Best 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon Trailer Hitch Options

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Best 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon Trailer Hitch Options

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for our 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon. First we have etrailer's custom-fit trailer hitch. Below that, we'll have Curt's. Next down we'll have Eco-Hitches. And finally on the bottom, we have draw tights.It's obvious by the appearance here, that these are going to install vastly different. The two hitches on top are going to install under the vehicle.

And the two hitches here on bottom are going to install behind the bumper. To install these hitches on top, you're going to have to lower down your exhaust. You will have to do some drilling. You'll have to enlarge some hole to make room for the hardware, and you also have to drill out some holes in order to get that hardware installed onto your hitch.The hitches located here behind the bumper require no drilling. You do have to remove the fascia but when you count the time it takes to do drilling, I think these ones are a bit easier.

The hitches that install behind the bumper will require you to cut out a section of the bumper for the hitch to poke through. This is towards the bottom so you won't even really notice that you've made any incisions on your bumper. Because these install behind the bumper, the cross bar here's going to be hidden completely. You're only going to be able to see the receiving tube right off the back.While these on the other hand are going to be seen below the bumper. The cross tube is going to be visible, so if you want that clean hidden look, you may want to look a the other options.Some features that really stand out on our Draw-Tite is that it has the extra hole located here, which allows it to use a J-pin.

J-pin's a nice device because it can press in the hole and lock whatever's I and your receiver tube tight, acting as an anti-rattle device while our other three options are only going to have a location for a 5/8th inch hitch pin. Though there are also anti-rattle options for a 5/8th inch hitch pin hole.The Draw-Tite also has hoop-style safety chain loops. These are nice because they have a very large inner opening and the smaller rounded bar makes it easy to work with just about every style safety chain. While our other three options all have plate-style safety chain loops. While they still function fine, the openings a little bit smaller so it might not work with every safety chain that would function on the draw type.Now when it comes to our weight ratings for these hitches, they're all going to be the same, except our EcoHitch here.

The etrailer, Curt, and Draw-Tite are going to have the 600-pound tongue weight with a 4000 pound gross towing capacity, while our EcoHitch is only going to have a 350 tongue weight and 3500 pound gross towing capacity. And none of these hitches are rated to work with a weight -distribution system.They also all have different finishes. The etrailer hitch has a matte finish, which is going to be nice because it will hide blemishes and scratches that may occur over time where a gloss finish would show up very prevalent. Our Curt's going to have that glossy finish so it does look nice but it will show scratches that occur over time a little bit more than another style finish. And our Draw-Tite's going to have somewhat of a similar gloss finish. The EcoHitch has a hammered finish. This is going to be a little bit more durable than your other styles. So this hitch will maintain its good looks for a much longer period of time.If you're deciding between the etrailer and the Curt, the only real difference between them is going to be the finish. If you're deciding between the EcoHitch and the Draw-Tite, there are going to be a few more differences. The EcoHitch is going to have less weight rating. It's also going to come with some additional hardware that will replace the factory hardware as well as a nice trim panel that is going to clip in place around the incision that you make for the receiver to stick through.Another thing to keep in mind os clearances. The etrailer and Curt are going to have the same clearances, which is going to be 2 1/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the rear bumper and 15 1/4 inches from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiving tube. The EcoHitch is going to have 2 1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the rear bumper. And 16 inches from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiving tube. Our Draw-Tite is going to have three inches from the center of the hitch pin hole tot he edge of the rear bumper and 15 1/2 inches from the ground to the top inside edges of the receiving tube. This is important when determining if any of your accessories are going to have clearance or contact issues when using the hitch.So in summary, when it comes tot he ease of installation, it's going to be a tie between our EcoHitch and our Draw-Tite here. In my personal opinion, it's easier to remove the rear fascia than it is to crawl underneath and drill out some holes for the lower mounting style. When it comes to towing capacity, that's going to be a tie between our etrailer, Curt, and our Draw-Tite, because they all have the same ratings. Our EcoHitch here is going to lag behind in how much it can handle.If you're concerned about appearance, that's going to be a tie between our EcoHitch and our Draw-Tite, so they're going to look a little bit better as they're going to be hidden beneath the bumper. And for overall versatility, we're going to have that to the Draw-Tite, because it is tied with the others for the highest weight rating, and it has the additional use for a J-pin and the hoop-style loops will just work better with very large and very small safety chains. And that completes our look at the best hitch options for your Subaru Outback Wagon.

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