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Submitted: Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 12:51
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Would an 08 subaru outback tow a jayco camper trailer with ease or would it be underpowered.......{2.5 auto} we have had very conflicting imformation , we will hire one soon but would like to know from anyone out there any relevant info,,,,,THX
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Reply By: Member - David P (VIC) - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 13:07

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 13:07
Ask your Suby dealer about fitting a transmission cooler ( high tx temps are bad for your auto). Otherwise you are displaying a USA attitude (only 2.5L) think Euro (plenty of power) go for it!.....silverback
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Follow Up By: Tuftys Tours - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 13:11

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 13:11
Yeah plenty of power me thinks also...........and the auto cooler is fitted.....THX
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Follow Up By: Mainey (wa) - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 09:27

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 09:27
I believe David is saying increase the capacity of the Transmission oil cooler by ADDing a second Cooler system, as (maybe) they are not designed for the HEAVY DUTY work involved when towing and consider that some travel will be at reasonably low speeds with little assistance of air over the coolant fins to maintain low coolant temps.

After all they are a 'town car' awd not a 4wd.

Mainey . . .
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Follow Up By: Tuftys Tours - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 17:49

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 17:49
Yes i agree an AWD not a 4WD......Town car.....but boy does it go well off road ...just like a rally car actually..even in soft sand.if there are no high rocks,,,, it would surprise a lot of those Toorak Tractor owners i'm sure . and with only 12mm less height than a Prado......
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Reply By: Member - Glenn G (QLD) - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 16:37

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 16:37

I tow my boat somteimes that weighs about 700kg with the wifes 98 Outback 2.5lt.It does it easy ! but that is only a short distance to the boat ramp and back ,about 10klm.

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Reply By: DIO - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 18:12

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 18:12
Have a look at this thread 55570 in which a similar question was asked a few days ago. Also suggest you do a search in the archives for more info on the subject. Good luck with it.
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Reply By: Go-N-Grey (WA) - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 23:08

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 23:08
I have towed a Jayco Finch with 10' Dingy on top for thousand's km behind a 1800cc single range 1982 Subaru. No problems at all except it required a weight distribution hinch, and upgraded rear shockies when on dirt roads.

More recently I have towed a 16' 6 poptop van (sold today) 1270kg Agg weight behind a Subaru Forrester 2.5 ltr Auto easily up to 90Km hour.

The Forrester also quite happily towed a 18'6" Chiver Thunderbird Boat (Inboard version -1300kgs with full canopy) at 80 to 90 km hour, and no problem at all on the launching ramp.

I dont believe the Outback is significantly different from the Forrester except perhaps the gearing and clearance is slightly higher and lower resp, but certainly the Forrester I had towed the van as easy if not easier than the 1990 2.5 ltr Turbo Diesel Pajero that we normally used with the van. The Forrester I had had a 1300kg towing capacity and it did it with ease.

With all auto's I can only suggest that ensure the A/T torque converter "locks up" (if fitted) or spend the extra money on fuel and heat in the A/T and an transmission oil cooler.


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Reply By: Tuftys Tours - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 18:22

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 18:22
Thanks for all advice .......will give it a go very soon....if she aint up to it , she is out of it.
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Reply By: Andrew - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 12:45

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 12:45
Check it out with Jayco

They did a big test/ promo around Alice Springs a while back using various subie outbacks towing diffrent jayco's. it was wroytten up inone of the 4 x magazines but I cant remenbre which or when.

I understand they all went well but htere was some discussion about transmissionm cooler upgrades.


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