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Old 03-14-2015, 07:07 AM   #1
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2011 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0, what is it good for ?

After years of complaining about SUVs and trucks I seem to have bought one.

Does anyone on here have experience towing with the Audi Q7 TDI 3.0 circa 2011 ?

This well researched tow vehicle choice was based on my liking the color of the truck and the seat and the twinkly lights.

This is the middle of the VAG big SUV brand range between the Toureg and Cayenne.

Would have bought thre diesel porsche, but they seem to require the sale of organs and limbs.
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The manual for our 2014 Q7 says 660 tongue weight and 6600 tow weight but it also says you can't use an equalizing hitch. However the guy at Can-Am in Canada says it makes a great TV once his mods are done to it and then you could use an equalizing hitch. You might want to check with him about the mods. Ours is still under warranty so we're not going to do it and plan to get a F150 for towing. Great car except for the voice nav which is horrible.
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Why do folks continually want to modify vehicles to make them tow vehicles???
Why not buy a towed vehicle with the proper weight ratings and that you can use a weight distribution hitch?
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Why do folks continually want to modify vehicles to make them tow vehicles???
Why not buy a towed vehicle with the proper weight ratings and that you can use a weight distribution hitch?
That's an astute observation!
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Why do folks continually want to modify vehicles to make them tow vehicles???
Why not buy a towed vehicle with the proper weight ratings and that you can use a weight distribution hitch?
If you want superior handling, performance, and ride you need to go to the next level. An off the shelf pick up just will only get a pass.

TimH.. I am truly envious. Would luv to have that Audi as a TV!
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Old 03-14-2015, 07:59 AM   #7
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If you want superior handling, performance, and ride you need to go to the next level. An off the shelf pick up just will only get a pass.
I guess it is sort of like my situation RVing I started out as below

Ford eco online van and a mattress
15ft serri Scotty
Fifth wheel trailer
30 foot holiday rambler motorhome
35 foot holiday rambler or a Chevy P30 chassis real bad uses
Holiday rambler imperial 5th wheel
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And now a 31 foot airstream

There is no perfect rv vehicle in my opinion all have pluses and minuses

Just like performance and handling you buy a Porsche in my opinion but for a TV in my opinion I like a 2015 GMC Denali 3500 Durmax

Safety, power and handling without frame or hitch modifications.

Just my thoughts
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Why do folks continually want to modify vehicles to make them tow vehicles???
Why not buy a towed vehicle with the proper weight ratings and that you can use a weight distribution hitch?

I'm taking this as a question, not an observation.

As someone who has a 3/4 ton diesel truck, I can tell you one reason I would consider something smaller and customized - effectiveness as a daily driver. My truck is (in my opinion only) the perfect tow vehicle and I love it when doing its job. It is also a pig as a "commuter car" and a bear to park (sounds like a zoo :-).

A midsize SUV with a diesel and all the tow goodies beefed up for >1000# at the hitch would likely do a very competent job with my 27FB and be a much better daily driver.

Everything is so specialized now. It would be fun to have a vehicle that could do a few different things really well rather than one task to perfection while all others fall flat.
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Why do folks continually want to modify vehicles to make them tow vehicles???
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because neat looking headlights.
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If you want superior handling, performance, and ride you need to go to the next level. An off the shelf pick up just will only get a pass.

TimH.. I am truly envious. Would luv to have that Audi as a TV!
Already have a call into Andy T, just wanted to see if anyone had done this.
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I have other small vehicles a GMC Acadia and a BMW X5 50i which is sporty and super fast but I would never want to modify either for towing a 31 foot trailer

As far a parking the pickup practice makes perfect
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I'm curious about the hitch reinforcement you are doing. Does the shop put a new sticker on the hitch stating the increased rating of the hitch? (Say for your Audi the rating goes from 660# to 1000#?). Does the invoice say the use of WDH is allowed after modification?
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I have other small vehicles a GMC Acadia and a BMW X5 50i which is sporty and super fast but I would never want to modify either for towing a 31 foot trailer

As far a parking the pickup practice makes perfect
We have different definitions of "small vehicle".
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The manual for our 2014 Q7 says 660 tongue weight and 6600 tow weight but it also says you can't use an equalizing hitch. However the guy at Can-Am in Canada says it makes a great TV once his mods are done to it and then you could use an equalizing hitch. You might want to check with him about the mods. Ours is still under warranty so we're not going to do it and plan to get a F150 for towing. Great car except for the voice nav which is horrible.
Guess I'm not missing out.

On mine the previous owner had skipped the nav package(5k?) and put in something aftermarket but completely hidden away. When you press NAV nav comes on, but you have to go back to radio, media, car whatever before you back up or the radar and cam doesn't come on automatically.

I'm assuming it's was done by the same installer who put a video game system in in it.
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