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Old 12-01-2000, 11:20 AM   #1
tomas
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Question Trailers, and hitches, and travel Oh MY!

So here is my dilemma. My little '00RS sedan and I have several sets of tires & wheels (summer, winter, & track). I also feel the need to lug various tools around when I go to a race. So, I am looking at building (possibly buying) a trailer for my Impreza. I want the trailer to be a standard utility trailer with a tire rack up front and a spot for my tool box, gas can, etc....

Has anybody every put a trailer quality hitch on their Impreza? How much does a unit like this weigh?

I don't really feel like buying a truck to haul around my street legal car. Ultimately that might be what it comes down to though.

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Old 12-01-2000, 08:44 PM   #2
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Ah...thanks Robmat. I'm actually going to Uhaul tomorrow morning to get some boxes since I'm moving soon.
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Old 12-02-2000, 12:00 AM   #3
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before buying my 01RS i asked the dealer if the RS would support a trailer hitch set-up. They do. The trailer hitch set-up for the outback will fit on the RS and i believe it has a weight limit of 1200lbs. Then you can get a pre-built trailer for $500 from somewhere like home depot.

P.S. get a real hitch. don't try to gerryrig something up.
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Old 12-02-2000, 12:08 AM   #4
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How much does a good hitch for the RS cost anyway?
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Old 12-02-2000, 12:13 AM   #5
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I have the DrawTite hitch installed on my MY2000 sedan. It weighs about 40 lbs. I've only used it once so far to carry two bicycles on a hitch mounted bike rack.

The hitch has a tongue weight capacity of 200 lbs and a total towing capacity of 2000 lbs. I'm sure it could handle carrying your race day supplies.

If you have a dual tip muffler, you could have clearance problems with the DrawTite hitch. Delan also makes a hitch for the Impreza. It has more exhaust clearance than the DrawTite but you may still have a clearance problem with it.

Also, I doubt that you'll want to add 40lbs to the back of your race car. You could remove the hitch once you arrive at the track since the install isn't difficult. However, I know that I wouldn't be thrilled with having to do this too often.
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Old 12-02-2000, 12:21 AM   #6
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Hey, I went through the sme thing a couple of months ago. I got a generic hitch from my local U-Haul dealer. Fits any trailer or boat trailer and although it may slow you down a bit, it works absolutely great! I am extremely pleased. It cost me $115 for the entire procedure. Money well spent! Hope this helps-Robmat

by the way--from the back of the vehicle it is barely noticable and does'nt detract at all! And--I think it actaully aids in handling, the car is a ctually a little stiffer in the rear end.
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Old 12-02-2000, 12:28 AM   #7
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I don't know if the 40lbs. will make that much difference. I mean I know guys that weight a good 60lbs more than I do that race so......

However, I was hoping to get some type of kit that would have the hitch be behind the license plate. Then, if I wanted to use it, I pull the plate off, put the ball in with some type of cotter pin mount and voila! But, if that isn't available then one of the other options might work.
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