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Old 09-13-2016, 09:51 AM   #1
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A weight distribution system hitch is off limits for the 2017 Audi Q7. From the owners manual; never install a "weight distributing" or "load equalizing" trailer hitch on your vehicle. The vehicle was not designed for these kinds of trailer hitches. The hitch attachment can fail, causing the trailer to tear loose from the vehicle. The Audi Q7 has a towing capacity of 7700 pounds and the factory installed hitch is rated for 770 pounds. We plan to tow a 23FB with our SUV. Bear with me, somewhat of a newbie here. Is a dependent, 2-point sway control hitch a weight distribution system? Considering using the Reese Dual Cam HP Sway Control.
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:38 AM   #2
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There are many hitch systems out there that integrate a friction based sway control into the end connections of the torsion bars. The torsion bars provide the weight distribution, and the sliding connection at the end provides the friction for sway damping. You can get a very simple friction anti-sway device that can be used without weight distribution.

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I'm sure others well shun me for this but I don't care, you may not need any sway control. Our trailers are some of the best and most balanced trailers on the market. Just be sure everything is setup well and balanced and it well do great.
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We had a 2015 FC 23FB that we towed with a 2015 Jeep GC with the 3.6L. It had an Equalizer W/D hitch and IMHO it definitely was needed for both the W/D and anti-sway. Just FYI, around here in the Blue Ridge Mountains the Jeep's 3.6L was underpowered.
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Sway control is probably a good idea. What this tells me is that VAG doesn't have much confidence in the strength of your hitch attachment. Weight distribution hitches put a lot of strain on the hitch attachment. I would suggest you add up the weight of the people and stuff you plan to put in your vehicle together with 770 lbs of tongue weight to make sure you're within the rated cargo capacity of your vehicle. I also would seriously consider getting your hitch reinforced by someone who knows what they're doing. For anyone driving less than a 1-ton truck as a tow vehicle, weight distribution is a good thing.
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I'm sure others well shun me for this but I don't care, you may not need any sway control. Our trailers are some of the best and most balanced trailers on the market. Just be sure everything is setup well and balanced and it well do great.
The previous owners of my trailer had no sway control. The tongue had never been drilled for one. It worked for 20 years for them. When I bought it last year, I put one on though.
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You should apply properly calibrated weight distribution even with air suspension. Your owners manual was written by Germans who tow caravans with significantly less tongue weight. In America with 10-15% tongue weight you'll soon overload the rear axle weight rating.

For what it is worth I like the equalizer hitch - 2 birds with one stone - weight distribution and sway control In a Simple setup
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Yikes! What some dealers will do. A guy came in to the storage building while I was doing some chores on my AS. He was pulling a new 34' trailer with a new F250. The truck was down at the rear.

The attendant helped him unhitch. Then came over, and said that the bars on the WDH had no tension. The anti sway bar was also locked down. The attendant said that he knew that was not the way I did it, and asked why. He then went over to the guy and asked who set up his trailer. He said the dealer. He knew how particular I was, so told him to ask me. The guy came over and told me how the dealer had demonstrated to hook his rig up. He asked if I thought it was OK. I just told him that is not the way I do it. He said that he would be leaving for Maine, and if I would help him get it set up. I asked when he would be leaving for Maine. He said, "tomorrow Morning".

So, I dropped everything and said we will have to do it now. With the caveat that it was only how I would do it, but it is his rig and responsibility. He said that's understood. We went to work. We got the bars tensioned, set the sway control bar, and checked for proper tire pressures. The truck and trailer were level. The attendant said since he would be leaving early in the morning that he could leave the rig hitched. I gave him my contact info so he could keep me informed of progress or problems.

He made it to Stauntan VA the first night. Sent me a message that it was towing much improved. Next I heard he was in Maine with no problems. It was scary setting up someone's rig, but in this case I couldn't let him on the road with a long, heavy trailer like that. It was an accident waiting to happen.

Still have to complete the chores on my AS.
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A weight distribution system hitch is off limits for the 2017 Audi Q7. From the owners manual; never install a "weight distributing" or "load equalizing" trailer hitch on your vehicle. The vehicle was not designed for these kinds of trailer hitches. The hitch attachment can fail, causing the trailer to tear loose from the vehicle. The Audi Q7 has a towing capacity of 7700 pounds and the factory installed hitch is rated for 770 pounds. We plan to tow a 23FB with our SUV. Bear with me, somewhat of a newbie here. Is a dependent, 2-point sway control hitch a weight distribution system? Considering using the Reese Dual Cam HP Sway Control.
This is an interesting thread. If the manufacturer says not to use a weight distributing system then I would hesitate in doing so. I would certainly check to see if it voids your warranty. Secondly, I believe that the Reese Dual Cam IS a weight distributing hitch. Hopefully someone who has a one will chime in with the correct answer.

You can add a sway bar to a hitch that is not weight distributing. This might be the way to go. Ask here and people will give you some options. Again, just because many of us use WD hitches, that doesn't sound like the way you should go.
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You should rely on your car dealer - or a dealer - for information on towing with your vehicle and you should read all the product information. Owner's manual says no WD hitch, then don't get one, but ask about alternatives using the specs that come with your trailer. The Reese Dual Cam that you mention provides sway control but is designed to work with weight distribution hitches according to the product information. I tow a 19ft without sway control or weight distribution, but that doesn't mean that it'll work for someone else's TV. Go to a reputable car dealer or trailer dealer in your area and get help.
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You should rely on your car dealer - or a dealer - for information on towing.

Strongly disagree. Car dealers in general don't have a clue about towing dynamics or how to correctly configure a car/trailer combo. Seek advice from a towing expert such as Andy and team at CanAm... even rv dealers are hit and miss on correct tow vehicle / trailer configuration.

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