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Old 08-23-2010, 08:20 PM   #401
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I tow my Boler behind my car..so much fun! 0-60 time went up to 8 seconds though, still faster then a civic!


Kick ass!

I've been looking at a Scamp/Casita/Boler for some time now and usually see pictures of Outbacks and Foresters towing them.

My TS has a factory hitch and usually tows a 5x8 enclosed or open trailer rented from Uhaul. Weight can get interesting fast since the open trailer empty weight is about 1080 pounds. Their 5x8 enclosed is lighter and cuts gas mileage down to about 21 in my TS with the a/c on crossing mountains near 2000ft in elevation. I've towed jetskis and had my bikes mounted for long trips too.

I do need to add a hitch to our Forester since I can do a 2 inch receiver. I know it will probably be slower than the TS on the hills, but maybe a little smoother when empty.
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Old 09-13-2010, 05:46 PM   #402
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Took these just a minute ago. Waiting for a few friends to get here then hitting the water.





Taking them out to this

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Old 09-23-2010, 05:20 PM   #403
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Old 09-25-2010, 12:07 PM   #404
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i just installed my curt hitch this morning and it cleared my greddy sp2 exhaust no problems. i think you should be fine. got mine at etrailer.
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Old 10-17-2010, 01:11 PM   #405
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I went with the Curt hitch and some extra long Kartboy exhaust hangers. While it may not look like much clearance in the photo, I have about a quarter inch between the neck of the exhaust tip and the hitch. The stock hangers would not have given me enough clearance.

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Old 10-17-2010, 01:15 PM   #406
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Anyone have experience with the Thule T2 2-bike hitch rack? It seems quite large. I am wondering if it is heavy, too. Perhaps, too heavy that it could bend the hitch when fully loaded?
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Old 10-17-2010, 02:32 PM   #407
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Anyone have experience with the Thule T2 2-bike hitch rack? It seems quite large. I am wondering if it is heavy, too. Perhaps, too heavy that it could bend the hitch when fully loaded?

That's the rack that I have on my car. I have the curt hitch and I've carried two freeride bikes 38 - 40 lbs each. The rack is heavy and it is wide. I added brake/tail/blinker lights to my rack because it just about blocks the entire rear end of my car with bikes on.

The yakima version might be a better option as that actually folds up and I think is a bit lighter. But i don't think they recommend that rack for heavier bikes.
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Old 10-17-2010, 03:18 PM   #408
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Anyone have experience with the Thule T2 2-bike hitch rack? It seems quite large. I am wondering if it is heavy, too. Perhaps, too heavy that it could bend the hitch when fully loaded?
I have been using a Thule T2 2 bike rack on my Imprezza for 3 years without any problems. My bikes are FR and DH. Go for it!
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Old 10-17-2010, 11:22 PM   #409
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The new T2s should fold up if i remember correctly. Weight wise its about 40lbs
If you want light check out the Helium from Thule about half the weight, but it is a arm style carrier, with might not work for some frames without top tube adapter.
Double down is also a tray style from Thule.
I work at a shop that carries Thule and Yakima, as you can see I'm a big Thule fan.

I'm rock a curt hitch with the Helium 3, and take the rack on and off alot.
Helium is quick and tool less!
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Old 10-18-2010, 10:39 AM   #410
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I see lots of people using trailer hitch bike racks on Imprezas, even though most require a class II hitch. No one has had any issues? My concern is that a couple bikes and the rack could easily apply more than 200# of tongue weight.
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:57 PM   #411
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I see lots of people using trailer hitch bike racks on Imprezas, even though most require a class II hitch. No one has had any issues? My concern is that a couple bikes and the rack could easily apply more than 200# of tongue weight.
1 1/4" hitch, T2, multiple heavy bikes for multiple years, no issues.

That said, I would never use the 4 bike T2 on my car.
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Old 10-30-2010, 05:55 PM   #412
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how would you measure tounge weight? Im looking at towing 1-2 snowmobiles with mine
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Old 10-30-2010, 06:44 PM   #413
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custom 2-inch receiver so i can get my dirt bike around
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Old 10-30-2010, 07:37 PM   #414
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:47 AM   #415
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how would you measure tounge weight? Im looking at towing 1-2 snowmobiles with mine
A cheap and easy method that's not very accurate it to load the trailer, then lift the tongue by hand. You should have to put forth moderate effort to lift.

A more accurate method is to place a bathroom scale under a block of wood on which you rest the tongue of the loaded trailer.
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Old 11-13-2010, 02:41 AM   #416
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im sure its been answered before but what kind of wiring kits are you guys using on 02's?

i hear you need a converter or the lights will be really dim, also do these cars come pre wired at all for a trailer or do you just tap the tail light wires?
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Old 11-14-2010, 06:56 PM   #417
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Here is my car with my trailer hooked to it.



Nothing crazy. (Sorry for the crappy camera phone pic)
DrawTight hitch. <----(Bout it used for $20!)
4'x6' enclosed trailer, 2.5' high sides. <----Got it free from grandparents!)
I fill it with all kinds of crap as needed. The top comes off and I have had no problems pulling it at 75mph loaded with it being about 1,800lbs.

In the pic it looks like my car is sagging in the rear, that's just the ground where its parked. I have only about 100lb on the tongue in that shot and I have 3/8" saggy but shims on the car as well.
Ill post a better pic of it next time I'm hooked up on flat ground.

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Old 11-17-2010, 11:25 AM   #418
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im sure its been answered before but what kind of wiring kits are you guys using on 02's?

i hear you need a converter or the lights will be really dim, also do these cars come pre wired at all for a trailer or do you just tap the tail light wires?
I used this harness on my '07 wagon. It was plug and play. Check post #232 for instructions on how to locate the factory plug.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:45 AM   #419
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:20 AM   #420
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I used this harness on my '07 wagon. It was plug and play. Check post #232 for instructions on how to locate the factory plug.
AFAIK no MY02 cars have a harness, MY03+ wagons should have one but the sedans do not.
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Old 11-24-2010, 02:32 AM   #421
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I cant seem to find any sort of factory harness on my car
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Old 11-25-2010, 01:23 AM   #422
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Here is an old pic with the TireTail.



I had to upgrade to a trailer when I lost all my storage space.

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Old 11-25-2010, 08:29 AM   #423
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I cant seem to find any sort of factory harness on my car
Right, because it isn't there. You need to splice the taillight harness.
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Old 11-25-2010, 11:12 AM   #424
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ah figures, i was told wagons had factory plugs guess i was told wrong
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Old 11-25-2010, 03:33 PM   #425
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Sweet ride! I used to have a '93 Touring w/ trailer hitch. Never got around to buying the trailer for it though. Engine o-ring failure forced me to give it up.
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