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Old 01-04-2009, 12:27 PM   #1
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We towed our 17' with a Ford Windstar minivan using the equalizer hitch. Now we will be towing it with a Subaru Outback and are wondering if we will need the equ. bars. I think I saw someone post about towing with an Outback. The max tongue weight is 200#.
Thanks for any info. and thanks for this forum. It would have been great to reference when we were researching our '08 trailer!
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:00 PM   #2
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Hi: And Welcome...This is just MHO that the equilizer would be more usefull on the shorter wheelbase tow vehicle. It might just prevent "The tail wagging the dog" syndrome!!! My 2wo cents worth.
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Old 01-04-2009, 04:35 PM   #3
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I had a max tongue weight of 350# with the Ford Explorer. I was advised that I shouldn't tow my 17B with the bumper hitch rated at only 350#.
Given that I needed a new hitch, and wiring, and the truck was a '94 gas sucker, I bought a RAV4 V6 Sport with an installed class 3 equalizer hitch.

The manual for the RAV says Toyota doesn't recommend an equalizer hitch, but doesn't say you can't or mustn't. Hidden Hitch had one made for the RAV and rated at 4,000#.
So, I think you need to consult a hitch installer to determine that there is an equalizer hitch made for your vehicle. I'd also look at the manual for the Subaru.

My old Subaru Legacy had a big red X through a trailer in the manual. Still I towed the tent trailer for years ( very slowly up hills ). Yours is a different vehicle, but I'd make the checks.

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Old 01-04-2009, 10:21 PM   #4
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you didn't mention if your outback already had a hitch or not. If you are shopping for one, etrailer is a good place to look around.
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Old 01-10-2009, 01:22 AM   #5
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Yes, I'd say your very likely to need the EH with the Outback as it's probably pretty lightly sprung. Is it even rated to tow 3500#? I owned a Suburu decades ago and it was not supposed to tow anything per the manual.

I am not using one an my FJ Cruiser with a 3" lift and heavier springs. It drops the tail about 2-3" but otherwise handles like a dream. I had a 20' Jayco pulled by a Tundra that used an EH and I hated it. When your full timing it can be a real PITA hooking and unhooking and get real old real fast. I love the simplicity of my ball-only rig, especially since I travel with only my dog, and as smart as she is, I doubt she will ever get the trailer backing thing.

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Old 04-19-2009, 09:01 PM   #6
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Hi all

does escape carry the friction anti sway bar in the picture

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does escape carry the friction anti sway bar in the picture

No they don't. I just talked to Reace about that last week. You can pick one up many places. They are quite easy to install. I have never done it myself, but have talked to a couple folks who have.
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Old 04-19-2009, 11:49 PM   #8
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Re: Equalizer Hitch

Quote: We towed our 17' with a Ford Windstar minivan using the equalizer hitch. Now we will be towing it with a Subaru Outback and are wondering if we will need the equ. bars. I think I saw someone post about towing with an Outback. The max tongue weight is 200#.

All I can say is OUCH! My Ford Explorer ( now Ford Expirer ) had a max tongue weight of 350 # for the bumper hitch. I was advised that I would need 500# ( as I recall ) and would have to have a proper class 3 hitch installed. I didn't want to do that on a 94 Explorer so I bought the RAV. Good thing too, since the Expirer just blew a head gasket and is now junk.

I had a Subaru years ago, and while it's not the same vehicle you have today, I was towing a tent trailer that didn't weigh that much less than the Escape 17B. I gave up on the Subaru, not because I had to crawl up the hills in second gear, but because the brakes were about the size of hockey pucks and couldn't stop in an emergency. I had brand new discs glazed by the high heat generated trying to slow down on a steep hill with a semi in front of me in the slow lane and no way to get around him. Now, the Escape has electric brakes and my tent trailer didn't, but, you best check out the brakes, check the manual regarding towing and consider a safer tow vehicle.

And, I would recommend the equalizer hitch. You get a better ride in the tow vehicle and I'm not sure that anti-sway bars are capable of doing anything useful if your front wheels are unloaded due to all the weight on the back.

What is the Outback rated to tow? My RAV is rated for 3,500# as equipped and the hitch manufacturer rates it at 4,200#.

Had my Subaru for 13 years BTW.

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Old 04-20-2009, 01:18 AM   #9
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Re: Equalizer Hitch

Note that the original post was on January 4th, and it is the only post by that member.

Most Legasy-based Outbacks are only good for 2400 lbs. Our Forester has the same rating so we are either getting a 13' Escape trailer or a used Ford Escape to tow a 17' trailer. Still have a bit of time to decide. The Ford Escape with the V-6 can be had for a reasonable price - lousy resale value. And, since the OP is stale, I am not apologising for getting off-topic.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:32 PM   #10
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Re: Equalizer Hitch

This may seem a silly question but, what happens if you don't have an equalizer hitch?
I'm planning on driving a 17B' with a RAV4 V6. It's rated for 3500 lbs, so do I need an equalizer hitch for safety?
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