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Turbo a problem for towing??

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I was camping recently, and talked with a couple that had an A-liner trailer pulled with an outback. 2009 I think. I bemoaned feeling limited by the 1500 pound rating on my '16 ForesterXt, and he said the problem is the turbo! I have heard multiple arguments about towing close to/ above the US tow limit, but none included the turbo being a factor!
If I want to tow a 17-1800 lb pop up trailer 300 miles, am I going to blow up the engine due to the turbo? What if I add engine cooling & the other recommended goodies?
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I comes down to Politics. Speed limits are high in the U.S. and we don't have a national towing speed limit, also regulations my differ from one country to the next.

That said, Force = Mass x Acceleration, so if you slow down the towing vehicle you can safely tow a greater weight. <-- Most likely reason a single-spec global vehicle has different tow ratings on three different continents.
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