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Old 09-10-2014, 04:51 PM   #15
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We just bought a 2015 Flying Cloud 23FB and are about to buy a 2012 or 2014 VW Touareg TDi. We live in Vancouver, BC so will be dealing with mountains on our travels.

What hitch is best for us?

Do we need an equalizer and if so, what would people advise?

The Touareg is the way to go if we don't want a truck, right? Mercedes suspension seems to count the ML 350 out and we heard its tongue weight max is too low.
Our 2011 Touareg TDI works just fine with an Equal-I-Zer brand hitch.
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:17 PM   #16
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Do you have a device you can recommend, Jeff? Do you think it essential?
Sorry, imprecise language. They were supplied by the vehicle manufacturer and integrated into the vehicle in my case, Ford or BMW or whoever. Those companies did not generally develop them themselves, they bought them from their suppliers like Bosch and Continental, the effect of which is that each vehicle manufacturer offers systems with slightly different names that are very similar in function.
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Antique Pedaler, is your Touareg hitch receiver reinforced?
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:20 PM   #18
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Our local hitch company has just recommended a Reese High Performance Trunnion system, which is apparently WD, sway control and self-centering. Cdn $925 installed.
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The new Touaregs have a fairly robust hitch interface (not sure what they use to be)...4 huge bolts/side into the unibody. However, the "CANAM reenforcement" spreads the WD "lift" across a much larger area and not just the extreme rear attachment points. Can you do without it, probably.....unit you can't . Is it better with? Yes.

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Yes but that bar hanging under the bathtub muffler seriously reduces your ground clearance. If you really think you want to add the bracing, remove the muffler and reroute the exhaust. That configuration is just plain ugly.
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Yes but that bar hanging under the bathtub muffler seriously reduces your ground clearance. If you really think you want to add the bracing, remove the muffler and reroute the exhaust. That configuration is just plain ugly.
I agree, the routing of the reenforcement with factory mufflers isn't ideal. I've seen a few Tourareg's at CanAM and noticed it immediately.
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Antique Pedaler, is your Touareg hitch receiver reinforced?
No. But if I ever get to Ontario I'll do it.
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No. But if I ever get to Ontario I'll do it.
Thanks. Any problems or advice towing the 25' FC with your Touareg? I like this combination, and I could get rid of a pickup and a car.
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I have a Can Am reinforced hitch (Under the tank) on my 2013 Treg TDI. I'm planning on getting a Equal-I-Zer WDH. I'm pulling a Rockwood Mini Lite 21', 4,451 GVWR. Can AM recommends an EAZ Lift, but I've been told you have to disconnect it before backing. Not so the Equal-I-Zer. Any thoghts?
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I have a Can Am reinforced hitch (Under the tank) on my 2013 Treg TDI. I'm planning on getting a Equal-I-Zer WDH. I'm pulling a Rockwood Mini Lite 21', 4,451 GVWR. Can AM recommends an EAZ Lift, but I've been told you have to disconnect it before backing. Not so the Equal-I-Zer. Any thoghts?
You don't have to disconnect the Eaz-Lift, just remove the friction sway bars if doing a sharp turn in reverse.

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Sorry, but the pictures above of the factory tow hitch sure does not look robust to me. With the factory manuals specifically precluding the use of WD hitches...yet owners are deciding for themselves that this is okay???

There are vehicles that offer both load carrying and weight distribution hitch receiver types for the same vehicle. Both are built way more robust than the picture of factory touareg receiver. Yet, if one were to compare load carrying and WD type receiver hitches side by side, it's becomes obvious why WD hitches are what they are. Generally because they have a significant lever arm component to accommodate the leverage loads that WD applies. Which is similar to what CanAM adds in its reinforcement.

No way would I tow a significant load with the factory receiver only. Maybe with the CanAM mod.
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