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Old 04-05-2019, 10:49 AM   #15
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I recently purchased a BMW X5 (diesel) with the tow package. Max tow capacity is 6,000 pounds (tongue weight - 600 pounds). I currently have a 2" ball, but I understand that I need a 2 5/16" ball to tow our 22' Sport.

Has anyone ever seen this?

2" to 2 5/16" Clamshell Adapter

Will this solve my problem, or should I see about having a different ball placed on it altogether?
...it may fit the ball but what about the small shank on the 2Ē ball...if it breaks you have big problems....very quickly...
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Old 04-05-2019, 11:09 AM   #16
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It comes down to what receiver you have. If it is the quick detach one that BMW offers, then the discussion above about just buying a ball may not be relevant. Many of those comments are presuming a 2" square receiver.

Tell us what you have now, and we can go from there.
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Old 04-05-2019, 11:19 AM   #17
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I have looked in to this you can not use the BMW clamshell used in EUR it is a L shape receiver. It can not handle the USA trailer specs. Plus, the WD hitch has major effect on car frame. Call Cam-Am in canada to fix the car frame or you will have flex. BIG NO NO NO. Andy Thompson is the top person on car towing. Best trip you will make for car. IT IS A GREAT TOWING VEH with right fix.
Ahh yes a trip to C-eh-N-eh-D-eh will solve it. 😂
Does in fact the X5 need all that work to tow 22'? I doubt it
How much more does that trip cost...more than a new ball I bet.

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Old 04-05-2019, 12:10 PM   #18
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Hitch Ball

Everyone else on the thread is correct about the hitch ball size. I have a 22' Sport and my tow max. is 11K, overkill I am sure, I travel light...but would be concerned by the capacity of your TV assuming the right ball and w/d hitch.
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Ahh yes a trip to C-eh-N-eh-D-eh will solve it. ��
Does in fact the X5 need all that work to tow 22'? I doubt it
How much more does that trip cost...more than a new ball I bet.

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It doesn't need a trip to Canada, eh.

It needs a traditional North American 2" square receiver, available from any multitude of towing supply outfits, to replace the detachable hitch ball in the Euro style, if that is what the OP has. It is what BMW sells these days. Curt and others make receivers that fit the vehicle fine.

BMW do offer a clip in bracket for their vertical receiver socket that then takes a hitch ball, but which doesn't accommodate any WD equipment if in fact the OP wants to use that.
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Give it a try. But you will buy an F-150 before long though. More power, heaver tow vehicle, more carrying capacity,... You will make the change down the road and be glad you did.
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In all the years I drove and towed with an X5, I never recall wishing I was driving a pickup truck. The X5 towed better than either of my Expeditions did. They weren't bad, but the X5 excelled.

The OP is discussing a 22 Sport. That would tow nicely behind my X3, let alone an X5.
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I have this weird thing and have no idea what to do with it.



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I have this weird thing and have no idea what to do with it.
Yes, that is a type of hidden hitch. Ignore all the comments above talking about larger balls and shanks, pipe wrenches, and pickup trucks.

That hitch is designed to be hidden when the ball and mount is removed. It caters to those for whom style is more important than function. I don’t mind seeing a receiver when I am not towing. I do have a rubber plug in it that says BMW, but that is just me.

Option one is to buy a new hitch ball designed to attach to the detachable arm you have. Check out execuhitch, and make sure the bolt pattern is compatible. This is the cheapest option.

http://execuhitch.com/tow-hitches/ball-mounts/

Option two is to purchase an arm that goes into your vertical socket and has a 2” square receiver. This will also allow you to use a bike rack. This option is not recommended for towing as it allows too much flex and extends the ball rearward without being strong enough to use WD equipment.

Option three is to get a traditional receiver installed. Check out etrailer for options for your vehicle. You will get a 2” square receiver, and you can then install any length ball carrier to mount the correctly sized ball.

https://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2018_BMW_X5.htm

I recommend option 3. I would look at a Curt hitch, but others are comparable.

Hope that helps

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Yes, the OEM BMW hitch has gone from best, to won't work with AS, to the latest version with a replaceable ball. The latter looks like what you have, but I've never seen or used one. Contact the dealer parts department for a 2-5/16 ball. If that hitch does not accomodate the 2-5/16 ball and you told your sales associate you wanted to tow an AS, you may be able to get it removed and replaced with an aftermarket receiver hitch by them. Not all dealers will do that, but a number of folks applied that pressure and I believe that is why the OEM hitch has a replacable ball.

JCL and Bono are knowlegable sources with respect to BMW towing. Search on X5 towing here and on Bimmerfest for more info.

IMHO, for an F15 X5, get an after market 6000lb/600lb receiver style hitch. Curt and Drawtite offer product. JCL's option 3 above. For older x5s the OEM hitch is reported to have an advantage.

No, you do not need the CanAm hitch upgrades for a 22. You do need to understand the circumstances around weight distribution and sway control solutions for this vehicle. Pat
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jcl, PKI - Thank you! This is exactly what I needed. I am going to see about having this replaced with a more traditional hitch.
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Give it a try. But you will buy an F-150 before long though. More power, heaver tow vehicle, more carrying capacity,... You will make the change down the road and be glad you did.
If you research the capabilities of the BMW vs the F-150 you will soon see that the BMW is a far better tow vehicle. The only thing you can say for a 1/2 ton pickup truck is that the bed has more room to bring along gear for your camping trip.
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If you research the capabilities of the BMW vs the F-150 you will soon see that the BMW is a far better tow vehicle. The only thing you can say for a 1/2 ton pickup truck is that the bed has more room to bring along gear for your camping trip.

Iím not defending pickups, but another thing you can say about most 1/2 ton pickups is that you can get them repaired quickly pretty much anywhere on the continent.
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jcl, PKI - Thank you! This is exactly what I needed. I am going to see about having this replaced with a more traditional hitch.
Thatís a solid plan. While the BMW hitch isnít as useful, the dealer will have installed the integrated BMW wiring connection along with it, and it is the only way to go. Donít let a hitch seller talk you into their wiring kit.

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