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wjriling posted 05-12-2003 06:58 AM ET (US)   Profile for wjriling   Send Email to wjriling  
Good morning,

I have a 13' Whaler standard (1969 restored) with a 25 hp Mercury two stroke (114lb dry weight). It rides on a load rite Outlaw trailer (180 lb approx.)
Right now my only means of transporting it is with a 1991 Subaru Legacy AWD Station wagon (5 spd). I checked the Legacy oweners manual and it said it had a towig capacity of 2000lbs.
A friend told me the Legacy will never tow my Whaler, he said the whaler weighs too much, (I've been pushing the Whaler around the driveway on the trailer by hand for the last month).
Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Wendy

JBCornwell posted 05-12-2003 08:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Howdy Wendy.

My last 13 Sport, 25 OMC and 2 6 gallon tanks full, bunch of tackle; galvanized trailer.. . Weighed just a tad over 1,000lb ready to tow.

I would avoid using 5th gear in hilly country, but other than that your Subaru should do very well.

Red sky at night. . .
JB

fno posted 05-12-2003 08:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Go for it Wendy, that car won't even know the boat is there.
David Jenkins posted 05-12-2003 08:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
If you are about to go on a cross-country trip, you might want to change your transmission fluid. And if your car is still on its first water pump, you might change that, too. Otherwise, it should not be a problem.
wjriling posted 05-12-2003 12:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for wjriling  Send Email to wjriling     
Thank you JB, fno and David. I feel much more confident about having to use the Legacy.
If I could just ask one more question, most of the places I'm calling for trailer hitch install are saying they can't get a Class II hitch for the Legacy. They can, however, use install a Class I hitch. I was under the impression that class I hitches were suitable only for jetskis. Will I be okay with a Class I?

Thank you again!
Wendy

BillD posted 05-12-2003 01:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for BillD  Send Email to BillD     
A class I has a rating 2000 lbs tow / 200 lb tounge weight. A class II has a rating of 3500 lbs / 350.

I would get the Class II if you can because you can not be too safe.

They make plenty of Class II hitches for your car. Check out any of the on-line hitch retailers. Many hitch manufacturer (Reese, Drawtight, Hidden Hitch, etc)websites also have listings of dealers / installers.

msullivan006 posted 05-12-2003 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for msullivan006  Send Email to msullivan006     
You might also try calling the local U-Haul shop for the hitch. They sell and install hitches as well as renting trailers, and I have had them do a couple on Volvo wagons in the past. The prices were pretty good too. I think they use Draw-Tite or at least one of the big name hitch companies. Also as a point of refrence, for years we towed a 13 with 40hp, 12 gallons gas, etc. all through the N.E. mountains behind a 114 Hp Volvo 4 cyl. and barely knew it was back there. Just about anything can tow that rig well.
Seawolf posted 05-12-2003 06:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Seawolf  Send Email to Seawolf     
I have the same setup as you. Subaru Legacy wagon and a 13'Sport. Got my hitch from U-Haul, class ll, tows very well, no problem. I have bearing buddies on the trailor but could use another across the gunnels tie-down to eliminate occasional bouncing of the boat when going over bumps. BTW, Subaru themselves don't sanction towing with my model, only with the Outback model, but U-Haul had a hitch listed for it on their computer and our boats are so light. I go slow and careful. I live in So. Florida and it's great to be able to trailor to different places. My next adventure will be exploring Biscayne Bay and camping on two islands there that allow overnight stays.
Have fun!
skred posted 05-13-2003 08:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Okay, the crazy guy has to reiterate: Having towed my '91 Montauk with my '95 Dodge Neon (132 hp) for 3 years, (granted, short distances), I never had a problem stopping, starting, loading or unloading.
Now, on a steep hill, 5th gear is useless, but overall, you can tow significantly more boat than you suspect.
I also must say that I would not recommend my particular combination to anyone else. I now use a Jeep Cherokee. I am a very careful driver, and have trailered many things, so experience is a large factor. I towed a 13 sport with the same Neon for 2 years, and it was like nothing was behind me.. I recommend the class II hitch highly.
Actually I'm seriously considering Subaru AWD as my next vehicle, and I'll be towing a 15 Sport CC, and I'm not the least bit concerned about the Subaru's capacity.

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