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Hello,

My first post here, and I've combed the threads for info., but I'll just ask you my specific question. I've got a 2006 Forester automatic. Non turbo. Got my eyes on 2nd hand Tab trailer that weighs in at 1900 lbs, with a 140 lb tongue weight and surge breaks. Have any of you guys towed that much? Am I looking at excessive drive train wear?

Thanks very much,

Ron
 

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I think the max towing weight for an auto is 2000 lbs. With a Tab weighing in at 1900 lbs before you throw stuff in it, you will be pushing the upper limits of the car.

Personally speaking, I would look to a lighter pop-up camper.
 

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trailer may be more of a problem

from what I know of the history of the Tab's they had leak problems. My wife works for a RV dealer in the Northeast. This was a common complaint when the Tab's first arrived on the market a few years ago. Find a early to mid 90's Coleman pop-up if you want inexpensive quality pop-up.
01 Foz, 99 OB and 94 Coleman Cedar.
 

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BJCarter2:

Are you sure about the 2,000 lb tow limit for the 2006 model? My 2005 XS with 4EAT has a 2,400 lb tow limit and I tow my 2,040 lb trailer, that has surge brakes, with no problems (so far...)

Ray Lovinggood
Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
 

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BJCarter2:

Are you sure about the 2,000 lb tow limit for the 2006 model? My 2005 XS with 4EAT has a 2,400 lb tow limit and I tow my 2,040 lb trailer, that has surge brakes, with no problems (so far...)
I checked again, and you're right: my manual says 2400 lbs for the automatic. I'd read somewhere 2000 for auto, 2400 for manual. But I did talk to my mechanics and they were dubious about towing so much weight with a Forester. I'll have to think about it. Thanks to those of you who have written, and if anyone else wants to chime in, I'm eager to get your thoughts.
 

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I just got done towing a 2500lb uhaul trailer from Tucson to Denver. I have a 08 2.5x with a curt hitch and a torqflo tranny cooler. It seemed to pull just fine going up and down the long hill going into Colorado. Checked the tranny fluid when I got done and its still bright red and nice. I don't know if I would see any problems right away though. Seems like you would be alright with a 1900lb trailer.
 
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