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Old 08-20-2008, 03:52 PM   #126
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The night before I left, I parked the car on the street. Some person did a hit and run on me. No note, nothing. They missed the trailer entirely. It was hooked up all night.
The tow was fine. The car handled everything well. Oh yeah, I had the 5X8 trailer, not the 4X8. It still worked out great.







did you ever get the car fix?
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Old 08-20-2008, 06:05 PM   #127
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The wheels on the harbor freight 12" wheel trailer says "max speed 55mph". Do you guys take it over that? Driving to AX's could be painfully slow.
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Old 08-20-2008, 06:14 PM   #128
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anyone able to tow a boat with their suby?

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Old 08-20-2008, 06:27 PM   #129
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There's a picture in this thread with a sailboat lol.

Anyhow what brand has a 2" receiver? I don't want to bother with the 1.25"....
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:01 PM   #130
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did you ever get the car fix?
No. Not yet. On my insurance policy, I don't have a rental car attachment. For now, I only have one car - the WRX. When I finally make my move (from Philly to Houston), I'll have my s2k as my "rental" car, and will take the WRX into the body shop. My s2k is already down there. I should be moving there by the end of September. This past move was a partial move to Houston. The next one will be a full move and my last move there.
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:44 AM   #131
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anyone able to tow a boat with their suby?

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finally have the hitch on (no wiring yet):


towed it like a champ last night. We only have to go 1/4 mile each way so no lights and the mast stays up, but yeah, I could tell the WRX will be fine with this. A ramp launch will be interesting for the clutch though... It's funny how tall the boat looks behind the car -vs- behind my mom's truck. It's just way taller in the mirrors. It also backs much easier with the shorter car (not that it was a problem with the truck).

I ended up with a drawtite hitch. Not sure if I'll get it wired (they "got the wrong parts in"). I don't need it for my regular sailing as it's in a park where we just go 1/4 from the lot to the hoist or to a ramp. So no lights. At the ends of the season I could just use the truck, but it would be nice to have lights eventually. I'll probably have them done in the fall.

we've been towing it all summer with the WRX. As I say above, it's only 1/4 mile each way, so 1/2 mile total a day, but from that I know it could tow it anywhere I needed to. The boat and trailer are 1400lb total.
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:32 PM   #132
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Ok I need some outside advice.

I will be moving back to California from Washington end of November. I will be getting the uhaul hitch and a 4x8 or 5x8 trailer to tow. The distance is approx 1300miles and will be pulling a straight 16hr haul. I have already done this drive 3 times, 2 in a uhual truck and 1 time in a rx-8. The last time I drove up in the rx-8 the only problem that I ran into was a gnarly blizzard over stevens pass coming into oregon from california which took me an hour and drifting at 7mph to get down. This was in the middle of november and I remember it kinda being a freak storm at the time which hit at 4am. Anyways I am trying to plan it so that I hit the pass in peak afternoon hours to minimize the chance of getting stuck in the snow by leaving my house @ 6am, and picking up my friend who is flying up from socal in portland @ 11am and hitting stevens pass by 2/2:30pm and back in L.A. around midnight. Ive done it in between 16hrs and 22hrs on the past drives so Im trying to estimate time accordingly.

Here are my questions:

Does the uhaul kit include electrical connections for stop and turn lamps on the trailer?

I know my car will make it in the snow up stevens pass, however how will it handle towing a ~2,000lb trailer?

Should I put chains on the trailer if by chance it happens to snow that weekend I move?

Basically any thoughts on the success or possible downfalls of the adventure?

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2002 WRX sedan stg 2 will be towing with my stockie and winter tire setup, slotted brakes, hps pads, ss lines, superblue fluid. Coilovers, sway bars, ect ect.
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:21 PM   #133
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LGT + hidden hitch + MR CBE
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:30 PM   #134
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finally have the hitch on (no wiring yet):


towed it like a champ last night. We only have to go 1/4 mile each way so no lights and the mast stays up, but yeah, I could tell the WRX will be fine with this. A ramp launch will be interesting for the clutch though... It's funny how tall the boat looks behind the car -vs- behind my mom's truck. It's just way taller in the mirrors. It also backs much easier with the shorter car (not that it was a problem with the truck).

I ended up with a drawtite hitch. Not sure if I'll get it wired (they "got the wrong parts in"). I don't need it for my regular sailing as it's in a park where we just go 1/4 from the lot to the hoist or to a ramp. So no lights. At the ends of the season I could just use the truck, but it would be nice to have lights eventually. I'll probably have them done in the fall.

Ok found my pict not so good but there's some good competitive action between the Open 5.70 and U20 -- :-) -- 2001 legacy GT sdn - we stick to flat ground hauling with the GT 5mt though have done 200+ mile trips with the U20 in tow. Boat is 1100lbs - trailer is 750lbs. Toss in a cooler full of beer and we are over the posted max but the GT drives nice with it and still stops decent. Just gets really slow on the climbs


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Old 08-22-2008, 10:22 AM   #135
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but there's some good competitive action between the Open 5.70 and U20 --
on the water there is, but yeah, this right here:

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Boat is 1100lbs - trailer is 750lbs.
is why I went with the open. I can do everything (rig, launch, sail) alone and it's way closer to the right weight for towing with a car. I know 2k can be done, but you're supposed to have trailer brakes. Hell, over 1k you're supposed to have them, but 1,400 is "ok".

But yeah, I like all sportboats, the open was just the best fit for us.
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Old 08-22-2008, 10:37 AM   #136
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How fast do you guys drive when towing small loads?
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Old 08-22-2008, 11:07 AM   #137
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never thought i'd see a Subaru towing a boat but COOL!
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Old 08-22-2008, 01:04 PM   #138
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I have no problems at 80mph with mine. I'm sure I could do more but I don't need to.
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Old 08-22-2008, 02:55 PM   #139
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I just pulled a little 4x7 trailer from california to chicago. Probably had it around 1400 total weight. As long as you keep the tongue weight under 200lbs, (mine was around 125ish) There shouldn't be any problems. Going through nevada, wyoming, and nebraska where the speed limit is 75 felt very safe with that load. My trailer has 15" wheels btw.
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Old 08-23-2008, 03:51 AM   #140
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How difficult is it to do the wiring? I'm planning on getting the Curt one from etrailer, but having to splice in to wires (I have a sedan) makes me a little hesitant.
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Old 08-23-2008, 07:26 AM   #141
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How difficult is it to do the wiring? I'm planning on getting the Curt one from etrailer, but having to splice in to wires (I have a sedan) makes me a little hesitant.
There are plug and play wiring harnesses available for the Subaru. I bought one from etrailer. I think it is this one. It has been a long time since I bought it.
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Old 09-01-2008, 07:39 PM   #142
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There are plug and play wiring harnesses available for the Subaru. I bought one from etrailer. I think it is this one. It has been a long time since I bought it.
I couldn't find the plug & play kit you were talking about. When I used their HitchHunter tool on etrailer, they say that I'll need to hardwire the hitch.

Has anybody done the wiring for their WRX sedan using a plug & play kit?
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Old 09-01-2008, 08:38 PM   #143
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I have no problems at 80mph with mine. I'm sure I could do more but I don't need to.
+1 i did over 80 most of the way home from the gap pulling the 2 motorcycles pictured a few posts back
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Old 09-01-2008, 10:52 PM   #144
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I couldn't find the plug & play kit you were talking about. When I used their HitchHunter tool on etrailer, they say that I'll need to hardwire the hitch.

Has anybody done the wiring for their WRX sedan using a plug & play kit?
I think the sedan does NOT have the plug and play connection that the wagon has. But... someone w/ a sedan may have found the connection. I don't know. Anyone?
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Old 09-01-2008, 11:11 PM   #145
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whats the max weight of tow for an STI? anyone know? lol
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Old 09-01-2008, 11:20 PM   #146
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2k lbs. Same for all Subies.
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Old 09-01-2008, 11:22 PM   #147
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thats crap. 2k?! thats it?! anybody ever push this? almost 3k? lol almost the weight of the car?! lol
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Old 09-01-2008, 11:34 PM   #148
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I've been just over 2400 multiple times. EGTs get a little high on big hills, and I give myself LOTS of room (following distance). Always use good tires, and well maintained agressive brake components.

The 5spd's 1st gear doesnt quiet go low enough, so starting out kinda sucks and I feel sorry for my 100K mile clutch, but it works.

On a sidenote, my buddy was going to buy a 99 Dakota 4X4 V8 a couple years ago, found out that a wrx has the same towing limits from the factory. Wierd huh? I know I've seen those towing more than 2K.

Ever seen a hippie towbar'ing a VW bug with a VW bus? Now thats scary.

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Old 09-02-2008, 01:35 AM   #149
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towed these (my supermoto and buddys aprilia) from ohio to the deals gap (dragon tail) in TN a few weeks ago, i was the only car pullin, everyone else used trucks... everyone else was getting 12-14mpg, we got 24 with the AC on the L FTMFW




Any shots of hitch and rear? Also, what kind of hitch are you running and what exhaust? Definitely awesome towing with good mileage!

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Old 09-02-2008, 06:43 AM   #150
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Any shots of hitch and rear? Also, what kind of hitch are you running and what exhaust? Definitely awesome towing with good mileage!

-Jimmy
here's a pic of the hitch/exhaust, it's a curt hitch from etrailer and i'm running a sti axle back

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