tow a fishing boat that weighs about 900 lbs., thinking about getting a pop-up camper but I am concerned that the Forester may be challenged at the near-max weights. Especially concerned about tounge weight, campers tend to be tounge-heavy and I suspect rear-end sag may be considerable with that kind of load (200+ lbs).
Also wondering if anyone that tows heavier weights has installed a tranny oil cooler, what brand, and if you installed yourself.
Any input.advice greatly appreciated!
#105 of 151 Re: Towing Near Max Capacity [26cars]
Mar 30, 2010 (7:40 pm)
We've towed with our 2001 Forester, with no problems. Remember, max towing with your car is 1000 pounds (not 2400) if your trailer doesn't have brakes. Check your owner's manual, as it's stated there.
#106 of 151 Re: Towing Near Max Capacity [26cars]
Mar 31, 2010 (8:31 am)
If you are pushing the max rated capacity, I would be more concerned with the class-II hitch (1.25") than the car's ability to pull it. Unfortunately, I have not yet pulled with my '10 Forester, but I am not concerned about its ability to do so. If you are expecting the car to hold speed in hills, etc., with that kind of weight, the car may be challenged, but I doubt it will have a problem actually pulling the load. If you are concerned about sagging due to tongue weight, consider a load-leveler or redistribute cargo in the pop-up such that it is more balanced. You can also transfer load to the car (stored cargo in/on the car versus trailer) to help shift the weight balance in favor of the towing vehicle.
I assume yours has an automatic transmission? If so, I agree that the external transmission cooler is a good idea. I have not installed one on a Subaru or recently, but the transmission lines to the radiator are easily accessible and simple to modify; it is a perfect do-it-yourself job.
#107 of 151 Saw this on the DC beltway
Apr 01, 2010 (8:19 am)
My guess is he was driving to Florida, then on to a boat heading towards Guatemala.
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The good news is this was clearly a long distance haul, and we're talking well over 3000 lbs. The RAV4 was loaded to the gills with gear. Probably 4000 lbs!
#108 of 151 Re: Saw this on the DC beltway [ateixeira]
Apr 04, 2010 (7:10 pm)
Thanks for the input all; I picked up a used Coleman pop-up Friday, dry weight about 1350 lbs. The Forester pulls it easily, was also pleased with the lack of rear end sag (only about 1.5") with a toungue weight of about 175 lbs. Camper does not have brakes so I will probably add electrics at some time, though it stops fine around the "flatlands" of Mass., but up in the hilly North brakes would be useful. Also going to add a tranny cooler as added insurance.
Can't wait to start camping in more comfort than a tent!
#109 of 151 Re: Saw this on the DC beltway [26cars]
Apr 05, 2010 (6:04 am)
Sounds cool, take some pics when you get the chance.
#110 of 151 Towing a Pop-Up
Apr 17, 2010 (6:46 am)
Here's a pic of the 1992 Coleman Pioneer attached to the Forester. Camper is mint, picked up for $1600
#111 of 151 Re: Towing a Pop-Up [26cars]
Apr 19, 2010 (9:32 am)
Looks great, and at a nice price!