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Old 06-12-2013, 06:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a boat that I'm guessing is about 2500 lbs (1650lb boat & single axle trailer). I keep it docked all summer - just need to tow it about one half mile to to the launch once in spring and back again in the fall. I would not need to exceed 30 mph, but there is a short steep hill at the launch site.
Any opinions if my 14 Forester could do it?
What's the likely damage for exceeding the towing capacity: transmission? suspension? frame?
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It would be fine to only tow it that far. The new Forester's are only rated for 1,500 lbs towing. It is down from the years past of 2,400lbs. Reason being the new CVT transmission.
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Reason being the new CVT transmission.
Is this a fact? Doesn't the manual transmission have the same limitation?
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I have a boat that I'm guessing is about 2500 lbs (1650lb boat & single axle trailer). ...but there is a short steep hill at the lauch site.

What's the likely damage for exceeding the towing capacity...
Subaru's tow limits for the U.S. market 2014 Forester are 1,000 lbs. for a trailer without brakes, and 1,500 lbs for a trailer with brakes, both subject to GVWR and GAWR specifications.

I'd be concerned about the transmission and the brakes. Note that Subaru's warranties do not apply to vehicle damage caused by towing.

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With that short of a drive no issues. I've pulled boats out before with a Polaris Ranger side by side and moved them roughly the same distance.
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Thanks for the comments! I wonder if there is someone on the forum who is currently towing anything with a '14 Forester?
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It would be fine to only tow it that far. The new Forester's are only rated for 1,500 lbs towing. It is down from the years past of 2,400lbs. Reason being the new CVT transmission.
Does that mean us MT 14s' don't have the same limitation?
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If you are wondering, just rent a truck.
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1000 w/o brakes and 1500 with trailer brakes. do the 2014's have a electric brake harness?
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If my '14 XT-Touring is any indication, they do not come with a harness equipped to trigger trailer brakes. It just has the wiring for a standard flat 4-prong light harness.
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If you are wondering, just rent a truck.
Definitely the best answer if I didn't have to travel 60 miles to do it!
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Question What exactly is in a towing package?

Please help with this question about 2014 Forester towing. I read on a lot of posts that say the capacity is only 1500 pounds. Is that with or without the Towing Package? We spent over $600 for the towing package with the expectation that we'd get more capacity, but now I'm not sure. Did we really get only a hitch (without a ball) and wiring for $600? (Yes, we could have rented many a truck for that money)
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Please help with this question about 2014 Forester towing. I read on a lot of posts that say the capacity is only 1500 pounds. Is that with or without the Towing Package? We spent over $600 for the towing package with the expectation that we'd get more capacity, but now I'm not sure. Did we really get only a hitch (without a ball) and wiring for $600? (Yes, we could have rented many a truck for that money)
I personally tow my 1,000 lb electric and lifted 4x4 golf cart on my ~800lb 5' x 10' trailer without any issues. I have the 2014 Forester XT Touring with a self-installed Curt Class III hitch with a 2" ball and a 1.5 inch rise. From my house to my campsite (where I use the golf cart during the summer) is 90 miles each way. I do not have trailer brakes either and it tows just fine with no wobble or sway in trailer. Intelligent mode is what I stay in while driving at speed and from a stop light I temporarily put it in Sport mode just to get up to speed a bit quicker. Gas mileage while towing is only 20MPG but thats still a lot better than most pick-up trucks.

Hope my info helps.

PS...I would never pay ~$600 for a class I trailer hitch. Mine was only $125 for a class III and installed it myself.

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There are several threads on this that I had been following as I am in the market for a trailerable boat. I've since stopped following theses threads because I have accepted that this CUV is not the right tool for the job and doing jobs efficiently requires the right tools. Because of all the fussing about fuel economy we now have a CVT designed to get high mpg's, not tow stuff. My advice would be to try it once. I'm sure you'll find the XT has no trouble pulling, but rather with extended decelerations. This is where the damage can and will occur. If you literally crawl to/from I see no danger, but borrowing the right tool for the job is going to be your best bet.
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