Is Weight Distribution Needed to Tow a Trailer with a 2018 Subaru Forester

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I have a 2018 Subaru Forester rated to pull 1500 lb trailer. Im looking at the Drawtite Receiver plus wiring harness - but do I need something to stabilize the load as well?

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Generally speaking weight distribution should be used if the gross trailer weight is at least 50 percent of the gross vehicle weight. Your 2018 Subaru Forester has a curb weight of 3,300 pounds to 3,700 pounds so a trailer weighing 1,500 pounds is less than 50 percent of that weight range.

If you go with Draw-Tite hitch # 75876 then it is rated for weight distribution but you are still limited to the capacity of the vehicle. The Fastway system # FA92-00-0450 will be sufficient for such a light trailer and it comes with built-in sway control which will help to keep the trailer in line behind the vehicle.

For a compatible 2 inch ball for this system use # 40038. For a 2-5/16 inch ball use # C40007.

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