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Old 02-14-2016, 11:10 AM   #1
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Dingy Towing a 2016 Suburu Forrester

We have a 2014 Phaeton QBH. Does anyone know if a 2016 Suburu Forrester 2.5i Premium with a 6 speed manuel transmission is suitable for dingy towing? The 2015 Suburu Forrester with manuel transmission was listed in the 2015 Guide to Dingy Towing put out by MotorHome Magazine as suitable for dingy towing with these special procedures listed: "Release parking brake and put the transmission in the Neutral position. The ignition switch should be in the ACC position while the vehicle is being towed." (The 2015 Forrester with an automatic transmission was listed an being unsuitable for dingy towing.) The 2016 Forrester owners manuel addresses flat towing but does not distinguish between the two transmission types and suggests the ignition switch be set in the on position?! Please help...
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A LOT of automatic transmissions cannot be towed 4-down where standard version can. If the owner's manual is vague, you need to do more research. DO NOT take a salesman's word for it because the damage done to a transmission is expensive and will void warranties.

Many toads must have the vehicle in "accessory" ignition switch position which means you are using the toad's battery and you have a limit to how long you can do this and you will have to charge the battery either via the coach-to-toad electric umbilical or at the end of the day by running the engine.
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Old 02-18-2016, 02:00 AM   #3
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I have a 2014 Forester and it is flat towable only with the 6 speed manual transmission. None of the Subaru automatics are tow capable since they started using the CVT transmissions. I have been towing my Forester since 2014.

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Old 02-18-2016, 03:12 AM   #4
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Owners manual clearly addresses :
Chapter 9 In Case of Emergency
pg. 16

Towing with all wheels on the ground

1) Release the parking brake and put the transmission in the 'N'/neutral position
2) The ignition switch should be in the 'ON' position wile the vehicle is being towed
3) Take up slack in towline slowly to prevent damage to the vehicle

And then in a big box under 'CAUTION'
* If transmission failure occurs, transport your vehicle on a flatbed truck
* For CVT models, the traveling speed must be limited to less than 20 mph (30 km/h) and the traveling distance to less than 31 miles (50 km). For greater speeds and distance, transport your vehicle on a flatbed truck

Appears manual transmission is OK
In neutral and ignition switch 'ON'

http://www.subaru.com/owners/vehicle...e=2016-FOR-GFE

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Old 02-19-2016, 08:47 AM   #5
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Hello and thank you all for responding to my question. We have read the "Emergency" towing instructions. Just trying to get information on non emergency towing instructions. We are pulling our toad behind a 40' RV going highway speed limits and the manual does not address that. If we should dinghy tow the same way we emergency tow I would like Subaru to tell us that.
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Hello and thank you all for responding to my question. We have read the "Emergency" towing instructions. Just trying to get information on non emergency towing instructions. We are pulling our toad behind a 40' RV going highway speed limits and the manual does not address that. If we should dinghy tow the same way we emergency tow I would like Subaru to tell us that.
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Unfortunately, in most cases, EVEN IF the owner's manual says it's ok, the best thing to do if purchasing a new vehicle, is to have the dealership write a letter to you stating that your intention is to flat tow your vehicle per the instructions in the owner's manual and that doing so will NOT void any warranty. Have it signed by an officer of the dealership, NOT just the sales person. That way if later there are problems, and the manufacturer won't honor the warranty, than your dealership is still on the hook for the warranty.

On a side note, if they won't give you a letter, than move on, either to a different vehicle, or to a different dealership.
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2015 and 2016 Foresters are essentially the same. I have a 2016 set up to tow. I added a12 volt line direct to the battery for the RVI brake. That allows me to keep the ignition switch in the off position. Just don't remove the key so the steering doesn't lock.
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I would contact Subaru customer support to find out for sure. We used to have Subarus and they are pretty responsive and should help answer your question.

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According to the current FMCA Towing Guide, the 2016 Forester 2.5 Manual trans AWD, is flat towable with no restrictions as to speed or distance.
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Thank you all for your responses! They were all very helpful. I was able to get confirmation from Subaru USA that we are able to two our '16 Forester in the ACC position, brake off and in Neutral. Thanks again!! Happy RVing to everyone!
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