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Easiest Hitch Installation for 2017 Subaru Forester for Towing 4 x 8 Rented Utility Trailer

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I have a 2017 Subaru Forester. I live in Upstate NY and I’m planning to move to GA. I need to buy a hitch and get it installed. I am going to be renting a uhaul 4x8 trailer. I am looking for the most cost effective hitch and easy installation. What would you recommend? Thank you.

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Of the hitches available for your 2017 Subaru Forester, the easiest installation will be with the 2-inch etrailer hitch # E98839 and the Draw-Tite # 75876 that you referenced. Both are no-drill installs that will take about an hour and both require unbolting the car's heat shield. I linked a video showing hitch # E98839 being installed on a Forester. I also included the written instructions and a helpful article.

For a wiring harness use kit # 118467 which is a simple plug-and-play installation. The connection point is in the rear driver's side corner, behind a trim panel, as shown in the video.

You'll also need a ball mount and 2-inch hitch ball. You can use part # C45034 which includes a pin and clip and a pre-installed 2-inch ball. Towing mirrors are recommended to help restore your view of the road behind you. K-Source kit # KS3990 will work fine on your Forester.

The 4 x 8 trailer you describe has an empty weight of about 850-lbs and a load capacity of 1600-lbs. This means that loaded to maximum capacity the trailer will weigh about 2500-lbs. You can refer to the linked article for tips on safe towing. Please note U-Haul indicates a top towing speed of 55-mph for this trailer.

Good luck with your move.

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