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Old 03-24-2012, 12:23 PM   #15
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Roger L,
Ditto the above suggestions to contact Andy at CanAm or someone knowledgeable regarding WD hitch on the Toureg. ( Heaven forbid, would someone at VW be helpful?). The likely issue is the structural attachment of the hitch receiver to the car body. This structure must handle very high loads if you drive into a driveway/ramp where front wheels go up or down. This could be reason for VW recommending no WD hitch. If so, perhaps the hitch receiver attachment to body may be reinforced?

If you cannot use WD, and you do not have self- leveling, then you are faced with the rear suspension sagging. If the tongue weight is within design limits for the TV and you do not add rear passengers and heavy cargo, then you may be OK.

You will get a spectrum of strongly held opinions on WD hitches. Pay most attention to reported driving experiences and engineering specifics. Your VW has very good handling characteristics. It is perhaps a subjective matter as to how your rig will handle when towing, however equipped. Perhaps a dealer will let you take a test drive?

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Old 03-24-2012, 11:40 PM   #16
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Thank you for your feedback. I spoke in length today with Andy at Can AM RV and he gave me the assurance that I can tow the 23ft trailer based on his extensive experience. Overall, I am confident with his recommendations.

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I spoke in length today with Andy at Can AM RV and he gave me the assurance that I can tow the 23ft trailer based on his extensive experience. Overall, I am confident with his recommendations.
So, inquiring minds (who would like to eventually drive a T-Reg) want to know; what did Andy recommend to you?
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So, inquiring minds (who would like to eventually drive a T-Reg) want to know; what did Andy recommend to you?
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:32 AM   #19
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Andy is a great resource and would gladly answer any direct questions you might have, please feel free to contact him for his opinions. I am not sure he would appreciate me posting his recommendations without asking him first.
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I have towed with a V8 Treg with 19' Bambi as well as the V10 diesel Treg with a 25'FB. Your V6 diesel will do fine with the 23.

The hitch capacity for all US Touaregs is 770 lbs, not 616. The OEM hitch receiver is very strong, but be sure to watch your combination of hitch weight and weight of people & gear loaded in the car. A WD hitch will help level out the car and redistribute some of the weight off the rear axle and help prevent sway. A Pro Pride or Hensley are nice but are top price. A Reese or Equalizer will work fine as well. Plan to spend some time at the truck scales dialing in the best set-up.
I wish I could find a sticker or documentation to verify the 770 lbs tongue weight.
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On 2004-10 Touaregs, there was an option of four-corner air suspension which would automatically level the car and a WD hitch was not necessary provide the length of the trailer was not more than 20' and the hitch weight was under 500lbs. I towed a Bambi this way with just a friction sway bar with no problems.

However, you have steel suspension, therefore a WD hitch can and should be used if you are going tow anything more than a utility trailer. As Mitch stated above, Europeans do not use WD hitches so the VW manual provides some misstatements for North American towing standards. If you call VW North America, they will provide you with a hitch receiver sticker that states hitch weight of 770lbs if that will make you feel better.

I tow my 25'FB with a V10 Diesel with air suspension and use a Hensley WD hitch. It works fine, however it took time getting the proper weight load distribution at the truck scales and to get the right hitch settings. Nothing goes in the trunk except a full size spare. I travel light with this combo.

You may want to go over to ClubTouareg.com and peruse the towing forum for insight from other Touareg owners. Get your advice from other Touareg owners....VW dealers know very little about these vehicles.

Or call someone like CanAm who specializes in setting up vehicles for towing Airstreams. The Touareg is a very capable tow vehicle with great handling, torque, and large disc brakes. It will tow a 23' with ease, BUT, get a WD hitch!

I called VW North America and they never heard of the new 770lb sticker. They quoted the 616lb tongue weight
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Apparently, they have down rated the hitch rating and VW seems to follow the 8% tongue weight rule now (like many other European manufacturers). Not sure if air suspension not being offered anymore has anything to do with it. Realistically, there is not too much difference between 616 and 770 tongue weight (with an ~1100 of payload), unless maybe you travel alone.
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