Originally Posted by Herk7769
The hitch rating is just the hitch.
You can weld a 12,000 pound rated hitch to your Subaru and it won't change a thing.
IMO, use the Subaru to tow the new camper home (empty) and go shopping for something a bit more robust to take it camping.
You will find out pretty darn quick whether you want to try it loaded on the drive home.
Looked up the 1910. Max weight (fully loaded) for the trailer is 2976 lbs. You will be guaranteed to be heavier than the shipping weight of the PUP because batteries, propane tanks, water, any dealer installed options (such as air conditioning and water heater), and any gear or supplies you pack in the trailer will add to that shipping weight. My best guess is that ready to leave on a trip, the 1910 will weigh in at 2500+ lbs, putting you pretty close to or over all your Outback limits.
The front storage compartment, batteries, and propane are all going to increase your tongue weight from the as-shipped value. Looking at the floor plan, almost all of your storage is forward of the axle, which will further add to your tongue weight (anything forward fo the axle adds something to the tongue).
Can you manage this with the Outback? Probably - it's close enough, but you are into your design margins. To manage things long term, I would ensure the following:
- sufficient transmission cooling
- a (sub)frame-mounted hitch
- weight distributing setup (moves some of the tongue weight to the front wheels).
I just bought a Rockwood A122 that is almost identical in weight and capacity. My tow vehicle is a 2008 Hyundai Entourage (minivan). Tow rating is 3500 lbs, so I have a little more margin than you do. European tow rating of the same vehicle is at least 4400lbs, so Hyundai/Kia believe the unibody is strong enough for bigger loads than I'm towing. I did need the WDH to make both vehicle and camper tow right and feel safe to my DW.
I have not gotten actual weights, but the feel is pretty good - far better than my old Ford Explorer with a 3000lb PUP and no WDH. Since you have already bought it, as the quote says, tow it home and see what you think. I did a test drive around the dealer parking lot and knew the minivan suspension was too soft for that tongue weight without a WDH. We had the WDH (Equalizer 600/6000) installed in a couple of hours before I left for home.
The Entourage came stock with a hefty separate transmission cooler, so I didn't need to add one (the add-on would have been half the size of the stock).
just my thoughts and experiences, yours may differ
camped 3 weekends so far this year