Towing a Subaru behind an RV: Can it be done safely?

If you’re an avid RV enthusiast who also happens to own a Subaru, you may be wondering whether or not it’s possible to tow your car behind your RV. After all, the ability to tow a car behind your RV can greatly enhance your travel experience, allowing you to explore your destination without worrying about transportation.

In this article, we’ll dive deeper into whether or not it’s possible to safely tow a Subaru behind an RV, and what you need to know before attempting to do so.

Key takeaways

  • Towing a Subaru behind an RV is possible, but it requires some preparation and specific equipment.
  • Not all Subaru models can be safely towed behind an RV.
  • It’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines when towing a Subaru behind an RV.
  • Utilizing a professional towing service may be necessary in certain situations.

Can a Subaru be towed behind an RV?

The short answer is yes, it is possible to safely tow a Subaru behind an RV. However, there are some important things to keep in mind before you attempt to do so.

First, it’s important to note that not all Subaru models can be towed behind an RV. According to the Subaru owner’s manual, only certain models are designed for flat towing (also known as "dinghy towing" or "four-down towing"), which is the safest and most common method of towing a vehicle behind an RV.

See also  Breaking Down Subaru Sales: Which State Reigns Supreme?

Subaru models that can be safely flat-towed behind an RV include:

  • All manual transmission models
  • All CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) models except for the 2020 Subaru Outback and Legacy

Subaru models that cannot be safely flat-towed behind an RV include:

  • All automatic transmission models, with the exception of the 2019 Subaru Ascent
  • The 2020 Subaru Outback and Legacy models (with either transmission)

What equipment do you need to safely tow a Subaru behind an RV?

If you own a Subaru that is approved for flat towing behind an RV, you will need to equip your car with specific equipment to ensure a safe and successful tow. This equipment includes:

  • Base plates – These are installed on your Subaru’s frame and act as a connection point for your tow bar.
  • Tow bar – This is the device that connects your Subaru to your RV and allows it to be towed.
  • Safety cables – These are attached to your tow bar and act as a backup in case the tow bar fails.
  • Braking system – This is an important safety feature that helps your Subaru come to a stop when you brake your RV. Some states require a supplemental braking system for towed vehicles.

It’s important to note that installing this equipment requires some mechanical skill and knowledge. If you’re not confident in your ability to install the equipment yourself, it’s best to have it professionally installed by a reputable towing service.

Tips for towing a Subaru behind an RV

Once you’ve equipped your Subaru with the necessary towing equipment, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure a safe and successful tow:

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines for flat towing your specific Subaru model.
  • Be sure to properly connect and disconnect your Subaru from your RV before and after towing.
  • Always double-check your connections and equipment before starting your journey.
  • Avoid reversing your RV with your Subaru attached.
  • Stay within your Subaru’s maximum towing speed and distance limits.
  • Take turns and corners slowly to avoid any sudden movements that could damage your tow bar or connections.
  • Be sure to properly maintain your Subaru and RV to ensure they’re in top condition for towing.
See also  How Viscous Coupling Works in a Subaru

FAQ

How fast can you tow a Subaru behind an RV?

Subaru’s owner manual recommends not exceeding 65 mph when towing a Subaru behind an RV.

Can you tow a Subaru with all four wheels on the ground?

Yes, it’s possible to safely tow a Subaru with all four wheels on the ground (flat towing). However, not all Subaru models are designed for flat towing, so it’s important to consult the owner’s manual before attempting to do so.

Do you need a special license to tow a car behind an RV?

In most cases, you do not need a special license to tow a car behind an RV. However, the weight of the combined RV and towed vehicle may require a special license endorsement in some states. Check with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles for specific regulations.

Conclusion

Towing a Subaru behind an RV is a great way to enhance your travel experience and provide you with a reliable mode of transportation once you’ve reached your destination. However, it’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines and equip your Subaru with the necessary towing equipment. By doing so, you can safely and successfully tow your Subaru behind your RV and enjoy all that the open road has to offer.

Avatar photo

Alton Brobst

As a longtime Subaru enthusiast, Alton brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our blog. From his early days of tinkering with engines to his current role as a certified Subaru technician, Alton has seen it all when it comes to Subarus. When he's not working on cars, he enjoys hiking and exploring the great outdoors.

Recommended Articles