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Old 05-06-2013, 06:13 PM   #1
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Hello All, Retired and looking for a toad for our "New" 2005 Monaco Monarch SVE 30. I have the toad list downloaded. I looked at all of the listed toads which can be flat towed with minimum hassle & we decided on the new 2014 Forester with manual tranny, hook up and forget (?). We should be making a purchase next week, right now we plan to test drive the 2013 Outback and the newly upgraded 2014 Forester Premium trim as either one fit our needs. I need AWD capabiliy as we live in snow country and plan to use the Subaru as a runaround car when at home & much to my wifes chagrin I sometimes wander down rutted dirt roads (a kid living in a 68 year old body can be a dangerous combination......) Anyway the plan is to go to Camping World and get a Roadmaster all-terrrain tow bar and some kind of assisted braking system. Any thoughts on any of this is appreciated. Gary & Suzy (& Fonzi and Chachi) Bennett

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Old 05-06-2013, 06:21 PM   #2
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Retired and living in " snow country " your doing it wrong !
Instructions .. Oct 10th start loading the M/H, Oct 15th start M/H, and point south. Drive until no local you meet knows the meaning of the term " Wind chill ". Do not return till weather channel says overnight temps are 50f +

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We tow a Forester and are happy. Might look at the CR-V if you want an automatic.
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:29 PM   #4
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Gary, you will enjoy the new Subaru no matter if you get the Outback or the Forester. We would have kept our own Outback for a toad had it been a stick. I wanted to trade it for a stick but the wife insists on an automatic, hence the Jeep in our sig.

The Outback is a little more of a road car and therefore more comfy than the Forester, but they are both great cars.
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Don't think you can go wrong with either. I looked at Subaru before getting the CRV, only because I wanted an automatic.
As for suplamental brake I personally wanted on that was proportional, progressive, and only activates when the MH brakes pedal is pressed. I chose SMI Duo but there are a couple of more. Check out SMI, Unified Brake, M&G, and.... There's another one that I can't think of right now.
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(a kid living in a 68 year old body can be a dangerous combination......)

Gary, yep your mind writes checks that your body can't cash.
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We tow a 2012 Subaru Impreza Sedan with the ReadyBrute Elite towbar/brake system. Love it, can hardly tell it's back there. Can't say enough good things about the ReadyBrute system, simple, inexpensive and reliable.
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Thanks to all, good info. Gary & Suzy Bennett

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