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Korak

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Hi All,

Thought I would post to say hello. My wife and I are flirting with taking a year to travel with our 3 year-old twins about 3 years from now when her pension will kick in so our income doesn't drop to zero.

Really encouraged by the amount of information available here. Thanks to all of you who are in here sharing your experience with the world. It's a real relief to find a resource like this.

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Three year old twins and touring in three more years. What about school for the kids? That will also kick in.


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Wife getting a pension in 3 years and just now have 3 year old twins? Good for you! Lots of great adventures out there for 6 year old’s. Keep you young...

And I thought I was being brave at 65 and getting puppies....[emoticon]


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Be brave and provide for the kids’ schooling in a s/b home.

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Stop Flirting .. Marry the Motor home [emoticon]

I went Full time a decade ago and never regretted it.


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Thanks all! We're thinking we'll just go for a year so the kids can have that experience but then want to settle in so they get the experience of normal school, friendships, etc. They will be in elementary school so hopefully I can handle that level of education for home-schooling!

I'm trying to figure out if I'm better off going with a tow trailer and pull vehicle or a motorhome and pull-behind. Would the new Subaru Ascent make any sense as a pull-behind? It's not particularly small. The Ascent has a 5k towing capacity. Would that be too small for a trailer for a family of 4? I feel like such a newbie...

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Korak wrote:

Thanks all! We're thinking we'll just go for a year so the kids can have that experience but then want to settle in so they get the experience of normal school, friendships, etc. They will be in elementary school so hopefully I can handle that level of education for home-schooling!

I'm trying to figure out if I'm better off going with a tow trailer and pull vehicle or a motorhome and pull-behind. Would the new Subaru Ascent make any sense as a pull-behind? It's not particularly small. The Ascent has a 5k towing capacity. Would that be too small for a trailer for a family of 4? I feel like such a newbie...


why would you pick a front wheel drive unibody station wagon for a tow vehicle? a Suburu would be the last vehicle i'd pick to tow a travel trailer, even if it has a 5k towing capacity.i
unless it's an Airstream, a regular TT's frontal area will be the biggest issue. that and payload capacity.
Ladder frame rear wheel drive vehicles are better for towing. That's why truck's and full size SUVs dominate the towing market.
And they have more torque, than somethinglike a Suburu.
a good tow vehicle has adequate torque, which a Suburu won't have.

* This post was edited 09/27/18 01:21pm by bikendan *


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The Subaru is not going to be a good tow vehicle, the 5k rating isn't even the most important number. Might want to read up on towing before you buy anything.

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Korak wrote:



I'm trying to figure out if I'm better off going with a tow trailer and pull vehicle or a motorhome and pull-behind. Would the new Subaru Ascent make any sense as a pull-behind? It's not particularly small. The Ascent has a 5k towing capacity. Would that be too small for a trailer for a family of 4? I feel like such a newbie...


I'm not clear if you are considering trying to tow a trailer with the Subaru or tow it behind a motor Home? Great cars In a lot of ways....but not a good choice for either towing or towing behind a motor home.

If you are thinking of towing it behind a motor home only a manual transmission Subaru can be flat towed and I'm not even sure all of the manuals can anymore....assuming you can even get a manual....and a dolly won't work with an auto tranny and awd.

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why would you pick a front wheel drive unibody station wagon for a tow vehicle? a Suburu would be the last vehicle i'd pick to tow a travel trailer, even if it has a 5k towing capacity.


He's not picking it. He's asking about options for a decision not in the near future and guessing owns that vehicle now.
But it's always fun to infer things that weren't said......

To the OP, well, ya got 3 years to figure out the options. There are plusses and minuses to different setups, from convienence to mobility to your own comfort level driving or towing large vehicles.

If this is something that is going to happen with relative certainty, you must already enjoy camping, so start now and you can do it more economically if you go the truck and trailer route.
Buy a pickup, then that's out of the way and not a significant cost over having another newer vehicle right now.
Then you can shop for a deal on a good used TT, buy it right, enjoy it for a couple years and then decide if you want to upgrade or go a different route. In the meantime, the you have a (the) tow vehicle and if you decide to upgrade trailers or go with a MH, you can sell the trailer without much depreciation.

The other benefit is you now have a new hobby/opportunity and you wont be a newb when you take the big trip.

Sounds like fun!!


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