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Recommended Flat Towing Setup for 2005 Subaru Outback Wagon with 5-Speed Manual Transmission & AWD


What will I need to tow behind my class C RV have mercades diesel 24ft. Can this car be flat towed ?? thanks


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The only model of the 2005 Subaru Outback Wagon that can be flat towed is a 5 speed manual transmission with AWD and the H4 2.5L engine.

If this is the model you have then you will be able to flat tow this vehicle with 4 wheels on the ground.

First thing to get for your vehicle is a base plate kit like the Roadmaster # 917-3.

Next you will need a tow bar that is rated for your vehicle. A tow bar like # RM-576 that includes the safety cables is a great choice.

The Tow Ready # 63180 has a maximum speed rating of 45mph, so I do not recommend this for your setup.

Some other items to consider when flat towing are:
Towing lights like # RM-15267
Braking system like # SM99251
A charge line kit to keep your battery from being drained # RM-156-25
and a
High/Low adapter (this will depend on your setup; see Help Article I've linked)

Be sure to check your owner's manual for any procedures and restrictions your vehicle may have.

I have linked the above mentioned products as well as a few Help Articles on towing for your convenience.

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Jackie C

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