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Trailer Hitch Options and Maximum Weight Capacity for a 2004 Subaru Forester


Hi I have a question about the trailer hitch. How much weight can I tow in my Subaru? I have a Subaru Forester 2004 - 4 cylinder, non turbo. 2.5 XS 2.5L H4 SOHC 16V


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After researching your question, I found a couple of sources stating that the towing capacity for a 2004 Subaru is 2,400 lbs. Nonetheless, I recommend double checking your specific owner's manual.

Also, if you're looking for a Trailer Hitch, I recommend the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" (300 lbs TW // 3500 lbs GTW) # 36311

Please check out the attached video that highlights why I recommend this particular Trailer Hitch for your vehicle.

To complete your tow package, I recommend the following items:
2004 Subaru Forester Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # C55370
I included a link to our ball mount selection where you'll find the size you'll need.

Finally, you'll need a hitch ball. Depending on the size needed for your specific towing application, I recommend Hitch Ball with 2" Diameter and Short Shank, 3,500 lbs GTW - Chrome # 19258
Hitch Ball with 1-7/8" Diameter and Short Shank, 2000 lbs GTW - Chrome # 19256

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