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Old 04-18-2014, 05:12 PM   #1
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ProPride Hitch & Touareg

I just got a ProPride hitch and am experiencing a fair amount of bounciness on the road. I believe I adjusted the hitch properly but it appears that I need to fine tune it a bit. I would welcome any thoughts on whether tightening or loosening the bars would help reduce the bounce.

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Old 04-18-2014, 07:11 PM   #2
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It would help if you told us what model Airstream you are towing with what model Touareg.
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Wow AirReg...I was about to ask the exact same question. We also have a Touareg with a propride and just towed for the first time this week. I also noticed quite a bit of that bounciness (like the trailer was hopping from one tire to the other and taking the car with it). Any suggestions would really be appreciated!
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Touareg with steel suspension (ordered that way) towed like a dream - air suspension on Cayenne with motorcycle trailer did seem bouncy but never towed Airstrem with the Porsche.
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I was just at the VW dealer looking at a 2014 Touareg as a potential TV and bypassed the sales team to speak with the head of "New Cars". I explained that I wanted to use the Touareg to tow an airstream and he was really hesitant about the idea. He straight up said without me asking, that VW would not warranty and did not recommend it be used with a weight distribution hitch. He said the Touareg, like most modern SUVs has a unibody frame design, and a weight distribution hitch could actually twist the frame. The new units have standard rear suspension, not air suspension. He said the Touareg was rated for 7700 pounds towing, and 770 lbs on the hitch, but wouldn't recommend me towing anything over 22', maybe 23'. He said that would be pushing it as the wheel base is short. He was actually very knowledgable about towing, I believe he use to head up a truck dealership or something. I was actually really impressed with his professionalism, he said he'd love to sell me a car, but not if it wasn't going to work for what I needed. No BS.

Would love to hear what others know. I was really hoping to buy a Touareg to two a 27' international but I just don't think its in the cards. I don't want to twist the frame, or get pulled off the road without the use of a weight distribution hitch. I think I'm going to have to look at a Tundra.

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I was just at the VW dealer looking at a 2014 Touareg as a potential TV and bypassed the sales team to speak with the head of "New Cars". I explained that I wanted to use the Touareg to tow an airstream and he was really hesitant about the idea. He straight up said without me asking, that VW would not warranty and did not recommend it be used with a weight distribution hitch. He said the Touareg, like most modern SUVs has a unibody frame design, and a weight distribution hitch could actually twist the frame. The new units have standard rear suspension, not air suspension. He said the Touareg was rated for 7700 pounds towing, and 770 lbs on the hitch, but wouldn't recommend me towing anything over 22', maybe 23'. He said that would be pushing it as the wheel base is short. He was actually very knowledgable about towing, I believe he use to head up a truck dealership or something. I was actually really impressed with his professionalism, he said he'd love to sell me a car, but not if it wasn't going to work for what I needed. No BS.

Would love to hear what others know. I was really hoping to buy a Touareg to two a 27' international but I just don't think its in the cards. I don't want to twist the frame, or get pulled off the road without the use of a weight distribution hitch. I think I'm going to have to look at a Tundra.

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Hi Josh,
Now would be a good time to talk to somebody that really knows something about towing with a Touareg (Andy at Can Am in London) and also do a search on this forum for additional comments. Many people have thousands of kilometres of successful experience with similar SUVs complete with weight distribution hitches and have not reported any significant issues. Some did report not being comfortable doing it but there has not been a single report of twisted frames. The sales rep did stick exactly to the company line that was written in Germany for European specked vehicles and trailers. He is obliged by his pay check to do this. My experience towing with several Jeeps does not confirm his opinion but rather supports the opposite. Get the Diesel and have a blast. Incidentally, I was in Calgary on Sunday, too bad about the snow storm, make sure you get a 4X4. Jim
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Wow AirReg...I was about to ask the exact same question. We also have a Touareg with a propride and just towed for the first time this week. I also noticed quite a bit of that bounciness (like the trailer was hopping from one tire to the other and taking the car with it). Any suggestions would really be appreciated!
We tow a 25' Airstream with a MB ML350 Bluetec using a Pro-Pride. We've only towed about 500 miles so far, but on the last trip I noticed some bounciness. We pulled over to the side of the road and I took several turns of tension off the jacks. Problem solved.
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Would love to hear what others know. I was really hoping to buy a Touareg to two a 27' international but I just don't think its in the cards. I don't want to twist the frame, or get pulled off the road without the use of a weight distribution hitch. I think I'm going to have to look at a Tundra.

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The people who tow with them, and there are many, tend to like them. A lot. Tons of torque, luxurious and reliable. Built like a tank too.

The reason European manufacturers don't support weight distribution hitches is because they don't understand them - they are illegal in much of Europe, illegal not because of problems with the engineering principles but because of protectionism.

WD hitches are an American invention, in the 1950's European trailer manufacturers lobbied against their import to protect their business from better built, heavier and more luxurious American export trailer. This was at a time when, in some European countries, the speed limit for trailers was 40mph and braked trailers were unheard of.

We're suffering from the repercussions of this decision to this day - as WD hitches are illegal in Europe, it is very difficult for a European car manufacturer to publicly support them, even as they've been proven to be perfectly safe over the last 50 years. That's the real reason behind the story you were given, not engineering concerns. Also, a guy used to selling trucks is probably not the best source of advice on unibody vehicles.

The "the car will twist" line is 100% nonsense. Unibody vehicles are in some ways (not all) even stronger than body on frame vehicles.

To give just one example, a narrow truck frame can twist far easier longitudinally than a unibody vehicle ever would. If you wanted to apply the forces needed to twist a unibody vehicle, you will need more than a trailer - and even then, the first thing to go, before the body, would be the hitch.

Talk to people with real world experience, they'll give you real world information.
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Thanks for all the opinions.
I PM'd Andy at CAMam a few days ago as I had heard he's the go to when it comes to hitches. I have not yet heard back from him, but hopefully soon. If there is an option to get a Touareg setup properly by them I may make the drive to London and have it setup there.

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The best way to get Andy is to call CanAm. He's busy, busy, busy. Even his own staff can have a hard time getting in touch with him at times.
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Jaydub74:

One more "opinion". If you believe the manufacturer ratings do NOT mean anything, ignore the rest of this post...

1) A 27 ft Int. has a tongue weight of 770#. That does not include options/accessories, water in the fresh water tank, and your camping gear. The actual tongue weight could be much more than 770#, which puts you above Touareg's hitch ratings -- you will not have this problem with Tundra.

2) Payload/Axle ratings: With a heavy tongue weight, you are likely to surpass the axle ratings and payload of Touareg (unless may be you travel alone and with a dry camper). Even if you use a weight distribution hitch (which is not recommended by VW) you will be putting more weight on the front axle, and could overload it. With Tundra you have higher payload and axle ratings.

3) Touareg is a much nicer daily driver.

4) Touareg has much better fuel economy. Tundra uses regular fuel gas though, which mitigates the poor fuel economy a bit.

5) Tundra has Toyota reliability. Consumer reports and others are not kind to Touareg when it comes to reliability.

6) Touregs interior is much more luxurious (unless may be you get Tundra 1794 trim)

7) Tundra's long wheelbase helps with trailer stability. Its a pain when it comes to parking though.

I recommend you definitely weigh your setup and take the "success stories" you hear in this forum with a grain of salt. Its human nature to post and brag about towing a large trailer with a small tow vehicle. Its also human nature to NOT post when something goes wrong. One the forum member was kind enough to share his experience setting up a Chrysler 300 as a tow vehicle (which several forum members recommend highly). After weeks of agony, he sold the 300, bought a 3/4 ton Suburban.

Best of luck (from a newbie)
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Jaydub, you are new to this forum and so I will give you my 2 worth. I have owned Touaregs for 10 years. They are phenomenal cars, but quirky. I have been towing Airstreams with them for 7 years and off-road with them in Moab, Ouray and all around the southwest, so I feel I have a fairly good understanding of their capabilities. They handle very well with and without weight distribution when equipped with the air suspension and kept within weight limits (air suspension currently no longer available). The steel sprung models should be run with WD. I owned a 19'AS and towed without WD and only a sway bar and had no problems. However, when loaded with full water (at the tongue) and bikes, I used an equalizer hitch preset before I released the weight on the air suspension Touareg. These vehicles will do fine with AS up to 23'.

Now I have a 25'FB AS and a V10 Touareg. The tongue weight exceeds the published max hitch weight of the Touareg because it has a Hensley hitch attached. I still tow with it on short trips in the four corners when I go boondocking and off-roading. I have learned to transfer weight in loading the trailer and only place a full size spare in the trunk of the car. I also tow with a Ford F150 Ecoboost which allows me more room to carry gear for longer road trips and provides a higher payload and tongue weight capability. However the hitch on the Touareg is much heavier and robust. The Touareg weighs more than the truck, has better brakes and better suspension and handling.

I have been on the Club Touareg and VW Vortex forums for 10 years and have not heard of anyone twisting the hitch off their Touareg. Nor have I heard of any warranty work being refused. But why would anyone offer the information that they are exceeding the towing or payload capacities of their vehicle?

Rostam brings up good points and you have to make decisions based upon your own comfort level. Many here feel that you should not exceed 80% of a vehicles published hitch weight. Others believe the published hitch weight is conservative and only projects 80% of what a vehicle is capable of. The forums are full of opinions with many offered by those who have never towed with a discussed vehicle or trailer. Inevitably you will have to make your own decision because you will end up with a bevy of opinions here. If you plan to get a newer 27' AS plus have a family and lots of stuff to load and transport, you may be happier with a larger vehicle or truck with more payload capacities.
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The payload of the Touareg is 1462lbs. Payload for the Tundra is actually less, 1,410 for the double cab (1320 for the crew cab) - you'll run into the very same problems.

If payload is the differentiator that's important to you (it is to me), the Tundra will not solve your problems, despite the impressive towing pictures on Toyota's website.

Now, just as with the Touareg, there are many who swear by towing their Airstreams with the Tundra. Both appear to be capable vehicles, but make no mistake, they are almost identical in specs.

If you really need more weight carrying capability, a F150, perhaps with the Ecoboost engine, might be the better choice. Keep in mind that you'll lose the niceties of the Touareg, like great handling, low centre of gravity, great brakes etc.
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