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Can a 2017 Subaru Forester Carry a Power Chair Lift and a 225 Pound Chair on its Hitch

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I need to know if my 2017 Subaru Foresters towing package is adequate for this product and what type of hitch I need to use. The chair weighs 225 lbs.

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You may be able to carry the power lift on your 2017 Subaru Forester but you'll need to check your owner's manual for the vehicle's maximum tongue weight rating. From my research it can only handle up to 200 pounds but verify with your manual for the definite number.

If you find the Forester can handle the weight of the power lift and the 225 pound chair I recommend a Class III trailer hitch receiver like the Draw-Tite # 75876. This hitch is rated for 525 pounds of tongue weight so it will have no problem handling the weight. However, you're limited by your lowest rated component and need to make sure the vehicle is rated high enough.

I've included an install video of the hitch for you to take a look at.

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