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Subaru Forester for daily use and camping??

Buying a new car soon and looking into a Subaru Forester. I am buying it with the intention of it being a car that I can use every day (I live in a city) but also take on camping trips and fill with gear and other ****. Was wondering if anybody here has/had a Forester and if they had any input here.

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I am buying it with the intention of it being a car that I can use every day (I live in a city) but also take on camping trips and fill with gear and other ****.
Huh. Camping. I never thought about doing that with a Forester. Maybe there are other outdoorsy things that can be done with this vehicle too. I’ll have to check into this. Thanks for the tip.

Of course the Forester is great for camping and city use. One of the things that was a bonus I learned about just before purchase, if you opt for keyless entry & push button start, was the ability to create a 5-digit PIN, deactivate the key and lock the key in the car. This is great at trailheads if you're going out and don't want to risk losing or damaging the key. Also, while camping, I deactivate the key so the vehicle won't be actively sensing it's presence. This is whenever I'll be in extremely close proximity to my Forester for extended periods.
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The forester is great for camping. Its carried my backpacking kayak camping family camping rooftop tent camping and trailer camping gear. Also gets me to work 35 mi every day. The lift springs tires and lights make a very solid softroader and surprises me how good it is off road.

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Huh. Camping. I never thought about doing that with a Forester. Maybe there are other outdoorsy things that can be done with this vehicle too. I’ll have to check into this. Thanks for the tip.

Of course the Forester is great for camping and city use. One of the things that was a bonus I learned about just before purchase, if you opt for keyless entry & push button start, was the ability to create a 5-digit PIN, deactivate the key and lock the key in the car. This is great at trailheads if you're going out and don't want to risk losing or damaging the key. Also, while camping, I deactivate the key so the vehicle won't be actively sensing it's presence. This is whenever I'll be in extremely close proximity to my Forester for extended periods.
Ability to lock the key in the car and use PIN is great for swimming! These danged new fangled keys just can't be pinned inside your swimsuit!
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I just figured out the PIN setting from this post. No idea! (Read the manual, amirite?)

We got the '19 Forester to do an extensive amount of outdoor explorations and camping. We will be putting the Yakima SkyRise tent on the roof racks, just as we did with the previous Crosstrek. Looking forward to seeing how it performs!
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We will be putting the Yakima SkyRise tent on the roof racks, just as we did with the previous Crosstrek. Looking forward to seeing how it performs!
I too have a SkyRise tent, as well as the SlimShady awning. Even with those up top and the back end loaded with gear, the vehicle handled pretty well. The rear springs could be a bit beefed up to handle the additional weight, and increased suspension damping would be a benefit too. Outside of that, fuel economy was still in the 27 mpg area with my Cooper AT tires.
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