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Old 08-10-2015, 08:07 PM   #1
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Brand new VW Touareg and a 23D

Just bought a new Touareg Diesel and a 23D Arstream. The Touareg came with a factory installed hitch. Know nothing about towing. What else do I need to safely tow this without sway? All and any help would be appreciated.
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Old 08-10-2015, 08:15 PM   #2
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Get ready for more advice than you ever thought possible...and welcome to the Forums.

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Welcome, as posted prepare for opinion overload. You might need a weight distribution hitch. Plenty of good ones out there. Also a break controller if not already installed on your VW.
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Find a local Commercial Drivers License center and sign up for a safe RV driver course. My wife and I did that the first weekend we had the trailer (we had never towed either). Great investment - especially with what you just invested in a new trailer and tow vehicle.

As for the rest - I'm out! 😃
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Congrats! I'm not going to get into the specifics, cause I am sure someone else will handle that. If it were me, I'd get a good weight distribution setup, sway bars if you don't go with a system that includes them, a brake controller, and find some place that offers RV classes in your area. If there aren't any, find a big open parking lot and go practice driving and parking it. End of the day, drive carefully and don't panic when you get in trouble.

Thats my basic way of looking at it. Now...you will get hundreds of opinions.
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Find a local Commercial Drivers License center and sign up for a safe RV driver course. My wife and I did that the first weekend we had the trailer (we had never towed either). Great investment - especially with what you just invested in a new trailer and tow vehicle.

As for the rest - I'm out! 😃
I tried to sign up for local course a couple of months ago. It was cancelled due to lack of interest. Office told me this was their third class in a row cancelled. They did not think it would be offered again. To bad, it seemed like a good opportunity to learn a few tricks from professional drivers.
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That's weird. Literally we were the only couple there that weekend! Maybe there's an RV- specific school nearby?
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Welcome, Lia. Good advice here. There are several threads on hitches, and reading them all will make your head spin. Just take it slowly, ask lots of questions here, and remember that everyone who responds to your question really is trying to help, even if it sounds like they are arguing with someone else. If there is an Airstream owner near you (check the members list above) you can probably get some pretty good advice.

Once you get your tow vehicle set up and coach home, take it out to an empty parking lot and practice driving it some. If necessary, take an experienced person to drive the rig out and give you some lessons. Then you drive the coach home. Remember that slow and easy is the best way. Also remember the trucker's rule: G.O.A.L. which stands for Get Out And Look. If you are not sure about what might be hidden from you, put on the flashers, get out and LOOK. Obviously that won't work at night on the Interstate, but when trying to get into a campsite it is a good rule to follow.

Then, go out camping.
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The Airstream dealer didn't set you up with a brake controller and weight distributing/sway control hitch?
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Old 08-11-2015, 11:45 AM   #10
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Thank You all for your responses. I'm looking for driving lessons in Florida or Jersey. The dealer, of course, wants to sell me what they want to sell. Sway control and brake controller for $1500.00. I thought i would do my own research.

I wish I could drive to Can-Am but I can't. Does anyone know how they would outfit my rig or has anyone had it done with similar TT and TV?
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Old 08-11-2015, 11:58 AM   #11
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Just bought a new Touareg Diesel and a 23D Arstream. The Touareg came with a factory installed hitch. Know nothing about towing. What else do I need to safely tow this without sway? All and any help would be appreciated.
I think you'll get more on point answers & info from fellow T-reg, Cayenne & Audi Q7 owners if you go to this link, read up & ask your question there. They'll also like pix of your rig!

Ooops, forgot the link...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...rs-134917.html

We're on the hunt for a 06-10 Cayenne S ourselves now, & have towed with rented Nissan Pathfinders (similar size etc.), so FYI - we're using a Hensley Cub WD/anti-sway hitch & a Tekonsha Prodigy RF wireless brake controller (mounts on trailer with hand controller unit in TV cab & plugs into 12v port/lighter, for use with multiple TVs since we originally planned just to rent trucks/suvs), & we have their McKesh removable door mounted side/rearview mirrors too (pic in one of my posts at the link above, as well as some of the CanAm hitch info you mentioned, & you can message Andy T at CanAm from his post there too).

If your 23D is less than 6000 lbs Gross trailer wt., then you can use their Cub at $1300-1700 cost - much less than their larger capacity Hensley Arrow or ProPride, but others will have other favorite hitches too.

IMHO the towing class is a good idea, & I think Good Sam may also offer them too.

Have fun!
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I pull a 2014 25FB Flying Cloud with a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel and it is a great combination and I am getting about 16 MPG with a good 1000 # load in the Airstream.
I use a Equal-i-zer hitch with integrated sway control and a Tekonsha Brake Controller and I would highly recommend them.
When you purchase the Hitch make sure to have it adjusted for proper tongue weight and height at a reputable dealer. Being new at this, you don't want to do this yourself.
Your brake controller will also need to be adjusted to the settings that work for your combination. A little experimentation with the 2 settings will payoff before you hit the road.
Good luck!
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Although there are many who run Touregs with weight distributing (WD) hitches, Volkswagen states they are not to be used with the Toureg. I discovered this when researching a new tow vehicle and it was confirmed during a visit to the dealer. Chances are running a WD hitch with a Toureg won't be a safety issue but could cause problems in the event of a warranty or insurance claim
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Our 2012 TDi Touraeg shows limits (they are the same) with and without a WD hitch.

Volkswagen, go figure.

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