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Grit dog

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Posted: 09/08/18 07:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Short answer, not ideal and likely not enjoyable.
Add 1000lb min to dry weights to estimate ready to camp weight.
Possible, yes. Confortably? No.
Personally I'd stick to pop ups or Rpod type/size campers with a mid size SUV


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Kavoom wrote:

camp-n-family wrote:

Another consideration is how much do you plan to carry in the tow vehicle? All seats filled? The new tow rating standards account for 150lbs for a driver and the same for 1 passenger. Any weight added to the vehicle above 300lbs will reduce your tow rating pound for pound.

Towing with a 4 cylinder engine with a CVT (Ascent) is not going to be fun in the mountains at any weight. My coworker tows an Rpod with a Kia Sorento. Lightly loaded with he and his son and he says it struggles to hold highway speeds in the flats.


Subaru's are not Kia's.


Well aware thanks. Read the whole post. The OP asked about towing with the Subaru but also indicated using his Kia, that’s why I included that statement.


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Thank you for all the replies. I was originally looking at a Kia until i realized Subaru had recently come out with the Ascent. (I'm a longtime Subaru owner - on my fourth now.) Subaru has been really pushing the towing capabilities of the vehicle, but it's such a new vehicle that it's still hard to find many people with experiences to share. The few i've found have been very positive.
Subaru's vid (I know it's advertising, and not to take it literally) has the Ascent pulling a 4300lb Airstream in Oregon with 6 passengers, dog, and a trunk full of gear.
Ideally a nice big truck would be great, but needs must and a mid size SUV is best for the family. I'm not in any rush, so i can wait and see how the Ascent seems to perform.

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I never heard of an Ascent and tow vehicles with CVT transmissions is asking for trouble. All we see on roads these days are newbies with single axle full height trailers. They will be used inventory quick once they bend axles, have a blow out, or blow up the transmission or snap a belt in a CVT.


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I would look at a fold down camper, such as an Aliner or a popup. Even if a TT is within your weight limit, pulling a full sized TT is like pulling a sail into the wind. If you still want to go with a TT, the R-Pods are probably your best bet. I have a couple of friends who pull an R-Pod 178 with a 4-Runner with no problems. However, I think the 4-Runner is beefier than either of the cars you're suggesting, even with the same tow rating.


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So....if i were to buy a used truck what kind of thing should i look for? It would be used for nothing but towing. A bit during the summer and a few weekends spring and fall, so only something basic is needed. It would need to be enough to pull around 4000lbs GVWR.

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Winnebago has a few TTs that you could tow. Sometimes you have to drive several hours to find a dealer with the TT you want.


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I have a Subaru Outback and have been following the Ascent as we also have a Chevrolet Traverse which is a direct competitor. From a Powertrain perspective the turbocharged 2.4L should do well. Subaru has been using and refining their CVT for a while - 5yrs, 10yrs? I have towed about 2500 pounds with my 3.6L and CVT which is more than adequate. I would like to understand more about the Ascent's CVT design and programming before fully recommending.

I have not seen any as equipped payload or receiver limits yet on the Ascent either. These are often limits for mid-sized SUVs below the 5000 pound tow rating. The manufacturer site lists 500 pound receiver limit so that should be confirmed on vehicles.


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Bottleofsmoke wrote:

So....if i were to buy a used truck what kind of thing should i look for? It would be used for nothing but towing. A bit during the summer and a few weekends spring and fall, so only something basic is needed. It would need to be enough to pull around 4000lbs GVWR.

Just about any half ton with a V8 will do and the Ford Ecoboost.
Probably any V6 midsize:Frontier, Tacoma, Canyon/Colorado.


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How about the Spokane RV show in January? Great place to shop without to much pressure, 200 or more RV's,eat a good meal at the Spaghetti Factory? Huh? Sounds good to me.
I think pulling much of a trailer larger then a VERY small one will tax your tow vehicle. Think about leaving Yakima and going to Ellensburg-then returning. You'll be up hill slow & downhill fast! I recall an old adage; "no substitute for cubic inches."

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