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Old 08-29-2017, 10:48 PM   #85
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Btw, I look forward to reading about your explorations with the plugin hybrid TV.
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BMW OEM / factory trailer hitch with brake and signal lights connection is installed.
As you kindly note, I have been advised by friendly AS'ers to add a electronic brake controller (local AS dealer can install) and use a weight distribution hitch.
In addiition, a BMW X5D'er towing a 2002 22 foot CCD (about 5000 GVWR) was not using any 'rear air supsension' accessories / upgrades.
So with a 'controller' and 'upgrade hitch', it looks like my 2011 X5D will be a-ok for a 23 FB (6000 lb).
Thanks for your time and consideration.
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Old 08-29-2017, 11:14 PM   #87
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If you want to avoid the complexity of wiring the brake controller into the car, you can look at the Teshonka Prodigy RF. It's essentially a P3 that has all of the brains attached to the A-frame in a box that gets mounted. The trailer plugs into the box, the box plugs into the TV and you have a remote that plugs into a lighter plug in the TV to adjust the brakes or manually apply them.
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Check with Tekonsha first if there is any incompatibility with that specific model BMW and the Prodigy RF. We installed the "RF" on our 2007 Mercedes ML320 CDI and the brakes pulsate with the same frequency as either the turn signals or the four way flasher. We have to turn off the turn signal or flashers before starting braking. They have no solution to this problem.

This car was built to my order in October of 2006 with every option and Mercedes "forgot" to bring the trailer brake wire components from the left rear quarter panel to the driver position and we would have had to tear out the interior to "correct" the manufacturing oversight. The oversight was fixed in January 2007 to cars made after that time.
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Charlie
BMW OEM / factory trailer hitch with brake and signal lights connection is installed.
As you kindly note, I have been advised by friendly AS'ers to add a electronic brake controller (local AS dealer can install) and use a weight distribution hitch.
In addiition, a BMW X5D'er towing a 2002 22 foot CCD (about 5000 GVWR) was not using any 'rear air supsension' accessories / upgrades.
So with a 'controller' and 'upgrade hitch', it looks like my 2011 X5D will be a-ok for a 23 FB (6000 lb).
Thanks for your time and consideration.
Greg
Greg,

For the most stable ride, and more importantly the best braking performance, you will want to use weight distribution. The 23D tongue weight exceeds BMW spec of 600lb. A Blue OX, EZLift or similar will work well to redistribute tongue wt to trailer axels and X5 front wheels. I do not recommend Equalizer brand for an SUV, due to the high stiffness of their spring bars. The BMW hitch receiver for our 2012 was adequate for weight distribution loading without reinforcement. Our 2017 has a Curt Class III hitch, which was reinforced at CanAm RV in London, ON.

We have been using the Prodigy P2 for many years now, and it has worked very well.

Charlie
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