A few months ago, my wife said that she really wanted to try out trailering (is that what ya'll call it?). I didn't want to buy a truck or SUV, so I thought that the Subaru Outback 3.6R would be a good compromise. Well, if I would have researched a little more before buying the Subaru, I would have fully understood the concept of tongue weight. I now understand that my vehicle isn't recommended on several forums for towing anything beyond a 13' Casita or Scamp, but I think for the intended use, we'll not destroy our car.
We finally picked up our 1988 16' Casita Spirit Deluxe (I think) on Sunday. After an hour of merging two wiring adapters to make a 7 blade male to 4 pin male interface (Subaru only installs the 4 pin flat plug for lights), we drove it about 50 miles including a short ferry ride. I haven't had the brake controller installed yet, so the route was planned to avoid several bridges over the Houston Ship Channel.
Things that need to be done:
- Carpet and possibly cushion replacement to get rid of the musty smell
- I think that I need a battery
- Previous owner mailing key for door to me before I take it to the lot I'm leasing
- Get an brake controller installed at UHaul (has anyone used them for installations? I know about etrailer.com and their instructional videos, but don't do well in heat and it's not getting any cooler here)
- Study, study, and study... and learn how to back it in the driveway under 30 minutes without neighbor's help.
That's it. If we like this sort of activity, perhaps we'll go larger and replace my aging short-commute vehicle with a more capable tow-er. If we don't care for trailering, we can sell the Casita and still have a nice car.