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Old 10-11-2016, 04:27 PM   #1
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2010 Subaru Legacy GT as toad

We are going to need a toad. The motor home will probably be a Bay Star so the towed needs to be lighter than our Sierra which is easy to set up.

Roadmaster (but not Blue Ox) makes a baseplate. There are two possible problems I can see:

1) Ground clearance on the GT is less than the stock Legacy. According to roadmaster this will not be a problem with the base plate installation.

2) At 130,000 miles is it worth spending the money on the baseplate and towing setup?

If we replace the Subaru our ideal vehicle would be a lightweight AWD with automatic transmission but it's hard to find one under 4,000lbs.
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You didn't mention it, but it is a manual transmission? Subaru automatics can't be towed.

How long will you use the car as a toad? 130,000 mi is pretty common for a Subbie, they can go much further if maintained.
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It's a six speed manual, and I didn't have to make any expensive repairs on our WRX until 210,000 miles so I know how long these can last.

We'd run the Legacy for a few more years or until something major (car or left leg) breaks. DW is already running on plate and screws, so any replacement would be an automatic.
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My Beetle has about 4" ground clearance. Other than replacing the plastic belly pan with an aluminum plate, I've not had any issues with towing behind our RV. (The plastic pan was broken long before I started towing it)
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Old 10-11-2016, 05:43 PM   #5
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I have a 2009 outback XT as a toad ... More ground clearance so I can't talk from there. ... But at 140k miles i don't hesitate to tow it or put money into it. It's a great toad and fun to drive when I get there

Base plate install isn't bad if you are mechanically inclined. I did it by myself one Saturday afternoon at home. I did the blue ox.
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2010 Subaru Legacy GT as toad

4" ground clearance is about what I have on the Legacy GT.
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If you're looking to replace it, the older CR-V's w/automatic and AWD work out great. Decent road clearance (easy to climb in and out!) and they last forever as well. Just avoid the newest series which has the constant speed tranny. Those are not towable.
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Are you worried about the angle for the towbar?

If not, the only reason I have more is for the of chance I do a forest service road or something ambitious. When towing, if you don't scrape driving it you won't scrape towing it.

I use a dual hitch receiver with a drop for the car and a top one for the bike rack. It helps get my tow bar level. I did have to flip it when I went from my gas a to the dp because I didn't need so much drop.
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now that I think about it ..I think mine is a 2006

not that is matters
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At this point I know enough to try to identify problems before they happen if possible. The motorhome hasn't been ordered yet so we have some time.
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We just ordered the coach and need to get back to the toad.

Given that the baseplate will be roadmaster, should I stick to roadmaster for the tow bar?

There are very few roadmaster dealers in the area - it seems they all use blue ox.
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I went with the blue ox .... Sorry
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I've been in touch with roadmaster and blue ox.

At this time I'm looking at the crossbar style roadmaster baseplate.

This was recommended because the crossbar has a higher connection point, the Legacy GT is lower that the Legacy and Outback, and I will need a drop hitch in any case.

I'll probably go with the falcon all-terrain towbar if go all roadmaster.
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