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Hello all,
I wanted to share my towing experience with my 2008 3326 Trailmanor. I packed super light with just my wife and two kids. We literally had only our backpacks with a few clothes. I did this to ensure we were well within the limits of the Ascent specificatins. All camping stuff such as food, ice chests, drinks, etc went into my buddies Tundra. We towed from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree and averaged 16 miles to the gallon. The Subaru never struggled once and I felt stable keeping my speeds at 65 and under. My tongue weight was measured at 460lbs. Not sure what the trailer weighted but I had no extras and the water tank was empty (dry weight from factory is about 3500lbs). Let me know what you all think, here are some photos of the trailer and Subaru.
 

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First of all, wow! That's a cool looking camper! Super happy to hear your positive review as I just got into an ascent. Camper, boat, jetskis, and probably a uhual trailer from time to time are all things I was worried about with the smaller In class engine. Don't get me wrong I've built 2.5 ej motors up to push 4-800 hp, so I know the glory that can be had with these subi boxer engines!
 

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Those are nice. Surprised that there aren't more built that way. The current Trailmanor models are all smaller with single axle. Must tow really nicely with so much less frontal drag than non-popups.
Yes it does tow well without the drag. I did a lot of research and this is the only company that makes hardshell pop ups. It allows me to camp in bear country.
 

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Braking was also a non issue? Idk if a full powerstop setup is worthwhile... haven't looked in to any brembo swaps or anything for these guys yet. Just getting my toes wet in this ascent world
Ascent already has the largest brakes, more or less, on this class of vehicle and the second shortest stopping distance (by a really short distance from number one) in its class. Most (like nearly all) of the trailer braking should actually come from the trailer brakes which is why Subaru (and some other manufacturers) require trailer brakes for loads over 1000 lbs which is lower than the typical legal requirement for trailer brakes.
 

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Panic stops with our trailer are almost a non-issue as well.

That Trail-Manor is pretty neat, we couldn't find any in decent condition near us or we may have gone with one of them. Awesome to see an Ascent tows it so well.
 

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It allows me to camp in bear country.
Any time I see comments that hard sides are needed in bear country, it reminds me of what happened to my neighbors in the early 60's. They towed a teardrop with the rear opening kitchen (towed by their 1958 Chevy Belair station wagon). They returned from out west (Yellowstone? Yosemite?) and the side of the teardrop was torn open where the icebox stowed in the back.
 

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Any time I see comments that hard sides are needed in bear country, it reminds me of what happened to my neighbors in the early 60's....
I went tent camping about 2 years ago in Shenandoah. I like camping but each time I still learn something new. We stayed on a campground and stored all our food in the car at night and picked up trash...well most trash. One morning I was sitting on the picnic table eating cherries we brought with us, spitting the seeds on the ground... you can probably see where this is going.
The next morning the neighbors with the RV asked us if we saw that bear last night. I'm like what bear? Then I looked around and there were no cherry pits on the ground. Apparently bears like cherries. This is not common knowledge of suburbanites. Lesson learned! I want a camper next time.
 

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Apparently bears can smell exponentially better than even dogs, so keeping food cleaned up is a must. We have been fortunate not to have come close to a bear while camping, but squirrels are another issue. Our last outing my wife was cooking pancakes on our folding table outside and right under the table on a tire a squirrel was trying to steal some breakfast.
 

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I don’t remember the last time we cooked at a campground without some sort of little critter angling for a bite. Have seen quite a few bears in the Sierras but none in our campgrounds. We are very careful with food storage and cleanup.
 

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Nice!
We have been towing a Jayco X17Z hybrid which would probably be 3800 or 3900 lbs with 2021 Ascent Limited, camping in New England. The Jayco is clearly higher than your Trailmaster and there are quite some ups and downs. I try not to exceed 60 mph and get 12.5 to 13 mph. I use an Echo brake controller linked to my phone and a rearview camera. It all works like a charm.
 
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