Well its official, it holds up to 100 lbsI've seen some posts on the 'activity mount'/trailer hitch, that the capacity is only 100 lbs?? Is there anything official on this? A bike rack and 2 heavy bikes would be over 100lbs
This could be the nail in the coffin for me. I was okay with the limited range etc as I could make it to my national park (and ski hill) and back on one charge. If I can’t bring the entire families bikes and camping gear, that could be a deal breaker.Well its official, it holds up to 100 lbs
The Genuine Subaru Activity Mount features a durable steel construction and mounts to the rear unibody structure of the Solterra. This replaces the rear bumper beam of the vehicle and is designed and tested to be an integral safety component. The mount is not a trailer hitch and not intended to...parts.subaru.com
One thing I've been wondering is whether Solterras with activity hitches have a cutout in the bumper for the hitch, while those that lack the hitch have a different bumper.This could be the nail in the coffin for me. I was okay with the limited range etc as I could make it to my national park (and ski hill) and back on one charge. If I can’t bring the entire families bikes and camping gear, that could be a deal breaker.
Well, I guess I'll be sending some new Japanese steel to the steel recycler to save some weight. With luck, it'll end up being used to manufacture a Cybertruck.it isn't the physical hitch material that is limited in weight. It is the mounting points designed by a 'Smart' engineer who likely said 'oops' after doing his part.
There may be hope for an aftermarket. The Toyota Venza uses an Activity Mount and Curt makes an aftermarket hitch for the Venza.Since the activity mount will "replace the rear bumper beam" the "mount" is probably a light duty extension very much like the standard bumper beam (built to crush) and built behind and underneath the rest of the beam, so the 100 lb limit is likely due to the downward force applied at a fair distance from the mounting bolts thereby creating a large amount of stress in a direction the bolts (and probably the beam structure) were not intended to support.
I can't say enough about the Torklift eco-hitch and have put them on Outbacks and Foresters (it is absolutely something you can do at home). They are custom made for the vehicle and some models replace the light-duty crushable bumper beam with a square tube (Forester) and some mount against the vehicle behind the existing bumper beam (Outback).
They will definitely have one made for the Solterra eventually and I may even drive down there and let them use my vehicle to design it.
There's a link to installation videos on YouTube below, but in case you don't want to wade through the plethora of videos, here's some screen shots of the Forester and Outback installs
Forester bumper beam is removed
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and replaced with square tube with hitch
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Outback bumper beam is removed
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Good view of the full hitch
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Bumper beam is bolted back over the hitch
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Closeup view of final product
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Torklift Central YouTube Channel
I meant is was less as an accessory (not installed) from Toyota than from SubaruHalf the price, but as a port installed option, it includes installation. The Toyota parts accessory does not include installation.
I knew that name sounded familiar, that’s where I bought a brand new 2001 Prius. Had to order on the Internet and buy at the dealer. Then the Cadillac dealer bought the Subaru dealer and I almost bought my first Subaru there As well. I had that Prius for 10 years and 330,000 miles before the battery quit holding much of a charge.mcgeorgetoyota.com