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Old 03-19-2013, 10:41 AM   #726
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Whats the word on hauling a 5x8 enclosed trailer behind a 2002 wrx? I have searched and couldn't find any info. Will the wind resistance be too much for a little car? I was thinking about picking up a v-nose type to haul my motorcycle and random other crap a couple thousand miles.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:04 AM   #727
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What kind of bike and how much random stuff? I don't think the 5x8 trailers have good tie downs. I would go with an open trailer if I could. Motorcycle specific trailer if it's round-trip (they don't do one-way) or a 5x9 open trailer if it's one-way. The 5x9 is made to handle motorcycles and it's not nearly as heavy as advertised.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:30 PM   #728
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It would be for hauling a 07 honda cbr600rr and as much stuff as I can haul in it without going over the recommended towing capacity. So it would probably have to have brakes. I am planning on moving and figured the enclosed trailer would be better than an open trailer for security reasons. The main thing I am concerned about is the wind resistance, and couldn't find any info on people towing a 5x8 enclosed trailer. Oh and I would be buying the trailer, not renting one.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:01 PM   #729
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That's a lot of trailer for a car, you don't see many people doing it because it will be a handful and IMO isn't a good idea. I looked into 5x8 enclosed trailers for my kart and they just weigh too much empty to manage.
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:13 AM   #730
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I've towed a 5x8 with my WRX, but it was empty. I could definitely feel it on the highway. I also used to tow 2 jet skis (about 1200-1400 lbs) with no brakes and the wrx did fine. I was careful not to drive it in stop and go traffic and took the hills easy.

Is the area you are driving flat? Are you planning to install aftermarket brakes onto the trailers?
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:32 PM   #731
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I have also towed a 5x8 trailer cross country. Cali to the Midwest. It was loaded full. Close to max weight.. Yes you could feel trailer weight but the car towed/ braked perfectly fine! I was actually surprised how well it towed..

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Old 03-20-2013, 09:34 PM   #732
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It would be used to move from Florida to colorado. I would most likely be getting brakes for it. My options right now are to keep the wrx and buy a 5x8 trailer or sell the wrx and buy a cargo van and throw everything in it and move.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:50 AM   #733
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Why such extreme options only? Seems more reasonable to rent a trailer or even rent a truck to haul the bike and tow the wrx than to sell your car and buy a cargo van.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:31 AM   #734
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Why such extreme options only? Seems more reasonable to rent a trailer or even rent a truck to haul the bike and tow the wrx than to sell your car and buy a cargo van.
Because I don't plan on making a direct trip out to Colorado. I plan on staying in the Carolina's a little and taking my time on my way. I rarely drive the wrx the way it should be driven now since I have the cbr600rr. But with that said the wrx would be the perfect car to have in Colorado. I also own a photography business and have a lot of stuff to haul like tables, canopies, printers and the wrx is too small sometimes. Also I need a way to get my motorcycle to track days. Hence the reason I would buy the trailer instead of renting one. I mentioned buying a cargo van because it would be easy just throwing everything in the back for my photography jobs and transporting my motorcycle to track days.

Thanks for your help so far everybody, I am still up in the air on what I want to get. I wish there could be an easier solution to my up coming move/adventure
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:49 PM   #735
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Don't want to start a new thread. I was wondering if anyone here would know if a 1996 Toyota 4runner Awd 6-cylinder would be capable on hauling my 2006 wrx?
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:26 PM   #736
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Don't want to start a new thread. I was wondering if anyone here would know if a 1996 Toyota 4runner Awd 6-cylinder would be capable on hauling my 2006 wrx?
Completely wrong thread and/or forum.
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:00 PM   #737
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Completely wrong thread and/or forum.
Wrong thread, sure. Wrong forum? I don't think so, I'm just wondering if a 4runner would be able to haul my track car to the track. I used the 'search' but couldn't located a dedicated thread to what I was looking for
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:11 PM   #738
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Don't want to start a new thread. I was wondering if anyone here would know if a 1996 Toyota 4runner Awd 6-cylinder would be capable on hauling my 2006 wrx?
youll be fine. watch tire pressure
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:16 PM   #739
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Has anyone with a 2008-2013 STi hatch or 2011-2013 WRX hatch installed a towbar WITH an aftermarket exhaust? I'm considering the Invidia Q300 and the curt hitch but am not sure if they are compatible with one another.
If you get an answer on this PLEASE PM me? I want to put a trailer hitch on my '11 WRX Hatch so I don't have to put my bike on the roof and scratch my car to hell.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:53 PM   #740
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I have a MY11 hatch with a Nameless exhaust and Curt hitch and there are no fitment issues or rubbing.
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:35 PM   #741
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Awesome! Looks like I can tow two dirt bikes on a small trailer easy.
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Old 04-06-2013, 04:34 PM   #742
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only 3 bikes I could probably do 5 max plus internal cargo


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Old 05-06-2013, 09:40 AM   #743
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Does anybody know of a 'stealth' hitch receiver that would hide behind the rear fog light knockout on a wrx sedan? I'd like to tow two jet skis, and think it would look sick if the receiver were hidden behind the knockout. Plus I'm worried about center ground clearance with the standard hitch receivers.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:13 AM   #744
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Just picked up this hitch (like most others around here) http://http://www.amazon.com/Manufac.../dp/B00537FDCK

And this trailer http://http://www.northerntool.com/s...6494_200356494

Do I need to worry about registration/license plate and/or brake and signal lights? I am in PA. The PADOT seems to have a 3000+ lb threshold weight, but I couldn't confirm this on their website. Thanks

I should add that I plan to use the trailer for relatively light, occasional trips to home depot for a home addition project (plywood, studs, drywall, mulch, etc.). The most I plan to pull is my 600 lb garden tractor, kitchen appliances, etc. on occasion.
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:37 PM   #745
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Took it ~40 miles yesterday first time, worked great.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:09 PM   #746
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Took it ~40 miles yesterday first time, worked great.
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:21 PM   #747
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Looks great! You're allowed ~200 lbs of tongue weight, so as long as the trunk isnt packed to the gills, you should be golden for longer trips. Just be aware when you load the back down, weight transfers off the front tires, making higher speed turns, acceleration, and wind/bumps a little more trickly. Aside from driving careful, looks like a great way to avoid buying a single use pickup truck.

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Old 05-31-2013, 11:24 PM   #748
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I have also towed a 5x8 trailer cross country. Cali to the Midwest. It was loaded full. Close to max weight.. Yes you could feel trailer weight but the car towed/ braked perfectly fine! I was actually surprised how well it towed..

Agreed. A friend of mine moved from Wyoming to Iowa with a trailer just like the one above, and she did that with a single cam Neon ACR.

So keep the load to 2K lbs, tongue at or below 200 lbs, and speeds at sane manageable levels with plenty of stopping distance, and a small enclosed should be fine. When its windy (especially from the side), slow down. Simple as that.

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Old 06-05-2013, 12:45 AM   #749
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Hey everyone, I'm new to the website and new to the Subaru world as well. I just bought my 2006 Subaru Impreza 2.5i earlier this year. I also have a older Dodge Dakota to haul stuff around in but I'm really interested in just setting my Subaru up to tow light loads and just selling my truck for some extra cash. After reading a few pages of posts I've gotten a lot of useful info but after 7 or 8 pages I have yet to find a set answer on what I needed to know so I figured I'd just ask it myself rather than going searching through the other 22 pages :P

I was wondering if I bought a curt hitch, could I haul around a 5x8 utility trailer to haul my 660 Raptor in (roughly 450 pounds) without risking hurting my car at all? The reason I ask this aside from accepting the answers you've all given in previous posts is because you all seem to have WRXs, mine is just the basic 2.5i. So if someone could please help me out here I'd greatly appreciate it, thanks!
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Looks great! You're allowed ~200 lbs of tongue weight, so as long as the trunk isnt packed to the gills, you should be golden for longer trips. Just be aware when you load the back down, weight transfers off the front tires, making higher speed turns, acceleration, and wind/bumps a little more trickly. Aside from driving careful, looks like a great way to avoid buying a single use pickup truck.

Erik
Do you know anything about leverage? A Dirt Bike on a rack like that is WAY MORE than 200lbs of tongue weight from a trailer.
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