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Best 2016 Subaru Forester Hitch Options

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Best 2016 Subaru Forester Hitch Options

Speaker 1: Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester we'll be having a look at our best trailer hitch options. Okay, we have three hitches here today to look at. They are all Class III options. If you're looking for a Class II option with an inch and a quarter opening, we have a couple options available on our website as well. They'd be pretty much identical to the hitches that we have here, just of a smaller opening. On the top, we have a Draw-Tite.

It's part number 75876. In the middle, we have a Curt part number C13144, and on the bottom we have a torque lift EcoHitch, part number 306-X7216.The first biggest difference that we found between our hitches is when it comes down to the appearance on the vehicle. On both our Draw-Tite hitch here, and our Curt hitch here, the frame of the hitch is going to be completely visible underneath the fascia of our vehicle, whereas on our EcoHitch, the frame of the hitch is completely hidden behind our rear fascia, and the only part you're going to see is the actual receiver opening itself hanging on down below the fascia.The next biggest difference that we found is regards to weight capacity. Our Draw-Tite hitch here with a 3,500 pound max gross trailer weight rating, and a 525 pound max gross tongue weight rating. It does support the use of weight distribution, and if we're using that with our trailer, our max gross tongue weight rating stays the same at 525 pounds, but our max gross trailer weight rating increases to 4,000 pounds.

Our Curt hitch here has a 525 pound max gross tongue weight rating, and a 3,500 pound max gross trailer weight rating, and it does not support the use of weight distribution. Now our EcoHitch here has a 350 pound max gross tongue weight rating, and a 3,500 pound max gross trailer weight rating, and also does not support the use of weight distribution.The next biggest difference we found is as far as recreational use. On our Curt hitch here, there is one disadvantage if we're using this hitch for a bike rack or cargo carrier. Curt does require the use of a stabilization strap, which is sold separately to help support non-trailer applications. On the side of our Draw-Tite hitch here, there is an additional pin hole here just to the rear of our industry standard five-eighths of an inch diameter hitch pin hole.

This is a J-pin stabilization device hole. Now what a J-pin stabilization device does is take away some of the annoying shake, play, and rattle out of what is inserted in your receiver. So, if your bike rack or your cargo carrier doesn't have an anti-rattle device already built into it, you can utilize this hole with a device, and that'll take away that annoying play as you're driving down the road.Our EcoHitch here, it does have the most amount of ground clearance from the bottom of the receiver right here, so if we want to have a bike rack or a cargo carrier on the back of our vehicle, and if we're going down some roads that aren't the smoothest, we don't have to worry this dragging the ground quite as much as the other two hitches could potentially do. Now one other difference that we found in regards to towing is our safety chain loops. Both our Draw-Tite and our Curt have these fairly large openings for our safety chains from our trailer to go in to.

On our EcoHitch, it's a smaller opening. More than likely we'll only be able to get the hook in.Now as far as similarities go, all three of these hitches will accomplish the same exact thing. They all give you a Class III two inch receiver opening, allowing you to use the most variety of bike racks, cargo carriers on the market as well as being able to tow a trailer.Now for a brief summary. As far as appearance goes, the torque lift EcoHitch is the clear winner here. It gives us the best look of all three hitches installed on the vehicle. As far as weight capacity goes, the Draw-Tite hitch here is the winner because it does have the highest capacities and supports the use of weight distribution. As far as towing goes, the Draw-Tite hitch here again is the winner because of the higher capacities as far as weight and a large safety chain openings on the hitch.As far as recreational use goes, all three hitches here are about equal. The Draw-Tite, because of the higher capacities for weight, the J-pin stabilization device as well, the Curt, because the fact that we have the most amount of clearance around our fascia with the extended receiver opening, and the EcoHitch, because we have the most amount of ground clearance on the bottom of the hitch. We don't have to worry about dragging our bike racks or cargo carriers on the ground quite as much with this hitch, because it will be higher up.And that completes our look at the best trailer hitch options for the Subaru Forester.

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