Aliner and Subaru Outback questions

Discussion in 'A-Frame PopUps' started by Marash, Apr 1, 2018.

  1. KJ Knowles

    KJ Knowles Member

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    Feb 23, 2015
    North Central Texas

    There is no easy way to verify that the torque converter clutch (TCC) is locked on a Subaru Lineartronic CVT transmission. The main known (but pretty rare) problem with these converters is actually the opposite. The converter clutch doesn't unlock at low speeds or when stopped, typically causing jerkiness at very low speed and stalling when stopped.

    You can sort of verify that it is working as intended, though. Decelerate to low speed, put transmission into "1" and watch the economy gauge. The indicator should move noticeably to the "minus" side of the economy gauge and you can (probably) feel a very slight shudder as as the converter unlocks.
  2. mattlreese

    mattlreese Active Member

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    Sep 6, 2017
    Late to this post but I see a lot of negativity and wanted to help. We have a 2013 4 cylinder and while I tow with my other car the outback has tons of power. Also paddle shifters give you a lot of control with the transmission, but CVT's do have a history of towing issues.

    I am not super familiar with A Frames but I would stick with trailers 1800lbs and below. This gives you 1000 lbs of cargo and passengers. That may seem like a lot, it's not.
  3. Enigmacamper

    Enigmacamper Member

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    Nov 5, 2017
    @Marash, always good to think this all the way through, I did want to update, the more we pull the trailer (and with slightly more stuff) the better the Subie seems to do, though honestly I'm guessing it's my nerves that have relaxed. I mentioned to my husband last trip it barely feels like you're towing anything (again flat midwest situation here). I still wouldn't push it with a heavier camper myself but I wanted to put that out there for others in this situation. The Subie can do it, just be smart with weight and take your time :)
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  4. woodentoy

    woodentoy New Member

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    Apr 16, 2018
    Ogunquit Maine
    I ’m still on the road but I left Maine right after Labor in my 2017 Outback Touring with the 2.5 engine towing my Aliner Classic. I’m still on the road but will post more upon my return. I’ve Driven about 10,000 miles on this trip with about 8,000 towing the Aliner. Highest elevation was 11,000’ at the Eisenhower tunnel in Colorado.
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  5. CivilizedOne

    CivilizedOne Member

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    Mar 29, 2018
    I just got a letter in the mail— Subaru warranty for the CVT transmission on my 2016 Outback 3.6 has been extended to 10 years/100,000 miles.

    (Happy dance)
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  6. Carolelynn74

    Carolelynn74 New Member

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    Nov 20, 2018
    Northern CA
    We have a 2017 Outback and also received the letter that the CVT warranty has been extended.

    We tow a Chalet Arrowhead with a 2.5l Outback. Have traveled CA to MN and back over lots of mountain passes. We take our time and don’t push it. Mainly following trucks over the long high passes. The Outback performed well.

    At first it was nerve wracking towing, but with mirror extenders and some calming of the nerves we have grown to love our travels.
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