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Old 11-18-2012, 01:58 PM   #1
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Default Too crazy or good fun? Subaru Legacy 2.5i pulling 13ft'er across country

I'm hoping for either some support, or for someone with experience to knock some sense into me. Am I crazy for trailering a 13 foot camper with a 2005 Legacy 2.5i, which is rated to tow 2700 pounds? It will be a 2 month cross country trip that has prolonged stays in VT and Colorado. The power is 168 HP SAE @ 5,600 rpm; 166 ft lb @ 4,000 rpm , 28mpg highway, and a 3200 curb weight, but with me at 170 pounds and 230 pounds of gear, my 3700 vehicle will weigh quite a bit more than the 1400 pound trailer.

I have not purchased this vehicle yet, and I really want a manual. But I will get an auto w/a tranny cooler if it is much smarter financially. Because I am scared that I could roast my clutch. To avoid this, I would do my absolute best to never start on an incline.

Question 1: Should I definitely get a automatic, or do you think the manual is fine?

I am also scared that is overly dangerous, since with my gear in it, I think the setup will weigh about 1400 pounds wet. I plan on upgrading the brakes for sure, and the suspension if people feel that it is recommended. I can also purchase some chains if I get caught in a storm. I will be avoiding any inclement weather whenever possible.

Question 2: Should I upgrade the rear suspension to something stiffer (which usually means an inch lower or so)

I found a 13 foot Uhaul in my area for $3800 asking price. My priorities would be to have heat, a refridgerator, and hopefully a shower (it does not have one but I'm pretty handy and would like to install one). For the majority of the time, I could run an extension cord to the camper, or use a friends bathroom. But I'd like to make trips to Jackson Hole and other attractions and have a self sustained camper for a few days when I need it.

Any thoughts or suggestions? It would be greatly appreciated to hear any advice or criticism.

Thank you,
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