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Recommended Trailer Hitch For 2016 Non-Turbo Forester Premium

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Subaru says 176 to 200# Toe Wt Capacity and 1500# Towing Wt. This 2inch # 75876 Far exceeds those numbers. What is Up? Is there a 1.25inch Hitch for my car?

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The trailer hitches we offer that are designed to fit your 2016 Forester are Class ll and Class lll hitches and do have varied towing and tongue weight capacities.

Since Subaru lists the towing capacity at 1,500 lbs I do not recommend exceeding those capacities.

The trailer hitch I recommend is the Draw-Tite, part # 75876. This is a Class lll trailer hitch and it has a 2-inch receiver opening. I recommend this hitch because it has many more options for accessories you can carry than a 1-1/4 inch receiver does. Using a heavier hitch like the # 75876 does not increase the towing or tongue weight for your Subaru but it does make it easier to use when you want to use a bike rack, cargo basket or towing. This trailer hitch does have a much higher capacity than the other hitches but will work great for your vehicle. Since there's not much of a price differential between the Class II and III hitches, there's really no reason not to go with the Class III.

If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag.

If the ball mount kit does not include a ball mount with the right rise or drop to tow the trailer level, check out the link I have included that explains how to measure to choose a ball mount to tow the trailer level.
For towing, you'll also need a trailer wiring harness. I recommend part # 118467. Just plug the harness into the connection point in the rear cargo area. I have attached a link to an installation video for this kit on a 2016 Forester you can check out.

If you use the provided link, you can see install videos for the hitch and the trailer wiring harness.

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