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Old 07-01-2019, 03:47 PM   #1
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Just completed install on 4 down tow set up on my 2018 Subaru Forester with manual transmission and 2.5 L motor . Everything is great except didn't realize that the manual says to tow, the the ignition needs to be in the "ON" position . Leaving the ignition on means that the odometer keeps spinning while being towed . I should also mention that since the motor isn't running but the mileage is piling up , it messes with the computer that tells you on the dash how many miles to empty and your current mileage . After bringing it back from my test ride, my dash was reading 64.5 mpg and 610 miles to empty ! I wish!!! I don't think this is a problem that is unique to myself . Or even if it is a problem . I really don't want to add that mileage if the motor isn't running though . I know that there are a lot of Subaru owners out there that flat tow their vehicles. SO.....is there anything I can do to keep the speedometer from spinning while I am flat towing ? Can I pull a fuse ? I just need to keep the steering wheel from locking up . Can I put ignition in "ACC" ?
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I downloaded your owners manual, it only refers to 4 down towing in an emergency. I do not see any instructions for flat towing behind and RV.
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Call your Subaru dealer. You can't be the only one towing like this.
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I would also add that no Subaru products are in the 2018 dinghy towing guide. Now, that doesn't mean it can't be done but I'd not bet on your warranty being valid for anything that would be damaged by towing it.

I found one item regarding the FMCA trying to get clarification from Subaru about flat towing a manual transmission. They did not get a positive answer. The fact that no instructions are given, at least in the owners manual I downloaded, should be a warning sign.

Keep in mind that Subaru does do event data recording that might tattle on you. Not sure if that is permissible outside of accident investigation but...I don't know.

That being said...

Our 2013 Honda CRV is towed in the II key position which is the same as ACC. That unlocks the steering column to allow the front wheels to turn. It does NOT record on the odometer. We also do have a fuse cut off switch for the radio and some other things. Our owner's manual does spell all this out.

You might need to experiment a little with the key in the ACC position to verify it does allow front wheels to turn. Since there are no instructions for fuses to pull you can experiment or consider a charge line from the RV to keep the battery charged.

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Call your Subaru dealer. You can't be the only one towing like this.
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IMHO...USELESS! Remember, dealers are the same people that sell cars.

A dealer's word is only as good as can be backed up in writing by the company. If it ain't in writing, it ain't worth the time spent talking about it.

Again, keep in mind I'm talking about maintaining a warranty on it. I don't say it can't be done without damaging the vehicle. I'm saying that during the warranty period you may be SOL.
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LOL You might not want to know.

Don't be mad at me, I know lots of fine folks that trust car salespersons.
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Remco says it is towable as is, no restrictions.

Remco doesn't mention the mileage registering when you tow it.
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Any post 2015 Subaru owners out there?

Thanks for the input . Checked owners manuals for 2015 ,"16 and "17 . 2015 manual says to turn ignition to "ACC" . "16 and "17 says to turn ignition to "ON" . I know there are post 2015 Subaru's out there being flat towed . Would love to hear what they have to say !
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Noticed you are kinda new on IRV2 and wanted to say hello!

Personally, I would not tow it 4-down unless the owner's manual says it's OK!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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BigEddy, look at your owners manual. It is law. The only towing mentioned in yours (Yes, I looked), is in a chapter titled “IN CASE OF EMERGENCY”. It even begins with this warning, and I quote “If towing is necessary, it is best done by your SUBARU dealer, or a commercial towing service”. I’m sorry, and I’m not trying to doubt you, but I’d be very careful about this if you want your warranty, and sorry to say, but these things should be throughly checked out before buying a toad vehicle. Good luck.
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Enhancements in vehicle control electronics have created more problems for 4-down towing - you will see reports here of changes or restrictions on several recent models. Sounds as though Suburu has them too, starting in 2016. They may have decided that complications from towing are simply too bothersome to try to handle. 4-down capability doesn't sell enough extra vehicles to make it worth their while to test, let alone modify for any problems they find.

Note that Remco doesn't test vehicles for towability, nor do they accept any responsibility if their advice turns out to be wrong. From the Remco website:



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Ultimately, the decision to tow the vehicle rests with the end user as they have to take personal responsibility when towing a vehicle if damage occurs. Remco strives to give our customers the very best information in regards to towing, but the responsibility of that vehicle and that vehicle’s transmission falls on the consumer.
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Disconnect the battery ? I had to do this when towing my wife's Tracker on our old dolly with no turning plate.
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