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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-30-2011, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone tow your Forester flat behind an RV?

I'm looking for advice/tips etc for towing my 10 with auto trans behind a class A motorhome.

I know it has to be towed with all wheels off the ground, unless someone knows an alternative.
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All wheels on the ground or all off the ground

But wait til those who have done it answer.

Be careful what you wish for.
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Your only real choices are to get a trailer, trade it for a manual or get another car to tow.

You can flat tow a manual but you should not flat tow an automatic as you know, other then in an emergency, for the shortest distance possible.

Check out this. It is a guide for flat towable vehicles that is published every year for RV users.
On the right hand side under Dinghy Towing click on the 2010 guide to get the list.
Dinghy Towing and Dinghy Guide

If I was in this situation depending on how much I was going to be in the motorhome traveling I would look at either trade it for a manual or get a cheaper FWD car to tow as it is smaller and has a lower profile so it wont impact the mileage of the RV as bad, not that they are great to begin with.

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Hers - 08 X 4EAT
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I'm looking for advice/tips etc for towing my 10 with auto trans behind a class A motorhome.

I know it has to be towed with all wheels off the ground, unless someone knows an alternative.
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Manual Transmission Models
All-Wheel Drive vehicles can be towed with all four wheels on the ground in neutral or with all four wheels off the ground on a trailer with the transmission in gear. Never attempt towing with only two wheels on the ground or two wheels on a dolly. Front-Wheel Drive vehicles can be towed with all four wheels on the ground in neutral or with the two front wheels off the ground.

Automatic Transmission Models
All-Wheel Drive vehicles cannot be towed with any wheels on the ground. The vehicle can only be towed on a trailer with all four wheels off the ground and the transmission in park. Front-Wheel Drive vehicles can be towed with front wheels off the ground or all four wheels off the ground and transmission in park.
Check this thread also: Towing Foz Behind RV...4 Wheels on the ground?

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After the accident in my 1998 in June, the local police called their towing company who promptly hooked my car up before I was aware of what was happening (I was speaking to the officer at the time) and with the rear wheels on the ground dragged my '98 ATF car about 5 miles to the tow garage.


The story ended there because the insurance co totaled the vehicle but we should all be aware of the possibility of some local yokel ruining your trans in this manner after what might only be a fender bender.....try to get the insurance co to cover the damage would be like taking a steak away from a caged lion.

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I'm looking to put it on a little flatbed. I've resigned myself to the fact it cannot be towed with any wheels on the ground.

Does anyone have any experience with disconnecting the driveshaft?
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Done it on many full time four wheel drives, unbolt the driveshaft(Subarus are 4 bolts) and secure it out of the way. This will allow you to be able to dolly it. On the trail/mud trucks we would secure a section of band iron or angle iron to the frame with holes to bolt the drive shaft to it. The mount would hold the slip joint of the driveshaft in the trans/transfer case to keep it sealed and oil from running out. It was the easiest way with out a full car trailer.

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The unofficial answer is a 4eat can be towed with all four on the ground if the engine is running and the car is in neutral. The engine running is the important part as it keeps the pump running and the TCU active. When the pump is running and TCU active its not in "fail safe mode" which among other things locks the center differential.

If you want to play with it yourself try unplugging both electrical connectors to the transmission and start the car up. You'll be impressed that subaru designed it in a way that you can still get home :)
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