Subaru Forester: Trailer hitch (dealer option) / Connecting a trailer

Subaru Forester. Connecting a trailer

  1. Ball mount
  2. Hitch pin
  3. Safety pin
  1. Hitch receiver tube
  1. Insert the ball mount into the hitch receiver tube.
  2. Insert the hitch pin into the hole located on the hitch receiver tube so that the pin passes through the ball mount.
  3. Insert the safety pin through the provided hole on the hitch pin securely.
  4. Check the ball mount assembly by pulling on it to make sure it does not come off the hitch receiver.

    Subaru Forester. Connecting a trailer

    1. Hitch ball installation point
    2. Hooks for safety chains
  5. Use only a hitch ball that is appropriate for the ball mount and your trailer. The hitch ball must be securely installed on the ball mount.
  6. Connect your trailer to the hitch ball.
  7. Connect the trailer and the hitch with safety chains that will hold the trailer’smaximum gross weight. The chains should cross under the trailer tongue to prevent the tongue from dropping onto the ground in case it should disconnect from the hitch ball. Allow sufficient slack in the chains taking tight turn situations into account; however, be careful not to let them drag on the ground.


    Do not connect safety chains to any part of the vehicle other than the safety chain hooks.

    Subaru Forester. Connecting a trailer

    Hitch harness connector

  8. Connect the hitch electrical wire harness’s black four-pin electrical wire connector to the towing trailer’s wire harness.
  9. Confirm proper function of the hitch electrical wire harness by individually and combination activating the brake, stop and turn signal lights on the trailer.


Always disconnect the trailer electrical wire harness before launching or retrieving a watercraft.

If not towing a trailer

  • Remove the ball mount from the hitch receiver tube.
  • Place the dust cap over the four-pin connector of the hitch electrical wire harness to protect against possible damage.
  • Occasionally lubricate terminals of the four-pin connector using terminal grease.

    Trailer hitch (dealer option)


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