Originally Posted by Rustic Eagle
With all do respect, I wouldn't rush to judgment based on a member's "present" signature stats, some of us started out towing with smaller SUV's, etc., I know I did.
I agree that a manufacture "may" build in a little wiggle room within their weight specifications...., I just wouldn't want to be the beta test to find out how little was actually put in
Take a close look at your Outlander's receiver rating sticker, many of the receivers for small SUV's are not rated for use under weight distribution conditions, only weight carrying.
I just got back tonight from my trip and it couldn't have gone any better. The combination recommended by Andy worked perfectly.
It is not that I presume any other member has had no experience towing with smaller TV's but instead that a lot has changed in the last several years. Here is what Andy had to say about my specific TV when I e-mailed him asking how capable the Outlander is and how big a trailer could I safely tow.
"The Outlander is a better handling tow vehicle than the 4runner and as
long as you connect your equalizing hitch properly handling should not
be an issue.
You will find in strong headwinds you will find the 3.0 Litre will
shift down a fair bit but by slowing down a little revs can be kept
reasonable. Try and get the most aerodynamic trailer you can, I would
not worry too much about the weight or length as these won't be an issue
for you. Some of the trailers that are 7'6" wide will give you a little
less air drag but at the expense of interior space.
For a Hitch system I would suggest an Eaz-Lift 550 lb with a friction
sway control. The shank on this hitch can be redrilled to keep the ball
in as close as possible.
I hope this helps and feel free to send any further questions.
Thanks for writing.
I guarantee a person with any TT/TV combo and any level of experience can learn something by reading his column.